Cirelli, Michael, 1944-2002

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Michael Cirelli was an avid researcher of Seattle and Northwest photography and history. A Seattle native, Cirelli grew up in South Seattle, served in the Navy as a photographer in the 1960s, and afterwards continued to work with photography as a printer. When Cirelli lost his job around 1980, he managed to live on a modest fixed income and devote his time to research. Though he had researched and collected all his life, after 1980 he spent much of his time at local libraries photocopying and hand copying old newspaper articles and looking at photographs, and visiting local antique shops, collecting historic photographs and ephemera. Considered a local authority on historical photographers that visited or settled in Seattle or the Northwest, Cirelli amassed extensive files on early regional photography and history over his years of research and corresponded regularly with other local history aficionados and people engaged in genealogical research. Michael Cirelli died at 58 years old in 2002.

From the description of Michael Cirelli collection on Northwest photography, 1865-2000 (bulk 1890s-1910s). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 159938920

Michael Cirelli was an avid researcher of Seattle and Northwest photography and history. A Seattle native, Cirelli grew up in South Seattle, served in the Navy as a photographer in the 1960s, and afterwards continued to work with photography as a printer. When Cirelli lost his job around 1980, he managed to live on a modest fixed income and devote his time to research. Though he had researched and collected all his life, after 1980 he spent much of his time at local libraries photocopying and hand copying old newspaper articles and looking at photographs, and visiting local antique shops, collecting historic photographs and ephemera. Considered a local authority on historical photographers that visited or settled in Seattle or the Northwest, Cirelli amassed extensive files on early regional photography and history over his years of research and corresponded regularly with other local history aficionados and people engaged in genealogical research.

Michael Cirelli died at 58 years old in 2002.

From the guide to the Michael Cirelli collection on Northwest photography, 1865-2000, 1890s-1910s, (Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library)

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creatorOf Michael Cirelli collection on Northwest photography, 1865-2000, 1890s-1910s Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Cirelli, Michael, 1944-2002. Michael Cirelli collection on Northwest photography, 1865-2000 (bulk 1890s-1910s). Museum of History and Industry
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associatedWith Barton Bros. corporateBody
associatedWith B. H. Kilburn person
associatedWith Boyd and Braas corporateBody
associatedWith Boyd, William F., b. 1848 person
associatedWith Bradley, L. person
associatedWith Brass, George H. person
associatedWith Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941 person
associatedWith Dobbs, B. B. (Beverly Bennett) person
associatedWith Eduoart & Cross corporateBody
associatedWith E.J. Bailey & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Goetze, O. D. (Otto Daniel) person
associatedWith Grove person
associatedWith Hegg, Eric A., 1867-1948 person
associatedWith Judkins, David R. person
associatedWith Keystone View Company corporateBody
associatedWith Kinsey, Darius, 1869-1945 person
associatedWith LaRoche, Frank person
associatedWith Linkletter, L. G. person
associatedWith Lomen Bros. person
associatedWith Lynn & Cram corporateBody
associatedWith McClaire person
associatedWith Miller, Walter P. person
associatedWith Nordlund, Klaus E. person
associatedWith Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950 person
associatedWith Rugg person
associatedWith Schillestad, Alfred M. person
associatedWith Seattle Photographic Company corporateBody
associatedWith Soule, John P. person
associatedWith Theodore Peiser person
associatedWith Underwood & Underwood person
associatedWith Warner, Arthur Churchill, 1864-1943 person
associatedWith Webster & Stevens corporateBody
associatedWith Wilse, Anders Beer, 1865-1949 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Northwest, Pacific
Seattle (Wash.)
Washington (State)
Washington (State)
Washington (State)--Seattle
Seattle (Wash.)
Subject
Photographers
Photographers
Photographs
Pioneers
Pioneers
Seattle
Frontier and pioneer life
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Activity

Person

Birth 1944

Death 2002

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