Edwin Adney papers, 1897-1950 Rauner Stefansson Manuscript Mss-1

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Title:

Edwin Adney papers

Call Number:

Rauner Stefansson Manuscript Mss-1

Collection Dates:

1897-1950

Size of Collection:

4.5 linear ft., 3 boxes

Abstract:

Edwin Tappan Adney (1868-1950), staff correspondent for Harper's Weekly. Consist of correspondence, business records, notes and sketches on the Yukon, clippings, maps and a scrapbook chronicling his attempt to establish the Alaska Northern Railroad.

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.

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Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Edwin Tappan Adney contain correspondence, business records, notes and sketches on the Yukon, clippings, maps and a scrapbook chronicling his attempt to establish the Alaska Northern Railroad. An uncompleted biography of merchant and trader John J. Healy in manuscript form is also included.

Biography

Edwin Tappan Adney was born in 1868 in Athens, Ohio. In 1897 he became a correspondent for "Harper's Weekly," who sent him to the Klondike to report on the Gold Rush. He stayed in Alaska for a year and published his account "The Klondike Stampede" in 1900. While in the Yukon, he became acquainted with a merchant and trader, John J. Healy. Later Adney represented Healy in New York in an attempt to gain financial backing for the Alaska Northern Railroad. The plan was to build a railroad across Alaska to Port Clarence; and to make connections, via tunnel and bridge, with the Trans-Siberian Railroad. The railroad venture failed, and Adney became a Canadian citizen in Montreal. After serving as a lieutenant in the Canadian Army, he became a consultant for Indian Lore at McGill University. Adney died in 1950.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Papers, 1905-1906

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, 1905-1906

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Business Records: Application for Subsidy to aid construction of a Railroad through the Interior of Alaska, including a wharf at Port Clarence., undated
  • Folder: 2, Business Records: Draft of Prospectus - Alaska Northern Railroad Company., undated
  • Folder: 3, Business Records: Statement of the matter of the Alaska Northern Railroad Company., undated
  • Folder: 4, Business Records: Stock certificates - Alaska and Siberia Development Company., undated
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: 1 letter from Joe [Joseph G. Vint] to Captain [John J. Healy.], 1905-08
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: 3 letter from 'Joe' to 'Captain.', 1905-09
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: 4 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 3 letters from Joseph Vint to Captain., 1905-10
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: 5 letters from Healy to Adney., 1905-11
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: 7 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Healy to W. N. Amory.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Healy to [Adney.], 1905-12
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: 1 letter from Thomas H. Carter to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from J. W. Beall to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Healy.; Correspondence: 6 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from James Donovan to Adney., 1906-01
  • Folder: 11, Correspondence: 8 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 5 letters from Adney to Healy.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Loic de Lobel to Healy.; Correspondence: 4 letters from Adney to politicians: George C. Perkins; Ebenezer J. Hill; Elmer L. Corthell; Albert J. Beveridge; Correspondence: 3 letters from Adney to James Hamilton Lewis.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Lewis to Adney; Correspondence: 1 letter from Lewis to Healy, 1906-02
  • Folder: 12, Correspondence: 17 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from de Lobel to Healy.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Healy to de Lobel.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Waddell.; Correspondence: 2 letters from Waddell to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Healy.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Corthell.; Correspondence: 2 letters from Corthell to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to George V. Borchsenius.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Amory to Adney., 1906-03
  • Folder: 13, Correspondence: 16 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 4 letters from Adney to Healy.; Correspondence: 3 telegrams, 1906-04
  • Folder: 14, Correspondence: Letters from Adney: 1 to Thomas H. Carter. 1 to Portus B. Weare. 1 to C. L. Morris. 1 to Elmer Corthell.; Correspondence: Letters to Adney 2 from Elmer Corthell. 5 from P. B. Weare. 1 from C. L. Morris. 1 from George Borchsemius. 1 from A. E. Boyd. 1 from E. A. Hitchcock. 1 from William Agle., 1906-04
  • Folder: 15, Correspondence: 7 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Minnie.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Commissioner of General Land Office; Correspondence: 1 letter from C. L. Morris to Adney., 1906-05
  • Folder: 16, Correspondence: 11 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Amory to Healy.; Correspondence: 3 letters to Adney. from John Clarke. from C. E. Titus. from American Museum of Natural History., 1906-06
  • Folder: 17, Correspondence: 4 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Adney to Healy., 1906-07
  • Folder: 18, Correspondence: 2 letters from Healy to Adney.; Correspondence: 1 letter from Protheroe to Adney., 1906-08
  • Folder: 19, Fragments., undated

Box: 2, undated

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 2

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Manuscripts: Article: "The Battle of Sun River Crossing," an episode of old India fighting days. 4 pp., undated
  • Folder: 2, Manuscripts: Article: "Circumstances of Making Mrs. Healy a Chilkat." 10 pp., undated
  • Folder: 3, Manuscripts: Article: "The conversion of the Weasel Head." 8 pp., undated
  • Folder: 4, Manuscripts: Article: "An Eagle of the Chilkats," An account of the Healys' life among the Indians. 16 pp., undated
  • Folder: 5, Manuscripts: Article: "Klondike." Healy and his trading posts. 14 pp., undated
  • Folder: 6, Manuscripts: Article: "The Passing of a Monopolist Klunott." 22 pp., undated
  • Folder: 7, Manuscripts: Article: "Viell, the Unspeakable." 17 pp., undated
  • Folder: 8, Manuscripts: Article: "A Warrior Ruse that Failed." 11 pp., undated
  • Folder: 9, Manuscripts: Article: Unnamed. The Healys' lives with the Chilkats., undated
  • Folder: 10, Manuscripts: Books: HEALY: Incidents of Indian-fighting and Fur-trading Days in Montana, the Canadian Northwest, and Alaska, Related by the Late Captain John J. Healy. Introduction Page: PP. 1 - 18; Chapter 1 Page: PP. 19-38; Chapter 2 The Battle of Sun River Crossing A Warrior's Ruse that Failed., undated
  • Folder: 11, Manuscripts: Books: HEALY: Incidents of Indian-fighting and Fur-trading Days in Montana, the Canadian Northwest, and Alaska, Related by the Late Captain John J. Healy. Page: PP. 39- 53; Chapter 3 Crazy Vielle Page: PP. 54- 67; Chapter 4 American Traders Invade Canada. The Building of Fort Whoop-up., undated
  • Folder: 12, Manuscripts: Books: HEALY: Incidents of Indian-fighting and Fur-trading Days in Montana, the Canadian Northwest, and Alaska, Related by the Late Captain John J. Healy. Page: PP. 68- 89; Chapter 5 The Spitzee Cavalry, undated
  • Folder: 13, Manuscripts: Books: HEALY: Incidents of Indian-fighting and Fur-trading Days in Montana, the Canadian Northwest, and Alaska, Related by the Late Captain John J. Healy. Page: PP. 90-102; Chapter 6 The Weasel Head Page: PP. 96-105; Chapter 6a The Frontier Sheriff, undated
  • Folder: 14, Manuscripts: Books: HEALY: Incidents of Indian-fighting and Fur-trading Days in Montana, the Canadian Northwest, and Alaska, Related by the Late Captain John J. Healy. Page: PP. 103-111; Chapter 8 The Indian and the Law. An Incident at Dyea. Page: PP. 112-122; Chapter 9 The Passing of Klunott, Packing Chief of the Chilkoots. Page: PP. 123-138; Chapter 10 Kluk-wak-i-ti-shan, "Old Man of the Crows.", undated
  • Folder: 15, Manuscripts: Books: HEALY: Incidents of Indian-fighting and Fur-trading Days in Montana, the Canadian Northwest, and Alaska, Related by the Late Captain John J. Healy. Appendix., undated
  • Folder: 16, Newsclippings. Bering Tunnel. Trans-Alaska-Siberian Railroad., undated
  • Folder: 17, Notes from the Ukon: Journal. From the hour of leaving the White Horse Rapids, to the arrival in Dawson, at the end of October 1897. transcript. White Horse Rapids to post at Fort Sokirn., undated
  • Folder: 18, Notes from the Ukon: Fort Selkirk - Dawson. October 23-31., undated
  • Folder: 19, Notes from the Ukon: Whaler's Adventurous Trip from the Arctic Ocean; Forks of Eldorado and Bonanza; Dick Low Fraction; Indians in the Yukon Valley., undated
  • Folder: 20, Notes from the Ukon: Captain Rae at Fort Yukon; Fish on the Klondike; Interview with Joe Ladue., undated
  • Folder: 21, Notes from the Ukon: Winter on Bonanza Trail., undated
  • Folder: 22, Notes from the Ukon: Interview with Frank Berry; Statement made by Mike Kelly of Sunnydake King Co., Washington; Return from White River., undated
  • Folder: 23, Notes from the Ukon: Malamute Dogs. The Klondike Millionaire, A Klondike's Lament. Restaurants, Population of the Yukon., undated
  • Folder: 24, Notes from the Ukon: Waldron, the dog driver. The Bonanza Trail in Midwinter, George Cormack. Pack Train of Kogs., undated
  • Folder: 25, Notes from the Ukon: Notes on Early Montana, Idaho, and N. W. T. History., undated

Box: 3, Undated

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 3

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Maps: Yukon District of British Columbia 1888. Montana - showing Healy routes., undated
  • Folder: 2, Maps: Preliminary map of the Alaska Northern Railway. Map of plans for Railway Development of the western and northwestern part of Seward Peninsula by the Alaska Northern Railroad. Preliminary map of Route of Alaska Northern Railway., undated
  • Folder: 3, Maps: Trace du Chemin de fer Trans-Alaska-Siberian Railroad., undated
  • Folder: 4, Maps: Sketches 1897 - 1898 Dawson., undated
  • Folder: 5, Scrapbook: Private Papers - Klondike; newsclippings, letters, photographs, sketches, memorabilia, reviews of The Klondike Stampede., undated

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