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Alexander Malcolm Smith Photograph Collection, ca. 1920s

Identifier: PCA 136

Scope and Contents

Includes portraits of Alexander Malcolm Smith, Earl Rossman, the Lomen Brothers, and Sir George Herbert Wilkins. Includes photos of the Fokker aircraft from the Wilkins Detroit Arctic expedition. Information supplied by Staff appears in brackets. Additional information, from an unknown author, appears in italics, in brackets.


  • Majority of material found within ca. 1920's



Conditions Governing Access

Requests for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.

Conditions Governing Use

The photographs may be viewed however they may not be photocopied.


Smith, Alexander Malcolm, 1858-1958. Alexander Malcolm “Sandy” Smith was born Jan. 1, 1858 in Inverness, Scotland. At the age of sixteen he served an apprenticeship with the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada for three years. His personal adventures and exploration in the North made his knowledge of Alaska and Canada of value to many seeking his services. He made gold strikes in the Klondike and Nome, built several roadhouses (including Snyder House at Flat City) and discovered oil seepages that are now the United States Naval Oil Reserve. He was second in command for the Wilkins Arctic Expedition of 1926-1927, made mineral discoveries in Siberia, and was honored by many groups, including the Royal Geographical Society, American Geographical Society, and Explorer's Club. In Alaska, Sandy Lake, Smith Bay, Malcolm River and a town named Smith, were all named in his honor.

Sandy Smith married three times during his life. He died June 24, 1957 [?], just shy of his 100th birthday. His ashes were scattered over the Brooks Range.


47 Photographic Prints : Black and white contact prints

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photographs were made from a scrapbook loaned by Elizabeth Ann King, his wife, March 23, 1978.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 01-06, 09-12, 14-29, 31-34, 38-47

Related Materials

Manuscripts form a separate collection, MS 4-6-2.

Processing Information

The photographs are sleeved in Mylar. An item-level inventory is available. Notes added in pencil to the finding aid appear in italics; author unknown.

Finding aid for the Alexander Malcolm Smith Photograph Collection, ca. 1920s
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Revised: 5/6/2005 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston 2019 May
2020 March
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Repository Details

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