Photographs of Edward Schieffelin's Prospecting Trip in Alaska, 1883

Huntington Library. Photo Archives
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photographs of Edward Schieffelin's Prospecting Trip in Alaska, 1883
Dates: 1882-1883
Collection Number: photCL 264
Creator/Collector: Farciot, Charles O.
Extent: 45 photographs in 1 album; album 24 x 30 cm. (9 x 12 in.). See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: This collection of photographs taken by Charles O. Farciot documents Edward Schieffelin’s gold prospecting trip through Alaska via the Yukon River. 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 of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Photographs of Edward Schieffelin's Prospecting Trip in Alaska, 1883. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Given by M.C. Erskine in 1925.

Biography/Administrative History

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 of Collection

The photographs in this collection depict Edward Schieffelin during his prospecting expedition through the Yukon; Alaskan native families; a missionary preaching to and interacting with Alaskan natives; various steamships, including the “New Racket”; the towns of St. Michael, Nuklukayet, and Anvik; dogsledding teams; trading posts; the Yukon River; Alaskan native chieftains and shamans; Fort Yukon; Fort Reliance; 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 accordian fold book album. There are typeset captions, probably created by photographer Charles Farciot. Some refer to photographic exposure and timing. For related collections, see also at the Huntington Library: Papers of Edward Schieffelin, 1880-1881 (mssHM70261-70277, FAC 1517-1531).

Indexing Terms

Indians of North America—Alaska
Tanana Indians
Schieffelin, Edward, 1847-1897
Fort Yukon (Alaska)
Nushagak (Alaska)
Saint Michael (Alaska)
Saint Paul Island (Alaska)
Yukon River (Yukon and Alaska)
Photograph Albums
Marine photographs

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