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Catalog Number WF 2866
Caption Harry Smith and freshmen boy classmates
Description Harry Smith is the focus of this picture from the 1939 annual, page 33. The freshman class is posed on the steps of Columbian School, and he is the smallest boy with a tie in the center of the front row. Harry Smith (1923-1991) was "an artist whose activities and interests put him at the center of the mid twentieth-century American avant-garde. Although best known as a filmmaker and musicologist, he frequently described himself as a painter, and his varied projects called on his skills as an anthropologist, linguist and translator. He had a life-long interest in the occult and exoteric fields of knowledge." [The source of this quote is unknown.] He was born May 29, 1923, in Portland, Oregon. His early childhood was spent in Anacortes where his father was a manager or watchman for a salmon cannery. He and his family moved to Bellingham during or following his junior year; he graduated from Bellingham High School. Following his work as an experimental filmmaker in San Francisco, Smith moved permanently to New York City in 1950. One of his greatest contributions to American culture came in the form of his Anthology of American Folk Music, issued by Folkways Records in 1952. See more information about his life in the folder.

The freshman boys included ARMSTRONG, John, BARNEY, Dick, BERENTSON, Buehl, BROWN, Edward, DILDINE, Billy, FEE, Paul, FITCH, Kenneth, GALYEAN, Denzel, GOIN, Melvin, HAUGLAND, Arthur, HOLT, Billy, IVERSON, Johannes, JEWETT, Donald, JURKOVICH, Jerry, LEWIS, Howard, LOSS, Archie, MATSON, Morris, MCCOMAS, Robert, MCCRADY, Frank, OLDOW, Donald, PADGETT, Daniel, PINNEO, George, REEVES, Frank, RIEGER, Billy, ROCK, John, ROWELL, Donald, RYDBERG, Irvin, SANDERSON, Lloyd, SEPAROVICH, Robert, SHERMAN, Charles, SIMON, Clinton, SMITH, Harry, SMITH, Robert, STETSON, Bill, STEWART, Howard, THOMPSON, Bert, THURSTON, Stanley, TIETJEN, Billy, TINGLEY, James, TOAL, Dick, WAGNER, Bill, WELLS, Jack, WILLS, Kenneth, WILSON, James, WILSON, Wally, WOOTEN, Robert, WRIGHT, David, YOUNG, Dean
Date 1939
Photographer BRADY, Ferd
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Organization - School
Place - Anacortes, WA
People
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People ARMSTRONG, John
BARNEY, Dick
BERENTSON, Buehl
BROWN, Edward "Eddie"
DILDINE, William "Bill" "Billy"
FEE, Paul
FITCH, Kenneth
GALYEAN, Denzel
GOIN, Melvin
HAUGLAND, Arthur "Art"
HOLT, Billy
IVERSON, Johannes
JEWETT, Donald
JURKOVICH, Jerry
LEWIS, Howard
LOSS, Archie
MATSON, Morris
McCOMAS, Robert "Bob"
McCRADY, Frank
OLDOW, Donald "Don"
PADGETT, Daniel
PINNEO, George
REEVES, Frank
RIEGER, Bill "Billy"
ROCK, John
ROWELL, Donald "Don"
RYDBERG, Irvin "Irv" L.
SANDERSON, Lloyd
SEPAROVICH, Robert "Bob"
SHERMAN, Charles "Chuck"
SIMON, Clinton
SMITH, Harry
SMITH, Robert
STETSON, Bill
STEWART, Howard
THOMPSON, Bert
THURSTON, Stanley
TIETJEN, William "Bill" "Billy"
TINGLEY, James
TOAL, Dick
WAGNER, William "Bill"
WELLS, John A. "Jack"
WILLS, Kenneth
WILSON, James
WILSON, Wally
WOOTEN, Robert
WRIGHT, David
YOUNG, Dean
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms freshmen
Anacortes High School
filmmaker
musicologist
anthropologist
linguist
translator
painter
ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC
Object Name Print, Photographic