Guide to the Alexander Gardner Photographs of British Boundary Commission Photographs circa 1865-1867
PC 96

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882.
Title
Alexander Gardner Photographs of British Boundary Commission Photographs
ID
PC 96
Date [inclusive]
circa 1865-1867
Extent
5.0 items
General Physical Description note
1.5 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Five photographic prints of images originally created by the British Boundary Commission in 1860-1861, depicting Fort Colville, Fort Vancouver, and the Kootenay Mission.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Alexander Gardner Photographs of British Boundary Commission Photographs, 1821-1882 (PC 96)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Alexander Gardner was one of the preeminent U.S. photographers during and after the Civil War. He owned a studio in Washington D.C. The British Boundary Commission was one of the groups conducting the northwest boundary survey, following the settlement of the U.S./Britain northwest border in 1946 as the 49th parallel.

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Scope and Contents note

Five 8.5"x7" mounted second-generation photographic prints of historic northwest settlements. All are labeled but undated. Two are of Fort Colville, two of Fort Vancouver, and one of the Kootenay Mission. All bear common branding: "A. Gardner, Photographer. 511 Seventh Street, Washington. Published by Philp & Solomons, Washington." However, these second-generation images, photographs taken of photographs. The original images were British Boundary Commission photographs (ca. 1860-1861); those images were later photographed by Gardner on behalf of the British and American Joint Commission for the Final Settlement of the Claims of the Hudson's Bay and Puget Sound Agricultural Companies, which was investigating claims submitted in 1865 by those companies for losses suffered in relinquishing their rights below the U.S. - British border.

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Arrangement note

The five images are in their original order, as identified by lettering. Titling below is taken verbatim from the mounts. H.B. Co. abbreviates "Hudson's Bay Company's," while B.B. Commission is "British Boundary Commission."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

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

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • British Boundary Commission.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Fort Colville (Wash. : Army garrison) -- Photographs
  • Vancouver Barracks (Wash.) -- Photographs

Subject(s)

  • British Columbia
  • Photographs
  • Rural missions -- British Columbia.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

item

Roman Catholic Mission on left bank of Kootenay river. United States Photographs no. 1. 

A

H.B. Co. Fort Colville. United States Photographs no. 2. 

B

H.B. Co. Fort Vancouver. United States Photographs no. 3. 

C

Camp of B.B. Commission, Fort Vancouver. United States Photographs no. 3.5. 

D

View from Fort Colville looking across the Columbia. United States Photographs no. 10. 

E