Marvin D. Boland

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Marvin D. Boland

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  • Marvin Dement Boland

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Marvin Dement Boland was born in 1873 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to parents James M. Boland and Darah E. Pennington. (1) Bolan attended Vanderbilt University from 1892-1895, then attended Fairmont State Normal School in West Virginia. Boland taught at Fairmont and later in Sterling, Colorado while attending the University of Colorado and Colorado State Teachers College. (1) He would graduate in 1912 with a BA. Boland then moved to Tacoma in 1912 to teach manual arts in various schools. (2) After teaching for a year, Boland became a commercial photographer and owned several photographic studios in downtown Tacoma from 1915-1949.(2) On December 9th, 1950, Boland died while photographing Navy ships in Bremerton. (2) He married Earle Keith Patterson from Ashland, Ky., in 1902. They had two daughters together, Katherine John Boland and Sarah Elizabeth Boland. (1)


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Written by Leah Selinda Kusnierek, 2022.




(1) “Alabama, U.S., Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981 [database on-line],” Provo, UT, USA:
(1) Original Data: Alabama Department of Archives and History; Montgomery, AL; Alabama Surname Files; Box or Film Number: M84.0098
(2) Brown, Marion; Riley, Darby, “Marvin D. Boland photographs of Tacoma, Washington, 1913-1940" University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Marvin D. Boland photographs of Tacoma, Washington - Archives West (

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