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John E. Worden Photograph Collection, ca. 1908-1919

Identifier: PCA 248

Scope and Contents

This collection contains views of early Wrangell including street scenes, the public school, totem poles and people.


  • ca. 1908-1919



Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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


John Elmer Worden (1861-1925) came to Alaska from New York, via Oregon, and was a resident of Wrangell from 1898-1925. He married Nina Silve Turner in Portland in 1895 and they had 3 children.

Worden served as Wrangell's postmaster from 1900 until 1917 when his health began to fail. He was Wrangell Town Clerk from 1905-1925. Additionally, he was a professional photographer and active in community affairs. His photographs illustrated an early booklet on the Tlingit Indians and in early travel brochures promoting Southeast Alaska. Worden's photographs may also be found in other of the Library's collections. He was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska, the Improved Order of Redmen, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Woodmen of the World.


18 Photographic Prints : black and white

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Nina Mollhagen, granddaughter of John Elmer Worden, donated the photographs in 1985, along with the novel, Sourdough Lucy Ware, by Lynn Worden Holmes, daughter of John Elmer Worden

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: # 005

Processing Information

The photographs are sleeved in Mylar and an item-level inventory is available.

Finding aid for the John E. Worden Photograph Collection, ca. 1908-1919
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Revised: 6/6/2005 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston 2019 May ; Inventory added by: Sandy Johnston
2020 April
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Repository Details

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

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