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William L. Whitaker Photograph Collection, ca. 1899-1902

Identifier: PCA 32

Scope and Contents

This collection contains views of Southeast Alaska, British Columbia, and Chilkoot Trail, ca. 1899-1902. The images in the albums show the beginning of the trip to Alaska about 1898; Skagway, Dyea, White Pass scenes during the Gold Rush; Juneau and area scenes and activities 1899.


  • circa 1899-1902



Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

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.


William L. Whitaker came to Alaska around 1898 to prospect for gold during the Klondike gold rush. He traveled from Seattle to Wrangell by boat, up the Stikine to Dease Lake, then down the Dease River to the Liard, and up the Liard, prospecting for one summer. He returned by the same route in the fall and spent the winter in Juneau. The following spring he went to Skagway and over the Chilkoot Pass. He eventually returned to Seattle by boat.


1 boxes (3 albums) : 310 photoprints : black and white ; 16 x 19 cm., 18 x 26 cm., 26 x 31 cm

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Originally donated to the Alaska State Museum by W.L. Whitaker, Aug. 26, 1969. The albums were transferred to the Historical Collections Feb. 8, 1979 (Acc. # 1979-004).

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 3-6, 8-9, 21, 26, 37-38, 55, 77-78, 80-124, 126-130, 154, 209

Processing Information

This collection has been described at the item level. Interleaving tissue has been placed between each album page to protect the photographs. The albums have been placed in an archival box.

Finding Aid for the William L. Whitaker Photograph Collection, ca. 1899-1902
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Processed by: Staff ; Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, May 2014 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Jacki Swearingen, 2019 May ; Inventory added by: Connie Hamann and Jacki Swearingen
2020 February
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Repository Details

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

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