[Various places in Alaska]. 1899-1936. Twelve black and white photographs, ranging from 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches to 4 x 5 inches. Oblong black paper photo album. Manuscript cover title and photo annotations in white lead pencil. Cover detached, but present. One photo with remains of previous mounting. Very good overall. Item #WRCAM55248
A small but fascinating collection of photos depicting early placer and sluice mining during the Klondike Gold Rush by writer, photographer, and Inuit-rights advocate Clarence Andrews. Eight photos were taken in the Yukon and surrounding regions, labelled "Rifle and Back-pack," "Whip-sawing lumber for boat," "Testing the gravel," "Poling boat on Yukon," "Sluice-boxes on Klondike," "Ground sluicing at Nome," "'Rocking' on the bars of 40 M., Forty Mile River, throwing the gravel," and "First dredge on Bonanza 'Klondike Country'." Four other photos, dated 1936, are labelled "Camp Life," "On the Edge of the World" and "Hard Sledding" (featuring logs on a dog sled), and a photo of Andrews (at right) and an unidentified man sitting in what appear to be deck chairs on a ship. Clarence Leroy Andrews (1862-1948) was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, but moved with his family to Oregon in 1864. His father died on the journey, but his mother settled the rest of the family near Brownsville, Oregon. Andrews traveled to Alaska in 1892 and then was lured back by the gold rush in 1898. Although it does not appear that he found the mother lode, he stayed in the north and worked as a customs official in Sitka, Skagway, and Eagle. Andrews taught himself Russian and became an authority on the history and culture of the Alaskan territory. He received an appointment in 1909 as head of the Information Bureau at the Alaska Building in the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle. After traveling with the exhibit he returned to Alaska in 1915 as a journalist for the ALASKA-YUKON MAGAZINE and the ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE. From 1923-30, Andrews traveled the region from Nome to Point Barrow, as part of the U.S. Bureau of Education's Alaska Reindeer Service. He became increasingly concerned about reindeer habitat and the living conditions of the indigenous peoples there. Andrews worked to publicize the problems of the Inuit and Iñupiat peoples and to defend their rights. Andrews wrote several books about the Inuit, published THE ESKIMO (magazine), and translated several Russian works pertaining to Alaska. An intimate collection of photographs from the eye of an important advocate for Alaska. Clarence Leroy Andrews Papers, Coll. 067, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon. Clarence Leroy Andrews Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage. Clarence Andrews Papers. Alaska and Polar Regions Collections, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.