John L. Johnsen Photograph Collection, ca. 1932-34
Scope and Contents
Taku Harbor Cannery, operations, pile driving, ca. 1930s.
- ca. 1932-34
Conditions Governing Access
The photographs are available for viewing. However, the images may not be photocopied.
Conditions Governing Use
Request for permission to publish or reproduce the material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.
Biographical / Historical
Johnsen worked at the Libby McNeill Cannery in Taku Harbor as a fireman, pile driver, watched traps and was a deckhand on cannery tender between 1932-34. A man named Tom who was bookkeeper and storekeeper in Taku Harbor took the photos of the Taku Harbor fire. Other views were taken by a crewmember who worked in Taku Harbor. The collection includes images of the Taku Cannery fire on May 9 and 10, 1932, pile-driving and daily activities at the cannery.
“After the fire, Skinner and Eddy had an idle cannery at Kake, southeast end of Frederick Sound. Libby operated Kake until Taku Harbor cannery was rebuilt. … The kings [salmon] were caught in a pile trap at Cape Bendal, north of Kake [Alaska] size 45 to 50 lbs. per fish. They were then salted in large Hog’s head barrels and shipped to England...also hand packed. The Chinese and Native Alaskan Indians packed in half tins. The Finnish [?] fishermen were the people who made the wire mesh for the traps on the Webb Dock. Also, the nets for the traps, [were] for the spiller where the fish was brailed. The Finnish fisherman also fished Taku River for the Taku Cannery.”
182 items : 167 photographs, black and white ; 15 menus
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
John L. Johnsen donated this collection in June 1995. (Acc. No. 1995-33.)
The photos have been numbered and placed in Mylar sleeves. A subject-level inventory is available.
- John L. Johnsen Photograph Collection, ca. 1932-34
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- Processed: by Ellen FitzGerald and India Spartz 1995 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston
- 2019 June
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