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Lomen Brothers Photographs of Alaska, 1920-1932
Overview of the Collection
- Lomen Bros.
- Lomen Brothers Photographs of Alaska
- 1920-1932 (inclusive)19201932
- 1 box, (12 items)
- Collection Number
- PC 81 (collection)
- The collection primarily consists of black and white, outdoor photographs of Alaskan scenes and autographed portraits of Byrd and Amundsen, taken by the Lomen Brothers of Nome, Alaska, 1920-1932.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
G. J. Lomen and his son Carl originally came to Nome as part of the 1900 gold rush. G.J. Lomen soon established a profitable law practice. In 1903 Carl's mother, sister Helen, and brothers Ralph, Harry and Alfred moved from Minnesota to Nome. Brother George arrived in Nome in 1906, opening a men's furnishing store in 1907. The family was involved in many commercial and civic interests including law, their reindeer corporation, lighterage, retail, and photography. In 1908 the brothers bought a photographic studio and later bought the negatives of several other photographers including Dobbs, Nowell, Goetze and Kinne. Brothers Carl, Harry, Alfred, and Ralph Lomen were partners in the business. Harry managed the studio and all of them took photographs, quickly learning how to keep cameras in working order at Arctic temperatures. Alfred became particularly interested in photography and took most of the photos. In September 1934, a fire destroyed their studio along with 25,000-30,000 negatives and 50,000 commercial prints. Approximately 3,000 negatives were salvaged. The Lomens never reopened their photography business but they remained in Nome, pursuing their other business enterprises, including the Lomen Reindeer Corporation. By the 1940's they all moved to Seattle, Washington, where George died in 1934, Alfred in 1950, Harry in 1957 and Carl in 1965.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection primarily consists of black and white, outdoor photographs of Alaskan scenes and autographed portraits of Byrd and Amundsen. Photographs by the Lomen Brothers of Nome, Alaska, 1920-1932.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Lomen Brothers Photographs of Alaska, 1920-1932 (PC 81)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||3||Richard Evelyn Byrd, 9 August 1932
|1||4||Roald Amundsen, 1920, 1925
|1||5||Fred W. Boschen, U.S. Army, undated
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Eskimos -- Photographs.
- Amundsen, Roald, 1872-1928 -- Photographs.
- Boschen, Fred W. -- Photographs.
- Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1860-1925 -- Photographs.
- Alaska -- Photographs.