PNW Historians Guild Event – New Research Lectures – Jan. 15

New research on the history and landscape of the Pacific Northwest will be presented by three graduate students from UW’s History Department and College of the Built Environment.

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 6:00-8:00 pm at the University of Washington – Suzzallo Library Maps/Special Collections Classroom, B89.  Call 206-543-1929 for information.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gig Harbor Grange #445 in Pierce County. Photo: Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor, a graduate student in the University of Washington College of the Built Environment’s Interdisciplinary PhD program and principal of Past Forward, a consulting company specializing in historic preservation projects in the Pacific Northwest, will be sharing findings from her recently completed Master’s Thesis, “Grange Halls in Washington State: A Critical Investigation of a Vernacular Building Type.”

Her presentation will examine Progressive-era history of the Grange, consider why Washington State has more Grange members at present than any other state, and explore preservation issues related to the Order’s rural and small-town community halls.

Ross Coen, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Washington and the author of Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan Through the Northwest Passage (University of Alaska Press, 2012) will present a paper entitled “Owning the Ocean: Environment and Identity in the Bristol Bay (Alaska) Salmon Fishery, 1930 to 1938.”

Patricia Gauthier, also a graduate student in History at the University of Washington, will share her work “Far From the Center of Charities: Chemawa Indian School and the Gendered Display of the ‘New Indian’, 1880 to 1905.”


Scott C. Bone manuscript, correspondence, and other materials

Portrait of Alaska Territorial Governor Scott C. Bone
Portrait of Alaska Territorial Governor Scott C. Bone

Recent additions to the University of Washington Special Collections include .21 cubic feet of materials relating to Scott C. (Cardelle) Bone, 1860-1936, a past editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and governor of Alaska Territory from 1921-25.  Nellie L. Bruce of Tehachapi, California made the gift in August of this year;  it supplements an earlier donation of Scott C. Bone items, dating 1909-1920.

According to the New York City American Press [December 1920], Scott C. Bone was, first and foremost, a newspaperman who firmly believed in government using paid newspaper advertising to talk to the people.  He was “a curious chap [with] a mild, genial personality,” and his enigmatic smile was likened to that of da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.”  Bone was further described as a man who could not easily be disturbed, but someone who could stand in the middle of a furor and calmly read his home town newspaper as if nothing else were transpiring.  A staunch and active Republican, Scott C. Bone professed that “fairness in handling political matter, in both news and editorial columns, is a prerequisite to the influence of any newspaper.”

In addition to serving as editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Scott C. Bone served as editor for the Washington Post and founded the Washington Herald, in which he wrote a tribute dated March 5, 1909 to Theodore Roosevelt after the end of his presidential term.  It was during Bone’s tenure with the P.I. that he became interested in Alaska, particularly after taking the Alaska Tour of 1913, sponsored by the Alaska Bureau of Commerce.

Newly elected Governor Bone and his family reported to Juneau and were all quite surprised to find a stately three-story New England colonial mansion among rugged surroundings.  President Harding told once told Bone:  “Why Governor, your ‘White House of the North’ is finer than my own” [Marguerite Bone Wilcox, “Memories of the Mansion:  A Governor’s Daughter Remembers Her Life in Juneau,” Alaska Journal, 1986 16: 42-47].  While in office, Scott C. Bone ordered a relay of dog teams to transport diphtheria antitoxin to Nome in order to fend off an epidemic during an outbreak of the deadly disease.  This mission is now commemorated as the popular Iditarod sled dog race.

In his later years, Scott C. Bone wrote various accounts of his Alaskan experiences, some of which are also available at Special Collections.  Well-meaning friends offered advice on Bone’s health after observing the aging newspaper mogul’s persistent sweet tooth and expanding waistline.  “You are adding weight and consuming much candy,” one wrote to him in April 1932, advising that Bone cut meats and all sugar from his diet unless he wished to meet his demise.  Four years later, Scott C. Bone died from a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California, apparently not heedful of his good friend’s advice.

Highlights of the most recent addition (1923-1932) to the Scott C. Bone collection include a manuscript:  “Hugh Hamilton:  A Tale of Two Capitals” (ca. 1930?), as well as personal and business correspondence, a brochure for a 1932 Alaska Tour, a newsletter and memorial service program for the Alaska Elks Lodge No.420, and a program, with seating chart, for a dinner held at the Gridiron Club of Washington D.C. on December 12, 1931.

Scott C Bone papers finding aid

Submitted by Chery

Image credit: Alaska State Library – Historical Collections. Alaska Territorial Governors. Photographs. ASL-PCA-274

Race and Empire at the Fair Symposium at UW Libraries

A culminating Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition centennial symposium to be held at the University of Washington Libraries poses the following question:

How did the AYP reflect, reproduce, and perhaps challenge prevailing notions of race and empire?

The Race and Empire at the Fair Symposium, co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest and the University of Washington Libraries, will take place on October 16, 2009 (the day on which the exposition officially closed), 1:30-4:30 pm.  The symposium will feature a variety of speakers on two distinct panels, “Indigenous roles and representations” and “Local and transpacific imperial roots and routes.”  This event is open to the public, but requires an e-mail rsvp.  For full details and schedule, click here.

Igorrote men and women engaged in ceremonial dance, Igorrote Village, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909.
Igorrote men and women engaged in ceremonial dance, Igorrote Village, Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909.

Image credit: Frank H. Nowell Alaska Yukon Pacific Photographs. PH Coll 727 / Universityof Washington Libraries Digital Collections Order no. AYP 727

Thoughts of Alaska

Front cover of "Thoughts of Alaska" by Harry C. Bosch
Front cover of "Thoughts of Alaska" by Harry C. Bosch

I suppose I would be remiss in letting National Poetry Month slip away completely unnoticed on this blog.  In honor of the occasion, here is a sample from one of the more unusual items to surface recently, the final piece in Thoughts of Alaska, a slim volume of poems by Harry C. Bosch.


Go back to Bering–
Still comes the yearning,
Go back again,
When the sun swings around;
Go back with the wildbirds
In Springtime returning
Go back
When the wildflowers peep from the ground.
But my feet are getting restless
Writing this refrain.
Are you going to Alaska?
Is the thought I think again.

So far, the Pacific Northwest Collection holds the only cataloged copy of this collection of poems.  While it may not prove to be the only copy of the book in existence, I would venture to guess that each copy of this work probably would be somewhat unique, “bound” as this one is, between two strips of bark.

And who was Harry C. Bosch?  We certainly would be interested in finding out more.  In spite of Edna’s sleuthing, the most solid lead that turned up was an entry in the 1930 United States Census, which indicated that most likely this same Harry C. Bosch was working as a copper miner at the Erie Mine in Kennicott, Alaska at the time the census was taken.  A few other possible and intriguing facts about Bosch’s life emerged in the course of the limited amount of  time that could be devoted to researching this piece, but these lay more in the realm of pure speculation and will not be shared here.  So, if you do know anything more about Mr. Bosch, please feel free to write in.  For now, just enjoy the poem and contemplate what now reads (to me, anyway) as an equally mournful picture of the Erie Mine site below, taken many years before Bosch may have worked there.

John E. Thwaites photograph of Kennecott Mines Company Mine, circa 1912
John E. Thwaites photograph of Kennecott Mines Company Mine, circa 1912

Image credits:

1. Scan of front cover of Thoughts of Alaska

2. Erie Mine, Kennecott, Alaska,  John E. Thwaites Photograph Collection. PH Coll 247, Negative number THWAITES 247.19

Only in the Pacific Northwest Collection

I don’t wish to frighten small children, but I just wanted to let you know that the Pacific Northwest Collection of the Special Collections Division is still the only place you will find a copy of this hot biography in the University of Washington Libraries.

Adventures in Copy Cataloging

With Alaska so much in the news it was interesting to discover this recently acquired item in the cataloging queue.

Since there was cataloging copy at hand (eight other institutions already hold this item), it seemed straightforward enough a task. Clean up the ISBD punctuation, add local note about inscription, etc. — believe me, I know the drill.

What interested me most, however, was the whole question of what the purpose of this pamphlet had been anyway?  It seemed awfully like those promotional pamphlets put out by transportation companies, but since there is no tangible evidence of that objective, I probably should not assign either “Place marketing” or “Place marketing literature” as a topical or genre access point to this record.  Too bad.  I love it when the LC subject headings actually describe something accurately — sort of.  But it seems likely that Mr. Davis may have been more interested in promoting the sale of his photographs, than in Alaska boosterism, per se.

Image credit: Scan of front cover of Here and there in Southeastern Alaska