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The Klondike Gold Rush took off in 1898 following the 1896 discovery of Gold in the Klondike by local miners. The stampede for Alaska helped Seattle grow enormously and was a major boon for the young town's economy. Many well-known Seattle business got their start supplying and outfitting hopeful miners. This is a popular topic for themes of exploration and expedition.
Alaskan Historical Documents Since 1867 by This book gives a taste of some of the political issues happening in Alaska during the Gold Rush and shows how politicians were handling them.
Call Number: F908 .L38 1989
Publication Date: 1989-07-01
The Klondike Gold Rush by This book is not a primary source per se. It was published for the 100th Anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. While the text was written in 1997 by a historian, and there fore a secondary source, the book is comprised of excellent photographs, many of which are house in UW Special Collections but cannot be viewed without appointment.
Call Number: F1095 K5 W54 1997
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
The Klondyker. by This was a Seattle newspaper intended for travelers going through Seattle on their way to the Klondike
Call Number: 979.9 AL1
Publication Date: 1897
Albert Nelson, Jr. Papers
Diaries of Bert Whyte and Albert Nelson, Jr., during the Klondike Gold Rush
Asahel Curtis Papers
Records for photographer Asahel Curtis, brother of Edward Curtis. While working for his brother, Asahel decided to go to Alaska to photograph the Klondike Gold Rush. The photos can be found in our digital collection but in his papers his diary from 1898 can be found.
George W. Carmack Papers
George Washington Carmack (1860-1922) was a miner whose discovery claim at Bonanza Creek on August 17, 1896, started the Klondike Gold Rush. Included are letters, court documents, legal documents, and photocopies of photographs of George Carmack.
Klondike: A Manual for Goldseekers
The collection consists of the thirteen original drawings that served as plate illustrations for a book by Charles A. Bramble entitled Klondike: A Manual for Goldseekers (New York: R.F. Fenno & Co., 1897). The drawings depict the everyday activities of miners en route to and working in the gold fields during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897. Activities depicted include crossing the Chilkoot Pass, towing supplies up the Yukon River, and mining the gold fields.
Klondike Gold Rush Historical Database
Includes 100s of news clippings, photographs and other material related to the gold rush
Margharete Ross Shotwell Papers
Personal correspondence of Margharete Ross Shotwell, her fiancé (later her husband), and other family members. Her husband's letters describe panning for gold in Oregon and his experiences during the Klondike Gold Rush.
Klondike Gold Rush: The Perilous Journey North
Cries of "Gold! Gold! Gold!" sent over 100,000 optimistic "stampeders" rushing to Dawson City and the Klondike gold fields in 1897 and 1898. They believed riches lay waiting for those who could reach this remote northern region.
This exhibit highlights their journey north. For most, this journey was the most challenging and time-consuming aspect of the gold rush. Stampeders were physically unprepared and poorly equipped for the severe northern climate and terrain. Some died and many abandoned the journey. About 40,000 people reached the Klondike, only four of every ten who tried.
This online exhibit was prepared by U.W. Museology student Rebecca Hackman. The original exhibit, also by Hackman, in collaboration with UW Libraries Special Collections and Preservation Division, was displayed in the Special Collections in 1997.