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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Historical Background
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Digital Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Alaska Commercial Company Records
    Creator: Alaska Commercial Company
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0234
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 archives box)
    Date (inclusive): 1895 - 1897
    Abstract: A small collection of business correspondence and records from the Alaska Commercial Company, a San Francisco trading firm concerned with the Alaskan fur trade in the late 19th century.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains a small body of business correspondence and records, including 34 letters written from early March to 12 October 1897 between agents Otto W. Carlson at Unga, R. T. Lying and James M. Wilson at St. Michael, and company representatives N. Gray and Rudolph Neumann at Unalaska. The letters contain orders for merchandise, accounts of fur pelts shipped, and general account information. Also included are 28 business documents, such as invoices, advice of drafts lists, inventories, and supply arrivals related to the Apollo Consolidated Mining Company.

    Historical Background

    Alaska Commercial Company was a San Francisco firm which purchased the assets of the Russian-American Co. in 1867. The company supported the Alaskan fur trade by providing steamship transportation, general merchandising, and other commercial and financial services. The company had offices at Unalaska on Unalaska Island, at Unga on Unga Island, and at St. Michael on the west coast of Alaska in the Norton Sound.

    Publication Rights

    Digital copies of this material are intended to support research, teaching, and private study. This work may be used without prior permission. The original manuscripts for this collection are held by Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

    Preferred Citation

    Alaska Commercial Company Records, MSS 234. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Digital Content

    This collection has been digitized.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Alaska -- History -- 1867-1959 -- Sources
    Neumann, Rudolph
    Wilson, James M.
    Gray, N.
    Lying, R. T.
    Carlson, Otto W.