Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, Washington: Photograph Collection Finding Aid

  • Overview & Administrative Information

    Overview of Records

    Repository: Providence Archives, Seattle, WA

    Date: 1924-1999

    Abstract: Photographs document the facilities, personnel, and activities of Providence Mount St. Vincent and its staff. The collection also provides documentation of the novitiate and provincialate.

    Quantity: 3 linear feet

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions: Providence Archives is a private repository; access to some records is at the discretion of the archivist.

    Preferred Citation: [Description or number of cited item]. (140) Providence Mount St. Vincent Photograph Collection, Providence Archives, Seattle, Washington.

    Accession Information: These photographs were transferred to the Archives from the hospital and from sisters who worked there over a period of years.

    Processing Information: Photographs were added over the years by Archives staff. A typed inventory was created and the collection re-housed in June 2002 by Peter Schmid. The collection was processed in 2003 by Peter Schmid.

  • Facilities

    Series A: Facilities

    Subseries ID Subseries Title Photograph Dates
    A1 Building (1924-67) 1924; 1967; n.d.
    A2 Building Plans
    See also oversize.
    A3 Renovation 1967

    Building (1967-)
    See also oversize.

    1967; 1973; 1984; n.d.
    A5 Interiors 1967-68; 1980; n.d.
    A6 New Entrance 1979
    A7 South Parking Lot Construction 1988
    A8 Plat Maps 1924
    A9 Adult Family Home n.d.
  • Personnel

    Series B: Personnel

    Subseries ID Subseries Title Photograph Dates
    B1 Administrators: James Marcellin n.d.
    B2 Administrators: Mary Laureen (Rita Ferschweiler) 1977; 1979; 1981-82; n.d.
    B3 Administrators: Charles Parmalee 1974-76; n.d.
    B4 Administrators: John Nugent 1980-81; 1984-85; n.d.
    B5 Administrators: Robert Wildenhaus 1986; n.d.
    B6 Administrators: Charlene Boyd n.d.
    B7 Administrative Retreat 1974
    B8 Advisory Board 1977
    B9 Lay Employees 1976; 1979; 1981-84;
    1994; n.d.
    B10 Medical Staff 1972; n.d.
    B11 Residents 1969-70; 1973-77; 1979;
    1982; 1985-86; 1991; 1995; n.d.
    B12 Sisters
    In groups, recreation.
    1940; 1945; 1970; 1974; 1978;
    1986; n.d.
    B13 Volunteers
    Includes photographs removed from scrapbook in 1999.
    1974; 1976; n.d.
    B14 Clergy 1979; n.d.
  • Novitiate (Formation)

    Series C: Novitiate

    Subseries ID Subseries Title Photograph Dates
    C1 Novices 1944; 1949-50; 1952-53; 1955; 1960; n.d.
    C2 Cannery 1949; n.d.
    C3 Chapel n.d.
    C4 Choir n.d.
    C5 Classes (Novices) n.d.
    C6 Excursions n.d.
    C7 Garden n.d.
    C8 Kitchen n.d.
    C9 Oratory 1940; n.d.
    C10 Postulants 1959-60; n.d.
    C11 Classes (Postulants) n.d.
    C12 Recreation n.d.
  • Provincialate
    Subseries ID Subseries Title Photograph Dates
    D1 Provincialate Library n.d.
    D2 Secretariat n.d.
  • Departments

    Series E: Departments

    Subseries ID Subseries Title Photograph Dates

    Activity Center
    Includes games, hobby shop, workshops, dances, bus excursions,
    annual sales and bazaars See also Therapy department series. See also slides.

    1963-64; 1972-76; 1979;
    1985; n.d.
    E2 Beauty Shop 1975-76; 1991; n.d.
    E3 Chapel 1938-39; 1953-55; 1974-75;
    1977; 1993; n.d.
    E4 Chapel of Our Sorrowful Mother 1949; n.d.
    E5 Dietary
    See also slides.
    1950; 1957; 1976; n.d.
    E6 Foundation 1985-86; 1993; n.d.
    E7 Gift Shop
    See also slides.
    1973; 1976-79; 1986
    E8 Emilie Shop n.d.
    E9 Printing
    See also slides.
    1964; n.d.
    E10 Intergenerational Learning Center 1991; 1993; n.d.
    E11 Laundry 1974; 1976; 1980; n.d.
    E12 Public Relations n.d.
    E13 Resident Rooms n.d.
    E14 Switchboard
    See also slides.
    1963; 1974; 1979; n.d.
    E15 ARISE Program
    See also oversize.
    E16 Therapy
    This series includes photographs removed from scrapbooks in 1999.
    Excellent shots of physical and occupational therapy, events,
    and activities for residents, including May Crowning. See also slides.
    1962-69; 1972-74; 1976
    E17 Volunteers
    Includes photographs removed from scrapbook in 1999.
    E18 Business Office
    See slides.
    E19 Library 1963-64; n.d.
    E20 Medical Records 1981
    E21 Admissions 1980
    E22 Maintenance 1976-77
    E23 Carpentry Shop n.d.
    E24 Plant Operations 1963; 1965
    E25 Zech Clinic 1984; 1986
    E26 Pastoral Care 1989
  • Subjects

    Subseries ID

    Subseries Title

    Photograph Dates




    F2 Dedication 1924
    F3 Centenary of Yellow House 1928
    F4 75th Anniversary of Sisters in the West 1931
    F5 Our Lady of Fatima 1944
    F6 Centenary of Sisters in the West 1956
    F7 Cornerstone Opening 1968
    F8 50th Anniversary 1974
    F9 75th Anniversary 1999
    F10 Barbeques 1983
    F11 Activities
    Employees, residents, employee picnics.
    1971; 1975-76;
    1978-79; 1983; n.d.
    F12 American Association of Homes for the Aging n.d.
    F13 Baseball Team 1992; n.d.
    F14 Bazaars
    See also Therapy and Activity Center series.
    1970-71; 1974;
    1976; 1983
    F15 Benefactors 1950; n.d.
    F16 Boat Trips
    See also Therapy Department and Activity Center series
    for images of this annual excursion.
    F17 Building Program 1965
    F18 Centenary of the Institute 1943
    F19 Christmas
    See also slides.
    1972-73; 1976-79;
    1985; 1991; n.d.
    F20 Corpus Christi Procession 1935
    F21 Cornerstone 1968
    F22 Employee Picnics 1987; 1992
    F23 Fire Department Staff Thank-you n.d.
    F24 Founders Day/Week 1978; 1989; 1992
    F25 Gardens & Grounds 1952; 1958; n.d.
    F26 Irvin Aarvold
    Resident and photographer.
    F27 Josephine Reilly Estate
    The Josephine Reilly estate was willed to the Mount by the resident
    but contested by members of her family. The Mount prevailed,
    winning the case in the Washington State Supreme Court in 1967.
    These photographs were apparently submitted as evidence to show care
    given to residents. They afford an excellent view of nursing, activities,
    and personnel at the Mount, and most of these photographs do not appear
    under any other series.
    F28 National Night Out Crime Prevention 1997
    F29 Nicky (Dog) 1982; n.d.
    F30 Overseas Program n.d.
    F31 Pieta n.d.
    F32 Retreat for the Blind n.d.
    F33 Statues
    See also slides.
    F34 Van 1983; 1991; n.d.
    F35 Exhibits
    See also slides.
    1964; 1989; n.d.
    F36 Visiting Dignitaries
    See also slides.
    1975; n.d.
    F37 "Sunny Day" Outdoor Time
    See slides. See also Therapy department for images of "sunny day,"
    when residents were taken outside to relax and play games.
    1964; n.d.
    F38 Nursing Home Week
    See slides. See also Activity Center series for images of events.
    F39 May Crowning
    See slides and scrapbook images.
    F40 Bookmobile 1974; 1978
    F41 Artwork 1975; 1991
    F42 Bake Sale 1986
    F43 Plant Sale 1986
    F44 Documents 1923; n.d.

    Photography by Dudley, Hardin & Yang
    Proof sheets of photographs taken c. 1962. Some of these images
    are already in the collection in the form of finished prints.

    F46 Retreats
    Eighth-grade girls from Holy Family School (Seattle) on a retreat.
    F47 Radio 1962
    F48 Tea Parties n.d.
    F49 Photographs for "The Good Work"
    Includes building exterior, woman gardening, group of residents relaxing.
    120-format transparencies. Accession 2009-012.
    F50 Block Party n.d.





    Soviet Choir


  • Scrapbooks

    Series G: Scrapbooks

    Subseries ID Subseries Title Photograph Dates
    G1 Snapshots
    Photographs removed from scrapbook in 1999.
    G2 The De Paul and Mount Saint Vincent
    Photographs removed from scrapbook in 1999.
    G3 Scrapbook
    Activities, etc. shot by Irvin Aarvold. Photographs removed from scrapbook in 1999.