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Photographs of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Mayo & Weed: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Photographs of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Mayo & Weed
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1890s
    Collection Number: photCL 214
    Creator: Mayo & Weed
    Extent: 122 photographs in 1 album; prints 19 x 24 cm (7.5 x 9.5 in) and smaller, album 29 x 37.5 cm (11 x 15 in)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: An album of 122 photographs by the Chicago, Illinois, photography firm of Mayo & Weed, dating from the 1890s, that depicts scenery and glaciers in Alaska; Native Alaskans, homes and totems; and towns and scenery in the western United States and Canada. Many photographs include tourists traveling by train and ship.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Photographs of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Mayo & Weed. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Willard De Groot, June 25, 1976.

    Historical Note

    Charles A. Mayo and Jarvis E. Weed made up a photography partnership based in Chicago, Illinois. Their firm, Mayo & Weed, acted as “special artists” for Grafton’s Tours, which was also Chicago based. For an Alaskan-themed travel catalogue, Weed traveled through the Pacific Northwest, taking photographs as he went. Upon his return, Mayo & Weed published the photos not only in the catalogue, but also in albums to sell.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This album contains 122 photographic prints by the Chicago, Illinois, photography firm of Mayo & Weed that depicts scenery and glaciers in Alaska; Native Alaskans; some Native American totems, and a variety of scenic views in the western United States and Canada. These photographs were taken ca. 1890s. The organization of the album's photographs mirrors a trip from Denver, Colorado, to Alaska, with stops at various tourist destinations, and includes images of Caucasian tourists; Salt Lake City, Utah; Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Wrangell, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; Alaskan natives; glaciers; totems; British Columbia health resorts; and Western railway lines. Brigham Young, a leader of the Mormon Church, is listed as a personal name index term because a photograph of his grave is included in this collection.
    The photograph album has the word "Alaska" embossed on the cover and "Alaska / Mayo & Weed, Chicago" embossed on the spine. Almost all of the photographs have a printed caption included in the bottom of the photograph.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  
    Bathhouses -- British Columbia -- Photographs. -- Photographs.
    Canadian Pacific Railway Company -- Photographs.
    Cemeteries -- Alaska -- Photographs.
    Glaciers -- Photographs.
    Health resorts -- Photographs.
    Indians of North America—Alaska -- Photographs.
    Mormon church buildings -- Photographs.
    Mountains -- Photographs.
    Orthodox Eastern Church--Alaska -- Photographs.
    Rivers -- Photographs.
    Steamboats -- Photographs.
    Totem poles -- Photographs.
    Tourists -- Photographs.
    Tsimshian Indians -- Photographs.
    Warships -- Photographs.
    Inuit -- Photographs.
    Young, Brigham, 1801-1877 -- Tomb -- Photographs.
    Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway Company.
    Beehive House (Salt Lake City, Utah) -- Photographs.
    British Columbia -- Photographs.
    Colorado Springs (Colo.) -- Photographs.
    Denver (Colo.) -- Photographs.
    Douglas Island (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs, Colo.) -- Photographs.
    Great Salt Lake (Utah) -- Photographs.
    Juneau (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Manitou Springs (Colo.) -- Photographs.
    Portland (Or.) -- Photographs.
    Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Photographs.
    Sitka (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Wrangell (Alaska) -- Photographs.
    Photograph Albums.
    Marine photographs.