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U.S.S. Perry & U.S.R.C. Thetis Alaskan Cruises, 1902-1908

Identifier: PCA 425-30

Scope and Contents

Two photograph albums, two separate trips: one on the Revenue Cutter Perry in 1902-8; and the other aboard the Revenue Cutter Thetis in 1908. Siberian and Alaskan Arctic circle villages, coastal Alaskan and British Columbian towns, including fish racks, waterways, Pavlof Mountain eruption, glaciers, sod houses, Eskimo burial site, totem poles.


  • 1902-1908

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 photographs in this collection belonged to William A. Whittier. He was a young lieutenant in the Revenue Cutter Service apparently serving in Alaska on two separate Revenue Cutter cruises. His photograph appears in one of the group shots in album one. The donor never knew her grandfather; nor did her father, who was only 8 months old when his father was mugged in the streets of Boston in August, 1911. William Whittier died that same night of an undiscovered hematoma from being clubbed on the head.

R. Newton Hawley documented at least one of the cruises (that of the U.S.S. Perry) with his photographs. Dr. Hawley was a Surgeon in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service.


86 Photographic Prints : black and white ; 2 albums, paper and leather binding

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Deborah W. Sterling, granddaughter of William A. Whittier, to the Alaska State Library Historical Collections and is accessioned as 2002-69.

Processing Information

This collection has been described at the item level. All items have been placed in mylar and into pH-neutral folders.

Finding aid for the U.S.S. Perry & U.S.R.C. Thetis Alaskan Cruises, 1902-1908
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Processed by: Alea Oien, 4/2009 ; Anastasia Tarmann, 2011 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston
2019 June
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Repository Details

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