Guide to the Alaska Marine Resources and Pribilof Islands Photograph Collection
ca. 1896-1909

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Alaska Marine Resources and Pribilof Islands Photograph Collection
Dates: ca. 1896-1909 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 30 photographic prints ((1 box))
Location of Collection: Materials are located in Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries. For more information about this collection including links to additional digital content, please connect to the finding aid on the University of Washington website.
Collection Number: 595
Summary: Turn of the century Alaska photographs showing seal and otter hunting activities in southeast Alaska and the Pribilof Islands, and Alaskan fish hatcheries.
Repository: University of Washington Libraries
Special Collections
Languages: Collection materials are in English.  
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Content Description

The collection contains photographs which were arranged into several sections. The first part of the collection consists of photographs made by N.B. Miller, who served as the assistant naturalist for the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury Fur Seals Investigations for 1896 in the Pribilof Islands (an island group in the Bering Sea). The commission's agenda was to observe the condition of the American fur seals of the Pibilof Islands in order to determine the factors threatening the herd, and to suggest protective measures to insure the preservation of the fur seal population. The photographs show the Pribilof Islands, Aleut peoples, and pelagic seal and otter hunting.

The second major part of the collection consists of photographs showing Alaskan fish hatcheries. In 1889, the federal Fisheries Act (amended in 1900) required each person, company, or corporation to establish a hatchery near their fishing operation and to produce "four times" the number of mature salmon as would be taken during the fishing season. These photographs show such hatcheries.

Administrative Information

Additional Reference Guides :  

To view selections from the collection in digital format, you can view the finding aid on the University of Washington website

Processing Note :  

Processed by Rebekah Dalby, 2002.

Bibliography :  
  • United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Reports of agents, officers, and other persons, acting under the ... Secretary of the Treasury, in relation to the condition of seal life on the rookeries of the Pribilof Islands, and to pelagic sealing in Bering Sea and the north Pacific Ocean, in the years 1893-1895. Washington: Govt. Printing Office, 1896. SH361 .U45 1896
  • United States. Dept. of the Treasury, Commission on Fur-seal Investigations. Observations on the fur seals of the Pribilof Islands: preliminary report. Washington: Govt. Printing Office, 1896. 979.8 Un381o
  • -- Second preliminary report of the Bering Sea fur seal investigations, 1897. Washington: Govt. Printing Office, 1898. 979.8 Un381s
  • -- The fur seals and fur-seal islands of the North Pacific ocean. Washington: Govt. Printing Office, 1898-99. SH361 .U5

Detailed Description of the Collection

Pribilof Islands, Alaska
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
1 1: Landing at village, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
2 2: Village, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
3 3: Village, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
4 4: Village, St. Paul Island, Alaska
N.B. Miller (photographer)
1896
5 5: People in wagons, going to the killing grounds for skins, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
6 6: Aleut family, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
7 7: Christmas banquet given to natives of St. Paul Island by the North American Commercial Company, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
8 8: Bridal party, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
9 9: Wildflowers in August, St. Paul Island, Alaska 1896
10 10: Village, St. George Island, Alaska
N.B. Miller (photographer)
1896
11 11: Aleut children with two men, St. George Island, Alaska 1896

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Drying Salmon
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
12 12: Drying Salmon, Unalaska, Alaska
N.B. Miller (photographer)
1896

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Pelagic Seal and Otter Hunting
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
13 13: Eskimo hunting implements
N.B. Miller (photographer)
1896
14 14: Tlingit hunters throwing spear at seal 1896
15 15: "Biderkas" skin canoes for hunting sea otter, Kodiak, Kodiak Island, Alaska
N.B. Miller (photographer)
1896
16 16: Sea otter hunter and boats, Unalaska, Alaska
N.B. Miller (photographer)
1896
17 17: Crew of pelagic fur-sealing vessel 1896
18 18: Aleut men and pelagic sealing apparatus 1896

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Hatcheries
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
19 19: Alaska Packers Association hatchery, Karluk, Kodiak Island, Alaska
20 20: Interior of Alaska Packers Association hatchery, Karluk, Kodiak Island, Alaska
21 21: Men transferring stock salmon to corral, Karluk, Kodiak Island, Alaska
22 22: "Method used at Karluk hatchery for drawing off fry from nursery," Karluk, Kodiak Island, Alaska
23 23: Rack in stream at Fortmann hatchery, Loring, Alaska
J.M.C. (photographer)
24 24: Men working at Fortmann hatchery, Loring, Alaska
J.M.C. (photographer)
25 25: Northwestern Fisheries Company hatchery, Hetta, Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
J.M.C. (photographer)
1901
26 26: John C. Callbreath Hatchery, McHenry, Etolin Island, Alaska
27 27: Trap pen and barrier in lower course of stream, John C. Callbreath Hatchery, McHenry, Etolin Island, Alaska
28 28: Racks and troughs used in salmon hatcheries

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Fishing Ships
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Folder
29 29: Ship Guy C. Goss, operated by the Northwestern Fisheries Company of Seattle, Wash.
Muirhead (photographer)
1909
30 30: Fish offal collecting steamer Salmonero, operated by the Russia Cement Company of Anacortes, Wash.
Muirhead (photographer)
1909

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Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Aleuts--Photographs
    • Eskimos--Alaska--Hunting--Photographs
    • Fish hatcheries--Alaska--Photographs
    • Fisheries--Alaska--Photographs
    • Fishing boats--Alaska--Photographs
    • Sea otter hunting--Alaska--Photographs
    • Sealing--Alaska--Photographs
    • Villages--Alaska--Photographs
    • Geographical Names :
    • Kodiak Island (Alaska)--Photographs
    • Pribilof Islands (Alaska)--Photographs
    • Other Creators :
    • Miller, N. B.  ( photographer)

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