The Harriman Alaska
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 Harrimans grand trip. The reprint, with John Burroughs
as the principal author, is cited below in Published
The Harriman Souvenir
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
The principal unpublished sources for this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 Grinnells
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. Emersons 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.
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Down California in 1860 - 1864: The Journal of Williams H.
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