Guide to the George Madsen photographs
Collection number: HMC-1284.
Creator: Madsen, George.
Title: George Madsen photographs.
Dates: circa 1935-1952.
Volume of collection: 0.4 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs taken by a man who lived in Nome.
George Madsen moved to Nome in 1934 and began working in construction in 1935. Later, Madsen ran the Nevada Bar, and then co-owned the Polar Bar, Polar Liquor Store, and Polar Curio Shop with Keith Hedreen. In 1950, Madsen was voted into the House of Representatives. He moved to Seattle in 1952.
The collection contains photographs of King Island, Little Diomede, reindeer, seals and seal skin drying, fishing and hunting, and Nome. The subjects of the photographs taken in and around Nome include the Catholic church, hospital, school, Front Street, dredges and drilling, the Munz Hangar Fire, the railroad, a baseball game, parties, people, the Anchor Tavern, and the Polar Bar, Polar Liquor Store, and Polar Curio Shop.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order in which it arrived at Archives and Special Collections.
Digitized copies: Select images have been digitized and added to Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials created by George Madsen.
Preferred citation: George Madsen photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory:
Biographical information was provided by the donor.
Separated materials: Emma Cameron’s slides were separated from this collection and made their own collection: HMC-1285, Emma Cameron slides.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated by Claire Madsen, George’s daughter, in 2018. A deed of gift was signed at that time.
Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2018.