Klondike Days collection, 1898-circa 1950  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer, poet
Bolton, Arthur Lawrence, 1876-1958
Klondike Days collection
1898-circa 1950 (inclusive)
1898-1909 (bulk)
112 b/w photographs, 52 negatives, 2 photostats, 11 letters, 2 manuscripts, 1 scrapbook (2 boxes)
Collection Number
Photographs relating to the Klondike Gold Rush
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Arthur Lawrence Bolton (August 30, 1876-August 17, 1958) studied ornithology at Stanford University under Leverett Mills Loomis and spent field time in the Farallon Islands. In 1898, he journeyed to Alaska where he searched for gold and wrote prose. He served as the Superintendant of Grounds at the University of California, Berkeley from 1902-1905. He was the Northern California representative for the State Board of Architects and a member of the California Academy of Sciences. He was also an Honorary member of the Poetry Society of England and a prolific writer of short stories and poetry. He married Mary Saylor Bolton (1879-1971) and had three children, Eleanor Saylor Bolton, Arthur, Jr., and Beatrice Mary Bolton. The family lived on La Loma Avenue, in Berkeley, California. [from Online Archive of California--the Bancroft Library holds his diaries]

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs relating to the Klondike Gold Rush. Some of the photographs were used to illustrate an account of a season of travel on the Yukon River. Many of the photographs were made by Arthur Bolton, Pillsbury, and Case.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

In this collection, Lake Laberge is variously referred to as Lake Laberge, Lake LaBarge, and Lake LeBarge.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Status of creator's copyrights is unknown; restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Users are responsible for researching copyright status before use.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
"Klondike Days: Steamboating and Life on the Yukon in the Early Days"
Alfred Page's first hand account of the 1899 season spent as a ship cook on the Yukon River which details the social life in the towns and camps as they emerged during the Klondike Gold Rush. Includes 20 b/w photographs with typed captions and pencilled notations by Arthur L. Bolton. These illustrations depict early travels on the Yukon river between 1898 and 1905.
ca. 1899
"Them Was The Days?: The Songs of the Chinook and Trails of Yesterday"
Arthur Lawrence Bolton's collection of 96 typed poems concerning mining, mushing, gambling, and the harsh landscape in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Includes 36 b/w photographs taken by Bolton while working in the Yukon between 1898 and 1905.
ca. 1950

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Arthur L. Bolton
Eleven letters between A.L. Bolton and F.W. Morrison, Bolton's partner in the mining venture at Dominion Creek in the Yukon Territory, concerning the financial state of their joint venture. Bolton returned to California in 1905 after seven years of working at Dominion Creek to continue his interest in collecting botanical specimens, while Morrison continued to run the partnership.

PhotographsReturn to Top

Fifty-six b/w prints and photostats found loose in a blank scrapbook with about half taken by Arthur L. Bolton between 1898 and 1905, to which he added pencilled captions on the back of each print. Many of the remaining images were taken by professional photographers working in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Includes two photostats of Bolton's mining licenses.

Container(s) Description Dates
Lake LaBarge Photographs
Eleven b/w prints taken by Arthur L. Bolton, which depict the lodging, transportation, and activities in the Yukon territory associated with mining during the Klondike Gold Rush. Also includes images of the N.W. Mounted Police and their sleds at their post on the lake.
Dominion Creek Photographs
Six b/w prints taken by Arthur L. Bolton, which document the cabin and efforts to mine the Bolton-Morrison claim at Dominion Creek in the Yukon Territory between 1899 and 1905.
Miscellaneous Photographs
Six b/w prints of unidentified individuals, ships, and cabins in the Yukon territory.
Cripple Creek Eskimo Photograph
One b/w print of a large group of Cripple Creek Eskimo gathered around a canoe in a camp.
Wildlife Photographs
Six b/w prints of wolves, arctic ptarmigans, mountain goats, and caribou.
Northwest Mounted Police
Two b/w prints of the N.W. Mounted Police freighting beef and their cabin.
A.C. Pillsbury Photographs
Four b/w prints of Klondike landscapes and rivers, including the Lynn Canal, the Yukon Flats, Five Fingers, and Miles Caynon taken by the Los Angeles photographer.
Arthur L. Bolton Photographs
Four b/w prints with pencilled captions by A.L. Bolton depicting a camp on the river, Miles Caynon from the ice, and lodging in the Yukon Territory.
Landscape Photographs
Six b/w prints documenting Summit Lake, Fifty Mile River, Middle Lake, the Saw Tooth Mountains, and the Rockies.
Adams & Larkin Photographs
Four b/w prints taken by Adams and Larkin from Dawson in the Yukon Territory, including images of the Rockies from the Dome, the forests of the Yukon, and lodging.
F.W. Morrison Photographs
Two b/w prints of Morrison road and a field outside Dawson, Yukon Territory.
White Pass Summit Photographs
Two b/w photographs of the Summit at White Pass, one of the major supply routes for miners headed towards Dawson and the Klondike Gold Rush. One of the images depicts the lines of miners and their supplies waiting to clear the pass.
Mining License Photostats
Two photostat images of a "Free Miner's Certificate" from the Dominion of Canada and a "Grant for Placer Mining" from the Department of the Interior, both issued to A.L. Bolton in 1899 for mining in the Yukon Territory.

ScrapbookReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Scrapbook with two b/w prints of A.L. Bolton at Lake LaBarge adhered to the cover, in addition to three Japanese characters. The scrapbook contained 56 loose b/w prints and photostats and the pages do not contain captions or any indication of a particular order. Many of these images also appear as illustrations in Bolton's original manuscript, "Them Was The Days?: The Songs of the Chinook and Trails of Yesterday."

NegativesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Negatives, many used to create prints found as illustrations in Arthur Page's and Arthur L. Bolton's manuscripts or Bolton's separate collection of loose photographs found in a blank scrapbook.
ca. 1898-ca. 1905

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Eskimos--Yukon--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--Yukon
  • Gold mines and mining--Yukon--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--Yukon--Poetry
  • Miners--Yukon--Photographs
  • Mounted police--Yukon--Photographs
  • Wolves--Yukon--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Bolton, Arthur Lawrence, 1876-1958--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Lake Laberge (Yukon)--Photographs
  • Yukon--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Manuscripts (documents)
  • Negatives (photographs)
  • Personal correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Stats (copies)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)