Archival Documents

William Michaels fonds [graphic material, textual records]

Creation Date(s): 1898-1900

Physical Description:
49 photographs : b&w prints. - 4 cm of textual records

Bio Sketch / Admin History:
William Michaels was born ca. 1880, and was the son of H.O. Michaels of Iowa. He traveled to Skagway, Alaska from Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1898. From there he journeyed over White Pass to Lake Bennett where he participated in the building of the steamer, Iowa. The Iowa was owned and operated by the Iowa-Alaska Mining Company, plying the Upper Yukon River until 1900.

Michaels traveled down the Yukon River to Dawson City in 1898. He seems to have stayed in the North for several years. He was involved in business with the Clear Creek Mining Company of Alaska, ca. 1899-1900, and spent some time in the Cape Nome area and on the Aleutian Islands.

William Michaels eventually left Alaska and married a woman name Clara A. Michaels. He died in 1942 at the age of 62.

Scope and Content:
This fonds consists of business papers, correspondence, legal documents and photographs, relating to the affairs of the Iowa-Alaska Mining Co. and the Clear Creek Mining Co., as well as to the personal affairs of William Michaels and his father, H.O. Michaels.

The majority of the textual documents in this fonds were created by William Michaels' friends, family, and business associates between 1898 and 1900. The photographs were taken by William Michaels in 1898, and document his voyage from Vancouver to Skagway, as well as his trip over White Pass, the building of the Steamer, Iowa, and travels down the Yukon River to Dawson City. There are also some photographs taken on the Aleutian Islands.

Accession Number(s): 1983.173, 1998.13

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