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Eric A. Hegg photographs

Guide to the Eric A. Hegg photographs

Collection number: HMC-0513.
Creator: Hegg, Eric A.
Title: Eric A. Hegg photographs.
Dates: 1898-1900.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Images related to the Klondike and Nome gold rushes as well as southeast Alaska.

Biographical note:
Eric A. Hegg was born in Sweden. In 1897, he joined the gold rush to Alaska and the Yukon Territories. Hegg first settled in the town of Dyea where he set up a small photo studio. In the beginning of 1898, Hegg opened another studio in Skagway. He and his partner, Per Larss documented the struggles of stampeders attempting to gain access to the Klondike gold fields by crossing the famous Chilkoot Pass. He also traveled the trail to Dawson in June of 1898, capturing images of miners and their claims. In the summer of 1899, Hegg followed the gold rush to Nome, after selling his Dawson studio to Larss and Joseph Duclos. Hegg spent two years in the Nome area, recording images of the mining activities there until he closed his studio in 1902. Hegg moved to Southeast Alaska where he worked in the Juneau areas until 1918. Varying sources indicate he died in San Diego in either 1947, 1948, or 1955.

Collection description:
This collection includes photos published by Eric A. Hegg. The collection contains 26 cyanotype and 2 black and white photographs. The photographs include images of the Klondike and surrounding areas taken during the gold rush period of 1998 through 1900.

Arrangement: The images in this collection are arranged by type: cyanotype prints, then black and white prints.

Alternative formats: Negatives have been made of the photographic prints in the collection.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of some images are available through the Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Collection materials, as published items, are most likely in the public domain.

Preferred citation: Eric A. Hegg photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: Several other archives in Alaska hold collections with Eric A. Hegg photographs, most notably the Alaska State Library Historical Collections.

Acquisition note: The collection was purchased by the Archives from a rare books dealer in 2001.

Processing information:This collection was described by Kathleen Hertel in 2001. The finding aid was updated in 2014 by Arlene Schmuland. Souvenir photograph books that had initially come with the collection were moved to Rare Books at that time.

Container list:

Item Description
1 Str. Joseph Closset, Going Up Yukon River. Number 2001. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
2 Yukon River Above Selkirk. Number 457. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
3 Fort Selkirk. Number 619. (8 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
4 Sunset on the Yukon. Number 539. (7.75 X 6 inch cyanotype).
5 N. W. M. P. Selkirk. Number 671. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
6 Unidentified soldier in front of P. W. O. building. (8 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
7 Fire engine drawn by dogs to fire in Dawson, 1899. Number 173. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
8 Dog team express, Dawson. Number B163. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
9 Hydraulic Mining, Atlin, B. C. Casey Draper Photo Number 305. (9.5½ X 7.5 inch, b&w).
10 Dawson, Y. T. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
11 Waiting for mail, Dawson P. O. Number 633. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
12 New Arrivals at Dawson. Number 551. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
13 Pine Creek at the mouth of Willow Creek, Atlin, B. C. Number 2009. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
14 The last shipment of gold from Dawson City, Sep. 14th, ’98. About One Million and a Half. Bank of British North America ½ Ton, Canadian Bank of Commerce ½ Ton. Number 509. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
15 On Skookum Hill. Number 395. (8.25 X 6.5 inchcyanotype).
16 Cleaning the Sluice Box. Number 50. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
17 Dyea Harbor. Number 61 (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
18 Canyon, Dyea Trail. Number 81. (8 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).
19 Packers ascending summit of Chilkoot Pass, 1898. Number 97. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
20 Summit of Chilkoot Pass. Number 108. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
21 Steamer Cutch, Feb. 19, 1900. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
22 Steamer Resolute, March 10, 1900. Number 814. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
23 Steamer Cutch, H. Newcomb, Master. Feb 19, 1900. Number 741. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
24 Exhausted Stampeder. Number 553. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
25 Suspension Bridge Over Klondike River. Number 409. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
26 Dividing Mail at Tagish Post. Number 410. (8.25 X 6.5 inch cyanotype).
27 Winter Train. (8.5 X 7 inch, b&w).
28 Dogs. (8.25 X 6.25 inch cyanotype).



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