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Adolph Daniel Schmidt Sr. – Capital to Capital Race, 1928.

Identifier: MS 244

Scope and Contents

The items of this collection document the role of Adolph D. Schmidt in the 1928 Capital to Capital Yacht Race. Items include a notebook of correspondence of the Capital to Capital Yacht Race, 1928, Photos (10) and negatives, copies of letters and articles, a scan of a Sydney Laurence painting of the Winifred (a boat), letters from the Mayor of Olympia and the Governor of Washington, and a blueprint of the race’s finish line in Gastineau Channel (the downtown Juneau area). Correspondence includes an autographic letter from Washington Governor Hartley.


  • 1928

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.


The famed “Capital to Capital” cruising yacht race was the longest power boat race that had ever been staged. The race started at 12:30PM, June 26, 1928. The originators of the inaugural race were two Olympia, Washington Yachtsmen, Adolph Schmidt and John Pierce. The race ran from Olympia, Washington, to Juneau, Alaska, through the Inside Passage. It was 1000 miles long and there were 10 entries. The boats were limited from 25-65 feet in length. The race was run by handicap rules. The “Dolphin II” was the first boat across the finish line and had the honor of giving a written greeting from Washington State’s governor, Roland Hartley to the governor of Alaska, Governor Parks. The “Dell” from the smaller boat division was declared the winner in that division and the overall winner, being the boat closest to her handicap time.


1 Cubic Feet : 1 box (2 albums, 2 folders, 1 VHS tape, 1 small box of negatives)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Was donated by Adolph D. “Skip” Schmidt to the Alaska State Museum. It was then transferred to the Alaska State Library Historical Collections in May of 2000. Philip H. “Skip” Schmidt, son of Adolph D. Schmidt, made an additional donation to the Alaska State Library Historical Collections in July 2000

Processing Information

This collection has been described at the item and folder level. All photographs have been placed in Mylar. Other items have been placed into pH-neutral folders and into an archival box. The negatives for photographs MS244-1-22 through MS244-1-37 have been sleeved and placed in a file cabinet in the refrigerated room in the Vault.

Finding aid for Adolph Daniel Schmidt Sr. – Capital to Capital Race, 1928.
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Processed by: Gladi Kulp, May & July 2000 ; Finding aid prepared by: Ken Nail, Jr. and Sean Lanksbury, Oct. 2007 ; Processed by: Alea Oien, May 2009 ; Revised by: Anastasia Tarmann, Oct. 2009 ; Revised by: Sara Bornstein, June 2015 ; Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, May 2018 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston ; Revised by Daniel Cornwall, Jan 2023.
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