Charles O. Farciot papers

Guide to the Charles O. Farciot papers

Collection number: HMC-0463.
Creator: Farciot, Charles O.
Title: Charles O. Farciot papers.
Dates: 1858-1988.
Volume of collection: 0.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers and photographs of a photographer while he was living in Alaska and Arizona.

Biographical note:
Charles O. Farciot was born in Corgemont, Switzerland in 1840 and became a United States citizen in 1858. Farciot was an inventor, steamship engineer, and photographer. He operated photography studios in Arizona where he met Ed Schieffelin, a miner. Farciot came to Alaska in 1882 with a gold prospecting party from Arizona led by Schieffelin. Though the latter left in 1883, Farciot remained in Alaska working as a steamship engineer on the Yukon River until at least 1886. After leaving Alaska, Farciot started a photographic studio in San Francisco.

Collection description:
The collection consists of copied papers and photographs of Charles O. Farciot. The papers include biographical materials, historical articles concerning the Schieffelin prospecting trip, Farciot’s Alaska photographs, and genealogical materials concerning the Farciot family. The photographs are photocopies of Farciot’s original Alaska and Arizona albums (which contains 166 different images) and contact prints and negatives of the Alaska photographs and a selection of those taken in Arizona.

Arrangement: The collection has been arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Papers; 1858-1988
Series 2: Photographs; 1881-1884

Digitized copies: The Alaska State Library has a digitized copy of Alaska Album A available on Alaska’s Digital Archives.

Rights note: Archives does not own rights to this collection. Ken Graham, the donor of the materials, retains the rights to use photographs in this collection for commercial use. For duplication requests of images in the Alaska albums, please contact the Alaska State Library, Alaska Historical Collections.  The Alaska State Library owns an original copy of the Alaska album in their Wickersham State Historic Site photographs collection (ASL-PCA-277).

Preferred citation: Charles O. Farciot papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was loaned to the archives for copying by Ken Graham in 1997.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1997. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2011. The guide was revised by Veronica Denison in 2015.

Location of originals: The originals were retained by Kenneth Graham.

Container list:
Series 1: Papers; 1858-1988. 0.1 cubic feet.
This series is arranged by type and is chronological therein.

Folder Description Date
1 Biographical materials 1858-1890
2 Historical articles 1983-1988
3 Genealogical materials undated, 1980-1986

Series 2: Photographs; 1881-1884.  0.4 cubic feet.
This series is divided by type of photograph and location therein.

Folder Description Date
4 Alaska album A undated, 1883-1884
5 Alaska album B undated, 1883-1884
6 Arizona album A undated, 1881
7 Arizona album B undated, 1881
8 Contact prints and copy negatives from Alaska album A undated, 1883-1884
9 Contact prints and copy negatives from Alaska album B undated, 1883-1884
10 Contact prints and copy negatives from Arizona album B undated, 1881


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