Photographs of Alaska by Frank La Roche: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Michelle Sanchez.
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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

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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.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Photographs

Item 1

Crevasse in Muir Glacier. Depth over 200 ft.,1892.

Item 2

Greek Church. Sitka, Alaska.

Item 3

Interior Greek Church. Sitka, Alaska, 1892.

Item 4

Totems at Kasa-am [Kasaan], Alaska, 1892.

Item 5

Face of Muir Glacier.

Item 6

[Steamboat and canoe in lake or bay].

Item 7

Section of Muir Glacier, Alaska.

Item 8

Indian River. Sitka, Alaska.

Item 9

Seaward from Sitka, Alaska.

Item 10

Section of Muir Glacier, Alaska, 1892.

Item 11

Section of Muir Glacier, Alaska.

Item 12

[Steamship. Caption faded].

Item 13

Face of Muir Glacier, Alaska, 1892.

Item 14

Sitka, Alaska.

Item 15

Fort Wrangel [Wrangell], Alaska.

Item 16

Section of Muir Glacier, Alaska.

Item 17

Muir Glacier from Elevation of 1800 feet [with two men].

Item 18

Section of Muir Glacier, Alaska.

Item 19

Grenville Channel, BC [British Columbia].

Item 20

Metlakahtla [Metlakatla], Alaska from Stm’r [steamer].

Item 21

Juneau, Alaska.

Item 22

Face of Muir Glacier, 1892.

Item 23

Greek Church Interior. Killisnoo, Alaska.

Item 24

Top of Muer [Muir?] Glacier.

Item 25

Takou Glacier, Alaska.

Item 26

Takou Glacier, Alaska.

Item 27a

Totem on Grave of Chief.

Item 27b

Totems at Fort Wrancell [Wrangell].

Item 28

Star Queen [steamboat] at Muir Glacier.

Item 29a

Totem Pole at Honoo [Hoonah], Alaska.

Item 29b

Russian Blockhouse. Sitka, Alaska.

Item 30a

Section of Muir Glacier, Alaska

Item 30b

Totems at Fort Wrangel [Wrangell].

Item 31a

Treadwell Mine. Douglas Island, Alaska.

Item 31b

Profile of Muir Glacier, 1892.

Item 32a

Treadwell Mill and Mine. Alaska.

Item 32b

Mount Edgecomb [Edgecumbe] from Sitka. 10 pm.

Item 33a

Pyramid Harbor. Chilkat Bay, Alaska.

Item 33b

Yaas Creek.

Item 34a

Kasa-an [Kasaan] Village [with group of men and boy].

Item 34b

Muir Glacier, Alaska [with two men on top], 1892.

Item 35a

An Alaskan woman, 126 years old [with Indian woman and children].

Item 35b

Driveway near Sitka, Alaska.

Item 36a

Baronoff [Baronof] Castle. Sitka, Alaska.

Item 36b

Front Street. Juneau, Alaska.

Item 37a

Street in Sitka, Alaska.

Item 37b

Totem Poles at Kasa-an [Kasaan], Alaska.

Item 38a

Chileat Indians at Killisnoo, Alaska.

Item 38b

Mission school at Sitka, Alaska.

Item 39a

Metlakahtla Cornet Band. Alaska.

Item 39b

Star Queen in the ice at Takou, Alaska.

Item 40a

Totem Poles at Fort Wrangle [Wrangell], Alaska.

Item 40b

Greek Church. Sitka, Alaska.

Item 41

Bear Totem. Wrangle [Wrangell] [Alaska]. [Loose photo found at back of album. Photographer unknown].