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Photographs of Edward Schieffelin's Prospecting Trip in Alaska: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Photographs of Edward Schieffelin's Prospecting Trip in Alaska
    Dates: 1882-1883
    Collection Number: photCL 264
    Creator: Farciot, Charles O., photographer
    Extent: 45 photographs in 1 album; album 24 x 30 cm. (9 x 12 in.)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection of photographs taken by Charles O. Farciot documents Edward Schieffelin’s gold prospecting trip through Alaska via the Yukon River in 1882 and 1883. Views include many close portraits of Alaskan natives and their families; the towns of St. Michael, Nuklukayet, and Anvik; trading stations; Schieffelin and his dog sled team; and Fort Yukon missionaries interacting with Alaskan natives.
    Language: English.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on October 16, 2014.

    Access

    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Photographs of Edward Schieffelin's Prospecting Trip in Alaska. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of M.C. Erskine in 1925.

    Biographical Note

    Charles O. Farciot was born in Switzerland in 1840 and became a United States citizen in 1858. In the course of his life, Farciot learned enough to become a photographer and steamship engineer. After opening photography studios in Arizona, he met Edward Schieffelin, the founder of Tombstone, Arizona. Schieffelin, who was interested in searching for gold in the Yukon, took Farciot along as part of his gold prospecting party to Alaska in 1882. Discouraged by the harsh environment, Schieffelin left in 1883, but Farciot stayed behind to work as a steamship engineer on the Yukon River until at least 1886. Upon leaving Alaska, Farciot opened photograph studios in San Francisco.

    Scope and Content

    This album contains 45 photographs taken by Charles O. Farciot that document Edward Schieffelin's gold prospecting trip through Alaska via the Yukon River in 1882 and 1883. Views include many close portraits of Alaskan natives and their families; the towns of St. Michael, Nuklukayet, and Anvik; Fort Yukon; Fort Reliance; trading posts; Schieffelin and his dog sled team; and Fort Yukon missionaries interacting with Alaskan natives; various steamships, including the "New Racket"; the Yukon River; Alaskan native chieftains and shamans; a group of the only Caucasian men in St. Michael; and one view of an Inuit cemetery.
    The photographs are mounted double-sided into an accordion fold book album. There are typeset captions, probably created by photographer Charles Farciot. Some refer to photographic exposure and timing.

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    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Schieffelin, Edward, 1847-1897 -- Photographs.
    Dogsledding -- Photographs.
    Indians of North America -- Alaska -- Photographs.
    Missionaries -- Photographs.
    Prospecting -- Photographs.
    Shamans -- Photographs.
    Steamboats -- Photographs.
    Tanana Indians -- Photographs.
    Inuit -- Photographs.
    Alaska -- Photographs.
    Fort Yukon (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Nushagak (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Saint Michael (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Saint Paul Island (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Yukon River (Yukon and Alaska) -- Photographs.

    Forms/Genres

    Photograph Albums.
    Photographs.
    Portraits.