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Photographs of travel by George W. Perkins and his family in Alaska

Title
[Photographs of travel by George W. Perkins and his family in Alaska].
Production
[Alaska], [1909]
Physical Description
165 photographs : silver gelatin prints ; 24 x 18 cm and smaller
Notes
Title devised by cataloger.
Place and date of creation supplied by cataloger.
Associated material: Flamen Ball Photograph Collection, 1909: the Yucatan in Alaska (PCA 24), Alaska State Library.
Associated material: George W. Perkins photographs of Alaska, 1909 (C0938 no. 126f), Princeton University Library.
Annotations in English.
Provenance
Purchased from Daniel Oliver LLC on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2021.
Access and use
This material is open for research.
Biographical / Historical Note
George W. Perkins (1862-1920) was a New York City politician and businessman active in the Progressive Party led by Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). His son George Walbridge Perkins (1895-1960) was a diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for Euopean Affairs, 1949-1953, and United States Permanent Reprentative to NATO, 1955-1957. George W. Perkins (1862-1920) was associated with J.P. Morgan and Co. and the Guggenheim family, who financed a merger of the Alaska Syndicate with the Alaska Steamship Company in 1907. In 1909 Perkins acquired the Company’s steamship Yucatan for private travel in Alaska; accompaned by business associates and family members, he visited sites in British Columbia, the Alaska Panhandle and Inner Passage, the Gulf of Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Islands. The Yucatan later returned to cargo and passenger service for the Alaska Steamship Company, and was wrecked in Icy Strait, Alaska, in 1910.
Summary
165 silver gelatin prints made by one or more unidentified photographers traveling in Alaska with George W. Perkins and his companions in 1909. Most photographs are annotated on versos in an unidentified hand with captions and nonsequential numbering. Annotations identify one photograph made by “N.T.B.,” possibly Nancy Thornton Ball (1869-1947); some photographs may be by Eric A. Hegg. Captions identify photographs of George W. Perkins (1862-1920) and Wilford Bacon Hoggatt (1865-1938), governor of the District of Alaska, 1906-1909. Other partial names or initials refer to members of the Perkins, Delafield, and Ball families, possibly including Alice Eliza Ball (1867-1948), Flamen Ball (1871-1963), Nancy Thornton Ball (1869-1947), Anne Shepherd Lloyd Delafield (1861-1931), Robert Hare Delafield (1894-1945), George Walbridge Perkins (1895-1960), and Mary Hammond Delafield Winslow (1895-1985). Also present are portraits of unidentifed Aleuts and other Native Americans in Chignik, Tatitlek, Portage Bay, and unidentified locations.
Photographs include views of the steamship Yucatan, images relating to the wreck of the steamship Ohio on the British Columbia Coast, 1909; travel on the Alaska Railroad, Copper River and Northwestern Railway, and White Pass & Yukon Route; glaciers and fiords viewed by the travel party, including scenes relating to their naming of the Princeton Glacier and Nassau Fiord in Prince William Sound; hunting and salmon fishing by the travel party; homes, boats, and totem poles made by unidentified Native Americans in Sitka and other locations; and salmon traps and canneries in the Alaska Panhandle and the Alaska Peninsula. Views of buildings or harbors are present for Chignik, Cordova, Dutch Harbor, Juneau, Kodiak, Seward, Sitka, Tatitlek, Unalaska, and Yakutat. Views of natural features include Bennett Lake, British Columbia; the Inside Passage, British Columbia and Alaska; Baranof Island, Excursion Inlet, Glacier Bay, Muir Glacier, and Rodman Bay in the Alaska Panhandle and the Alexander Archipelago; the Copper River, Resurrection Bay, Child’s Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Princeton Glacier, Tigertail Glacier, Harriman Fiord, and Nassau Fiord in Prince William Sound, the Kenai Peninsula, and the Gulf of Alaska; and Kodiak Island, Pavlof Bay, and Portage Bay, on the Alaska Peninsula.
Format
Images
Language
English
Added to Catalog
December 09, 2021
References
Photographs of travel by George W. Perkins and his family in Alaska. Yale Collection of Western Americana Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Cite as
Photographs of travel by George W. Perkins and his family in Alaska. Yale Collection of Western Americana Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Subjects
Ball, Alice Eliza, 1867-1948 > Portraits.
Ball, Flamen, 1871-1963 > Portraits.
Ball, Nancy Thornton, 1869-1947 > Portraits.
Delafield, Anne Shepherd Lloyd, 1861-1931 > Portraits.
Delafield. Robert Hare, 1894-1945 > Portraits.
Guggenheim family.
Hoggatt, Wilford Bacon, 1865-1938 > Portraits.
Morgan, J. Pierpont (John Pierpont), 1837-1913.
Perkins, George W. (George Walbridge), 1862-1920 > Portraits.
Perkins, George Walbridge, 1895-1960 > Portraits.
Winslow, Mary Hammond Delafield, 1895-1985 > Portraits.
Alaska Railroad > Pictorial works.
Copper River and Northwestern Railway > Pictorial works.
J.P. Morgan & Co.
Ohio (Steamship) > Pictorial works.
White Pass & Yukon Route (Firm) > Pictorial works.
Yucatan (Steamship) > Pictorial works.
Aleuts > Alaska > Portraits.
Businessmen > New York (State) > New York.
Glaciers > Alaska > Pictorial works.
Fjords > Alaska > Pictorial works.
Fishing > Alaska > Pictorial works.
Hunting > Alaska > Pictorial works.
Icebergs > Inside Passage > Pictorial works.
Indians of North America > Alaska > Portraits.
Photographers > Alaska.
Salmon canneries > Alaska, Southeast > Pictorial works.
Salmon canneries > Alaska > Alaska Peninsula > Pictorial works.
Salmon fishing > Alaska > Pictorial works.
Totem poles > Alaska > Sitka > Pictorial works.
Women > Alaska > Portraits.
Women > West (U.S.) > Portraits.
Women photographers > West (U.S.)
Alaska > Pictorial works.
Alaska, Southeast > Pictorial works.
Alaska Peninsula (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Aleutian Islands (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Alexander Archipelago (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Baranof Island (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
British Columbia > Pictorial works.
Chignik (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Childs Glacier (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Columbia Glacier (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Copper River (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Cordova (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Disenchantment Bay (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Dutch Harbor (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Excursion Inlet (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Glacier Bay (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Harriman Fiord (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Inside Passage > Pictorial works.
Juneau (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Kenai Peninsula (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Kodiak (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Muir Glacier (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Pavlof Bay (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Portage Bay (Kodiak Island, Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Prince William Sound (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Resurrection Bay (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Seward (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Sitka (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Tatitlek (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Unalaska (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Valdez-Cordova Census Area (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Whitehorse (Yukon) > Pictorial works.
Yakutat (Alaska) > Pictorial works.
Genre/Form
Gelatin silver prints.
Photographs.
Occupation
Businessmen New York (State) New York 20th century.
Photographers Alaska 20th century.
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