Alaska and Yellowstone photograph album ([ca. 1888])

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, April 2013
Graphics Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Alaska and Yellowstone photograph album
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [ca. 1888]
Extent: 1 volume
This photograph album contains photographs of scenery in Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, and the Yosemite Valley in the late 19th century. Several photographs feature tourists or members of the photographer's traveling party, and others were taken onboard the steamer Queen .
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1999. F-504.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

Alaska and Yellowstone photograph album, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The photographer or photographers who took the pictures in this album traveled to Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, the Yosemite Valley, and Arizona in the late 19th century. The photographer may have been a member of a traveling amateur camera club, possibly from the Chicago, Illinois area.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This photograph album (25cm x 19cm) contains 87 photographic prints depicting scenes in Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, and the Yosemite Valley in the late 19th century. The photographs, all of which have captions, were taken during visits to four geographic areas: Muir Glacier (21 photographs); Tacoma, Washington, and Helena, Montana (8 items); Yosemite National Park (48 items); and the Yosemite Valley and Arizona (10 items). Most photographs show natural scenery such as mountains, rock formations, waterfalls, and geysers, and some are pictures of hotels. Many show tourists climbing or viewing natural formations and scenery, and some show members of the photographer's party posing for portraits.

The album has two identical prints of a group of amateur photographers holding box cameras onboard the Queen , which is shown in several other photographs. Views of buildings in Sitka, Alaska; Tacoma, Washington; Helena, Montana; and Yosemite National Park are also included. One photograph shows a woman modeling a Chilkat blanket and totem pole cane, and another shows a "Tamed Bear" standing on a raised platform. Also of note is a picture of a train, taken as the photographer's party disbanded near Chicago. The volume is a quarter-bound album with a title stamped on the cover in gold: "Photographs."

Subject Terms

  • Photographs shelf.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Alaska.
  • Arizona.
  • Helena (Mont.)
  • Muir Glacier (Alaska)
  • Photographers.
  • Sitka (Alaska)
  • Tacoma (Wash.)
  • Yellowstone National Park.
  • Yosemite Valley (Calif.)
Genre Terms:
  • Photograph albums--1880-1890.
  • Photographic prints--1880-1890.

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Container / Location Title
Volume   1 [A.2.1888.2]  
Alaska and Yellowstone photograph album, [ca. 1888] [series]