Historical Background

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Nome, Alaska, Photograph Collection
ca. 1902-1913



VM Collection No.: 602
Title: Nome, Alaska, Photograph Collection
Date Span: ca. 1902-1913
Quantity: 21 photographic prints (1 box)
Location: K0184
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Inuit children. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23303z

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



Historical Background

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.

Scope and Content

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.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Acquisition Info

Acquired from Robert Tat, 2002.

Processing Info

Processed by Sandra MacLaren (2002), Jocelyn Spicer (2003), and Linda Corets (2003).


Inventory

 
Folder Item Date
Views of Nome, Alaska
11Water Wagon with town view   View imageca. 1910-1913

Photographer: Lomen Bros.
2Panoramic street view   View imageca. 1910-1913
3Panoramic street view of crowd   View imageca. 1910-1913
4Panorama of First Avenue after storm   View image1913

Photographer: [Lomen Bros.?]

 
Folder Item Date
Inuit of Nome, Alaska
25Inuit family in front of home   View imageMay 1902
6Inuit people in front of house with sled   View imageca. 1907
7Fish hanging in front of house   View image
8Inuit man, Chief Klatsutamnrat, with stick   View image

Photographer: MacDonald
9Two Inuit children   View image
10Inuit man   View image
11Two Inuit children
12Inuit women and child in front of home   View imageca. 1907

 
Folder Item Date
Dogsleds
213Two men fishing on ice, Nomeca. 1900s
314Men with sled and dog team

 
Folder Item Date
Bringing Mail Ashore from the Steamer Corwin
315Men with dogsled team   View imageJune 2, 1907

Photographer: MacDonald
“Sport Smith bringing ashore first mail from SS Corwin, 5 miles on Bering Sea."
16Men with sled and dog team   View imageJune 2, 1907

Photographer: MacDonald
17Men with sled and dog team   View imageJune 2, 1907

Photographer: MacDonald
“Freighting from steamer Corwin with dog teams.”

 
Folder Item Date
Ships & Miscellaneous
418a"Sloop GJOA arriving ... after completing Northwest Passage"Aug. 31, 1906

Photographer: MacDonald
18b"The GJOA, Nome, Alaska, Capt. Amundson commanding"

Photographer: MacDonald
19Sloop Sequoia on icy water in cape   View imageca. 1906-1907
520Man in front of tar paper hut1907

Photographer: MacDonald
21Two men on ice with boatJune 9, 1907

Photographer: MacDonald

Subject Terms

Subjects:
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.
Geographic Names:
Nome (Alaska)--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Photographs.
Last modified: June 16, 2005
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