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[Photograph album documenting a trek around Mount Rainier and an ascent of the peak in August 1915 by members of the Mountaineers' Club of Seattle]

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[Photograph album documenting a trek around Mount Rainier and an ascent of the peak in August 1915 by members of the Mountaineers' Club of Seattle]
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[Photograph album documenting a trek around Mount Rainier and an ascent of the peak in August 1915 by members of the Mountaineers' Club of Seattle]
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Language
eng
Summary
Album of amateur photographs documenting a trek by members of the Mountaineers' Club of Seattle along the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainer, and an ascent to the peak in in August 1915.
Biographical or historical data
Alida J. Bigelow was born in Ames, Iowa on Dec. 29, 1881, the daughter of D. Ames Bigelow, one of Ames' first merchants, and Sarah E. Moore Bigelow of Kewanee, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 1905, and began her career as a high school teacher in Seattle where she became an avid hiker and mountaineer. By 1918 she was working as a field representative for the National Red Cross, and was attached to the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I. She spent twelve years with the National Red Cross Pacific Area before retiring in 1947. As a pioneering member of the Mountaineers Club, she climbed Mount Si on May 10, 1907, the first official outing of the Club which had just been organized the year before in 1906. In addition to her ascent of Mount Rainier with the Mountaineers Club in 1915, documented in her photograph album, she also participated in the Mountaineers earlier 1909 ascent of Mount Rainier, led by suffragette Dr. Cora Smith Eaton, where the group planted an Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition flag and a "Votes for Women" pennant at the summit. She died on Dec. 9, 1951, and is buried in her hometown of Ames, Iowa.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
Most of the photos were taken by Alida Janet Bigelow, a pioneering member of the Mountaineers Club, who hiked the trail and climbed the mountain together with Edgar Coursen, J.H. Weer, Mrs. Weer, Alice Evans, Elizabeth Dickerson, Leslie Curtis, Nelson Acheson, Theo. J. Acheson, F.Q. Gorton, H.A. Fuller, Inez Wynn, and Lulie Nettleton. The outing had been planned the year before by club chairman Weer, F.Q. Gorton, and Charles Hazlehurst, along with the leader of the climb, L.A. Nelson. After being bussed up to near the entrance, the group made the hike from old Nisqually up the glacier trail to Reese's Camp in Paradise Valley, where they prepared to set out for the three-week hike along the Wonderland Trail. The album opens with photos of Nisqually Peak from Indian Henry's Hunting Ground, Squaw Lake, Pyramid Peak, Denman Falls, and Raeburn Point. The photos of Sunset Park show the hikers standing in the "grub line," and portray the quiet beauty of the many small shimmering lakes in this area. There are also views of Mt. Rainier from Fay Peak, laundry day at the camp at Glacier Basin, and Camp Curtis at 9000 feet and deep crevasses on the Interglacier. According to the map of Mount Rainier National Park tipped in at the front of the album, with the group's route marked in green ink, at this point the group made the ascent to the top at 14,408 feet. Continuing on, the climbers cross Emmons Glacier and Fryingpan Glacier, and reach Summerland camp. By August 18, they were climbing to Indian Bar in Ohanapecosh Park, Cowlitz Park, and Whitman Crest, before heading back down the mountain. Bigelow has incorporated numerous photos of wildflowers--phlox, daisies and harebells--and mushroom toadstools along the Wonderland Trail, and a series of shots of the group engaged in such activities as scouting for a campsite, marking it by nailing a triangular aluminum plate to a tree, building a bonfire, setting up the commissary to serve meals, and planting the flag at the summit. Most of the campsites remained near the 5000 foot level and offered superb views of the summit from all sides, as well as the stunning glaciers. Bigelow has also included an Asahel Curtis/Romans Photo Co. Real Photo Postcard of a Mountaineers 1909 climb on Mt. Rainier (addressed to Mrs. M.C. Bacon, 1139 18th St. in Seattle) as well as one of phlox on Mt. Queets, copyright 1907. There are also photos recording deer and birds found along the trail. Bigelow preserved a postcard of Paradise Valley sent to her at 1139 18th St. No., Seattle, Washington (postmarked Jan. 10, 1913 in Tacoma), containing an invitation to a reunion of the Mountaineers' Winter Outing party on January 25
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Label
[Photograph album documenting a trek around Mount Rainier and an ascent of the peak in August 1915 by members of the Mountaineers' Club of Seattle]
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  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 50 leaves of heavy black paper; a few photos have captions written below or added in negative along lower margin of photo
  • Bound in contemporary limp dark brown ribbed leather post-binder, yapp edges; tied with dark brown braided cord threaded through two brass grommets along left side; black endpapers; manufacturer's ticket on rear pastedown for Ideal Specialty Company of Chicago
  • For additional information see The Mountaineers photograph album collection, 1907-1951 in Special Collections at the University of Washington, consisting of 128 albums (16,707 photograph prints), the finding aid for which is online at http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv45962. See also Paul Sadin, "Coming full circle: Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail, 1907-1939," Columbia The magazine of Northwest history 13, No. 4 (1999-2000), available online at www.nps.gov; articles on Mount Rainier in the club's journal The Mountaineer (available online at www.mountaineers.org): Philip F. Rogers, "Around Mount Rainier with the Mountaineers, 1915," The Mountaineer 8 (Dec 1915): 9-31; and J.H. Weer, "Outing preliminaries in scouting and trail work," The Mountaineer 8 (Dec. 1915): 31-34. Volume 12 (Dec. 1919) of The Mountaineer is titled "Mount Rainier National Park: second trip encircling the mountain," with several articles on the Wonderland Trail, as well as an article by Alida J. Bigelow, "Mount Saint Helens, the youngest of the volcanoes of the Cascades" (pages 30-34) available online at www.books.google.com
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 x 29 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (143 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from Back of Beyond Books of Moab, Utah at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California 2017, with funds from the Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Collection and Endowment Fund.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989070232
  • ucoclc989070232
Label
[Photograph album documenting a trek around Mount Rainier and an ascent of the peak in August 1915 by members of the Mountaineers' Club of Seattle]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 50 leaves of heavy black paper; a few photos have captions written below or added in negative along lower margin of photo
  • Bound in contemporary limp dark brown ribbed leather post-binder, yapp edges; tied with dark brown braided cord threaded through two brass grommets along left side; black endpapers; manufacturer's ticket on rear pastedown for Ideal Specialty Company of Chicago
  • For additional information see The Mountaineers photograph album collection, 1907-1951 in Special Collections at the University of Washington, consisting of 128 albums (16,707 photograph prints), the finding aid for which is online at http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv45962. See also Paul Sadin, "Coming full circle: Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail, 1907-1939," Columbia The magazine of Northwest history 13, No. 4 (1999-2000), available online at www.nps.gov; articles on Mount Rainier in the club's journal The Mountaineer (available online at www.mountaineers.org): Philip F. Rogers, "Around Mount Rainier with the Mountaineers, 1915," The Mountaineer 8 (Dec 1915): 9-31; and J.H. Weer, "Outing preliminaries in scouting and trail work," The Mountaineer 8 (Dec. 1915): 31-34. Volume 12 (Dec. 1919) of The Mountaineer is titled "Mount Rainier National Park: second trip encircling the mountain," with several articles on the Wonderland Trail, as well as an article by Alida J. Bigelow, "Mount Saint Helens, the youngest of the volcanoes of the Cascades" (pages 30-34) available online at www.books.google.com
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
19 x 29 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (143 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from Back of Beyond Books of Moab, Utah at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California 2017, with funds from the Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Collection and Endowment Fund.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)989070232
  • ucoclc989070232

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