Photographs of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Mayo & Weed

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Photographs of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Mayo & Weed
Dates: ca. 1890s
Collection Number: photCL 214
Creator/Collector: Mayo & Weed
Extent: 122 photographs in 1 album; album 29 x 37.5 cm. (11 x 15 in.). See itemized list under "Additional collection guides."
Repository: Huntington Library. Photo Archives
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: An album of photographs by Mayo & Weed depicting scenery and glaciers in Alaska; Native Alaskans, homes and totems; and towns and scenery in the western United States and Canada. Many photographs include tourists traveling by train and ship.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Photographs of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest by Mayo & Weed. Huntington Library. Photo Archives

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Willard De Groot, June 25, 1976.

Biography/Administrative History

Charles A. Mayo and J. E. Weed made up a photography partnership based in Chicago, Illinois. Their firm, Mayo & Weed, acted as “special artists” for Grafton’s Tours, which was also Chicago based. For an Alaskan themed travel catalogue, Weed traveled through the Pacific Northwest, taking photographs as he went. Upon his return, Mayo & Weed published the photos not only in the catalogue, but also in albums to sell.

Scope and Content of Collection

The 122 prints depict Alaskan nature scenes, some Native American totems, and a variety of scenic views in the western United States. These photographs were taken ca. 1890s. The collection is particularly strong in images of Caucasian tourists; Salt Lake City, Utah; Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Wrangell, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; Alaskan natives; glaciers; totems; British Columbia health resorts; and Western railway lines. Brigham Young, a leader of the Mormon Church, is listed as a personal name index term because a photograph of his grave is included in this collection. The photograph album has the word "Alaska" embossed on the cover and "Alaska / Mayo & Weed, Chicago" embossed on the spine. Almost all of the photographs have a printed caption included in the bottom of the photograph.

Indexing Terms

Bathhouses—British Columbia
Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Health resorts
Indians of North America—Alaska
Mormon church buildings
Orthodox Eastern Church--Alaska
Totem poles
Tsimshian Indians
Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway Company
Beehive House (Salt Lake City, Utah)
British Columbia
Colorado Springs (Colo.)
Denver (Colo.)
Douglas Island (Alaska)
Garden of the Gods (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Great Salt Lake (Utah)
Juneau (Alaska)
Manitou Springs (Colo.)
Portland (Or.)
Salt Lake City (Utah)
Sitka (Alaska)
Wrangell (Alaska)
Photograph Albums
Marine photographs

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