Fonds dcm-3 - A.G. Courtney fonds

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A.G. Courtney fonds

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CA dcm dcm-3

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  • Copied 1994 (originally created 1897-1967, predominant 1898-1899) (Creation)
    Courtney, A.G.

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123 photographs : 97 b&w prints, 26 b&w copy negatives, ?.06 m of textual records.

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Abine G. Courtney, a Syracuse New York dentist, joined the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898. He was a member of a party of four, but only he and a man named Hazeltine arrived in Dawson City, Yukon. Apparently upon arrival in Dawson City, they split a twelve foot by twelve foot boat in half and never saw each other again. Mr. Courtney had $7 to his name. It appears he attempted gold mining by the Free Miners Certificates issued in his name. While in the north Courtney sent his iter in Syracuse his newspaper clippings of articles he wrote and she showed them to the local newspaper. After living in Dawson City for several months, he took the last boat out to Nome, Alaska in 1899 and returned to Syracuse to resume his profession as a dentist. George Courtney (his son) first visited the Yukon around 1980.

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Material was collected by A.G. Courtney and preserved by his family. The Dawson City Museum acquired this material from George B. Courtney, son of A. G. Courtney. He brought textual papers, negatives, and photographs to the Dawson Museum in 1981 and additional photographs that corresponded to negatives held in the 1981 collection, were acquired by the museum in 1990.

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This fonds consists of textual material comprised of a diary, books ("The Goldfields of the Klondike" J.B. Prather, Douglas, Alaska 1899), free miner's certificate, bill of sale, correspondence, newspaper articles dating from 1898 to 1967, a poster, pamphlets, maps, purser's and passenger's cheque, tickets, and receipts. There are also black and white photographs and blue prints that were collected by A. G. Courtney during his travel and stay in Dawson City, Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. Modes of transportation, and the life of a stampeder are represented through this collection. Photographs depict his journey from Seattle to Skagway, over the Chilkoot Trail and down the Yukon River to Dawson City. His journey to Nome, Alaska is also depicted through the photographs.

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Photographs have titles, some captions by Courtney. All photographs have been copied by the Dawson Museum on b&w film. The original 26 b&w copy negatives are duplicates of the original prints.

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