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Snow Family Photograph Collection, ca. 1880-1960

Identifier: PCA 154

Content Description

The collection includes photos of Juneau, Sitka, Fairbanks and other Alaskan towns as well as locations in the Yukon. The collection is arranged by subject and photos are numbered consecutively through all subjects. Includes images of theYukon Order of Pioneers (YOOP), Juneau and Douglas people, the Snow family, the Jenne family, portraits of men, women and groups, theatre views, actors and actresses, the Juneau landslide of January 2, 1920, buildings, Fourth of July celebrations, and scenics.


  • 1864-1968



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.

Biographical / Historical

George Thornton Snow and Anna Edes Rablen Snow moved their two children, Montgomery and Crystal, from Washington Territory to Alaska in 1887 to perform in local Juneau theater. The entire family, including George's brother, Joe, and the children worked and/or performed in the theaters around Alaska and in Victoria, B.C. In 1894 they crossed the Chilkoot Pass to Fortymile. They built Snow's Opera House in Circle City, Alaska. In 1910, George and Anna moved to Seattle for Anna's health and when George died, August 25, 1925, Anna returned to Juneau where died November 13, 1943.

Crystal Snow Jenne (daughter) served twice in the Alaska Territorial Legislature and also as Juneau's postmistress. Crystal married Dr. Charles P. Jenne, a Juneau dentist, and had three children: Corrinne, Phyllis and Charles (Bud). Later, Corrinne Jenne Kenway, Crystal Snow Jenne's daughter, served as Assistant Postmaster, Juneau.


6 boxes : 689 photographs

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Corrinne Kenway of Juneau donated the Snow Family papers and photographs that reflect three generations in Juneau. Most of the views were donated to the library in November 1979. Additional photos were added in 1991/1992.

Existence and Location of Originals

INVENTORY OF ORIGINAL NEGATIVES Negatives stored in freezer in Vault

2 Boxes

INVENTORY OF GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES Stored in Metal Cabinet in vault

1 Box 16 glass plates: (3 ½ x 5 ½) #56, 57, 260, 261, 334, 335, 336 9 unnumbered

Existence and Location of Copies

A selection of photographs is digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives.

Related Materials

Manuscripts form a separate collection, MS 38: Snow Family of Juneau, Alaska

Finding aid for the Snow Family Photograph Collection, ca. 1880-1960
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Processed by: Rose Schreier, with assistance by Kay Shelton, India Spartz, Elaine Hobbs, Peggy Patton, Artemis BonaDea, Gladi Kulp, Logan Dameron, and Agnes Sincic. Updated by: Jacki Swearingen, April 2020 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Freya Anderson; Inventory added by Jack Kovaleski, June 2021
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Repository Details

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

PO Box 110571
Juneau AK 99811-0571 US
907-465-2151 (Fax)