Nome, Alaska, Photograph Collection, approximately 1902-1913  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Nome, Alaska, Photograph Collection
Dates
approximately 1902-1913 (inclusive)
Quantity
21 photographic prints (1 folder)
Collection Number
PH0602
Summary
The collection contains images taken between 1902 and 1913 of Nome, the Inuit people, dogsleds, and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson's sloop GJOA, the first to travel the Northwest Passage from east to west.
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

Selections from the collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

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


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In July, 1898, gold was discovered on Anvil Creek near what was to become Nome, Alaska. The prospectors soon began to arrive, and by 1900, U.S. Census statistics listed Nome as the home of one-third of Alaska's white population. Little is left of the architecture from these early years, primarily because of large fires in 1905 and 1934, as well as violent storms in 1900, 1913, 1945, and 1974.

Due to the harsh climate for most of the year, ships were vital to Nome. Mail arrived via ship and dog team throughout the winter months, and there were long delays between deliveries. The S.S. Corwin delivered mail starting in late May or early June, following the revenue-cutter Bear through the ice to Nome. If the ice was unnavigable for either ship, dog teams would bring the mail ashore.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains photographs of Nome, Alaska, and vicinity. Included are images of Nome street scenes, dogsled teams running the mail ashore from the Corwin , and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundson's sloop GJOA , the first to travel the Northwest Passage from east to west.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Views of Nome, AlaskaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1
 Water Wagon with town view
Lomen Bros (photographer)
ca. 1910-1913
1 2 ca. 1910-1913
1 3 ca. 1910-1913
1 4
 Panorama of First Avenue after storm
[Lomen Bros.?] (photographer)
1913

Inuit of Nome, AlaskaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 5 May 1902
1 6 ca. 1907
1 7
1 8
 Inuit man, Chief Klatsutamnrat, with stick
MacDonald (photographer)
1 9
1 10
1 11
Two Inuit children
1 12 ca. 1907

DogsledsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 13
Two men fishing on ice, Nome
ca. 1900s
1 14
Men with sled and dog team

Bringing Mail Ashore from the Steamer CorwinReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 15
 Men with dogsled team
MacDonald (photographer)
“Sport Smith bringing ashore first mail from SS Corwin, 5 miles on Bering Sea."
June 2, 1907
1 16
 Men with sled and dog team
MacDonald (photographer)
June 2, 1907
1 17
 Men with sled and dog team
MacDonald (photographer)
“Freighting from steamer Corwin with dog teams.”
June 2, 1907

Ships & MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 18a
"Sloop GJOA arriving ... after completing Northwest Passage"
MacDonald (photographer)
Aug. 31, 1906
1 18b
"The GJOA, Nome, Alaska, Capt. Amundson commanding"
MacDonald (photographer)
1 19 ca. 1906-1907
1 20
Man in front of tar paper hut
MacDonald (photographer)
1907
1 21
Two men on ice with boat
MacDonald (photographer)
June 9, 1907

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Buildings--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Freight and freightage--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Alaska--Nome-Photographs
  • Gold rushes--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Inuit--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Ships--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Sled dogs--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Sleds--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Streets--Alaska--Nome--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Nome (Alaska)--Photographs