Album of photographs of Alaska by Beverly Bennett Dobbs, 1910-1920
Photographic album with 102 silver gelatin prints containing views of Alaska and its indiginous peoples. Mostly by Beverly Bennet Dodds, with additional prints by Arthur Bell and H.G. Kaiser.
- Creation: 1910-1920
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MS. 23051 photogr. 21
Wilson Centre Accession Number: 84:0360; Wilson Centre Accession Number 2: TC 004
Biographical / Historical
Beverly Bennett Dobbs was a photographer and filmmaker in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. He was born near Marshall, Missouri. He had a photography studio in Bellingham, Washington, between 1888 and 1900, before moving to Nome, Alaska. In 1909, he established the Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co. and made films about the Gold Rush and travelogues. In 1909 he photographed the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle. By 1911, he had shifted his focus to filmmaking, selling off his negatives to Lomen Brothers.
H.G. Kaiser was born in Germany in 1864 and emigrated to Alaska in around 1879. He worked as a miner and photographer in Nome. He was hired in 1917 by the Alaska Engineering Commission. He made photographs of Inuit culture, mining, and reindeer farming.
Little is known of Arthur Bell.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Stephen White USA, 06/06/1983
Silver gelatin prints