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Carl S. Dentzel Photograph Collection of the American West
photCL 98  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Carl S. Dentzel Photograph Collection of the American West
    Dates: 1870s-1890s
    Collection Number: photCL 98
    Creator/Collector: Dentzel family
    Extent: 84 photographs in 2 boxes; photographs 18 x 24 cm. (7 x 9 in.) and smaller. See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
    Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
    San Marino, California 91108
    Abstract: The majority of this collection is a disbound album of photographs of Alaska taken by A. L. Broadbent. These views show Revenue Cutter Service ships and officers; Alaskan natives; towns; scenery; the fur trade and mission schools. Other notable photographs in this collection include portraits of John C. Frémont, Harrison Gray Otis, and John A. Sutter; a series of Lake Tahoe cartes-de-visite (card photographs); and cartes-de-visite views of early western settlers around the time of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.
    Language of Material: English


    Access is granted to qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact the Curator of Photographs at the Huntington Library.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Carl S. Dentzel Photograph Collection of the American West. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from Paul and Elizabeth Dentzel, March 24, 1992.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Alaska album (items 30-84) has a title page inscribed "Mr(?) Baldwin, Dutch Harbor, Unalaska / Compliments of A. L. Broadbent." These photographs all have manuscript captions in ink, presumably written by Broadbent. Scenes include: Alaskan natives, homes, graves; missionaries and schools; walrus hunting; whaling ships; totem poles; portraits of officers in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service; Greek and Russian Orthodox churches; the first grand jury in Nome, Alaska; James Gilchrist Swan; and a portrait of photographer A. L. Broadbent. The other photographs in the collection are a series of Lake Tahoe card photographs; a few views of the logging industry; Kingston, Nevada; homesteaders and miners in Oklahoma; and some portraits. Of note is a portrait of "D. S. Mitchell, Photographer" and his camera and tent in Oklahoma. Photographers who contributed to this collection include William C. Billington, Alfred Lee Broadbent, F. Davey, Edward De Groff, Charles D. Kirkland, David Sedgley Mitchell, C. H. Shaffner, Julius Ulke, and Raper James Waters.

    Indexing Terms

    Bear (ship)
    Church buildings
    Grand jury--Alaska
    Indians of North America—Alaska
    Oklahoma—History—Land Rush, 1889
    Sutro Baths (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Totem poles
    United States. Revenue-Cutter Service
    Walrus hunting
    Broadbent, A. L.
    Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
    Otis, Harrison Gray, 1837-1917
    Sutter, John Augustus, 1803-1880
    Swan, James Gilchrist
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Siberia (Russia)
    Sitka (Alaska)
    Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
    Unalaska (Alaska)

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