Photo Albums 1905-1936 [series]
(1 box (3 photograph albums; 9in. x 12in.))
The Photo Albums series (3 volumes) contains albums of photographs (with annotations)
taken by Ocha Potter on his trips to Alaska (1905, 1906, and 1908), Africa and Europe (1930), and
the Western continental United States (1923, 1934, and 1936). The three albums were created by Potter in 1950 to accompany his autobiography, "60-Years-Plus 12."
Album No. 1: Alaska 1905-1906 , 1908
This album contains photos documenting multiple mining-related trips Ocha Potter took to Alaska between 1905 and 1908. Photos are primarily of landscapes, people, camps and modes of travel (dogsleds, boats, etc.) It includes some photos of Potter's wife, Julia and son, George, who accompanied him to Alaska in 1908.
This album, the largest of the three, documents Ocha Potter's 1930 voyage to Africa, and his subsequent African and European travels with his son George, who was working at the time as a mining engineer in Rhodesia. Countries visited include South Africa, Zimbabwe, the Belgian Congo, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, Italy, and France (approximately two to five photos each).
This album (the smallest of the three) contains photos from several domestic trips Ocha Potter took, variously accompanied by his wife and his children, Betty and Billie. Destinations include the National Petrified Forest in Arizona, the Grand Canyon, California, the Black Hills, Yellowstone, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon National Park, Mt. Zion National Park, the Painted Desert in Arizona, and Pike's Peak.
The Biographical Materials series (0.3 linear feet, 1939-2008) includes family correspondence regarding Potter's intentions for the manuscript of his autobiography, the manuscript
itself, and a timeline of events in Potter's life drafted by his granddaughter (and donor of this collection),
Julia Fairchild. It also includes newspaper clippings about Ocha Potter's life, career and civic engagement, as well as
ephemera related to Potter's involvement with the Copper Country Vacationist League.
Autobiography "60 Years Plus 12" and related correspondence 1939-1965[view item]
Family correspondence 1940-1951
This folder contains correspondence between Ocha Potter and his children and later correspondence among his children, regarding the handling of his autobiographical manuscript and estate. It also contains a biographical timeline of his life created by his granddaughter, Julia Fairchild.
Newspaper Clippings and Ephemera 1898-1954
This folder contains newspaper clippings about Ocha Potter's life and work, both in the field of mining and in service of the Copper Country Vacationist League. It also contains a copy of written remarks delivered by Potter upon his retirement from the Vacationist League.