Guide to the Papers of Carl P. Harkort, 1755 - 1930Manuscript MS-1135

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Carl P. Harkort, 1755 - 1930

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1135

Collection Dates:

1755 - 1930

Size of Collection:

4 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Carl Peter Harkort (1859-1927), nature researcher. Consist of diaries, short stories, newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates and traditional Alaskan artifacts.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Carl Peter Harkort include diaries, short stories, newspaper clippings, photographs, and certificates. Also included are traditional Alaskan artifacts including two knives, a ceremonial pipe, two small pouches, a harpoon point, a miniature kayak, leather moccasins, a leather knife sheath, a beaded leather rifle case, multiple bone carvings, and small carved wooden animals. Much of the written material is in German.

Biography

Dr. Carl Peter Harkort (1859-1927) was a German nature researcher who participated in a US Coastal and Geodetic Survey of Alaska, led by German-American geologist John Henry Turner (1861-1893) from 1889 to 1890. The United States commissioned the expedition to resolve a dispute between Alaska and Canada concerning the boundary between Alaska and the Yukon Territory. The expedition encamped on the Porcupine River, near the Alaska-Yukon border, and then crossed the unexplored mountains of Alaska to reach the Atlantic ocean, a journey never before completed by non-indigenous explorers. Harkort avidly collected artifacts from the indigenous peoples he encountered, Athapasken Indians and Eskimos. After the expedition, Harkort became an American citizen, and wrote an account of the expedition and several adventure stories inspired by his sojourn to Alaska.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1755-1930

Contains manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Peter Harkort.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1755-1930

Includes Carl Peter Harkort's written account of his expedition to Alaska; eight short stories and a novella by Carl Peter Harkort; correspondence of the Harkort family; an 1897 newspaper clipping describing a lecture given by Harkort to the Cologne Society of Geology about his journey; certificates issued to Harkort concerning military service, education, citizenship; correspondence concerning the gift of Harkort's artifacts to the Karl May Museum in Dresden; 48 photographs of the International Boundary Commission Expedition; one large photograph of Harkort and expedition leader John Henry Turner; one photograph, in a metal stand of Harkort. All texts except the American naturalization certificate are in German.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 2, Artifacts, 1880s-1890s

Contains artifacts acquired or used by Harkort on his Alaskan travels.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 2, Dates: 1880s-1890s

Contains Alaskan artifacts including a peace pipe/ceremonial pipe, made from walrus tusk, double-edged knife, single-edged knife, shoe horn, hand-stitched beaded bag (small pouch), powder pouch (containing powder), small scale and weights, powder horn, miniature kayak, harpoon point, and a small carved wooden animal.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1880s-1890s

Contains Alaskan artifacts including two hand-stitched beaded bags (one shoulder bag and one medium-sized bag), beaded leather rifle case, leather knife sheath, large shell with "Cliff House" design, one pair of leather moccasins.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: 1880s-1890s

Contains Alaskan artifacts including peace pipe/ceremonial pipe, made from whale rib, a bone effigy of man, nine small miscellaneous items carved from bone, six small carved wooden animals, decorative box, magnifier, compass, weights - 1/2 pound

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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