Yukon diary and photographs, 1897-1899  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Yukon diary and photographs
1897-1899 (inclusive)
0.03 cubic feet (1 folder)
43 leaves
5 photographs
Collection Number
5550 (Accession No. 5550-001)
Diary and photographs chronicling a man's voyage to mine gold in the Yukon
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The Yukon diary and photographs document the travels of an unidentified miner from Tacoma, Washington to the Klondike during the 1897 Yukon gold rush. The anonymous diarist chronicles his voyage to Alaska, time spent working as a packer near Chilkoot Pass, his journey over the Chilkoot Pass to Lake Lindeman, building a boat on Lake Bennett, and traveling from Lake Bennett to the Klondike. He briefly describes panning for gold near Dominion, then recounts his return journey to Seattle in 1899. Most of the diary is typewritten with some handwritten corrections; it is probably a transcription of the original diary. A few handwritten leaves were also pasted into the diary. Also included are five original photographs, four of which show men building boats on Lake Bennett (which lies partly in British Columbia and partly in the Yukon), as well as one image of Dawson, Yukon, dated 11 June 1897. The images have numbers written on the front, as well as handwritten identifications of individuals on paper pasted to the mounts; four of the mounts bear a copyright statement: "1897, Chas. H. Metcalf, Detroit." Names identified include: Frank Kellersman, O. P. Helm, Jake Bender, Dick Dasher, Ewen Fredricks, and John F. Miller.

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Boatbuilding--Photographs
  • Gold miners--Yukon--Klondike River Valley--Diaries
  • Gold miners--Yukon--Klondike River Valley--Photographs
  • Gold mines and mining--Yukon--Klondike River Valley
  • Geographical Names :
  • Dawson (Yukon)--Photographs
  • Klondike River Valley (Yukon)--Description and travel
  • Klondike River Valley (Yukon)--Gold discoveries
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Diaries

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)