Geneva Starrett Collection Description

GENEVA STARRETT. Tourist Photograph Album and Papers; 1938, 1955-1962. .2 cu. ft.

Geneva Starrett was a young woman from Athol, Maine, who took a tour of the American Southwest, West, and Alaska in 1938. Her train and steamer trip began in Boston and included visits to Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Mount Rainier national parks, along with a voyage on the Alaska Steamship Company’s S.S. Baranof from Seattle to Alaska starting July 13th, and a tour of the Canadian Rockies on the Canadian National Railway.

The collection consists of the tourist photograph album and related papers of Geneva Starrett. The collection contains: the original 45-page album; 85 original black and white prints; 26 black and white and color photo post cards; an Alaska Steamship Company illustrated color map of the service area of the Alaska Line, glued to the inside of the front album cover; three menus from Curry Camp at Yosemite National Park; an Alaska Steamship Company baggage tag and sticker; a baggage sticker for the Burlington Route of the Zephyr diesel powered train locomotive; a cash book kept during the trip; a one-page letter on Alaska Steamship Company stationery from Geneva to her parents dated July 23rd; and a passenger list for the July 13th sailing of the S.S. Baranof from Seattle. Subjects of the original photographs include: Genera Starrett, friends and traveling companions; Grand Canyon National Park; Hopi Indians performing the eagle dance near El Torar Hotel; Yosemite National Park and Curry Camp; Mount Shasta; Mount Rainier National Park; Ketchikan; Mendenhall Glacier; the dock at Valdez; “Alaska Nellie Neal’s cabin on Kenai Lake; Wrangell; Columbia Glacier; scenes along the Canadian National Railway in the Canadian Rockies; the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia; Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta; Banff Springs Hotel; a trip to Florida in 1956; and various other family tourist snapshots from 1955 to 1962. Subjects of the photo post cards include: Grand Canyon National Park; desert scenes in Southern California; San Francisco; Multnomah Falls and Mount Hood, Oregon; Mount Shasta; the Benjamin Franklin Hotel in Seattle; Rainier National Park; the S.S. Baranof; Juneau; Auke Lake and Mendenhall Glacier; Valdez; Seward; Nellie Neal’s animal skins and mounted heads inside her cabin on Kenai Lake; the S.S. Yukon at Columbia Glacier; Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier; and the Banff Springs Hotel. The cash book contains a record of expenses for Genera Starrett’s California to Alaska trip, along with names and addresses of people she met, and daily itinerary entries for the period from June 29 to July 26, 1938.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2004 and 2005.

JAS (6/2005)

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