Adams Family photograph collection, circa 1889-1931  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Adams (Family : Adams, Gilbert Alison, 1862-1932)
Title
Adams Family photograph collection
Dates
circa 1889-1931 (inclusive)
1900-1906 (bulk)
Quantity
35 photographic prints (1 box) ; sizes vary
3 pieces of ephemera
Collection Number
PH0919
Summary
Photographs of daily life, business activities, hunting, and methods of transportation employed by settlers and Native tribes around Nome and Council City, Alaska in the early part of the 20th century
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator is required to view the originals. Contact Special Collections for additional information.

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Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Gilbert Alison Adams (1862-1932) was an attorney in Council City, Alaska. He served as president of the Townsite Organization, and worked as the clerk of the District Court in Nome and as a U.S. commissioner in Council. He may also have been the proprietor of Kane House, a hotel in Council, in the early 1900s. He married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dickenson (1866-1947) in 1906, and they had two daughters, Lucile D. (1907- 1982) and Alison M. (1908-1958). Lizzie was born in Yolo County, California in 1866 and moved with her father to Nome, Alaska in 1899. In 1918, the family left Alaska and moved to Tacoma, where Gilbert died in 1932 and Lizzie remained until 1943, when she moved to Seattle to live with Lucile. Alison moved to Los Angeles and married a man named Owen.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of daily life, business activities, hunting, and methods of transportation employed by settlers and Native tribes in and around Nome and Council City, Alaska. There are also photographs of the Adams family and Eskimos in Council City and Nome. The collection includes photographs by B.B. Dobbs and Susan Bernardi.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Several of the photos are by Susan Bernardi, who was a schoolteacher at the U.S. Government School in Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales in the early 1900s. (See her album Photographs of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska Album PH Coll. No. 49). There is no indication of the Adams family's relationship to Bernardi, if any existed.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Adams FamilyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
 Studio portrait of Elizabeth Adams
I.G. Davidson, Tacoma, Washington Territory (photographer)
circa 1889
1/1 2
 Postcard of large two-story house probably Adams family home in Tacoma, Washington
Written on verso: Aug. 5, '07. On the other side of this card is the shack where we live. It is on the corner, N.E. corner of E. 15 & Alder Sts. where you will always find the latch string out. H.B.A.
1907
1/1 3
 Postcard of two girls, Lucile and Alison surrounded by dolls and toys Council City, Alaska
Written on verso: Elizabeth's photo, Council, Al. Christmas 1910. Lucile & Alison, NAT Residence. (NAT probably stands for N.A.T. & T. Company). This may have been a company house.
Christmas 1910
1/1 4
 Postcard of toys and Christmas tree, Council City, Alaska.
Written on verso: Elizabeth's photo, Xmas 1912 13, Council Alaska. Lucile & Alison, Christmas tree.
circa 1912
1/1 5
 Studio portrait of Alison
Photographer: Harding Studio, Tacoma, WaWritten on photo: To My Darling Mama with love and gratitude, Alison. December 12, 1928.
December 1928
1/1 6
 Probably Alison standing in front of a poster of Josef Lhevinne
Written on verso: Elizabeth D. Adams Fall 1930-31.
Fall 1930

Daily Life in Nome and Council City AlaskaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/2 7 undated
1/2 8
 Two men in front of W.G. Schaefer Groceries
The photograph is printed backwards.
undated
1/2 9
 Group of eight people in front of Cottage Roadhouse with sled and dog team
Sign above the door says: Cottage Roadhouse, Mrs. Ginivin, Prop.
undated
1/2 10a-b
 Horse-drawn carriage with five passengers in front of Kane House, Council City, Alaska
Written on verso of 10b: J.Y. McCurres Stage leaving Council for Nome, Al. Lucile's Photo.
undated
1/2 11 1900
1/2 12
 Young girl, Anita Allen, sitting at a desk looking at a globe Nome, Alaska
Written on verso: Anita Allan, Nome, Alaska. Granddaughter of C.D. Lane, 1905.
1905
1/2 13
 Postcard of Ralph Tapia and Scotty Allan, with large ice sled on Bering Sea, Nome, Alaska
Written on verso: Elizabeth's Photo, Nome Alaska. GAA Ralph Tapia, and Scotty Allan's ice sled on Bering Sea, Winter 1917.Scotty Allan was a famous dog musher and the owner of beloved sled dog, Baldy. He also served as a representative to the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1917 and 1919.
1917
1/2 14 1917
1/2 15
 Postcard of six boys lined up for a sack race on street, Nome, Alaska
Written on verso: Just a line to let you know that we are both O.K. I found your dad in fine shape, I was up & had quite a talk with him. Joe Council [City, Alaska]. Addressed to: Miss Alison Adams, 5121 N. 48th, Tacoma, Wash.
1922
1/2 16 undated

Eskimo PeopleReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/3 17 undated
1/3 18
 Two seated Eskimo women in fur parkas
Hammond (photographer)
undated
1/3 19 undated
1/3 20 1900
1/3 21
 Studio portrait of Eskimo man in fur parka
Probably B.B. Dobbs, Nome, Alaska (photographer)
undated
1/3 22
 Studio portrait of Eskimo woman with chin tattoo
B.B. Dobbs, Nome, Alaska (Dobbs 186) (photographer)
1903
1/4 23
 Eskimo children and woman holding a baby seated on the ground while a man cuts a boy's hair
Written on photo: The Barber. Written on verso: Kirkuk natives.
circa 1903
1/4 24 circa 1903
1/4 25 circa 1903
1/4 26 undated
1/4 27 1903
1/4 28
 Human skulls and bones arranged on logs
Written on verso: Eska [sic] Graves Alaska.
circa 1903
1/4 29
 Postcard photo of five Eskimo people fishing from the beach with nets
Written on verso: Eskamoes [sic] fishing. Mrs. Gbb [sic] Photo.
undated
1/4 30 undated

Photographs from Kinegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska by Susan R. BernardiReturn to Top

These photos are images that also appear in the Photos of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, Photograph Album(PH Coll 49). These photos were made by the photographer Susan R. Bernardi. Bernardi was a U.S. Government schoolteacher in Cape Prince of Wales beginning in 1901. The photos in the album in PH Coll 49 include captions that provide more information about these photos.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/5 31
 Boat and sled cache above the snow
Bernardi's caption for this photo which appears on page 11 of her albumPhotos of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, Photograph Album: House Snowed Under.Bernardi's caption for a similar photo on page 7: All sleds and boat frames are cached to keep the wolf dogs from chewing the seal thong with which it is bound.
circa 1906
1/5 32
 Eskimo hunter with seal standing on ice
Bernardi's caption for this photo which appears on page 17 of her albumPhotos of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, Photograph Album: A Hair Seal Plentiful all the year in Bering Straits. As many as 75 are caught in 1 day. The small boys and men's hunting trousers are made of the skin with hair on. Without the hair waterproof boots and suits are made.
circa 1906
1/5 33
 Eskimo people standing around a boat
Bernardi's caption for this photo which appears on page 25 of her albumPhotos of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, Photograph Album: The Woman Has Sprinkled Ashes, Made from Shavings of new Paddles, along the path to keep Devils from Hoodooing the hunting.
circa 1906
1/5 34
 People with whale carcass on the beach
Bernardi's caption for this photo which appears on page 30 of her albumPhotos of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, Photograph Album: A Pup Whale 30 ft long.Bernardi's caption for a similar photo on page 28: Four Men Put on Waterproof 1 piece Suits, get into a hole, cut in the whale's stomach and then proceed to carve throwing the meat on to ice where the woman haul it on dog sleds to the village.
circa 1906
1/5 35
 Postcard of Eskimo boy wearing fur parka
Bernardi's caption for this photo which appears on page 65 of her albumPhotos of Eskimo at Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, Photograph Album: Rags.
circa 1904

EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/6 36a
 Rope
Piece of knotted rope which broke on the 1901 voyage of the schoonerRalph J. Longon its trip from Nome to Seattle.
1901
1/6 36b
 Note that was attached to rope
Written on card: A clove knot tied by 2[nd] mate B [illeg] of the 2 mast 90 ton Schooner Ralph J. Long out from Nome, Alaska, Oct. 23, 1901. Arrived in Seattle Dec. 9, 1901. A part of rope which held boom and broke one night--5 minutes after Mrs. B and I left deck. We were sitting under boom.Written on verso: Lizzie B. Dickenson.
1901
1/6 37
Mrs. Gilbert Alison Adams calling card
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Eskimos--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Eskimos--Alaska--Social life and customs--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Adams, Alison
  • Adams, Elizabeth (Lizzie)
  • Adams, Gilbert Alison, 1862-1932
  • Adams, Lucile
  • Geographical Names :
  • Council (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Council (Alaska)--Social life and customs--Photographs
  • Nome (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Prince of Wales, Cape (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Tacoma (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bernardi, Susan R (photographer)