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Photograph Album of the Cruise of the Revenue Cutter "Corwin" in Alaska: Finding Aid
photCL 97  
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Photograph Album of the Cruise of the Revenue Cutter "Corwin" in Alaska
    Dates (inclusive): approximately 1881-1883
    Collection Number: photCL 97
    Extent: 36 photographs in 1 album; album 18 x 27 cm (7 x 11 in) + 1 preservation microfilm copy reel.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo Archives
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: rarebooks@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This photograph album illustrates the sights and peoples experienced during a voyage of the United States Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin to Alaska and the Arctic Ocean during the early 1880s. There are many views of native (Inuit) villages and inhabitants in Alaska and coastal Siberia, along with scenery and seascapes. All photographs are accompanied by detailed manuscript captions by an unknown individual. Photographs depict Alaskan nature scenes and harbors; Inuit people, dwellings and villages; and documentation of the fur trade in the 19th century.
    Language: English.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on April 28, 2014.

    Access

    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Administrative Information

    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

    Photograph Album of the Cruise of the Revenue Cutter "Corwin" in Alaska. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Purchased from Shorey Book Store (Seattle, Washington) in 1956.

    Historical Note

    The USRC Thomas Corwin was a United States Revenue Cutter that patrolled the Arctic Ocean and Bearing Sea, beginning in the late 1870s. In 1882, Michael A. Healy (1839-1904) became commander of the Corwin, and he rose to the position of captain in March of 1883. While in command of the Corwin, Healy patrolled the Arctic to the prevent illegal sale of guns and alcohol to the Alaskan natives and to control illegal fur seal hunting. The captain was also concerned for the well-being of the Alaskan natives, and ferried Siberian caribou to help reestablish the natives' food supply, since many seals and walruses were killed by white traders.

    Scope and Content

    This album contains photographs that were taken during a voyage of the USRC Thomas Corwin to Alaska and the Arctic Ocean during the early 1880s. With images of the Inuit inhabitants including portraits; views of homes and villages; and the killing and skinning of seals. There are also views of non-Indian hunters and traders. The Inuit villages and dwellings illustrated are in Sitka, St. Michael, King's Island, and locations in Siberia. There is one view of an "Eskimo" [i.e. Inuit] grave at an unidentified location.
    The photograph album has the title "Scenes in Alaska and the Arctic Ocean. 1883" embossed on the front cover. An ink manuscript title page reads: "Cruise of the Revenue Cutter 'Corwin' 1881." All photographs are accompanied by detailed manuscript captions in ink by an unknown individual.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Visit the Huntington Digital Library: Photographs   to view digitized images from this album.

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    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Body piercing -- Photographs.
    Corwin (Ship) -- Photographs.
    Fur trade -- Alaska -- Photographs.
    Graves -- Alaska -- Photographs.
    Indians of North America -- Alaska -- Photographs.
    Inuit -- Photographs.
    Orthodox churches -- Photographs.
    Russian Orthodox -- Photographs.
    Sailing ships -- Photographs.
    Whaling -- Photographs.
    Healy, Michael A., 1839-1904.
    Alaska -- Photographs.
    Arctic Ocean -- Photographs.
    Bering Sea -- Photographs.
    Siberia (Russia)-- Photographs.

    Forms/Genres

    Photograph albums.
    Photographs.
    Marine photographs.