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William Palmer Kodak views of the Pribylov Islands, Bering Sea, Alaska

Call Number: WA Photos 1065
Scope and Contents

194 photographs taken by William Palmer--with a Kodak Brownie Number 2--for the United States National Museum depicting the Pribilof Islands (formerly the Northern Fur Seal Islands), a group of volcanic islands off the coast of mainland Alaska, in the Bering Sea, 1890 June-August.

The collection's title card suggests that Palmer organized the photographs into 5 categories: scenery, seals, sealing, birds, and miscellaneous. Images are chiefly of seals and sea lions, but also include Palmer's trip from Washington, D. C., to San Francisco, California, via the Union Pacific Railroad; unidentified Alaska Natives fishing or ferrying materials; and seabirds, including murres, cormorants, kittiwake gulls, albatross, sandpipers, geese, and perroquet auk. Saint Paul Island, "Walrus Island", and Unalaska are among the identified locations.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William Palmer Kodak Views of the Pribylov Islands, Bering Sea, Alaska is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Kuenzig Books on the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund, 2013.


Arranged by image number (indicated in parentheses). Image numbers are primarily written on the upper right corner above the image, with the caption written below the image.

1890 June-August
1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Related Names
Kuenzig Books
Palmer, William, 1856-1921
Language of Materials