Bill Walter Studio Photographs circa 1890-1978
PC 120

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Bill Walter Studio Photographs
ID
PC 120
Date
circa 1890-1978
Extent
39.0 Linear feet
Abstract
Collection of photographs from the Bill Walters Studio, Colfax, Washington. The bulk of the collection is safety film negatives, but it also contains many photographs, some oversize and panoramic. Highlights include photographs of the construction of the Boundary Hydroelectric Dam (1967), the 12th World Jamboree of the Boy Scouts (1967), a large number of images of agriculture in addition to images of activities and historical events of the Palouse region of Washington State.

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Biographical Note:

Bill Walter was born on November 4, 1915 in Pullman, WA. He lived in a number of locations in Washington State, graduating from Ballard High School in Seattle. He attended the State College of Washington shortly before WWII, where he met and married Mary Sands. Mr. Walter joined the National Guard in 1940, and was assigned to one of the first units to be nationalized.

In the National Guard, he served in the medical core, rising to the rank of Colonel by the time the war ended. After the war, he located his family in Colfax, Washington and started a sporting goods and photography business. As the years went by, he shifted more and more toward photography. On several occasions, he attended photography school in Winona, Indiana.

Mr. Walter advertised himself as the "Photography on the Palouse". Many of his photographs appeared in the local newspaper, the Colfax Gazette, and at one time a large display of his work was exhibited in Colfax City Hall. Mr. Walter retired in 1979 but continued his photography until the early 1990's. He passed away on November 15, 1999.

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Scope and Contents note

Highlights of the collection include a glass plate negative of the former Colfax Courthouse (torn down in the 1950's), a plethora of images depicting Palouse agriculture, both early and early modern farm machinery, local businesses, and calamities such as the Oakesdale Grain Growers Elevator Fire in 1970 and the Colfax Floods of 1910 and 1948.

Of a more regional interest are theConstruction of the Boundary Dam for Seattle City Light Company in 1967 and the 12th World Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America held in Farragut State Park in 1967.

The collection is arranged primarily by format, either photographs or negatives. Where possible, the original order used by Mr. Walter is preserved. The major exceptions to this are Series 1, Photograph Subject Files and Series 2, Photograph Negative Subject Files. These two series reflect a subject arrangement designed to make the collection more easily accessible.

Series 1 contains photographs, mostly 8x10, depicting various scenes and subjects, mostly of regional interest. Series 2 is also a series of subject files, b&w, most of which are of a local history nature. Researchers of local and regional history will find these two series of special interest. Series 3, almost entirely portraits of individuals, familes, weddings, etc., forms the bulk of the collection. This series may be of special interest to genealogists, and researchers of family history. Series 4 contains oversize photographs, panoramic photographs and some photographs that could not be identified by subject or place. Many of these photographs are copies made by Walter from other photographers and reinforce the value of the collection in researching the history of the Palouse region.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Oliver Walter donated the Bill Walter Studio Collection (UPC-0014) to Washington State University Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in 2000. Oliver Walter also donated the miscellaneous photographs in Series 4 in 2001.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • Boundary Hydroelectric Project -- History -- Photographs.
  • City and Town Life
  • Colfax (Wash.) -- History -- Photographs.
  • Combines (Agricultural machinery) -- History -- Photographs.
  • Floods -- Washington (State) -- Whitman County -- History -- Photographs.
  • Harvesting machinery -- Washington (State) -- History -- Photographs.
  • Photographs
  • Ranches -- Washington (State) -- Whitman County -- Photographs.
  • St. Ignatius Hospital (Colfax, Wash.) -- History -- Photographs.
  • Steamboats -- History -- Photographs.
  • Transportation
  • Washington (State)
  • Wheat -- Harvesting -- History -- Photographs.
  • Whitman County (Wash.) -- History -- Photographs.

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Collection Inventory

 1 Photographs Subject Files circa 1920-1978 

General note

(Please note: the number after the folder heading designates the number of items in the folder.)

Box-folder

Early Colfax circa 1900-1922 

1/1

Palouse Region Small Towns: 

1/2

Early Elberton, Wash 

St. John, Wash 

Winona, Wash 

Oakesdale, Wash 

Moscow, Idaho 

Potlatch, Idaho 

Thornton, Wash 

Boundary Dam Construction, 1967 (Part I) (28 photos and negatives) 

1/3

Boundary Dam Construction, 1967 (Part II) (44 photos, some duplicates) 

1/4

12th Boy Scout World Jamboree, Farragut State Park, Idaho 1967 

1/5

Palouse Empire Fair: Exhibits 1966 

1/6

Palouse Empire Fair: Rodeo undated 

1/7

Fire, Oakesdale Grain Growers Elevator, 1970 (12 photos, includes negatives) 

1/8

Palouse Highway (US 195) Aerial Views, n.d 

1/9

Tanker Truck Accident on the Palouse undated 

1/10

Rock Creek Park, 1976 (color photographs, includes negatives) 

1/11

Central Ferry Barge Loading - Part I circa 1973-1978 

1/12

Central Ferry Barge Loading - Part II circa 1973-1978 

1/13

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 2 Photograph Negatives Subject Files 1948-1988 

Agriculture 

Scope and Contents note

Miscellaneous Agriculture Negatives

Box-folder

Steiger Farm Cattle undated 

2/1

Ensley Children & Cattle undated 

2/2

Ensley Bull 1952 

2/3

Immler (sp?), G., Cattle 

2/4

Sauer, Horse, 1961 (color negatives) (5) Ranches & Harvest 

2/5

McGregor Ranch 1958 

2/6

Harry Sandeen Farm, Harvest 1953 

2/7

Mykelbust Ranch, Harvest, 1955 (6) and Harvest, 1954 (16) 

2/8

Oscar Steiger Farm 1954 

2/9

Marlo Ochs Ranch, Harvest, 1954 (11), color slides, n.d 

2/10

Dave White Ranch 1955 

2/11

Townsend Harvest 1954 

2/12

Heusle Ranch, Harvest 1951 

2/13

R. Farr Ranch 1959 

2/14

John Divine Ranch 1953 

2/15

Russell Looney Ranch 1953 

2/16

Colyar Ranch 1969 

2/17

Jeffries Farm Harvest, 1953 (Dean Upshaw) 

2/18

Koenig Harvest 1960 

2/19

Otto Camp Harvest, 1953 (7), 1957 (5) 

2/20

Del Flewring(sp?) Ranch, Harvest, n.d. (Case farm machinery) 

2/21

Moore Farm 1962 

2/22

Hensle Farm, Harvest 1951 

2/23

Lloyd Och Ranch 1952 

2/24

Other Miscellaneous Harvest Negatives 

2/25

Harvest and Harvest Machines (slides) circa 1920 

2/26

Palouse Region Events 

Box-folder

Colfax (Whitman County) Courthouse, n.d. (glass plate) 

3/1

City view of Colfax circa 1952 

3/2

Colfax Flood, 1948 (40; roll film negatives) 

3/3

Elberton Flood 1963 

3/4

"Mud in Front of Studio" 1969 

3/5

"Negro Demonstration" 1965 

3/6

Palouse Empire Fair 1951-1952 

3/7

Bill Walter Studio, fish and game catches 1950-1951 

3/8

"Planting" fish (Palouse River?) 1951 

3/9

Fire, Endsley Flowers & Gifts 1967 

3/10

Fire, Henry Building (Colfax?) 1958 

3/11

Palouse Countryside, Aerial and Ground Views, 1968 (64) Macguire, 1968 (7 color negatives), Meyers, 1970 (23) 

3/12

Colfax Aerial Views 1968 

3/13

Palouse Region Aviation 

3/14

Palouse Region Small Towns: 

3/15

Eastern Wash. Natural Gas Co.-Map of Endicott, Wash undated 

Garfield Elevator undated 

Thornton panorama 1954 

Palouse Region Churches/Church Buildings 

Box-folder

Colfax Lutheran Choir 

3/16

St. John Lutheran Church 

3/16

Endicott Adventist Church 1959 

3/16

St. John Christian Church 1953 

3/16

St. John Catholic Church 1961 

3/16

Garfield Nazarene Church 1954 

3/16

Ewan Nazarene Church undated 

3/16

St. John Catholic Church 1961 

3/16

Palouse Region Schools 

Box-folder

Joint Picnic undated 

3/17

8th Grade Graduation (school unidentified), group photo 1962 

3/17

5th Grade, St. John 1963 

3/17

4th Grade, Endicott 1956 

3/17

4th Grade, St. John 1956 

3/17

3rd Grade, Palouse 1956 

3/17

4th Grade, Oakesdale 1956 

3/17

2nd Grade, Garfield 1956 

3/17

1st Grade, Garfield 1956 

3/17

2nd. Grade, Rosalia 1956 

3/17

3rd Grade Field Trip, Endicott 1961 

3/17

Palouse Region Businesses 

Box-folder

Swanson Spray Company 1966 

3/18

Palouse Ammonia 1952 

3/19

McGregor Chemical, Steptoe Pea Plant 1965 

3/20

Rogers Bros. Seed Co 1952 

3/21

Monsanto Co 1962 

3/22

Richfield Oil Co/Brown & Holter (Pullman?) 1963 

3/23

R.A. Hanson Co., Palouse, WA 1959 

3/24

"Les" Mills Aircraft 1970 

3/25

LaCrosse Grain Growers, Dusty Elevator circa 1988 

3/26

Colfax Businesses/Bldgs 

Box-folder

Russell Bartlett Trucking Co 1970 

3/27

195 Café/ B.P.O.E undated 

3/28

LaVerne Bakery 1961 

3/29

Colfax Welding 1959 

3/30

Colfax City Shop 1961 

3/31

Gr. Grow Building, construction 1959 

3/32

Stueckle-Franz Bldg 1959 

3/33

Seattle 1st Nat'l Bank, 1956 & negs) 

3/34

Brown & Holter (car dealership), opening 1957 

3/35

Burgunder Bldg 1953 

3/36

Disposal Plant, concreting 1953 

3/37

Tom Gallagher Garage 1958 

3/38

Wheatland Marina, Grand Opening 1975 

3/39

Telephone Bldg construction 1955 

3/40

Port of Whitman, Central Ferry Barge Loading circa 1960's 

3/41

Port of Whitman, Central Ferry Elevator circa 1960's 

3/42

Port of Whitman, Central Ferry 1970 

3/43

Western Grain Exchange, Central Ferry 1973 

3/44

Historic Structures/Buildings 

Box-folder

Old National Bank, Interior 1955 

4/1

Elberton Bridge 1969 

4/2

St. Ignatius Hospital & Catholic Chapel, 1960-1966 (29; includes photographs) 

4/3

Whitman Hotel, 1977 (4 color photos and negatives) 

4/4

Community Services Organizations 

Box-folder

Whitman County Sheriff & Crew 1957-1964 

4/5

Colfax Police Dept 1963, 1988 

4/6

Colfax Fire Dept 1922, 1967-1969 

4/7

Pullman Fire Dept 1967 

4/8

Port of Whitman, Lower Granite Lock and Dam Project Map undated 

4/9

Helena Duncan Crime Scene, Nov 1969 

4/10

Miscellaneous Palouse Region Negatives 

Box-folder

Elks Style Show, 1974 (color negatives) 

4/11

State Class D Basketball Tournament (St. John vs. Davenport), 1962 St. John Basketball Team, 1966-1969 

4/12

Colfax Junior Miss, n.d. (color photos & negatives) 

4/13

Whitman County Bar Assn 1973 

4/14

Jenetta Morris, Easter Seals 1960 

4/15

Ed Curtis poster on Post Office billboard 1958 

4/16

Carol Steuckle, lentil products 1967 

4/17

Washington Water Power-new truck with Ed Stone 1954 

4/18

Pinski singing 1949 

4/19

Baumiter (sp?) figurines 1955 

4/20

Solar eclipse 1960 

4/21

"New Hiway" 1956 

4/22

"Historical Society" 1973 

4/23

Empire Title Co., Pullman - College Hill Map 

4/24

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 3 Portraits 1950-1978 

Box

Miscellaneous Portraits: weddings, "photos never picked up", portraits, 1950's-1961, C-L 

5

Miscellaneous Portraits, 1950's-1961, L-Z 

6

Miscellaneous Portraits, 1958-1961; more weddings, 1950-61 

7

Miscellaneous Portraits, 1958-1961; servicemen's portraits 

8

Portraits, 1960-1961, A-M 

9

Portraits, 1962, A-R 

10

Portraits, 1962, R-Z; 1963 A-E 

11

Portraits, 1963, F-S 

12

Portraits, 1963, S-Z; Miscellaneous Portraits, 1960-1970 

13

Portraits, 1964, A-H 

14

Portraits, 1964, H-S 

15

Portraits, 1964, S-Z; 1965, A-K 

16

Portraits, 1965, K-Z; 1966, A 

17

Portraits, 1966, B-O 

18

Portraits, 1966, P-Z; 1967, A-H 

19

Portraits, 1967, H-Z; 1968, A-E 

20

Portraits, 1968, E-M 

21

Portraits, 1968, N-Z; 1969, A-D 

22

Portraits, 1969, D-W 

23

Portraits, 1970, A-S 

24

Portraits, 1970, S-Z; 1971, A-L 

25

Portraits, 1971, L-Z; 1972, A-C 

26

Portraits, 1972, D-M 

27

Portraits, 1972, M-Zl 1973, A-B 

28

Portraits, 1973, C-O 

29

Portraits, 1973, P-Z and miscellaneous photos 

30

Portraits, 1974, A-K 

31

Portraits, 1974, K-Z 

32

Portraits, 1975, A-U 

33

Portraits, 1975, V-Z; 1976, A-R 

34

Portraits, 1976, R-Z; 1977, A-H 

35

Portraits, 1977, H-Z; 1978, A-Z 

36

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 4 Oversize and Unidentified Photographs 

Miscellaneous Photographs 

Scope and Contents note

Most appear to be copies, some are Oversize. These were donated to the collection by Oliver Walter in 2001.

Box-folder

Early Palouse Agriculture 

37/1

Early Modern Palouse Agriculture 

37/2

Colfax Flood 1910 

37/3

Early Modern Colfax 

37/4

Steamboats 

37/5

Miscellaneous Identified 

37/6

Union Pacific Railroad, n.d. (town unknown) 

Pupils of District 166 1909 

Central Ferry, Barge Loading undated 

Whitman County Bar Association 1973 

Rev. Cushing Eels undated 

Dr. W.A. Mitchell 

Spalding at Almota undated 

Railroad being built in Lamont 

L.L. Druning and friends undated 

Cashup Davis funeral undated 

Deed to City of Colfax 1874 

Portraits Unidentified 

Miscellaneous Unidentified 

Panoramic Photographs 

Box
OV38

I.L. Moore Header, 1913 (Hutchison Photo, n.d.) 

Central Ferry Bridge Celebration, 1924 (Hutchison Photo) 

Diamond, Wash. (Allen Photo Co., Walla Walla) 

Diamond, Wash., n.d. (Hutchison Photo, n.d.) 

Steptoe, Wash undated 

Stueckle & Broekel Thresher, 1913 (Hutchison Photo) 

Colfax, Wash undated 

Miscellaneous Unidentified Panoramic Photographs 

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