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Photographs of Alaska Native Communities, circa 1960s
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Content Description
24 press photographs depicting Alaska Native communities and individuals, primarily the Nunamiut, in the Anaktuvuk Pass in the early 1960s taken by several non-native photographers.
10 of these photos were taken in 1962 by Alaskan photographer Ward W. Wells. Two photos are of Anna Bortel, a non-native teacher from Ohio who began working with Nunamiut children in 1954; and six images depict the daily life of community leader and educator Simon Paneak and his family. As a caption on the verso of one print indicates, the latter were apparently taken when the Paneak family hosted Wells during his assignment. Other photos show two unidentified young women, and an unidentified older man who, according to a manuscript inscription on the verso, was recently allowed to vote for the first time.
A group of six images by Fred Leavitt captures life in the Anaktuvuk Pass; and four photos by Fairbanks photographer Jack E. Wilson include two portraits of unidentified workers; a shot of an unidentified group of women; and one image of three Iñupiat males of Kotzebue talking in the village social area. One photo of two children is by noted French photojournalist Dominique Darbois. Another photo is by R. P. Alting-du-Cloux.
All of the photographs are labeled PIX Incorporated and have a stamp of Westport Public Library, Westport, Connecticut, which previously owned the items. Most include the photographer's stamp and many have captions and printed text on the verso.
- Content Warning
Photograph captions include racist descriptions.
Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.
Purchased from James E. Arsenault & Co. in 2022 (AM 2023-037).
- Custodial History
Photographs were previously owned by the Westport Public Library, Westport, Connecticut.
The collection is open and will continue to grow.
No material was separated during processing.
- Processing Information
This item was processed and described by Faith Charlton in December 2022, incorporating some description written by the dealer.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
- Credit this material:
Photographs of Alaska Native Communities; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box B-002017
- Existence and Location of Copies
Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.
- Indigenous Studies
- Subject Terms:
- Alaska Natives -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Indigenous peoples of North America -- Alaska -- 20th century
Indigenous peoples of North America -- Alaska -- Photographs.
Inuit -- Photographs.
Inupiat -- Alaska -- Anaktuvuk Pass -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
- Alaska -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Anaktuvuk Pass (Alaska) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Sources