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Mountaineers catalog number: 2009.3
This collection was donated by The Mountaineers to UWSpecColl in October 2010.
These notes are by Lowell Skoog. This collection consists of four boxes (not actually shoeboxes, but they are about the right size) left by Watson to the Mountaineers. The materials in the "shoeboxes" have a lot in common with Watson's scrapbook and papers at UW Special Collections, and perhaps should be deposited there eventually. My guess is that Watson donated these materials to the Mountaineers because they include notes on his films, which he also donated to the club. The shoeboxes contain many fine photographs, including negatives for many of them.
The shoeboxes are labeled as follows. (The letter designations are mine):
Shoebox A - "Mt. Trips-Dates, Films-Movies, 8 and 16 mm"My notes on the shoebox contents follow. Be aware that these notes, like all my notes on Watson's materials, focus on ski mountaineering. Researchers interested in other aspects of Watson's historical record should not rely on these notes alone.
From old "Ski Chase"This cassette contains some moody, dramatic music followed by a few lively Swiss tunes. Some of these tunes were in the 1931 Arnold Fanck film, "White Ecstasy" (a.k.a. "The Ski Chase"), starring Hannes Schneider and Leni Riefenstahl. There are only about 10 minutes of music on the tape. I've placed the tape in this shoebox, as it seemed the most appropriate place for it.
This folder contains notes on Watson's movies, with an inventory of the films, notes about movie sequences, dates and other information. For my notes on the movies, see watson-dwight-movies.
In the folder is a pamphlet indicating that Watson presented a movie program, "Northwest Mountain Skiing B.C. (Before Chairlifts)" at the Seattle Public Library Auditorium on November 14, 1962. There is also a note with the same title which I believe is an outline of Watson's introductory narration for this program. It summarizes Northwest ski mountaineering history and Watson's place in it. It seems to confirm that Watson started skiing after 1930. It says:
This folder contains many of the trip/date notes found in Watson's scrapbook. Additional information is here, but some of it is contradictory or confusing. One interesting page lists "National Ski Patrol System Trips" between 1942 and 1942. Since Watson's patrol region was between Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes, most of the trips were in that area. I believe the following were ski trips:
More notes on individual trips, including raw notes that Watson eventually typed up for his scrapbook. There may be information here that is not found in the scrapbook.
These notes are mostly for trips in the 1960s-70s.
This folder contains lists of photos, some of them in the shoeboxes, but many of them donated to UW Special Collections. It would be best if these lists and the photos could be matched up, but I haven't yet tried to do it.
Receipts, camera tips and tables, 8 mm projector instructions.
Tips and how-to information.
More technical info.
Manila folder. These items were all loose in the shoebox. I added the folder to keep track of them. The folder contains clippings, postcards, photocopies and other miscellany. The following items are interesting:
The folder contains a partial article from Seattle P-I Northwest Today magazine, Sunday Mar. 13, 1966 describing a proposal to build a ski resort on Mt Hinman.
The folder also contains two fine 3x4 photos of Eldorado from near Sibley Pass, showing the difference in snowcover between summer and spring. The spring photo depicts a skier admiring the view. If the photo identifications described above are correct, the skier is Walt Hoffman.
Miscellaneous loose postcards and photos. I added a folder to group them.
This folder contains many small notes, sorted by year. In addition to trips described in Watson's scrapbook, it lists a number of non-pioneering trips after 1940. I think this information can be found in other places in the shoeboxes, particularly Shoebox A, Folders B and C.
Prints from Watson's South Cascade Glacier trips, including a photo of two skiers (Walt Hoffman and Ralph Eskenazi, I believe) crossing a footlog over Downey Creek. This folder also includes photos from Cascade Pass, Image Lake, Park Creek Pass, and Hanging Gardens.
The following pictures are interesting. (Unless noted, all are 3"x4" prints.)
The following 3x4 prints are interesting:
15 fine 3"x4" negatives depicting scenes with and without skiers, generally near Table Mountain. There are images of Herman Ulrichs walking among heavily snow-flocked trees. The following images are interesting. Several of these appear to be from the same trip as images in Folder J, below.
Many fine prints. The following are especially interesting:
This folder contains photo negatives taken in different seasons and matched for comparison. The following are interesting:
This folder contains over 40 fine B&W negatives. There are a number of photos depicting heavily flocked trees and snowy scenes (without people). The following negatives, with people, are interesting:
An 8.5"x11" white folder. Contains photocopies of photographs, mostly Watson photos around Table Mountain, Mt Baker.
A 5"x8" yellow folder. Contains copies of a number of items in Watson's scrapbook. There are some unique materials also.
Contains a negative copy of an L.D. Lindsley photo of a "coral mushroom". Also contains a negative copy of an Austin Pass winter scene with a figure identified as Hermann Ulrichs on snowshoes.
Driving and trail notes and miscellany.
Mostly trees, flowers and plants, some scenics outside Washington.
Mostly summer pictures around Mt Rainier.
Miscellaneous info about Lake Chelan.
List of books of interest to Watson. I've added a few of them to my own lists.
Photos of snowy trees and mountains, color and B&W.
Fine photo (positive transparency) of a figure on snowshoes in a snowy landscape with Mt Baker in the distance. Other materials in this shoebox identify the figure as Hermann Ulrichs.
A negative and print of several mountain scenes (all Watson photos) with a Christmas greeting.
Includes negatives of a model plane engine mounted on a pack frame, used to film "The Up-Ski Experiment" on Paradise Glacier.
Two negatives, mountain scenes, location unknown.
Technical info on photography.
Watson's notes about Ome Daiber mention the Hike Shack in 1931, a foot accident in 1936, wife Eliz. Jacobsen in a plane crash in 1938, married Matie Johnson in 1940, Mountain Rescue Council in 1948.
There is a newspaper clipping listing Second Lt. Gage Chetwood of Bellingham as missing in aerial action during WWII.
Notes about L.D. Lindsley and A.H. Silvester.
A 7"x8" cardboard box. Contains pictures from Lake Chelan, Monte Cristo and the South Cascade Glacier in 1939. There are a large number of prints made from Watson's slides (from Shoebox C) of Glacier Peak, Lyman Lake, Image Lake, Snow Lake, and Lake Chelan in winter and summer. There are also postcards of various mountain areas, not necessarily in Washington.
A yellow plastic box. Prints of lake shore scenes.
This is a collection of 4x1 slide sleeves wrapped in paper. There are slides of Lake Chelan in summer and winter, Mt Rainier in summer, Lyman Lake and Image Lake in summer, and the Kennedy Glacier on Glacier peak with Watson's 1938 ski route noted.
Blue plastic box. There is a good photo of Watson dressed in a suit at some sort of reception, with other people in the picture. I'd guess that the photo is circa 1950. The box also includes slides of the Entiat-Cardinal Mtn area, plus miscellaneous flower and people shots.
White cardboard box. Paradise ice caves, Mt Rainier from Lake Eunice, flowers, Glacier Peak.
Orange plastic box. Summer scenes.
Red plastic box. Summer, Kennedy Ridge area.
Blue plastic box. Scenes of the lake and vicinity.
Blue plastic box. Lake and trail scenes from mid-1970s.
Orange plastic box. Lake scenes from New Year, 1948-49. Amazing amount of snow around the lake.
Blue plastic box. Views of Rainer from the northwest, also Knapsack Pass, summer.
Blue plastic box. Ice caves and flowers.
Blue plastic box. Miscellaneous views around Mt Rainier.
Yellow cardboard box. Summer valley scenes from 1981.
Multicolor cardboard box. Photos of religious paintings.
This folder contains clippings. There is an excerpt from The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan that refers to the Delectable Range, the name Watson applied to the mountains SE of Glacier Peak (called the Dakobed Range by Beckey).
"And behold, at a great distance, he saw a most pleasant mountainous country, beautified with woods, vineyards, fruits of all sorts, flowers also, with springs and fountains, very delectable to behold."
Watson corresponded with Wendell Tangborn of the USGS in the 1970s regarding his explorations in the area of the South Cascade Glacier in the late 1930s. Watson provided photographs and other information to the USGS to aid glacier hydrology studies.
This shoebox contains a large collection of looseleaf materials. There are a few interesting articles:
7x10 inch B&W print of Sigurd Hall and a female admirer on skis in front of snowy trees. Hall has a small Mountaineers ski team patch on his left hip, suggesting that the picture was taken about 1938. This photo was found in miscellaneous Mountaineer files and has been added to this collection because of Hall's friendship with Dwight Watson.
More than 50 large (about 10x10 inches) B&W prints by Dwight Watson, all taken in the vicinity of the South Cascade Glacier in 1938-39. These photos were given by Watson to Austin Post for use in glacier studies. Post subsequently gave the photos to John Scurlock, who then gave them to me (Lowell Skoog). Scurlock also provided 3 CD-ROMs containing digital scans of the photos. I've added all of these to this collection.