O.D. Goetze Photographs and Other Material, 1898-1913  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Goetze, O.D. (Otto Daniel)
Title
O.D. Goetze Photographs and Other Material
Dates
1898-1913 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 boxes, ( 1 linear foot)
Collection Number
1995.38
Summary
Photographs depicting mining operations, Native Alaskans and other scenes in Alaska between 1898 and 1908; regrading operations and the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909; the St. Louis, Missouri World's Fair in 1904 and depictions of other western U.S. towns. Also includes publications about Alaska, papers and ephemera.
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Otto D. Goetze was born in Missouri in 1871 to a German immigrant family of twelve children. Goetze left Missouri as a young man, moving to Walla Walla, Washington, then to Oregon and later to Seattle. Goetze went to Alaska around 1898 as the Gold Rush began and established a photography studio in Nome. Though he returned to the mainland at least once during this time-- to photograph the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904--Goetze remained in Alaska photographing Gold Rush activity and Alaska natives until approximately 1908.

Goetze then moved back to Seattle, where he was proprietor of the Alaska Photo Studio from 1909 to 1912. Goetze got married in 1911 and had a daughter, Dorothy, in 1912. In 1914, the family moved to a farm in Cedar Valley. Goetze sold the farm in the 1930s as a consequence of financial difficulties related to the Depression; afterwards Goetze may have moved to Monroe, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of 92 black and white photographic prints, 319 photographic postcards, a photograph album, a few publications and some papers.

The photographs consist largely of images taken in Alaska between approximately 1899 and 1908. The majority of these were taken in Nome and depict miners, mining operations and native Inupiaq and Indian people, as well as dog teams, Nome streets and steamships in Nome Harbor. Other Alaska images depict native totem poles and scenes in Wrangell and in Fort Davis, the U.S. Army outpost near Nome. A smaller number of photographs depict the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle; others document the 1909 regrading of 3rd Avenue in Seattle, including images of the old Washington Hotel.

The album includes similar images of Alaska and Seattle, as well as photographs of the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and images of towns in California, Missouri, Utah, Texas and Colorado.

The majority of the photographic postcards consists of images taken at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, including images of A.Y.P.E. buildings, grounds, parades, events and native peoples on exhibit.

The collection includes two illustrated books by Goetze about his Alaska experience, a book about the Klondike by photographer Frank La Roche, a book about Alaska published in anticipation of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, and Alaska Steamship menus.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

O.D. Goetze Photographs and Other Material, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Photographs , 1898-1913 and undatedReturn to Top

Notes in quotation marks represent writing transcribed from the front of the photograph.

Container(s) Description Dates
Alaska
All photographs are dated 1898-1909 unless a more specific date is given.
1898-1909
Box
1
1995.38.5: Three gold miners pulling their supply sled on the trail, Nome
1
1995.38.6: Mining dredge being built near mouth of Glacier Creek, Nome
1906
1
1995.38.7: Miners standing on dump at Submarine Beach, Nome
"Workings of Valiere and Olsen Paystreak claim, Submarine Beach Line, Nome, Alaska"
1
1995.38.8: Flume of Seward ditch on Hobson Creek, Nome
1
1995.38.9: Miners from the Wild Goose Co. sluicing for gold at Dry Creek, Nome
1
1995.38.10: Miners from Dimos & Co. standing on dump near boiler house at mining operation on Center Creek, Nome
1908 April
1
1995.38.11: Union Mining Company boiler house and tailings dump on Flat Creek, Nome
1908 May 3
1
1995.38.12: Buildings at Hurrah quartz mine, Solomon
1
1995.38.13: Pedestrians and wagons on Front Street, showing Goetze's photo studio in foreground, Nome
1
1995.38.14.1: Inupiaq carver Happy Jack and his wife in fur parkas
1
1995.38.14.2: Inupiaq group having breakfast in front of boat and tent on sandspit, Nome
1
1995.38.14.3: Inupiaq group having breakfast in front of tents on sandspit, Nome
1
1995.38.14.4: Inupiaqs in umiaks under bridge at start of race on Snake River, Nome
1908 August 15
1
1995.38.14.5: Inupiaq woman wearing fur parka holding child
1
1995.38.14.6: Siberian native fisherman on beach with kayak and drying fish
Huey (photographer)
1
1995.38.14.7: Yuit women and children at water's edge, Koliutschit, Siberia
1
1995.38.14.8: Inupiaqs in fur parkas with dog, Nome
1
1995.38.14.9: Inupiaq man in fur parka dancing, Nome
1
1995.38.14.10: Young Inupiaq woman wearing fur parka
"Miss Effie Bell of Eskimos, Nome, Alaska "
1
1995.38.14.11-14.14: Young Inupiaq woman in fur parka
1
1995.38.15: Panorama of Nome in three panels
1
1995.38.16.1; 16.3; 16.6-7: Front Street, Nome
1
1995.38.16.2: Fort Davis in deep snow, Nome
1
1995.38.16.4: Bird's eye view of Nome
1
1995.38.16.5: People standing in front of Nome post office near sled carrying mail
1907 March 15
1
1995.38.16.8: Deep snow and ice on buildings on Kester Avenue, Nome, Alaska
1
1995.38.17.1: House covered in snow
A.L. Bell Photo (photographer)
1
1995.38.17.2: Boats and tents on beach at west end of Nome
1900 July 25
1
1995.38.17.3, 1995.38.17.4: Damaged buildings on sandspit after storm
1900 Sept
1
1995.38.17.5: Waterfront, Nome
1
1995.38.17.6: Tents on sandspit near town
1
1995.38.17.7: Mining operations on Third Beach, Nome
1906 June
1
1995.38.17.8: Mining operations along Third Beach with slag dump, Nome
1907 May
1
1995.38.17.9: Man on beach near breakers with steamship Northwestern in harbor, Nome
1908 August 10
1
1995.38.17.10: Clouds over water, Nome
1
1995.38.17.11: Men with horse drawn wagons and freight on beach Nome
1900 October 22
1
1995.38.17.12: Breakers with ships in distance, Nome
1
1995.38.18: Man outside Alaska Photo Company building, Nome
"O.D. Goetze Photo Gallery, Nome, Alaska"
1
1995.38.19.1: Interior of Catholic Church at Christmas time, Nome
1902
1
1995.38.19.2: Men with shovels working on railroad tacks
"Seward railroad on Nome River, Alaska"
1
1995.38.19.3: Drawing of woman being lifted ashore by a hook through her bloomers
"Landing the Merry Widow in Nome, Alaska"
1
1995.38.19.4: Survey team on Penny River, Nome
"Sutton's ditch on Penny R[iver] looking downst[ream], Nome, Alaska"
1905 August 8
1
1995.38.19.5: Men with mule teams along Nome River
"Teamsters on the Pioneer ditch, Nome River"
1
1995.38.19.6: Men with shovels along Pioneer ditch on Nome River
1
1995.38.19.7: Carl Albertson of Norway ski jumping with spectators looking on, Nome
2
1995.38.20.1: Klondike Mill Company lumber operations with town in background
2
1995.38.20.2: Peaks and glacier near Thomas Bay
2
1995.38.20.3: Sidewheeler steamship in Dutch Harbor
1900
2
1995.38.21.1: People in canoe, buildings and totem poles in background, Wrangell
2
1995.38.21.2: Chilkat Indian in dancing costume, Wrangell
1899 March 6
2
1995.38.22.1: Composite group photo of members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Nome, Alaska
"Nome Aerie No. 75. F.O.E."
2
1995.38.22.2: Herd of reindeer near Nome
2
1995.38.22.3: Man and woman with dogsled and dog team outside house, Nome
2
1995.38.22.4: Dog team and sled with musher and passenger, Nome
2
1995.38.22.5: Pile of gold bars, sacks of gold coins, and buckets of ore
"Miners and Merchants Bank, Nome, Alaska. $1,200,000- part of Spring clean up"
1906
2
1995.38.22.6: Pile of gold bars
"Alaskan Banking and Safe Deposit Co. $1,000,000 part of spring clean-up"
1906
2
1995.38.24.1: Barracks at Fort Davis, near Nome
1900 September
2
1995.38.24.2: Men with seven dog teams four miles out from shore transporting freight from steamship S.S. Corwin over ice to Nome. S.S. Corwin in background at right.
1909 June 2
2
1995.38.24.3: Woman in fur parka with dog team and sled
2
1995.38.24.4: Snow tunnel, Nome
2 1900
2
1995.38.26: Steamship Cleveland frozen in ice, with men aboard, Nome
1901
2
1995.38.27: Steamship Umatilla, Nome
2
1995.38.28: Steamship President in Nome harbor
2
1995.38.29: Men aboard river steamboat Herman
Huey (photographer)
2
1995.38.30: Painting of rescue crew near schooner
"Nome life crew and the schooner Greyhound which came ashore during July storm, 1906, Nome, Alaska"
circa 1906
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
1909
Box
2
1995.38.32.1-32.4: "Miss Columbia," native of Labrador, Canada
2
1995.38.32.5: Inuit with fur parka near skin covered tent
2
1995.38.32.6: Composite of Alaska scenes with Alaska-Yukon-Pacific logo
Regrade of 3rd Avenue, Seattle, Washington
1909
Box
2
1995.38.33.1: Washington Hotel and house
2
1995.38.33.2; .33.3; 33.5: Men using high power hoses
"View of 3rd Avenue-regrading-looking west--Grant Smith and Co. and Stillwell, Seattle"
2
1995.38.33.4: Men using high power hoses
"Regrading on 3rd Avenue, Holt and Jeffery, contractors, Seattle"
2
2
1995.38.33.7: Partially regraded area
2
2
2
1995.38.33.10: Steam engines near building
Miscellaneous Seattle and other towns
These photographs are undated but believed to have been taken after 1908, when Goetze returned to Washington from Alaska.
circa 1909-1913
Box
2
2
1995.38.34.2-3: Parade on 2nd Avenue
2
1995.38.34.4: Westlake Avenue with trolleys and pedestrians, showing Hotel Plaza and Northern Bank and Trust Company Building
2
1995.38.35.1: Camp on beach
2
1995.38.35.2: Path through trees
2
1995.38.35.3: People and parked cars outside Cedar Valley Store and gas station
2
1995.38.35.4: Man and towing car outside Loop service station, Edmonds
2
1995.38.35.5: People outside Keller's Corner grocery store and gas station

1995.38.36:  Photo album , 1899-1909 and undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Page
2 1
Japanese reserve in Yellowstone Park, California
undated
2 2
People on beach near Cliff House, San Francisco, California
undated
2 3
Philippine natives in exhibit at St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 4a
Philippines Parade Ground at St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 4b
Alaska building at St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 5a
St. Louis World's Fair grounds
1904
2 5b
Philippines Parade Grounds at St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 6a
St. Louis World's Fair grounds
1904
2 6b
Great Siberian Railway Exhibit
"The Pike, St. Louis World's Fair"
1904
2 7a
Orange Farms from Pasadena, California
undated
2 7b
Educational Government and Liberal Arts building at St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 8a
Agriculture building at St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 8b
Bird's Eye view of Santa Barbara, California
undated
2 9a-b
Mormon church in Salt Lake City, Utah
undated
2 10a
Four men near building in Texas
undated
2 10b
Building above street in Pasadena, California
undated
2 11a
Track for electric cars to the summit of Mt. Lowe in Los Angeles, California
undated
2 11b
Tracks for cog railway to summit of Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado
undated
2 12a
Street in Pasadena, California
undated
2 12b
World's Fair scene, showing Canada and Ceylon buildings
undated
2 13a
Peaks and glaciers near Thomas Bay, Alaska
circa 1899-1909
2 13b, 13c
Path through trees
undated
2 14a
Viewpoint on Mount Lowe near electric car station in Los Angeles, California
undated
2 14b
St. Louis World's Fair
1904
2 15a
Street with stores, pedestrians and horse drawn carriages in Santa Barbara, California
undated
2 15b
View across Osage River, Missouri
undated
2 16a
Cable car and tracks on Mt. Lowe in Los Angeles, California
undated
2 16b
Crooks Bluff in Riverview, Missouri
undated
2 17a
Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah
undated
2 17b
Family in front of farm house
undated
2 18a
Pine forest 5000 feet above sea level in Los Angeles, California
undated
2 18b
Street in Pasadena, California
undated
2 19a
View of Sitka, Alaska across water
1898-1909
2 19b
Miners in southeast Alaska
1898-1909
2 20a
Scales and summit of Chilkoot Pass
1898-1909
2 20b
Woman on path in front of building
undated
2 20c
Men sitting on log across river
undated
2 21a
Loggers felling timber in Washington
undated
2 21b
Tunnel on Spruce Creek, Alaska
1898-1909
2 22a
Native men, women and children in front of totem poles in log house at Fort Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 22b
Yoked oxen in logging camp in Alaska
1898-1909
2 23a
Steamship Garonne at Nome dock
1900
2 23b
Steamship Ohio at dock
undated
2 24a
Steamship Ohio loaded with passengers
1900 May 13
2 24b
Handicrafts and art work of Alaska natives displayed against wall in Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 25a
Hair seal from Alaska
1899
2 25b
Miners on Silver Creek in Sitka, Alaska
1898-1909
2 27a
Steamship Oregon with passengers leaving for Nome
1900
2 27b
Two men on iceberg on Icy Bay
1899 August 12
2 28
Calberts [mining camp?]
undated
2 29a
Two totem poles
1898-1909
2 29b
Group of native men, women, and children (probably Tlingit) in Chief Shakes' house in Wrangell, Alaska
"Coonk Shakes, nephew of a Great Chief of Wrangel, Alaska"
1898-1909
2 30
People on beach near Cliff House in San Francisco, California
undated
2 31a
Gold nugget
"Actual size of Alaska's largest nugget found by Pioneer Mining Co. on No. 5 bench, Discovery, Anvil, wt. 182 oz., value $3276.00, Nome, Sep. 8, 1903"
1903 September 8
2 31b
Totem pole in front of building
"Eskimo's totem pole of S[outh]e[ast] Alaska "
1898-1909
2 32a
Totem pole in Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 32b
Totem pole behind memorial marker in Wrangell, Alaska
Marker reads "In memory of Kaukish. Died 1897. Age 68 years"
1898-1909
2 33a
Steamer Rosecrans near dock in Seattle
1900 April 14
2 33b
Waterfall on Silver Creek, near Silver City, Alaska
1898-1909
2 34a
Four people in snow in Nome, Alaska
1901 March 28
2 34b
Reindeer pulling two people on sled in Nome, Alaska
1898-1909
2 35a
Fishing schooner near Wrangell Island
1898-1909
2 35b
Indian art and handicrafts inside store, Wrangell, Alaska
"Maurice Haeley Curio Store, Wrangell, Alaska"
1898-1909
2 36a
Freighting schooner under construction in Seattle, Washington
undated
2 36b
Passengers on Steamship Santa Ana for Nome
1900 May 26
2 37a
Crowd on dock near Steamship Charles D. Lane
undated
2 37b
Buildings near docks, Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 38a
Schooner on water, Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 38b
Man and woman with dogsled and dog team outside house in Nome, Alaska
1898-1909
2 39a
Totem pole in front of building in Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 39b
People in large canoe in front of buildings and totem poles in Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 40a
Steamship City of Seattle
1899 August 24
2 40b
Bear skins hanging in room in Fort Wrangell, Alaska
undated
2 41a
Three people with large fish hanging from pole
undated
2 41b
Crab
undated
2 42a
Man with wolf's head hat and two boys posed with guns and dressed in decorative Native costumes in Wrangell, Alaska
1898-1909
2 42b
Group of native men, women, and children (probably Tlingit) in Chief Shakes' house, Wrangell, Alaska
"Coonk Shakes, nephew of a Great Chief of Wrangel, Alaska"
1898-1909
2 43a
Man and woman with dogsled and dog team outside house, Nome, Alaska
1898-1909
2 43b
Man on skis in front of Anvil Rock
undated
2 44
Men building a skid road for logging inWashington
undated
2 45a
Bridges and town of Skagway, Alaska
1898-1909
2 45b
Two men on icebergs in Icy Bay, Alaska
1899 August 2
2 46a
Tlingit men and women wearing ceremonial costumes in front of Chief Shakes house, Wrangel, Alaska
1898 July 4
2 46b
Native men and women inside hut decorated with American flags in southeastern Alaska
1898-1909
2 47a
Crowd on dock near Steamship Oregon, loaded with passengers for Nome
1900
2 47b
Steamship Cottage City
1899 August 22
2 48a
Chilkat man in traditional dress and blanket, Alaska
1898-1909
2 48b
Chilkat man wearing dancing costume in Wrangell, Alaska
1899 March 6
2 49a
Woman in fur parka with dog team and sled
Buildings in background: N.L and Warehouse Co., The Beau Mercantile Co., North American Transportation and Trading Co.
undated
2 49b, 50a
Panorama of Fort Wrangel, Alaska
1898 May 10
2 50b
Kayakers racing on Snake River in Nome, Alaska
1908 August 15
2 51
Sunset in St. Michael., Alaska
1898-1909
2 52
Thundercloud in Nome, Alaska
1898-1909
2 53a
Taxidermy ptarmigans
"Ptarmigans of Northeast Alaska"
undated
2 53b
Pipe in surf in Nome, Alaska
1898-1909
2 54a
Dog team pulling couple in sled in Nome, Alaska
1898-1909
2 54b
Reindeer herd at Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska
1898-1909
1 55
Man and woman on horse
undated
1 56
Horse team with freight near building buried in snow. Photographer: Bell & Co.
undated
1 57
St. James Cathedral in Seattle
undated
1 58
Couple in front of house
undated

Photographic postcards Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
1909
Box
3
3
3
 German Day Parade, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, August 18, 1909
 Odd Fellows Parade at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, September 22, 1909
 digital image of Vancouver Arch, 1909
digital image of Mayflower passengers, 1909
 
197 postcards
German Day, Japan Day, Italian Day, Labor Day, New England Children's Day and Odd Fellows parades as well as a parade to view the Markus Whitman monument and a military parade for the dedication of the Vancouver Welcome Arch.
3
3
 Animals
39 postcards
Horses, livestock, chimpanzees, elephants, camels and sheep
3
Alaska natives
16 postcards
Alaska natives from exhibits including "Miss Columbia" from Labrador and Igerrote carvers and weavers. Postcards of Alaska native include the images listed below, available in digital format by clicking on the icon:
3
Miscellaneous
11 postcards
Crowd, parades and events. Includes the images listed below, available in digital format by clicking on the icon:
Box
3
1995.38.37.230:  Crowd near hot air balloon
3
3
3
3
Seattle
1909-1910 and undated
Box
3
Waterfront fire
5 postcards
1910 June 11
3 1909
3
Golden Potlatch Parade
34 postcards
1912
3
Other parades
5 postcards
Labor Day Parade, September 6, 1909; Work Horse Parade, July 4, 1910; and unidentified parades
circa 1909-1910
3 undated
3
Ships
20 postcards
Armored cruisers in Seattle Harbor, steamships, a cable ship and the West Seattle ferry
undated
Miscellaneous
Box
3
Towns
2 postcards
undated
3
Alaska
11 postcards
Sled dogs, mining operations and native Alaskans
1898-1908

Other material , 1897-1909 and undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
1995.38.1.1: By-laws and Articles of Incorporation and Prospectus of the Seattle Moving Picture Company, of which O.D. Goetze is President and Treasurer
1909
1
1995.38.1.2: $250 stock certificate for Seattle Moving Picture Company
1
1995.38.2: "Mining Experiences in Alaska" pamphlet illustrated and written by O.D. Goetz
1909
1
1995.38.3: Souvenir of North Western Alaska, book of photographs by O.D. Goetze
1
1995.38.4: En Route to the Klondike: Chilkoot Pass and Skaguay Trail by F. LaRoche
1897
2
1995.38.23.1-.4: Alaska Steamship Company menus, illustrated with pastel drawings of sled dogs by Alaskan artist Josephine Crumrine
2
1995.38.31: Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1900. Illustrated book about Alaska published in anticipation of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
1908

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909: Seattle, Wash.)
  • Eskimos--Alaska--Photographs
  • Gold miners--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Indians of North America--Alaska--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Nome (Alaska)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic postcards
  • Photographic prints