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The Harriman Alaska Series

Twelve volumes of reports from the 1899 expedition were privately published at Harriman’s expense in the years following the trip. The original series was beautifully bound, and illustrated with color plates, photographs, and drawings, some by Louise Keeler, Charles Keeler’s wife. Fourteen volumes were originally planned but only twelve volumes encompassing fourteen books were finally published. The volumes are numbered one through fourteen, but numbers six and seven, intended to be a review of Alaskan mammals written by C. Hart Merriam, were never finished. In 1910, the Smithsonian Institution reprinted the entire series in an equally handsome edition. In 1986, Dover Publications issued a single volume reprint of numbers one and two, making at least some of the series accessible to readers interested in Harriman’s grand trip. The reprint, with John Burroughs as the principal author, is cited below in “Published Sources.”

The Harriman Souvenir Albums

In addition to the Harriman Alaska Series, Harriman commissioned at least six souvenir albums, one of which is held by the Library of Congress and is, fortunately, available at the Library of Congress web site. The link for this album can be found on the "Harriman Links."

Unpublished Sources

The principal unpublished sources for this web page are the personal letters, diaries and other papers from participants in the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition. Kay Sloan, co-author, with William H. Goetzmann, of Looking Far North: The Harriman Expedition to Alaska in 1899, was kind enough to share some of these papers, including George Bird Grinnell’s diary, held by the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles; the diaries of Frederick Dellenbaugh and William Brewer, both held at Yale. Edward Curtis kept no diary, but Professors Goetzmann and Sloan had found letters from the 1940s and 1950s in which he talked about the expedition at the Seattle Public Library. Several men saved letters and other printed material from the trip. B. K. Emerson’s papers at Amherst College included a tourist leaflet from Sitka, and the short, hand-written note from C. Hart Merriam inviting Emerson to join the expedition.

Published Sources

Bade, W.F. The Life and Letters of John Muir, Vol. II. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1924.

Barrus, Clara, ed. The Heart of Burroughs's Journals. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928.

Bartsch, Paul, et al. A Bibliographical and Short Biographical Sketch of William Healey Dall. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1946.

Boynton, Mary Fuertes, ed. Louis Agassiz Fuertes: His Life Briefly Told and His Correspondence. New York: Oxford University Press, 1956.

Brewer, William H. Up and Down California in 1860 - 1864: The Journal of Williams H. Brewer. Edited by Francis Farquhar. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1930.

Burroughs, John, et al. Alaska: The Harriman Series. Vols. 1 and 2. 1901 - 1905. Reprint (2 vols. in 1). New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1986.

Burroughs, John. My Boyhood. New York: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1922.

Cole, Douglas. Captured Heritage: The Scramble for Northwest Artifacts. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1985.

Dellenbaugh, Frederick S. A Canyon Voyage. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1926.

Durbin, Kathie. Tongass: Pulp Politics and the Fight for the Alaska Rain Forest. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 1999.

Fisher, Raymond H. Bering's Voyages: Whither and Why. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1977.

Fitzhugh, William and Crowell, Aron, eds. Crossroads of Continents: Cultures of Siberia and Alaska. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1988.

Goetzmann, William H. and Sloan, Kay. Looking Far North: The Harriman Expedition to Alaska, 1899. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1982.

Grinnell, George Bird. Alaska 1899: Essays from the Harriman Expedition. Introductions by Polly Burroughs and Victoria Wyatt. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1995.

Guberlet, Muriel L. The Windows to His World: The Story of Trevor Kincaid. Palo Alto: Pacific Books, 1975.

Gruening, Ernest, ed. An Alaskan Reader: 1867-1967. New York: Meredith Press, 1966.

Hall, Elton. R. Swain Gifford. New Bedford: Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1974.

Halliday, Jan et al. Native Peoples of Alaska: A Traveler's Guide to Land, Art and Culture. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1998.

Haycox, Stephen W., Mangusso, Mary Childers, eds. An Alaska Anthology: Interpreting the Past. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996.

Johnson, John F.C. Chugach Legends: Stories and Photographs of the Chugach Region. Anchorage: Chugach Alaska Corporation, 1984.

Jonaitis, Aldona, ed. Looking North: Art from the University of Alaska Museum. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1998.

Kennan, George. E. H. Harriman: A Biography in Two Volumes. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1922.

Klein, Maury. The Life and Legend of E.H. Harriman. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Langdon, Steve J. The Native People of Alaska. Anchorage: Greatland Graphics, 1987.

Lawlor, Laurie. Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis. New York: Walker and Company, 1994

Lowery, Shannon. Natives of the Far North: Alaska's Vanishing Cultures in the Eye of Edward Sheriff Curtis. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Press, 1994

Merriam, C. Hart. The Dawn of the World: Myths and Tales of the Miwok Indians of California. Cleveland: Arthur H. Clark Company, 1910. Reprint. Lincoln: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1993.

Minter, Roy. The White Pass: Gateway to the Klondike. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1987.

National Academy of Sciences. Biographical Memoir. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961.

Nickerson, Sheila. Disappearances: A Map. A Meditation on Death and Loss in the High Latitudes. New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1996.

Okun, S.B. The Russian-American Company. New York: Octagon Books, 1979.

Peck, Robert McCracken. A Celebration of Birds: The Life and Art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes. New York: Walker and Company, 1982.

Peck, Robert McCracken. Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America. New York: New York, 1990.

Reid, Virginia Hancock. The Purchase of Alaska: Contemporary Opinion. Long Beach: Press-Telegram Printers, 1939.

Rodgers III, Andrew Denny. Bernhard Eduard Fernow: A Story of American Forestry. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951.

Servid, Carolyn and Snow, Donald, eds. The Book of the Tongass. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1999.

Sherwood, Morgan B. Alaska And It's History. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1967.

Sherwood, Morgan B., ed. Exploration of Alaska 1865-1900. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967.

Starr, S. Frederick. Russia's American Colony. Durham: Duke University Press, 1987.

Tikhmenev, P.A. A History of the Russian-American Company. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1978.

Tompkins, Stuart Ramsay. Alaska: Promyshlennik and Sourdough. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1945.

Wolfe, Linnie Marsh. John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1979.

Yochelson, Ellis L., ed. "The Scientific Ideas of G. K. Gilbert." Special Paper 183. Boulder: The Geological Society of America, 1980.

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