Yukon and Northwest Territories trips photographs, circa 1921-1924  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Yukon and Northwest Territories trips photographs
circa 1921-1924 (inclusive)
395 photographs (1 box)
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Photographs of travel, largely in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon
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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Photographs documenting trips in the Yukon and Northwest Territories. A few groups of the photographs are inscribed on verso; though the handwriting varies, the photos seems to document the same trips. Includes images of various Yukon and Northwest Territory locations: Forts Smith, Simpson, Wrigley, Norman, Good Hope and Providence; Hay River and Aklavik; views along the MacKenzie River; and two trips from Aklavik to Seattle. Photos depict Hudson's Bay and other trading posts, surveyors, Catholic missions and mission schools, steamships and scenic views. Many of the images depict Native Americans near their homes, in front of missions, and in groups with whites. Postcards include images of Alaska by Merrill and images of Jasper National Park in Alberta by F.A. Jackman.

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Annotated group 1, circa 1921-1924Return to Top

102 photographs ; 3.75" x 5.75"
Arranged in original numerical order

This group of photographs documents travel largely through the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, including two journeys, in fall and mid-winter, from Aklavik to Seattle. The photographs depict settlements, trading posts, Catholic missions and mission schools as well as scenic views; many images depict Native Americans at camps, near their homes, at missions and in groups with whites. Locations depicted include Forts Smith, Simpson, Norman, and Good Hope; Hay River, Aklavik, Tent Island, Herschel Island and Fort Yukon; views along the MacKenzie River. Photos of the journeys from Aklavik to Seattle include views of Alaska, showing the Government Railway and railroad bridges. Includes images of "Eskimo murderer" Ikalupiak aboard the Distributor, on his way to a Manitoba penitentiary.

The photos have handwrittren annotations in ink on the verso, identifying locations and often describing context. The photographs are numbered 1 through 109, with 7 numbers missing.

Annotated group 2, circa 1921-1924Return to Top

21 photographs ; 2.75" x 4.5"

This group of photographs is annotated on verso in pencil; though the handwriting is different from above group, they appear to document the same trips. Subject include a Hudson's Bay trading post at Port Providence, Hay River Indians and Bishop Lucas, the Ramparts, the "Eskimo murderer" Ikalupiak, and a group of white travellers, perhaps the photographers.

Photos stamped on verso: R. McCutcheon, Fast Photo Finishing, Art Picture Framing, 10133 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, Alta.

Annotated group 3, circa 1921-1924Return to Top

36 photographs ; 2.75" x 4.5"

Annotated on verso in ink. These photographs seem to document a trip to Jasper National Park in Alberta; they depict scenic views of Lake Beauvert, Mount Edith Cavell, Cavell Glacier and Cavell Lake.

"Sheehans Camp, Lake Perrage", January 14, 1922Return to Top

3 photographs

Annotated on verso in pencil

Ottawa Department of Interior photographs, 1920-1922Return to Top

8 photographs

Annotated in ink or type on verso. Stamped on verso with "Northwest Territories and Yukon Branch, Department of the Interior, Ottawa"

Other photographs, circa 1921-1924Return to Top

172 photographs

The rest of the photographs depict the same content as in the annotated groups--travels through the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, with many of the images capturing identical scenes and people.

Photographic postcards, undatedReturn to Top

53 photographic postcards
Description Dates
Sitka, Alaska
5 photographic postcards
Merrill, Sitka (photographer)
Includes view Sitka waterfront and interior and exterior views of St. Michael's cathedral.
"Merrill Sitka" embossed in lower left corner of postcards
Jasper National Park
7 photographic postcards
F.A. Jackman, Jasper, Alberta (photographer)
Images of various locations in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada, including Maligne Lake, Pyramid Mountain, Mount Tekarra, Mount Edith Cavell and Mount Robson.
Alaska and Yukon
41 photographic postcards

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Missions--Northwest Territories--Photographs
  • Missions--Yukon--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Ikalupiak--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Canadian National Railways--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Aklavik (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Fort Good Hope (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Fort Providence (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Fort Simpson (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Fort Smith (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Fort Yukon (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Hay River (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Herschel Island (Yukon)--Photographs
  • Jasper National Park (Alta.)--Photographs
  • MacKenzie River (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Northwest Territories--Photographs
  • Tulita (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Wrigley (N.W.T.)--Photographs
  • Yukons--Photographs

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