The Everett Massacre
The Everett Public Library's special history collections contain photographs, oral history accounts and documents relating to The Everett Massacre. For reproductions, contact the Northwest Room.
Herald Photos of the 50s and 60s
The photographs found in this collection were taken for the most part by three photojournalists who worked for the Everett Herald. They are Jim Leo, Ray Waters, and Ken Knudson. These 131 digital images come from several film formats but mostly 4 x 5 black and white sheet film negatives. They were selected from a collection of roughly 7,000 stored at the Herald. To help narrow down the selection process, it was decided to focus on the 1950s and 1960s.
We begin our “Family Photos” online collection with two groups of images scanned from 4” x 5” glass negatives, and one photo album. In the 1980s, Everett Public Library purchased glass plate negatives taken by an unknown photographer from antique dealer Bill Skinner. These appear to have been taken in the first decade of the 20th century. A second group of 4” x 5” glass negatives was given to the library, and most likely was taken by ship’s carpenter Severin Pettersen and/or his wife Anna. These photos date from around 1900, although a few were taken as early as the 1890s. A photo album from the Spriestersbach family was loaned to us long enough to scan its pages, adding to our WWI-vintage era photos.
Summer of 1907
Population growth in the Pacific Northwest tripled from 1900 to 1910 due to the arrival of immigrants and U.S. home seekers to the newly-developed western states. Nationally these were prosperous years and people felt optimistic. Bert Brush, Clara and Alice Rigby, and Jesse Myers were the major commercial photographers working in Everett in 1907, but no definite connection has been made to any particular studio. It is equally possible that they were taken by an itinerant photographer. Please contact the Everett Public Library’s Northwest Room if you have further information about the collection or an individual photo.
Sumner Iron Works
The images in this collection are presented with the original product names and photograph captions. The names of some machine parts reflect certain racist attitudes of the early 20th century and may be considered offensive today. In presenting this collection, the library has made no attempt to editorialize the historic names or conventions.