Seiki (Shoki, Fhoki) Kayamori Photograph Collection, ca. 1912-1941
The photographs in this collection preserve a rare documentation of life in Yakutat at the height of Southeast Alaska’s salmon canning industry. Kayamori photographed buildings in Yakutat, the canneries, Tlingits, funerals of prominent residents, Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood activities and numerous portraits. The collection includes a photograph of the Thunderbird Clan House, no longer in existence, and two photographs of Kayamori.
- ca. 1912-1941
Conditions Governing Access
The photographs may be viewed however they may not be photocopied.
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
The Yakutat photograph collection is attributed to a Japanese cannery worker named Seiki (Shoki, Fhoki) Kayamori who worked in Yakutat. As an amateur photographer, he recorded activity there from about 1912 to 1941.* The photographs preserve a rare documentation of life in Yakutat at the height of Southeast Alaska’s salmon canning industry. Kayamori photographed buildings in Yakutat, the canneries, Tlingits, funerals of prominent residents, Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood activities and numerous portraits. The collection includes a photograph of the Thunderbird Clan House, no longer in existence, and two photographs of Kayamori.
The glass plates and film negatives of Kayamori were stored in Yakutat for many years. Through the Byron Mallott family these photographs came to the Alaska Historical Library where they are housed.
In 1977, Yakutat City officials were interested in obtaining copies of the photographs. Several meetings were held to discuss funding the project. The State Library contracted with a photographer to print nearly 700 glass plates and negatives in the collection. New copy negatives were made for about 300 photographs. Some original film negatives were transferred to Yakutat. The community of Yakutat obtained a grant from the Alaska State Museum to pay costs of duplicating the images for a local exhibit. Zelma Doig of the Alaska State Library met with the people of Yakutat to identify the photographs.
This photograph collection by Seiki Kayamori serves as a memorial to him today.
*Reference by F. DeLaguna in Under Mt. St. Elias, v.3, p.1000. (Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972).
1 boxes : 940 images, including 717 black and white photographic prints plus 223 unprinted negatives
Language of Materials
Byron Mallott, Jr. and the Mallott family donated the bulk of the collection in 1976. The city of Yakutat and the State Library funded the printing of negatives from Kayamori's glass plates and film negatives. In 1988 Elsan Zimmerly, of the U.S. Forest Service, donated glass plates #61b, 601, and 709-720; Acc. No. 1988-013. Dr. Frederica De Laguna donated glass plate # 694 in March of 2003; Acc. No. 2003-011. In March 2018 Everett Hess donated a collection of glass and film negatives which were in his family’s care since the 1960s, when his brother Roy Hess acquired the negatives while working in Yakutat as a Presbyterian minister; images 782 – 914; Acc. No. 2018-007. Images # 695-708, 721-767, and 768-781 are from the backlog, unknown provenance.
Existence and Location of Originals
INVENTORY OF ORIGINAL NEGATIVES
Negatives stored in freezer in Vault
Approximately 90 negatives - various sizes (5x7, 4x6, 3x5½, etc.) Numbers included: 108, 611 – 615, 617 – 627, 629 – 630, 632 – 641, 644, 647 – 652, 654 – 655, 657, 659 – 671, 674, 676 – 677, 680 – 681, 684, 689, 693, 711, 738 – 766, 768 - 769
Box 2: 834 – 908
Other negatives may be found in Negative filing cabinets in Cooler.
INVENTORY OF GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES
Stored in Metal Cabinet in Vault
8 Metal Containers
Container 1 - #1-100 Container 2 - #101-200 Container 3 - #201-300 Container 4 - #301-400 Container 5 - #401-500 Container 6 - #501-586 Container 7 - #587-601, 694-710, 712-737, 767, 770-781 Container 8 - #782-833, 909-914b
Existence and Location of Copies
Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 001-285, 287-568, 570-602, 604, 610-682, 684-767, 782-812b, 815-815b, 822-822a, 828-830, 908
EXISTENCE AND LOCATION OF COPIES
INVENTORY OF FRAMED PCA 55 PHOTOGRAPHS
Located in High Density area with Display/Exhibit materials
101. Group portrait in ANB Hall for installation of officers.]
146. iends of bygone days. [Jim Kardeeto, Sec. DeLaguna, in native costume, standing by four carved posts from Shark House.]
225. Fourth July, 1925. [Women’s foot race.]
305. Interior view of the cannery showing men and the feeding machine.]
368. Yakutat [View overlooking the cannery with a view of the town in the background.]
523. The Mandolin Orchestra in a different arrangement, but same members - see #520 also.]
541. Yakutat, Alaska. [View of Yakutat from across the bay. Two-part panorama.]
620. [ANB and ANS meetings. Group Portraits in ANB Hall.]
639. [ANB Basketball team.]
659. June 22, 1931. Yakutat, Alaska [Moving people out to the fish camps at Situk on the train.]
The City of Yakutat and the Alaska State Library funded the printing of the glass plates and film negatives donated by the Mallott family. The glass plates and negatives were placed in acid free sleeves. The emulsion on some glass plates was peeling and loose. A glass cover was added to the glass plate to stabilize the emulsion. The majority of this collection has been scanned and placed on Alaska’s Digital Archives. #1-694 are prints and have been scanned, #695-767 have no prints but have been scanned, #768-781 are available as nitrate negatives or glass plates and have not been scanned, and #782-914b have no prints but have been scanned.
- Finding Aid for the Seiki (Shoki, Fhoki) Kayamori Photograph Collection, ca. 1912-1941
- Revised by: Gladi Kulp, Apr. 2003 ; Revised by: Sean Lanksbury, May 2005, June 2006 ; Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, Jan. 2014 ; Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, April 2018 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Melissa Scriven, April 2019 ; Revised by:Jacki Swearingen, March 2020 ; Inventory added by Connie Hamann
- 2020 March
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