Henry Wirth was born in Iowa (date unknown) and then moved to Bellingham. In 1892 he went on an exploration in Alaska with J.W. Black and N.V. Hendricks, and later worked as a teller in a bank. Wirth married Viola Doty and had one child, Henry Edgar Wirth. Henry E. Wirth was born in Bellingham, Washington and attended the University of Washington where he received a Bachelor's degree and a PhD. He (taught?) at numerous institutions, including North Dakota State in Fargo, North Dakota, Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, and Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Henry E. Wirth married Naomi Thomas and the couple had three children. They moved back to Bellingham upon retirement, and after Naomi's death Henry relocated to Iowa City, Iowa where he died in 2006.
The Wirth Family papers contain original manuscript material, correspondence, slides, photograph albums, loose photographs, negatives, and yearbooks belonging to a family that once resided in Bellingham, Washington. The majority of the collection documents various family members' travels through Alaska. There are also records documenting locales throughout Whatcom County and the Mt. Baker wilderness, as well as yearbooks from various Bellingham-area schools.
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The collection is open to the public.Preferred Citation :
Wirth Family papers, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Heritage Resources, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.
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