George W. Perkins photographs of Alaska, 1909.

Perkins, George W. (George Walbridge), 1862-1920 [Browse]
Visual material
3 v ; 29 x 37 cm.


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Biographical/​Historical note
In 1909, George W. Perkins (Riverdale-on-Hudson, New York City), partner of J.P. Morgan, leased the S.S. Yucatan, flagship of the Alaska Steamship Company, complete with captain and crew, to bring eighteen members of his family to Alaska to view Guggenheim holdings. They were joined by Alaska Territorial Governor, Wilford B. Hoggatt, and a professional photographer. While there, the party named the Princeton and Nassau Glaciers, along with Nassau Fiord.
Summary note
Three photograph albums of silver gelatin photographs totaling 145 prints, ranging in size but most often averaging 24.5 x 19 cm. Album 1 consists of 52 photographs, of which 31 feature scenery and geographic locations (Muir Glacier, Harriman Glacier, Harriman Fiord, Harvard Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Child's Glacier, the Copper River, Inside Passage, Glacier Bay, the town of Corova, the environs of Metlakatla and Yakutat, and the Copper River and Northwestern Railway); 17 feature the ship, crew, and party passengers touring the ship and the environments (including G.W. Perkins, Mrs. Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Flamen Ball, Hare Delafield, Stanley Moffat and others); and 4 feature salmon fishing onboard the S.S. Yucatan. Album 2 consists of 53 photographs, of which 29 feature scenery and geographic locations (Resurrection Bay, Bartlett Bay, Pavlof Bay, the Pavlof volcanoes, Yale and Harvard Glaciers, the town of Seward, the island of Kodiak, Kenai Peninsula, views of and along the Alaska Central Railway, and the "Nassau" and "Princeton" Glaciers along with Nassau Fiord, so named by the Perkins party); 17 feature party members on the ship, touring the environs, and certain other scenes such as the wreck of the S.S. Ohio; 6 feature Native American peoples (dwellings, Totem poles, a church, group portraits); and 1 is a print of the Copper River by Eric A. Hegg, inventory number 291. Album 3 consists of 40 photographs unbound and sleeved, an additional 4 are missing. 30 feature the ship, crew, and party passengers touring the ship and the environments (including a picnic in Harriman Bay and views aboard the S.S. Yucatan picturing Wilford B. Hoggatt); 14 feature scenery and geographic locations (Orca Inlet, Harriman Fiord, Pavlof volcanoes, the town of Sitka); and 11 feature Native American peoples (dwellings, group portraits).
Vol. 3 has been disbound and is arranged arbitrarily.
Location of other archival materials
Also located at: Alaska State Library Historical Collections, P.O. Box 110571, Juneau, AK 99811-0571, USA.
Other title(s)
Yucatan in Alaska, 1909
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