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Guide to the Madge Stone letter
1928

Collection number: HMC-0672.
Creator: Stone, Madge.
Title: Madge Stone letter.
Dates: 1928 July 19.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Letter written by a California woman who prospected a gold mine near Seward with her husband during the summer of 1928.

Biographical note:
Madge and C. W. Stone were a couple from California.  In 1928, C. W. leased a gold mine in the Moose Pass area from Oscar Dahl, owner of the Seward Hotel. The couple returned home to California later that year.

Collection description:
The collection consists of a four-page letter written by Madge Stone in Seward, Alaska, to friends, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Beach, in Sherman, California, on July 19, 1928.  The letter is written on stationery of the Seward Hotel, featuring a picture of the hotel, and includes an E. A. Hegg photograph from 1900 entitled, "Laplanders milking reindeer at Port Clarence, Alaska."  In the letter, Madge writes about the couple's stay in Seward, including unsuccessful gold mining prospects, local night life, prostitution, the sale and consumption of alcohol, and the weather.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not hold copyright to the materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Madge Stone letter, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: Archives purchased this collection at internet auction in 2002.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004.  Collection name changed from “Madge and C.W. letter” by Megan K. Friedel in 2009.