A.G. Maddren photograph albums

Guide to the A.G. Maddren photograph albums

Collection number: HMC-0166-APU.
Creator: Maddren, A.G. (Alfred Geddes), b. 1875.
Title: Alfred Geddes Maddren photograph albums.
Dates: 1906-1914.
Volume of collection: 1.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photograph albums of a geologist with the United States Geological Survey who worked on expeditions to Alaska.

Biographical note:
A.G. (Alfred Geddes) Maddren (b. 1875) was a geologist and photographer with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Maddren worked in Alaska on USGS expeditions to the following regions: Koyukuk-Chandalar (1909), Innoko-Iditarod (1910), Alaska-Canada boundary (1911-1912), Yakataga (1913), and Kuskokwim (1914).

Collection description:
This collection contains photographs taken by A.G. Maddren on his expeditions with the USGS in Alaska from 1909-1914, as well as unidentified expeditions from 1906-1908. The photographs are housed in four albums documenting these expeditions, and the collection contains one of these original albums (of the 1911-1912 Alaska-Canada boundary survey expedition) plus photocopies of the other three (documenting the Koyukuk-Chandalar expedition in 1909, the Innoko-Iditarod expedition in 1910, and the Yakataga and Kuskokwim expeditions in 1913-1914). There are also 100 of Maddren’s nitrate negatives of the expeditions that were originally housed in the pages of the albums; many of these negatives are different images than the ones in the albums. Subjects of the photos and negatives include glaciers, rivers, mountains, geologic formations, expedition members and camps, placer gold mines, towns, villages, and other scenery. The collection also contains contact prints of the nitrate negatives and copy prints of selected photographs made by Archives and Special Collections from the original albums.

Digitized copies: Photographs from the Alaska-Canada boundary expedition album have been digitized and can be viewed on Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Nitrate negatives in this collection are not available for use by researchers. Copy prints of these negatives must be used instead.

Rights note: Archives does not own copyright to the materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Alfred Geddes Madden photograph albums, Alaska Pacific University collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Custodial history: Materials in this collection were originally held by Alaska Pacific University (APU). In 1984, APU loaned Archives & Special Collections 107 nitrate negatives taken by Alfred G. Maddren for copying. The original negatives were returned to APU in 1985 but were later transferred back to the Archives in 2005. APU later loaned the four albums in this collection to the Archives for photocopying. In 2005, one of the four original albums was transferred to the Archives.

Acquisition note: The collection was loaned to the archives for copying by Alaska Pacific University in 1984. The nitrate negatives and the original Alaska-Canada boundary survey photograph album were transferred to the Archives in 2005. Alaska Pacific University retains ownership of this collection and has placed it on deposit with Archives and Special Collections.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. Photocopies of the albums, as well as copy and contact prints of materials in this collection, were made by Archives & Special Collections in 1984. The collection was reorganized and this guide revised in 2010 by Megan K. Friedel, and by Veronica Denison in 2016.

Location of originals: The original photograph albums documenting the Koyukuk-Chandalar, Innoko-Iditarod, Yakataga, and Kuskowin expeditions are held by Alaska Pacific University.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Date
1/1 Unidentified expeditions and Koyukuk-Chandalar expedition album (photocopy) 1906-1909
1/2 Innoko-Iditarod expedition album (photocopy) 1910
1/3 Alaska-Canada boundary expedition album (original) 1911-1912
1/4 Yakataga and Kuskokwim expeditions album (photocopy) 1913-1914
Box 2 Nitrate negatives taken by A.G. Maddren: Includes original negatives taken by Maddren on U.S.G.S. expeditions in Alaska that were originally stored in the photograph albums described above. For copy prints made from these negatives, see Box 3, Folders 1, 5, 7, and 9. 1906-1914
3/1 Unidentified expeditions and Koyukuk-Chandalar expedition (prints from nitrate negatives) 1906-1909
3/2 Unidentified expeditions and Koyukuk-Chandalar expedition (copy prints and negatives of selected album photos) 1906-1909
3/3 Innoko-Iditarod expedition (copy prints of selected album photos) 1910
3/4 Innoko-Iditarod expedition (copy prints and negatives) 1910
3/5 Alaska-Canada boundary expedition (prints from nitrate negatives) 1911-1912
3/6 Alaska-Canada boundary expedition (copy prints of selected album photos) 1911-1912
3/7 Yakataga and Kuskokwim expeditions (prints from nitrate negatives) 1913-1914
3/8 Yakataga and Kuskokwim expeditions (copy prints of selected album photos) 1913-1914
3/9 Unidentified expeditions (prints from nitrate negatives) undated
3/10 Duplicate copy prints circa 1906-1914




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