Guide to the Joe Thome letters
Collection number: HMC-0243.
Creator: Thome, Joe.
Title: Joe Thome letters.
Dates: undated, 1894.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Two letters from a miner in Alaska.
Joe Thome was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pierre Thome who immigrated from Luxembourg and settled near Rockville, Minnesota. They had five children of which Joe was the oldest. Upon hearing of a gold discovery in Alaska in 1893, he decided to join the rush. In 1894, he was mining and prospecting in the territory. He worked for the Treadwell Mining Company in Douglas, Alaska, and also prospected and mined near Dawson and in the Interior of Alaska. He later disappeared without a trace.
The collection consists of two letters written by Joe Thome to his family and friends. The letters describe his prospecting attempts, his plans for future prospecting, and his work for the Treadwell Mining Company.
Arrangement: Letters are arranged in their original order.
Alternative formats: Photocopies and typed transcripts of letters are also included in the collection.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Materials in the collection are presumed to be in the public domain.
Preferred citation: Joe Thome letters, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Thomas Weismann in 1985.
Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Dennis Walle prior to 1995. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Gwen Sieja in 2015.