James Stephen Photographs Alaska and Mexico 1898-1908
PC 15

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
James Stephen Photographs Alaska and Mexico
ID
PC 15
Date [inclusive]
1898-1908
Extent
0.25 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
Approximate 38 items
Abstract
The collection includes 21 glass negatives of Alaska showing churches, priests, Eskimos, and scenery and 17 original prints taken on a trip to Mexico in 1908, showing various churches with a few prints of the ruins at Mitla and of people.

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Biographical Note:

James Stephen was born in Woodstock, Ontario in 1858. He was a cabinet maker, carpenter, photographer, and architect. He was architect for the Administration Building at Washington State University in 1893, Stevens Hall in 1895, and also many Seattle public schools. In 1898, the year of the Klondike Gold Rush, he left architecture and, according to his son, worked for about one year with the Moran Brothers Shipbuilders as a carpenter. While with Moran Brothers he helped to build a stern wheeler for the Yukon River; then dismantle it and ship it to Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island, and reassemble it, after which it steamed to St. Michael, the deep water port for the Yukon trade. He took a trip to Mexico in 1908. He died in Seattle in 1938.

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Scope and Contents note

I. 4x5 glass negatives of Alaska showing churches, priests, Eskimos, and scenery. Recent prints have been made of a few and a container list compiled. (21 items)

II. Original prints taken on a trip to Mexico in 1908, showing various churches with a few prints of the ruins at Mitla and of people. (17 items)

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The James Stephen glass negatives and prints were donated to the Washington State University Library in 1973 by his son, J. Howard Stephen.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Alaska
  • Alaska û Photographs. Mexico û Photographs. Mitla, Mexico (Oaxaca).
  • Native Americans
  • Photographs

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Collection Inventory

 I Glass Negatives 

 1 St. Michaels Church 

 2 St. Michaels Church -- interior 

 3 Unalaska 

 4 Unalaska Church 

 5 Unalaska Church -- interior 

 6 Head Land Unalaska 

 7 Dutch Harbor 

 8 Dutch Harbor land side 

 9 Presbyterian Mission Girls 

 10 Mission Boys 

 11 Esquimoux Boys 

 12 Doctors Family 

 13 ? Family 

 14 Peter and Family in Style 

 15 Peter in Furs 

 16 Father Jakob Corshinsky 

 17 Father Orloff 

 18 Crater Crest 

 19 Cemetery 

 20 Midnight 

 21 Dogs 

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 II Prints 

Mexico Trip circa 1908 

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