Item #3764 [Annotated Vernacular Photograph Album Documenting the Activities of Missionaries in Alaska, with Numerous Images of the Local Natives]. Alaska, Missionaries.
[Annotated Vernacular Photograph Album Documenting the Activities of Missionaries in Alaska, with Numerous Images of the Local Natives]
[Annotated Vernacular Photograph Album Documenting the Activities of Missionaries in Alaska, with Numerous Images of the Local Natives]
[Annotated Vernacular Photograph Album Documenting the Activities of Missionaries in Alaska, with Numerous Images of the Local Natives]

[Annotated Vernacular Photograph Album Documenting the Activities of Missionaries in Alaska, with Numerous Images of the Local Natives]

[Various locations in Alaska: 1937-1939]. [43] leaves, illustrated with approximately 450 mounted photographs, plus about fifty-five loose or detached photographs paid in, the album leaves profusely annotated with manuscript captions in white ink, and many of the loose photographs captioned on the verso. Oblong folio. Contemporary crimson textured limp cloth, string tied. Moderate rubbing, edge wear, and fraying to cloth, some abrasions on boards, small tear at top edge of rear board. Various levels of wear and some creasing to images, some empty mounts. Very good. Item #3764

A wonderful vernacular photograph album containing over 500 images documenting the activities of Alaskan missionaries in the 1930s. The captions, both on the album leaves and the verso of the photographs, provide a wealth of information to potential researchers. In May 1937, a small group of Christians traveled from Oregon to Alaska to proselytize to the indigenous populations in Kenai, which is heavily featured here, along with additional images featuring unique scenes in Wrangell, Cordova, Valdez, Chitina, Ninilchik, Gulkana Road House, and other villages and towns. The missionaries are pictured at work in their various gardens (strawberries, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, etc.), fishing, hunting, visiting a Russian wedding, gathering bark, visiting fish camps, and engaged in other relevant activities. There are references in the album to Presbyterians and the El Nathan Children's Home in Valdez is featured in several photographs, with many of the pictures featuring identified buildings such as canneries, American and Russian churches, the Kenai Mission House, the Gulkana road house and store, various cabins, "a typical native home," "Mrs. Miller's home," "Wilson's home," and "Cabin I've thought of buying." Some of the people featured in the album are identified as "Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner school teachers," "Isabel," "Pauline," "Caroline," "Helen," and "Ethel," among many others.

Several photos feature the various classes of students being taught in Sunday School by the missionaries, with each class populated by varying numbers of indigenous young men and women. There are also photographs of a group of "Chistochinia natives," another group of locals in Batzulnetus, a portrait of a 110-year-old Alaskan native named "Grandma Sanford," an "Eskimo baby," a group of indigenous children meeting in Juneau, four natives "listening to the gospel from their porch," "Some of the natives in English Bay," and others. A fascinating and unique photographic record of missionary life in Alaska in the first half of the 20th century.

Price: $950.00