Carl S. Dentzel Photograph Collection of the American West

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Carl S. Dentzel Photograph Collection of the American West
Dates: 1870s-1890s
Collection Number: photCL 98
Creator/Collector: Dentzel family
Extent: 84 photographs in 2 boxes; photographs 18 x 24 cm. (7 x 9 in.) and smaller. See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: The majority of this collection is a disbound album of photographs of Alaska taken by A. L. Broadbent. These views show Revenue Cutter Service ships and officers; Alaskan natives; towns; scenery; the fur trade and mission schools. Other notable photographs in this collection include portraits of John C. Frémont, Harrison Gray Otis, and John A. Sutter; a series of Lake Tahoe cartes-de-visite (card photographs); and cartes-de-visite views of early western settlers around the time of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Carl S. Dentzel Photograph Collection of the American West. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Paul and Elizabeth Dentzel, March 24, 1992.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Alaska album (items 30-84) has a title page inscribed "Mr(?) Baldwin, Dutch Harbor, Unalaska / Compliments of A. L. Broadbent." These photographs all have manuscript captions in ink, presumably written by Broadbent. Scenes include: Alaskan natives, homes, graves; missionaries and schools; walrus hunting; whaling ships; totem poles; portraits of officers in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service; Greek and Russian Orthodox churches; the first grand jury in Nome, Alaska; James Gilchrist Swan; and a portrait of photographer A. L. Broadbent. The other photographs in the collection are a series of Lake Tahoe card photographs; a few views of the logging industry; Kingston, Nevada; homesteaders and miners in Oklahoma; and some portraits. Of note is a portrait of "D. S. Mitchell, Photographer" and his camera and tent in Oklahoma. Photographers who contributed to this collection include William C. Billington, Alfred Lee Broadbent, F. Davey, Edward De Groff, Charles D. Kirkland, David Sedgley Mitchell, C. H. Shaffner, Julius Ulke, and Raper James Waters.

Indexing Terms

Bear (ship)
Church buildings
Grand jury--Alaska
Indians of North America—Alaska
Oklahoma—History—Land Rush, 1889
Sutro Baths (San Francisco, Calif.)
Totem poles
United States. Revenue-Cutter Service
Walrus hunting
Broadbent, A. L.
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917
Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880
Swan, James Gilchrist
San Diego (Calif.)
Siberia (Russia)
Sitka (Alaska)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Unalaska (Alaska)

Additional collection guides