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Guide to the Archie Templeton letters
1898-1906

Collection number: HMC-1016-AHS.
Creator: Templeton, Archie
Title: Archie Templeton letters.
Dates: 1898-1906.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letters of a South Dakota man who traveled to Alaska during the gold rush.

Biographical note:
Archie Templeton was a resident of Milbank, South Dakota. He traveled to Alaska in 1898 with a group of men from that city. The party took the train from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, and then sailed on the S.S. Valencia to Valdez, Alaska.

Collection description:
The collection consists of photocopies of letters primarily written by Archie Templeton to his wife and daughter while he was traveling to and in Alaska from February through June 1898. They were written from St. Paul, Seattle, Valdez, Tasnina Lake, and the Klutina River. The last letter was written by Frank Hines in 1906 in Mastadon, Alaska; it was sent to Annie Templeton of Milbank, South Dakota.

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 does not own copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Archie Templeton letters, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For other archival collections at Archives and Special Collections relating to the gold rush era in Alaska, refer to the Research Guide to Gold Rush Collections.

Acquisition note: This collection was deposited in the Archives by the Alaska Historical Society in 1989.

Processing information: This guide to this collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2011.

Location of originals: It is unknown where the original copies of these letters are located.