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Alaska Commercial Company Records
MSS 0234  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Historical Background
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Alaska Commercial Company
    Title: Alaska Commercial Company Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1895 - 1897
    Extent: 0.20 linear feet (1 archives box)
    Abstract: Records (1895-1897) of the Alaska Commercial Company, a San Francisco trading company largely concerned with the Alaskan fur trade.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0234
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Alaska Commercial Company Records, MSS 0234. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Historical Background

    The Alaska Commerical Co. was a San Francisco based company which bought out the assets of the Russian-American Co. in 1867. The company supported the Alaskan fur trade by providing steamship transportation, general merchandising, and other commerical and financial services. The company had offices at Unalaska on Unalaska Island, at Unga on Unga Island, and at St. Michael on the west coast of Alaska in the Norton Sound.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Materials include 34 letters [59 pages] written from early March to 12 October 1897 between agents Otto W. Carlson at Unga, R.T. Lying and James M. Wilson at St. Michael, and company representatives N. Gray and Rudolph Neumann at Unalaska. The letters contain orders for merchandise, accounts of fur pelts shipped, and general accounts. Also included are 28 account documents [37 pages] which contain invoices, advice of drafts lists, and arrivals also supplied the Apollo Consolidated Mining Company.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Alaska Commercial Company -- Archives
    Alaska -- History -- 1867-1959 -- Sources


    Carlson, Otto W., -- correspondent
    Wilson, James M., -- correspondent
    Lying, R. T., -- correspondent
    Neumann, Rudolph, -- correspondent
    Gray, N., -- correspondent