Fonds yuk-766 - Edmund C. Senkler fonds

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Edmund C. Senkler fonds

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yuk yuk-766

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  • 1898-1910 (Creation)
    Senkler, Edmund C.

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116 photographs : b&w prints

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In August of 1898, E. C. Senkler was practicing law in the city of Nelson, B.C., where a great deal of his work was associated with the mining industry. In late September of that year, he received word of his appointment as Gold Commissioner of the Yukon Territory. He proceeded to Victoria to receive instructions and to obtain equipment for his proposed trip to Dawson City. He then travelled down the Yukon River in the month of November, but had to stop at Fort Selkirk and walk to Dawson as the river had frozen over. His son, Edmund Senkler Jr., recalls that, "One of the first things he did when he took office was to open all register books to the public. This enabled everybody to know where existing claims were and thereby eliminating any encroachment." E. C. Senkler married Emma A. McFarlane in 1905, and he left Dawson in 1910 for Southern California. He later moved to Victoria, B.C. where he was appointed secretary of the B.C. Law Society. J. L. Bell, also featured in some of the photographs in this collection, was Edmund Senkler Jr.'s uncle.

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Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City received the photographs from E. C. Senkler's son, Edmund L. Senkler. They copied a select group of photographs and then forwarded the complete fonds to the Yukon Archives in 1986.

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The fonds consists of original photographs which had previously been mounted in E. C. Senkler's photograph album. Many of the photographs were taken by the professional Klondike photographer H. J. Goetzman. Subject matter includes groups of people in Dawson City and the surrounding area, mining scenes, North West Mounted Police (NWMP) officers, leisure activities, views of home interiors, and Dawson City street scenes. Also included are eleven Dawson City area panoramas with views of ice breaking up on the Yukon River, a Dawson City street scene, Gold Run Creek, Grand Forks, Bonanza Creek and Hunker Creek.

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Size of prints vary from 5 x 5 cm. to 50 x 23 cm,

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Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City, Yukon has some copy negs. from the fonds.

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