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Preliminary Guide to the Ben Smith / Alaska Yukon Gold Rush Collection
Wyles Mss 1  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ben Smith / Alaska Yukon Gold Rush Collection,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1882-1915
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1898-1901)
    Collection Number: Wyles Mss 1
    Creator: Smith, Ben
    Extent: .4 linear feet (1document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
    Physical Location: Del Sur
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Ben Smith / Alaska Yukon Gold Rush Collection. Wyles Mss 1. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchase, 1980.


    Information about the Alaskan Gold Rush may be found in works such as:
    • Becker, Ethel Anderson. Kondike '98: Hegg's Album of the 1898 Alaska Gold Rush (1958).
    • DeGraf, Anna. Pioneering on the Yukon, 1892-1917 (1992).
    • Landru, H. C. The Blue Parka Man: Alaskan Gold Rush Bandit (1980).
    • Littlepage, Dean. Gold Fever in the North (1997).
    • Lung, Edward Burchall. Black Sand and Gold (1967).
    • Lung, Velma D. Trail to North Star Gold (1969).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Ben Smith, from Redwood City, California, who went to the Alaska Yukon goldfields ca. 1898-1900, and then apparently returned to California. The collection contains correspondence, diaries/journals, documents, financial records, maps, and other ephemera, much of it relating to Smith's stay in Alaska.