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Alaskan Hotel, Juneau, Alaska, ca. 1914

Identifier: PCA 525-14

Scope and Contents

The Alaskan Hotel collection contains 7 photographs (and 7 copies) of the Alaskan Hotel and the original proprietors. The donor has also included a short history of the McClosky family who built and ran the hotel. The Alaskan Hotel is still operating today.


  • ca. 1914

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 Alaskan Hotel was built in 1913.

The donor included a short history of the McClosky family who built and ran the hotel in a letter to Bettye Adams dated April 17, 1995:

Dear Mrs. [Bettye] Adams, I am the fellow who stopped at your hotel while my wife and I were on a tour of Alaska. I showed you a number of pictures relating to your hotel. My father, Thomas E. Torphy, Sr., was a nephew of the McClosky brothers, two of the hotel’s founders, and was a first cousin to Nellie McClosky. Most of the originals of the enclosed photographs were sent from Alaska to my father’s brother, Martin Torphy while Tom was spending a year working at the McClosky’s cigar stand across Franklin St. from the hotel. Next to the cigar stand were a barber shop and the Germania bar, both also owned by the McCloskys. The cigar stand, bar and barber shop are gone. [Donor goes on to provide descriptions and numbers for each photograph—see inventory.]


7 Photographic Prints : 1 folder ; black and white

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Thomas E. Torphy to the Alaska State Library Historical Collections May, 2002.

Processing Information

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

Finding aid for the Alaskan Hotel, Juneau, Alaska, ca. 1914
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Repository Details

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

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