A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition, May-August 1899  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)
Title
A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition
Dates
May-August 1899 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 albums containing 253 photographic prints (2 boxes)
Collection Number
PH0333
Summary
Photograph albums documenting the activities of the Harriman Expedition to Alaska in 1899, led by Edward Henry Harriman and photographed by the expedition's official photographer, Edward S. Curtis, as well as other members of party.
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
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Digital Objects

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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman described his Alaska outing "as a summer cruise for the pleasure and recreation of my family and a few friends." While he initially planned to extend his adventure only as far as Kodiak Island to engage in some big game hunting, his party grew to include some of the country's foremost and distinguished scientific personnel, artists, photographers, writers, and conservationists. On May 31, 1899, the members of the Harriman Alaska Expedition set sail from Seattle on the steamship George W. Elder . For the next two months, they headed north to explore the waters and coastal territory of Alaska. Twenty-three scientists including geologists, botanists, ornithologists, taxidermists, and zoologists engaged in scientific investigation in their respective fields while enjoying E.H. Harriman's hospitality and leisurely lifestyle aboard the steamship. John Muir, naturalist, explorer and conservationist, was an honorable member of the expedition. Muir had discovered Glacier Bay and Muir Glacier on an earlier expedition with S. Hall Young in 1879. The Harriman Alaska Expedition stops included Muir Glacier, Glacier Bay, Sitka, Yakutat Bay, Prince William Sound, Kodiak Island, the Shumagin Islands, Unalaska, the Pribilof Islands, Port Clarence, and Cape Fox, in addition to a short jaunt over to Plover Bay on the Siberian coast.

Over 5,000 photographs were taken on the trip. Upon the group's return, Harriman produced a two-volume souvenir album entitled A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition, May-August, 1899. Volume 1, New York to Cook Inlet and ... Volume II, Cook Inlet to Bering Strait and the Return Voyage , which included photographs by Edward S. Curtis, one of the official expedition photographers.

Photographer Edward S. Curtis was born in 1868 in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and grew up near Cordova, Minnesota. In 1887, Curtis moved to the Washington Territory with his father, where he bought into and later owned a photographic studio in Seattle. In 1898, Curtis met George Bird Grinnell and C. Hart Merriam on Mt. Rainier, which most likely led to his appointment in the following year as official photographer of the Harriman Alaska Expedition. Throughout the early 1900s, Curtis became well known as a photographer of Native Americans, including Chief Joseph. He also developed a relationship with Theodore Roosevelt after photographing his children. Roosevelt wrote the foreword for Curtis's twenty-volume work entitled The North American Indian , the result of three decades of fieldwork. The first volume was published in 1907 and the last in 1930. Curtis died in 1952.

Photographs of the Harriman Alaska Expedition were also taken by other members of the party, including Edward Henry Harriman, patron of the expedition; Clinton Hart Merriam, chief of the Biological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Grove Karl Gilbert, geologist, U.S. Geological Survey; Leon J. Cole, taxidermist; Robert Ridgway, curator of birds at the U.S. National Museum in Washington, D.C.; William H. Averell, brother-in-law of Edward H. Harriman; Wesley R. Coe, assistant professor of comparative anatomy, Yale University; W.B. Devereux, mining engineer; and D.J. Inverarity, Curtis's assistant.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of two albums entitled A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition , containing 253 photographic prints and one map. Also included in the collection is a duplicate copy of the album photographs housed unbound in two boxes and including an additional print missing from Volume I. Views depict landscapes, geographic features, towns, native Alaskans, and expedition members.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

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A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition May-August, 1899. Volume 1. New York to Cook Inlet.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1, Item Cover

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 0
1 1
 Head of Harriman Fiord, Prince William Sound, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
1 2 May 1889
1 3 May 1899
1 4
 Shoshone Falls from the west, Idaho
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
May 1899
1 5
  Shoshone Falls, Idaho
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
May 1899
1 6
 Shoshone Falls, Idaho
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
May 1899
1 7 May 1899
1 8 May 1899
1 9
 Columbia River fishwheel
L.J.C (photographer)
May 1899
1 10 June 1899
1 11
 Lowe Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 12
 Lowe Inlet, British Columbia, Canada
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 13 June 1899
1 14
 Frazer Reach, British Columbia, Canada
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 15 June 1899
1 16a June 1899
1 16b June 1899
1 17
  Behm Canal near Wrangell, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 18
 Wrangell, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 19 June 1899
1 20 June 1899
1 21
 Coast Mountains near Wrangell, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 22
 Davidson Glacier, Lynn Canal, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
June 1899
1 23 June 1899
1 24a-b June 1899
1 25 June 7, 1899
1 26 June 7, 1899
1 27
 Muir Glacier looking west, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 28
 Muir Glacier, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 29 June 1899
1 30 June 1899
1 31a June 1899
1 31b
 Crevasses in Muir Glacier, Alaska
Wesley R. Coe (photographer)
June 1899
1 32 June 1899
1 33 June 1899
1 34
 Ice in Glacier Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 35 June 1899
1 36
 Steamer George W. Elder, Glacier Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 37
 Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 38
 Charpentier Glacier, Glacier Bay, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 39 June 1899
1 40 June 1899
1 41 June 11, 1899
1 42 June 1899
1 43
  Reid Glacier, Glacier Bay, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 44
 West side of Glacier Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 45 June 1899
1 46 June 1899
1 47 June 1899
1 48
 Sitka Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 49 June 1899
1 50 June 1899
1 51
 Path by the Indian River near Sitka, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 52
 Rapids of Indian River near Sitka, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 53
 Indian River near Sitka, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 54
 Sitka spruce trees near the Indian River, Alaska
Robert Ridgway (photographer)
June 1899
1 55
 Tree moss and ferns near the Indian River, Alaska
Robert Ridgway (photographer)
June 1899
1 56 June 1899
1 57 June 1899
1 58 June 1899
1 59 June 1899
1 60
 Old museum, Sitka, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 61
 Mount Fairweather, Alaska
W.B. Devereux (photographer)
June 1899
1 62 June 1899
1 63a
 Yakutat Bay, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
June 1899
1 63b
 Village of Yakutat, Alaska
Wesley R. Coe (photographer)
June 1899
1 64a June 1899
1 64b June 1899
1 65 June 1899
1 66 June 1899
1 67
 Field of wild strawberries, Yakutat Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 68a June 1899
1 68b June 1899
1 69a-b
 Drift ice in Disenchantment Bay, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 70
 Haenke Island, south side of Yakutat Bay, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 71a
 Seagulls probably on Yakutat Bay, Alaska
W.H. Averell (photographer)
June 1899
1 71b
 Seagull probably over Yakutat Bay, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
June 1899
1 72
 Turner Glacier, Disenchantment Bay, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 73
 Hubbard Glacier, Disenchantment Bay, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 74 June 1899
1 75
 Russell Fiord, Yakutat Bay, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 76 June 1899
1 77 June 1899
1 78 June 1899
1 79a
 Tlingit canoes inYakutat Bay, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 79b June 1899
1 80 June 1899
1 81 June 1899
1 82 June 1899
1 83 June 1899
1 84 June 1899
1 85a June 1899
1 85b June 1899
1 86 June 1899
1 87a
 Members of the expedition taking part in a lifeboat drill aboard the George W. Elder
W.H. Averell (photographer)
From left to right: Mary Harriman, Cornelia Harriman, Dorethea Draper, Mrs. A [possibly Mrs. Averell], Elizabeth Averell, Roland Harriman, Carol Harriman.
June 1899
1 87b
 Members of the expedition taking part in a lifeboat drill aboard the George W. Elder
W.H. Averell (photographer)
From left to right: Edwin C. Starks, John Burroughs, W.B. Devereux, Mrs. A.[possibly Mrs. Averell], Averell Harriman, Edward H. Harriman, Roland Harriman, Elizabeth Averell, Carol Harriman.
June 1899
1 88a
 Peter Doran, captain of the George W. Elder
W.H. Averell (photographer)
June 1899
1 88b
 Members of the expedition in a lifeboat aboard the George W. Elder
W.H. Averell (photographer)
Man standing up in boat may be John Burroughs.
June 1899
1 89
 Town of Orca, Prince William Sound, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 90 June 1899
1 91
 Yakutat seal hunters' canoe, Alaska
W.H. Averell (photographer)
June 1899
1 92a
 Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 92b
 Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 93
 Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska
W.H. Averell (photographer)
June 1899
1 94 June 1899
1 95a June 1899
1 95b June 1899
1 96
 Heather Island, Columbia Bay, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
June 1899
1 97
 Heather Island, Columbia Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 98
 Icebergs from the Columbia Glacier, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 99 June 1899
1 100
 Ice in the vicinity of Nunatak Glacier, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 101
 Ice in the vicinity of Nunatak Glacier, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 102
 Heather on Heather Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 103 June 1899
1 104 June 26, 1899
1 105a June 1899
1 105b June 1899
1 106 June 1899
1 107 June 1899
1 108a June 1899
1 108b June 1899
1 109 June 1899
1 110 June 1899
1 111 June 1899
1 112 June 1899
1 113 June 1899
1 114 June 1899
1 115 June 1899
1 116 June 1899
1 117
 Barry Glacier at the mouth of Harriman Fiord, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 118a-c June 1899
1 119
 Surprise Glacier, Harriman Fiord, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
June 1899
1 120
 Serpentine Glacier, Harriman Fiord, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 121
 Harriman Glacier, Harriman Fiord, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899
1 122
 Harriman Glacier, Harriman Fiord, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 123 June 1899
1 124
 Stream emerging from the Harriman Glacier, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 125
 Hemlocks bordering Harriman Fiord, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
1 126
 Hemlocks bordering Harriman Fiord, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
June 1899

A Souvenir of the Harriman Alaska Expedition May-August 1899. Volume II. Cook Inlet to Bering Strait and the Return Voyage.Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2, Item Cover

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
2 127
 Town of Homer, Cook Inlet, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
2 128
 Seldovia on Cook Inlet, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
June 1899
2 129
 Halibut Cove, Cook Inlet, Alaska
W.B. Devereux (photographer)
June 1899
2 130 July 1899
2 130 July 1899
2 131 July 1899
2 132
 Kodiak Narrows, Kodiak Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 133
 Kodiak, Kodiak Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 134a July 1899
2 134b July 1899
2 134c 1899
2 135 July 1899
2 136 July 1899
2 137 July 1899
2 138 June 1899
2 139
 Island off of Kodiak Narrows, Kodiak Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 140
 Kodiak Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 141
 Lupins on Woody Island near Kodiak Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 142 July 1899
2 143
 Popof Island, Shumagin Islands, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 144a
 Shishaldin Volcano on Umiak Island, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
July 1899
2 144b July 1899
2 145
 Near town of Belkovski, Shumagin Islands, Alaska
W.B. Devereux (photographer)
July 1899
2 146
 Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 147
 Town of Unalaska, Unalaska Bay, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 148 June 8, 1899
2 149
 Aleut dwelling (Barabara) at Unalaska, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 150 July 1899
2 151a
 Bogoslof Island in the Bering Sea, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 151b July 1899
2 152a-c
 Sea lions on Bogoslof Island, Bering Sea, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
July 1899
2 153a-c July 1899
2 154 July 1899
2 155a 1899
2 155b
  Siberian coast, Russia
W.B. Devereux (photographer)
July 1899
2 155c
 Siberian coast, Russia
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
July 1899
2 156
 East shore of Plover Bay, Siberian coast, Russia
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
July 1899
2 157a July 1899
2 157b July 1899
2 158 July 1899
2 159 July 1899
2 160a July 1899
2 160b July 1899
2 161 July 1899
2 162 July 1899
2 163 July 1899
2 164 July 1899
2 165 July 1899
2 166
 Members of the expedition bartering with the Eskimos, Plover Bay, Siberia
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
From left to right: Dr. George F. Nelson (chaplain), Peter Doran (captain), Dr. Lewis Rutherford Morris (physician), Daniel G. Elliot (zoologist).
July 1899
2 167 July 1899
2 168 July 1899
2 169 July 1899
2 170 July 1899
2 171 July 1899
2 172a July 1899
2 172b July 1899
2 173
 Eskimo in kayak, Port Clarence, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
July 1899
2 174a July 1899
2 174b July 1899
2 175 July 1899
2 176
 Tundra at Port Clarence, Alaska
G.K. Gilbert (photographer)
July 1899
2 177 July 1899
2 178a July 1899
2 178b July 1899
2 179
 Beach on Hall Island, Bering Sea, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 180 July 1899
2 181
 Bird rookery off of Hall Island, Bering Sea, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 182
 Arenaria (sandwort) on Hall Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 183
 Tundra on St. Matthew Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 184 July 1899
2 185 July 1899
2 186 July 1899
2 187 July 1899
2 188 July 1899
2 189
 Eskimo baskets, Port Clarence, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 190 July 1899
2 191 July 1899
2 192 July 1899
2 193
 Long Island near Kodiak Island, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 194 July 1899
2 195 July 1899
2 196
  Mount Fairweather, Alaska
C. Hart Merriam (photographer)
July 1899
2 197
 Fairweather Range and La Perouse Glacier, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 198
 La Perouse Glacier, Alaska
E.H. Harriman (photographer)
July 1899
2 199
 Fairweather Range, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 200 July 1899
2 201
 Juneau from the water, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 202 July 1899
2 203 July 1899
2 204 July 1899
2 205
 Harriman Alaska Expedition party on the beach at a Tlingit Indian village, Cape Fox, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
Front left, seated: Wesley Coe, Trevor Kincaid, B.K. Emerson, Robert Ridgway, William Ritter, Alton Saunders, man, Thomas Kearney, G.K. Gilbert, Henry Gannett, three Harriman daughters and their guests, Mrs. E.H. Harriman, C. Hart Merriam. Middle row, kneeling: Charles Palache, A.K. Fisher. Rear, standing: Charles Keeler, William H. Brewer, Frederick V. Coville, B.E. Fernow, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, two women, George F. Nelson, man, John Burroughs, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Edward H. Harriman, Lewis B. Morris, William Trelease, George Bird Grinnell, Daniel G. Elliot, William H. Dall.
July 1899
2 206 July 1899
2 207 July 1899
2 208 July 1899
2 209 July 1899
2 210 July 1899
2 211 July 1899
2 212 July 1899
2 213 July 1899
2 214a July 1899
2 214b July 1899
2 214c July 1899
2 215 July 1899
2 216
 Salmonberries, Alaska
Edward S. Curtis (photographer)
July 1899
2 217 July 1899

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bays--Alaska--Photographs
  • Eskimos--Alaska--Photographs
  • Eskimos--Boats--Alaska--Photographs
  • Glaciers--Alaska--Photographs
  • Islands--Alaska--Photographs
  • Natural history--Alaska--Photographs
  • Scientific expeditions--Alaska--Photographs
  • Tlingit art--Alaska--Photographs
  • Tlingit Indians--Alaska--Photographs
  • Umiaks--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Coe, Wesley Roswell, 1869-1960--Photographs
  • Devereux, W.B.--Photographs
  • Gilbert, Grove Karl, 1843-1918--Photographs
  • Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909--Photographs
  • Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Harriman Alaska Expedition (1899)--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska--Discovery and exploration--Photographs
  • Glacier Bay (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Kodiak Island (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Port Clarence (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Pribilof Islands (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Prince William Sound (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Shumagin Islands (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Sitka (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Unalaska (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Yakutat (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Yakutat Bay (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Averell, William H (photographer)
    • Coe, Wesley Roswell, 1869-1960 (photographer)
    • Cole, Leon J (photographer)
    • Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952 (photographer)
    • Devereux, W.B (photographer)
    • Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909 (photographer)
    • Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942 (photographer)
    • Ridgway, Robert, 1850-1929 (photographer)