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George L. Harrington Photograph Collection, ca. 1909-1917

Identifier: PCA 6

Scope and Contents

Alaska Boundary Survey: Yukon River, Porcupine River, Valdez, Ruby, Fort Yukon; also, mining activity on the Seward Peninsula, ca. 1909-1917.


  • circa 1909-1917

Conditions Governing Access


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.


George Leavitt Harrington was employed by the U.S. Geological Survey as one of the Alaska Boundary Survey team. Two photograph albums were donated to the Historical Collections in 1973 by Mrs. George Harrington. The first album, a Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey scrapbook, documents the Alaska Boundary Survey of Valdez (1914), Ruby, Long, and Poorman (1915), Anvik, Andreafski region (1916) and Seward Peninsula (1917), from 1914-1917. A detailed inventory (typescript) is included at the beginning of the album. George Harrington collected or photographed the images which are mainly concerned with geological formations, the survey party and their camps.

The second album, "Alaskan Views, 1909 and 1912," contains captioned images of the Alaska Boundary Survey party, surveyors, surveyors' camps, settlements and villages along the Yukon River, placer mining scenes, river vessels, Natives, Athabaskans in birchbark canoes.


2 Volumes (1 box) : 479 photographs and postcards, most black and white

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Existence and Location of Copies

Some photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available to view via Alaska's Digital Archives.

Processing Information

The album photographs were numbered and described at the item level. A detailed inventory (typescript) is included at the beginning of the Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey scrap book album. Tissue interleaving was placed in the albums in June of 1989. Both albums were placed in an archival box.

General Inventory

Album 1: George L. Harrington Scrap Book, Dept. Of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey 9-961 (photographs # 1-279 )

Port Valdez area—15 photographs

Ruby district—21 photographs

Anvik-Andreafski region--66 photographs. Includes: Fort Yukon (4), Anvik (2), and many views of Yukon River and banks.

Yukon River, Tolstoi, Seward Peninsula--45 photographs. Includes: Fort Yukon (1), Tolstoi Mining Company (5), Holy Cross (2), Russian Mission (1), Marshall (2), Keewalik Mining Co. at Candle (5), Golovin (1), Teller (2), Pioneer Mining Co., Nome area (7).

Album 2: Alaskan Views 1909 and 1912, G.L. Harrington (photographs #280-466)

Boundary Survey in Yukon River region, 1909 and 1912. Includes: Survey crews (30), White River, Nation River, Porcupine River, riverboats SUZIE and SELKIRK, Fort Yukon (9), fish wheel near Ruby (1). Several photos of Asa [Baldwin].
Finding aid for the George L. Harrington Photograph Collection, ca. 1909-1917
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Repository Details

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