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Charles letters

Guide to the Charles letters
undated, 1908
An Alaska Historical Society collection

Collection number: HMC-1039-AHS.
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Charles letters.
Dates: undated, 1908.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letters from a Douglas, Alaska resident to family in Great Britain.

Biographical note:
Charles (last name unknown) was a citizen of Great Britain who moved to Alaska in the early 1900s. He worked in a mining operation in the vicinity of Juneau, Alaska. According to family tradition, he was successful in finding gold, but was robbed and killed before he could stake his claim.

Collection description:
The collection consists of three letters written by Charles to family members. Two of the letters are written to his sister Daisy and the other letter is written to Peter who may be Daisy’s husband. In the first letter to Daisy, dated November 9 and from Douglas City, Charles discusses the possibility of daisy and Peter coming to Alaska and their opportunities. In the letter to Peter, undated, he offers suggestions on travel, food purchases, clothing needs, and exchanging money. In the third letter, written to Daisy and dated May 10, 1908, Charles discusses the weather, his day off, and mentions that he and another person bought a motor boat. In the letters to Daisy, Charles signs his name Ikey.

Arrangement: The letters are in presumed chronological order.

Alternative formats: The collection includes typewritten transcripts of the letters.

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 this collection.

Preferred citation: Charles letters, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 1997 by Caroline McKane.  The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and placed it on deposit in Archives and Special Collections in 2004.

Processing information:This collection was described by Dennis Walle in 2006. The guide was updated to current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2016.

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