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OTTE C. JOHNSON. Photographs; ca. 1915. .1 cu. ft.

Otte Conrad Johnson was born in Astoria, Oregon, in 1886. He married Elizabeth Brickwedel in California in 1910. Johnson was a life-longe employee of the Alaska Packers Association, a salmon packing and canning company headquartered in San Francisco, California. He sailed to Alaska aboard the steel-hulled bark, Star of Greenland, which was owned by the association from 1909 to 1929. He worked at the association's cannery and fishing station at Kvichak on the Kvichak River in Bristol Bay, as well as at other canneries and fishing stations in Alaska.

The collection consists of photographs from an album belonging to an employee of the Alaska Packers Association. The collection contains 43 black and white prints (41 original and 2 published images); 20 black and white preservation copy negatives of selected images and contact prints of three original prints; and a copy of Otte Johnson's Social Security Application. Subjects of the original photographs and the number of prints for each subject include: river ice at the cannery at Kvichak (3); a cannery as viewed from river ice just before break-up (2); several steam boats hauled up onto river ice on ways (1); the gas boat Swallow on the edge of the ice on the Kvichak River (1); a party of men and women with a sleigh pulled by dog team on the Kvichak River (2); full views of the bark Star of Greenland at sea off Cape Blanco (3), and in port (1); the captain and mate of the Star of Greenland (2); men on the Star of Greenland (3); Men hoisting crates of fish onto a dock using large davits (2); a fishing boat and cannery tenders (6); large stacks of cans inside a cannery building (1); machinery inside a cannery building (1); summer exterior views of canneries (2); groups of fishermen and cannery workers (6); and various coastal scenery (4). The two published prints are by photographer J. E. Worden. One is of LeConte Glacier near Peterburg, dated July 25, 1915. The other is of the rugged coastline and mountains around LeConte Bay. The copied photographs are of Otte Johnson in 1930, a native woman, and a family in front of their house.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2005. Additional matierials were presented to the archives by Emilia Winding in 2005.

HMC-0791
JAS (6/2005)