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Photograph Album of the Cruise of the Revenue Cutter "Corwin" in Alaska, 1883
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Description
This photograph album illustrates the sights and peoples experienced by the voyagers of the "Corwin." There are many views of native (Inuit) villages and inhabitants in Alaska and coastal Siberia, along with scenery and seascapes. All photographs are accompanied by detailed, manuscript captions in ink by an unknown individual. Photographs depict Alaskan nature scenes and harbors; Inuit people, dwellings and villages; and documentation of the fur trade in the 19th century.
Background
Individual related to this collection: Michael A. Healy, 1839-1904,(not depicted in this collection) served with the "Thomas Corwin" beginning in 1882; he rose to the position of captain in March of 1883. While in command of the "Corwin," Healy patrolled the Arctic to prevent illegal sale of guns and alcohol to the Alaskan natives and to control illegal fur seal hunting. The captain was also concerned for the well-being of the Alaskan natives, and ferried Siberian caribou over to help reestablish the natives’ food supply since many seals and walruses were killed by white traders.
Extent
36 photographs in 1 album; album 18 x 27 cm. (7 x 11 in.); 1 microfilm roll of copy negatives of the photos. See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.