Alaska Commercial Company Records

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
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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

Collection Contents



box 1, folder 1

Correspondence 1897


34 items (54 p.). Mostly holograph, but some typescript.
box 1, folder 2

Invoices and other business documents 1895 - 1897


28 items (34 p.)