Guide to the Jukichi (Jack) Nishida photographs
Collection number: HMC-1291.
Creator: Nishida, Jukichi.
Title: Jukichi (Jack) Nishida photographs.
Dates: circa 1913-1918.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Most materials in this collection are in English, however there is one photograph captioned in Japanese.
Collection summary: Photographs taken by a man who worked for the Ellamar Mining Company.
Jukichi (Jack) Nishida was born in Japan in 1887. In 1906, Jukichi moved to Chico, CA from Iwatsuki, Japan to study business. About 1913, he moved to Ellamar, AK to work for the Ellamar Mining Company. While in Ellamar, Jukichi went by his nickname, Jack. Matsu, Jukichi’s wife, moved from Japan to join him in Ellamar in 1915. Two of their four children were born in Ellamar in 1916 and 1917, and the family returned to Japan in 1918. Jukichi died in 1950.
The collection contains photographs, most of which were taken by Jukichi. Subjects of the photographs include: men, women, and children in and around Ellamar; mining company buildings and interior views of the store; Ellamar Mountain; Copper Mountain; men in boats and kayaks; houses; the Nishida family; bear and eagle hunting; a railroad station at an unidentified location; and buildings and houses in Ellamar. The second folder in the collection contains letter to Kicko Nishida of Urawa, Saitama, Japan from Kenneth Huber of Central Alaska Mission, Inc. in Ellamar, Alaska, dated October 27, 1960. The letter provides descriptions for the photographs in that folder.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order in which it arrived at the Archives.
Digitized copies: Selected photographs have been digitized and are available on Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections holds copyright to materials created by Jukichi Nishida. The collection contains material not created by Nishida, which may be subject to copyright restrictions.
Preferred citation: Jukichi (Jack) Nishida photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information was provided by Jukichi Nishida’s granddaughter, Keiko Sebata, and great-granddaughter Yuri Sebata-Dempster.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections in 2018, and a deed of gift signed by Keiko Sebata, Jukichi Nishida’s granddaughter.
Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2018.