Guide to the Geneva Starrett papers
Collection number: HMC-0711.
Creator: Starrett, Geneva.
Title: Geneva Starrett papers.
Dates: 1938, 1955-1962.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Massachusetts tourist photograph album and papers of trip to Western US and Alaska in 1938.
Biographical note: Geneva Starrett was a woman from Athol, Massachusetts, who took a tour in 1938 beginning in Boston to the Southwestern and Western states, and Alaska.
Collection description: The collection contains a photograph album and papers of Geneva Starrett relating to her tour of Alaska, and the Southwestern and Western states.
The collection includes: a photograph album with original black and white prints, black and white and color photo post cards, and an anecdotal map of Alaska glued onto the inside cover; a letter to her parents detailing some of her experiences; a cash book comprising journal entries, an expense log, and an address list of people she met on her trip; and an Alaska Steamship Company passenger list.
Subjects of the original 1938 photographs include: detailed scenes of the Grand Canyon; Redwood forest, Yosemite, Mt. Shasta, Seattle and Mt. Rainier. Areas around Alaska include: Ketchikan, Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier, Valdez, Columbia Glacier, the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, and Banff Springs. Photos of Geneva Starrett, fellow travelers, and friends are interspersed throughout the album. Photo post cards include: scenes from the Grand Canyon, Yosemite views, a lunch and dinner menu from Curry Camp, scenery and citiscapes of California, waterfalls and bridges in Oregon, buildings in Seattle, Washington, Alaska Steamship Co brochures, scenes of Juneau, Valdez and Seward, Alaska, and Victoria, Canada. Original 1955-1962 black and white photographs include: scenes from a later trip to areas in Florida, Tennessee, New York, and Vermont.
Arrangement: Collection materials are arranged by document type. Photographs are arranged in the order and format they arrived within the original photo album.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.
Preferred citation: Geneva Starrett papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: This collection was purchased by auction in 2004 and 2005.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide to the collection was converted to current standards by Amber L. McKenna in 2017.