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Papers of a Medical Missionary in Alaska, 1911-1928

Identifier: MS 106

Scope and Contents

The papers include a compilation of letters and writings of Dr. Newhall during his years in Barrow. Frank Newhall prepared an index listing to this material. Additional material not listed by Frank Newhall is included in separate folders. This includes Dr. Newhall's recollections on Simeon Oliver, a trip to the whaling station at Akutan, and other writings. The collection includes some miscellaneous material and writings of others, including an incomplete manuscript describing the flu epidemic in 1918 and 1919. There is limited material on the years at Unalaska.

The collection includes correspondence of Frank's father, Chester, with his brother, Albert Newhall.


  • 1911-1928

Biographical / Historical

Newhall, Albert W., 1872-1929 Albert Warren Newhall was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on February 6, 1872. He graduated from the University of Vermont and the Union Missionary Training School in Brooklyn, New York.

In 1898 Dr. Newhall married Agnes Sowle, superintendent of the Jesse Lee Home at Unalaska. Since 1895 she had worked at the Jesse Lee Home for orphans which was established by the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. Following their marriage, Dr. Newhall settled in Unalaska as a medical missionary. In 1902 he succeeded Mrs. Newhall as superintendent of the Jesse Lee Home. Agnes Newhall died in 1917 at Unalaska where she is buried. In 1922 Dr. Newhall married Emma Supernaw. He continued his work at the home until 1925. At that time, the church decided to move the home from Unalaska to Seward, and Dr. Newhall was not in accord with that decision.

The Newhalls work at Unalaska was well recognized. Their-work helped many orphans lead successful lives, including Simeon Oliver, an Aleut who authored several books on Alaska (SON OF THE SMOKEY SEA and BACK TO THE SMOKEY SEA) and who also became a well-known concert pianist.

Departing Unalaska in late 1925, Dr. and Mrs. Newhall moved to Barrow, Alaska. He worked for the Presbyterian Board of Missions until his death on March 18, 1929.


.02 Linear Feet : 1 box

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