Guide to the Louise letters
Collection number: HMC-0851.
Title: Louise letters.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letters written by a woman who toured Alaska in the late 1920s.
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The collection consists of letters written by a woman named Louise (last name unknown), to Pasadena, California resident Hazel Benshoff. The letters concern Louise’s trips to New York City, Alaska, and the Yukon Territory in 1928 and 1929. The collection contains six different letters, a postmarked envelope, and a blank piece of letterhead and envelope from the steamship line, N.Y.K. The first letter, dated June 30 and July 1, 1928, is eight pages long and written on letterhead of the White Star Line’s S.S. Olympic. In the letter, Louise describes her activities in New York City and her days aboard the steamship. The second letter, dated June 10, 1929, is four pages long and written on Pacific Steamship Company stationery from aboard the S.S. Ruth Alexander en route from Wilmington to San Francisco, California. In the letter, she describes the beginning of her trip to Alaska. The third letter, dated June 15, 1929, is four pages long and written on the letterhead of the Olympic Hotel in Seattle. In the letter, she describes her stay in Seattle and mentions the recent wreck of the S.S. Aleutian. The fourth and fifth letters, dated June 18-20, 1929, are a total of 10 pages long and written on Alaska Steamship Company letterhead from aboard the S.S. Yukon. In the letters, she describes her trip from Seattle to Seward including stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Cordova and her viewing of Mendenhall, Childs and Miles glaciers. The sixth letter, dated July 9, 1929, is three pages long and written on White Pass and Yukon Route stationery. In the letter, Louise comments on her riverboat trip on the Yukon River to Dawson, Yukon Territory, and anticipates her return to Pasadena on the 24th of July. The single envelope is on Alaska Steamship Company stationery and postmarked June 16th from Seattle and Seward.
Arrangement: Letters are in chronological order.
Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: The Archives does not own copyright to this collection.
Preferred citation: Louise letters, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was purchased via Internet auction in 2006.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffery Sinnott in 2006. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2011. The collection description was revised by Veronica Denison in 2017.