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Yukon Territory negatives

Guide to the Yukon Territory negatives

Collection number: HMC-0394.
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Yukon Territory negatives.
Dates: 1908.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet and 0.99 GB.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Glass-plate and nitrate negatives of Dawson and its environs.

Biographical note:
The unknown photographer of this collection made these negatives in Dawson, Yukon Territory, Canada in 1908.

Collection description:
This collection contains gelatin dry-plate glass negatives and nitrate film negatives that were made in and around Dawson in the Yukon Territory, Canada in 1908.  The photographer is unidentified.  The negatives depict street views of Dawson, including the public school, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Bank of Commerce, and other buildings; views of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, bridges, and steamboats, including the Lightning, Monarch, and Pauline; gold dredges; and several people, most unidentified.  The collection also contains the original envelopes that formerly housed the negatives, with notes made on them, possibly by the photographer.

Arrangement: The negatives and copy prints in this collection have been numbered and are arranged in sequential order.

Digitized copies: This collection has been digitized. For information about accessing digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Due to condition issues with the originals (fragile and broken glass plate negatives, nitrate negatives), use of materials will be restricted to digital surrogates. Please ask Archives and Special Collections for further information.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to these images.

Preferred citation: Yukon Territory negatives, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For other archival collections at Archives and Special Collections relating to the gold rush in Alaska and the Yukon, refer to the Research Guide to Gold Rush Collections.

Custodial history: The collection was originally given to Deschutes County Historical Society by Robert Jamieson.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Robert Jamieson and the Deschutes County Historical Society in 1993.

Processing information: This collection was originally described by Dennis Walle in 1993.  The collection was reorganized and the guide was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2011. The negatives were scanned in 2023 by Ashlyn Burns. The individual item list was created by Arlene Schmuland in 2023: all are captions from the original envelopes unless in brackets.

Container list:

Item Description
1 Gulch scene. Too much exposure, dark day [Mining dredge]
2 Monarch [Sternwheeler]
3 Driving Points Bright snap taken on April 12th 08 [Miners placing pipes to thaw ground]
4 May 25th Celebration Dawson YT 08 [Parade in Dawson]
5 St. Mary’s Hospital Dawson
6 Klondike railroad bridge bright day
7 Steamboat and Rogers
8 Bank of Commerce
9 Str Pauline in the Stream First Steamer in and out of Dawson 08 [Steamer Pauline]
10 Public School Dawson 32 hold 1/2 sec exposure fogged at one side by slide
11 [Unidentified: public school in Dawson]
12 Beach and River ice going out May 7 08
13 Mouth of Klondike
14 Bank
15 NCC Flag To determine when the ice starts to move. Went out on May 7 at 5-27 pm [Flag on ice in middle of river. NCC: Northern Commercial Company]
16 [Unidentified: barges on shore on Klondike River]
17 [Unidentified: bridge over river]
18  DAA Building [DAAA: Dawson Amateur Athletic Association]
19 Ice at Ogilsie Bridge [Ogilvie Bridge over Bonanza Creek]
20 Otto Kintz
21 Purles Laundry on second bldg on left
22 Ogilsie [Ogilvie Bridge over Bonanza Creek]
23 Ogilsie Bridge downriver Bright snap shot [Ogilvie Bridge over Bonanza Creek]
24 On the dome back of Dawson at Midnight on June 21 1908 [Group portrait]
25 [Unidentified: 2 people sitting on a couch, possible cross-dressed]
26 Steamboat sightseeing
27 White Pass Stage Last Stage out 08
28 Dredge [Yukon No. 1]
29 Str Pauline [Steamer Pauline]
30 [Unidentified: house]
31 [Unidentified: door of house]
32 [Unidentified: foyer of house]
33 [Unidentified: possibly tilled ground for a garden]
34 [Unidentified: group portrait of six people]
35 [Unidentified: portrait of child on log]
36 [Unidentified: portrait of three people]
37 [Unidentified: portrait of 2 people]

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