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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Photographs of Alaska by Frank La Roche
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1892
    Collection Number: photCL 95
    Creator: La Roche, Frank, 1853-1934
    Extent: 54 photographs in 1 box; prints 23 x 17 cm. (9 x 6.5 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 consists of photographs of Alaska taken ca. 1892 by Frank La Roche, depicting Alaskan nature scenes, views of town life (mainly in Sitka and Wrangell), and some Alaskan Natives. This collection provides insight into the Alaskan environment just before the Klondike Gold Rush.
    Language: English.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on October 21, 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 Alaska by Frank La Roche. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    This collection was purchased from Shorey's Bookstore (Seattle, Washington) on July 25, 1956.

    Biographical Note

    Frank La Roche (1853-1936) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of seventeen, he was employed at a photographic studio and learned the trade for two years. In 1872, La Roche left for Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, to start a general commercial photography business. From 1876 to 1878, La Roche had a variety of commissions, including making negatives of the planet Mercury for the United States and French governments. His workmanship was recognized in the form of six prizes at the Iowa State Fair in 1888. In 1889, he traveled to Seattle, Washington, just after the Great Seattle Fire and opened a photo gallery. La Roche took trips through Alaska and Canada, specializing in scenic and industrial photography. Perhaps his most intensive project was photographing the Klondike Gold Rush, which lasted from ca. 1897-1899. La Roche moved his studio to Sedro-Wooley, Washington, in 1914. He retired in 1928, passing the business to his son. He died in Sedro-Wooley in 1936 at the age of eighty-two.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of photographs of Alaska taken ca. 1892 by Frank La Roche, depicting Alaskan nature scenes, views of town life, and some Alaskan Natives. This collection provides insight into the Alaskan environment just before the Klondike Gold Rush.
    This collection is particularly strong in images of Muir Glacier and the cities of Sitka and Wrangell. In addition to images of these places, the collection includes images of Alaskan Natives; Alaskan Native totem poles; Killisnoo, Alaska; the Native American community of Kasaan, Alaska; the steamboat Star Queen; various glaciers; and Treadmill Mill and Mine at Douglas Island.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Church buildings -- Photographs.
    Glaciers -- Photographs.
    Indians of North America -- Alaska -- Photographs.
    Steamboats -- Photographs.
    Totem poles -- Photographs.
    Douglas Island (Alaska -- Photographs.
    Juneau (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Kasaan (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Killisnoo (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Metlakatla (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Sitka (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Wrangell (Alaska) -- Photographs.

    Forms/Genres

    Photographs.