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Alfred Loy Zenger Jr. Family History Collection

Identifier: MS 4-38-7

Scope and Contents

Alfred Loy Zenger Jr. Family History Collection contains a family history manuscript “The Zenger Families in Bavaria and the United States” by Alfred Zenger, Jr., 1997 and 25 black and white photographs of early Juneau, Alaska family members and early area scenes


  • Majority of material found within 1862-1932

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 Juneau, Alaska Zenger family originally came from Kallmuenz, Bavaria. Sebastian B. Zenger (3/18/1862-4/15/1932) immigrated to the United States 5/31/1883. He moved to Milwaukie, Wisconsin where he met Bertha C. Heim (4/14/1865-1894). They were married 8/23/1886. They moved their family to Seattle, Washington about 1890. Bertha died in 1894. Sebastian remarried to Carrie Caroline Hammer (1870-1944). In 1896 Sebastian sailed to near the present location of Whittier, Alaska in Prince William Sound. He hiked over the pass to Portage in Turnagain Arm, then proceeded up the shore of the arm to the present site of Anchorage. He followed Knik Arm to its head and continued inland to Sutton. Likely he was exploring the coal deposits in the area.

After hearing about the 1897 Klondike gold strike he departed for Dyea, Alaska. He packed for wages over the Chilkoot trail. In 1898 he moved to Juneau, Alaska and sent for his wife and four children. He was employed as a carpenter, owned a cigar shop and ran a grocery store.

Sebastian’s grandson Alfred Loy Zenger, Jr. is the donor of the Zenger family history and genealogy.


2 Volumes : 2 folders ; 1 manuscript ; 25 black and white photographs

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Alfred L. Zenger Jr. to the Alaska State Library Historical Collections and is accessioned as 2001-50, 2002-05 and 2002-86.

Processing Information

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

Finding aid for the Alfred Loy Zenger Jr. Family History Collection
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Processed by: Alea Oien, June 2009 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston
2019 July
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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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