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Lorain Roberts Zacharias Photograph Collection, ca. 1903-1921

Identifier: PCA 178

Scope and Contents

Lorain Roberts Zacharias collected photographs from several locations with views primarily of mining activities in Dawson and Chisana (also known as Shushana, Shushanna, or Qhisina), family views, and scenics. Photographers represented in the collection include Winter & Pond, Case & Draper, Wolfe, L.H. Smith, and J. Doody. The collection also contains a mining claim location notice, notes with penciled drawing from her husband, and other papers.


  • circa 1903-1921



Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for viewing, however, the photographs may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be discussed with the Librarian. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.

Biographical Note

Lorain W. Roberts lived in Alaska from about 1913 to 1921 in the area of Chisana (also known as Shushana, Shushanna, or Qhisina) and Tolovana. Between 1914 and 1916 she married William (Will) M. Zacharias. Lorain and her husband travelled many miles in an oversized canoe filled with their wordly belongings and their dogs; Lorain and the dogs walked and hunted while her husband paddled the meanders of the river. After filing several productive claims (one recorded at Tolovana, Alaska), they were on their way back to the States when their Fairbanks hotel caught fire. Both escaped initially but Will died three days later from injuries received when he re-entered the building to rescue other victims. Lorain died in Huntington Beach, California.


1 boxes (7 folders) : 344 black and white photographs, some are postcards ; 8 documents

Language of Materials



The photograph albums were donated in 1981 by Don R. Hunter of Laguna Hills, California, a nephew of Mrs. Zacharias. Acc.# 1980-021.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 1-4, 9-12, 17-23, 29-34, 39, 41-53, 57-59, 61-62, 64-66, 68-69, 77, 80, 82, 85, 88-105, 110, 113, 121-128, 132-136, 141, 145-147, 149, 159, 162-163, 173-176, 311-312

Processing Information

This collection has been described at the item level. The album pages appear to have been removed from the photograph albums. The album pages were then placed in Mylar and then into acid free folders. The entire collection was placed in an archival box.

Finding Aid for the Lorain Roberts Zacharias Photograph Collection, ca. 1903-1921
Processed by: Staff ; Revised by staff: Jan. 2003 ; Updated by: Jacki Swearingen, May 2019 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Jacki Swearingen, May 2019 ; Inventory by: Jacki Swearingen
2021 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Alaska State Library - Historical Collections Finding Aids Repository

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Juneau AK 99811-0571 US
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