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Marguerite Bone Wilcox Photograph Collection, ca. 1923

Identifier: PCA 70

Scope and Contents

President and Mrs. Harding began their journey at Tacoma, Washington, aboard the U.S. Navy transport HENDERSON. They spent 15 days in the Territory of Alaska, visiting Metlakatla, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Juneau, Skagway, Seward, Anchorage, Wasilla, Willow, Nenana, Fairbanks, Cordova, and Sitka. While in Alaska, President Harding drove the last golden spike in the newly built Alaska Railroad.

Photographs numbered 1-76 are affixed to the original album pages and are located in the PCA Oversized Collection. Additional views of President Harding's Alaska trip are in the portrait file. A small amount of memorabilia from the visit is included.

The Philip Scott Wilcox donation (Folders 3-5 and books) contains correspondence between Governor and Mrs. Bone and President and Mrs. Harding. It also contains photographs and papers kept by Marguerite Bone Wilcox, including her “A President Visits Alaska”.


  • circa 1923



Conditions Governing Access

The photographs are available for viewing; however, they may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Request for permission to reproduce the photographs should be discussed with the Librarian.

Biographical / Historical

Marguerite was the youngest of the seven children born to Scott and Mary Bone. Scott Cardelle Bone was Alaska's 10th territorial governor who served from June, 1921 until Aug., 1925. Not quite seventeen, Marguerite left a New York girls' school and came to Alaska with her parents and lived in the Governor's mansion until 1922, when she went south to attend the University of Washington, returning summers. During her stay in the mansion she led tourists, celebrities and official delegates on tours of the mansion in addition to partaking in a full life with school friends. [From Mrs. Wilcox’ description of life in the governor’s mansion, Historical Collections, 1975.0042.]


1 boxes : 91 black and white photographs ; correspondence and books

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Marguerite Bone Wilcox donated the album she compiled following President Harding's visit to Alaska in July and early August, 1923. She also donated additional views used in her story,"A President Visits Alaska... personal memories of the visit of President and Mrs. Harding," Alaska Journal, vol. 3, no. 4, Autumn, 1973 (Historical Collections, F 904.5.A43). Folders 3-5 and books were donated by Philip Scott Wilcox, the son of Marguerite Bone Wilcox, from his mother’s personal collection. (Acc. # 2012-026)

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 03, 05-06, 13, 18, 20, 32-036, 40, 43, 47, 51, 66, 69, 75, 77-79, 81, 83-88

Processing Information

The images are numbered and sleeved in Mylar. Nos. 1-76 were left affixed to the album pages and so are located with the oversized images. The additional items donated by Philip Scott Wilcox were placed in Mylar, acid free folders, and then placed in an archival box.

Finding aid for the Marguerite Bone Wilcox Photograph Collection, ca. 1923
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Processed by: Staff. Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, December 2009; Jacki Swearingen and Connie Hamann, May 2017. ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Freya Anderson. Inventory added by Jack Kovaleski, September 2020
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Repository Details

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