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AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. Alaska-Yukon Expedition Photograph Album; 1936. .25 cu. ft.

In the summer of 1936, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City sponsored an expedition to Alaska and the Yukon Territory to search for pre-Pleistocene vertebrate fossils. The expedition was led by Erich Maren Schlaikjer. He was accompanied by David Bradley Cheek, Louis du Pont Irving, and John Wolbach. The members of the expedition traveled from Skagway to Dawson, Circle, Fairbanks, Hess Creek, Healy, Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley, and returned via Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Dawson to Skagway. The expedition focused on areas where tertiary formations occur: the Yukon Territory west of Dawson, the area between Dawson and Circle, the Fairbanks vicinity, the north flank of the Alaska Range, and the Matanuska Valley.

This collection consists of a photograph album of AMNH's Alaska-Yukon Expedition of 1936. The collection contains a xerographic copy, the original album of 94 black and white photographs, and 56 copy negatives of selected photographs. The subjects of the photographs include the members of the expedition collectively and individually, riverboats on which the party traveled, geologic formations, Anchorage, Dawson, Fairbanks, Palmer, Skagway, the Yukon River, Healy Creek, Thanksgiving Creek, and various individuals encountered along the way.

The collection was acquired by the Archives in 2002.

ABS (12/2002)


Cover: "AMERICAN MUSEUM EXPEDITION Alaska - 1936 - Yukon Ty. Schlaikjer, Cheek, Irving, Wolbach. Photographs."

Page 1:
1a & b. "Stagnant and active Taku glaciers." Panoramic view.

Page 2:
2a. "Skagway, Alaska." Street scene.
2b. "On the trail of '98."
2c. "Across Lake Bennett to the South."

Page 3:
3a. "Whitehorse dock upstream."
3b. "Down the Yukon to Dawson." The riverboat Whitehorse.
3c. "Beautiful Lake Laberge 10:30 P.M."

Page 4:
4a and b. "Down the Yukon through the Five-finger Rapids."
4c. "'Moose!' Swimming the Yukon just above Dawson."

Page 5:
5a. "[David] Cheek, [John] Wolback [sic], [Louis] Irving, [Erich] Schlaikjer aboard the Whitehorse."
5b. "The good ship Thérése at Dawson."
5c. "Our first camp just above Fortymile."

Page 6:
6a. "Eagle, Alaska downstream."
6b. "Bob Steele and Jack Hillard."
6c. "North summit of Seventymile Trail."

Page 7:
7a. "Louis [Irving] on Rock Creek."
7b. "Down Seventymile from cable crossing."
7c. "Dave [Cheek] and Snort fording the Seventymile."

Page 8:
8a. "Nord, MacHenry, Olson, Erich Schlaikjer, Louis Irving, Jost, [John] Wolback [sic]."
8b. "Nine-day Sourdoughs." Erich Schlaikjer, Louis Irving, David Cheek, and John Wolbach.
8c. "International boundary on the Yukon." Louis Irving, David Cheek, and John Wolbach at boundary marker.

Page 9:
9a. "Looking north along the international boundary." Erich Schlaikjer at boundary marker.
9b. "Looking north along the international boundary." David Cheek at boundary marker.
9c. "Calico Bluff, below Eagle."

Page 10:
10a. "Carboniferous, six miles below mouth of Seventymile."
10b. "The same, Louis [Irving] on Cretaceous-Carboniferous contact."
10c. "Midnight, Squaw Mountain across the Yukon at 'No-Mosquito' Creek."

Page 11:
11a. "Folded Permian limestone, right limit."
11b. "A Coal Creek 'Cat.'"
11c. "Mc Rae dredge on Coal Creek."

Page 12:
12a & b. "Terraces and block-faulting opposite Thanksgiving Creek." Panoramic view.
12c. "Fish wheel opposite Woodchopper."

Page 13:
13a & b. "Farewell to Thérése."
13c. "Circle, Alaska."

Page 14:
14a. "Fairbanks from air, looking southwest."
14b. "Lonnie and the Stimson. Typical landing field, right limit of Yukon. Four miles below Hess Creek."
14c. "Sunset on the Yukon from Elephant Mt."

Page 15:
15a. "Forsaken on the bank of the Yukon." Caption only, no photograph.
15b. "Baby caribou opposite Hess Creek."
15c. "150 foot hydraulic cut on Cripple Creek."

Page 16:
16a. "Camp on Healy Creek."
16b. "Cranberries at Healy Creek Camp."
16c. "A steep climb to camp."

Page 17:
17a. "Healy River Coal Mine on Healy Creek."
17b. "Dave [Cheek] in the fish quarry."
17c. "'Porky' on a limb over Nenana River at Poker Creek." Porcupine in tree.

Page 18:
18a. "Down the Chulitna, Hurricane Gulch."
18b. "Cabin on Summit Creek."
18c. "Mt. McKinley up the Susitna River from Talkeetna."

Page 19:
19a. "From here to Palmer." Matanuska train station.
19b. "Main Street, Anchorage, east."
10c. "Steve and his Belanca - Cook Inlet 8/16/36."

Page 20:
20a. "With Steve over Palmer." Aerial view.
20b. "Chugach Mountains across Long Lake."
20c. "Long Lake, east."

Page 21:
21a. "Au Revoir to Steve."
21b. "On Long Lake." An Alaska Star Airlines plane.
21c. "North to Boulder Creek on a cold, wet day."

Page 22:
22a. "King Mountain."
22b. "Castle Mountain."
22c. "John on a boulder."

Page 23:
23a. "Moose from the air near Wood River."
23b. "Blueberries on Boulder Creek."
23c. "Tertiary on upper Lignite Creek."

Page 24:
24a. "Mt. McKinley enroute to Kantishna."
24b. "Mt. McKinley over Caribou Creek."
25c. "Over the Chena River just east of Fairbanks."

Page 25:
25a. "Chitsea Mountain, northwest."
25b. "Ogilvie Mountains - over the International Boundary."
25c. "South along First Avenue, Dawson."

Page 26:
26a. and b. "Across the Klondike about 20 miles upstream." Car ferry.
26c. "Early morning in Dawson."

Page 27:
27a. "Dawson's one-bathroom hotel." The Royal Alexander Hotel.
27b. "At the corner of Third and Albert, Dawson."
27c. "Mr. T. A. M. Haney, Dawson."

Page 28:
28a. "Jimmy and his place of business." Grocery store in Dawson.
28b. "Dave [Cheek] before leaving Dawson." David Cheek.
28c. "The Aksala ready to start upstream."

Page 29:
29a. "On board the Aksala." David Cheek, Louis Irving, unidentified boat's officer, John Wolbach.
29b. "On board the Aksala." John Wolbach, Louis Irving, unidentified boat's officer, Erich Schlaikjer.
29c. "Gentleman Charles Vifquain." Erich Schlaikjer and Vifquain, railway agent at Dawson.

Page 30:
30a. "Farewell to Dawson."
30b. "The Nemo on her way downstream."
30c. "Loading silver ore at Stewart."

Page 31:
31a. "The disasters on the Yukon." The grounded steamboat Casca.
31b. "The disasters on the Yukon." The wrecked steamboat Klondike.
31c. "We stop for wood."

Page 32:
32a. "Two man on a raft."
32b. "Victoria Rock below Selkirk."
32c. "Moonrise on the Yukon."