Included in the Mart Albert Howard Collection of Papers and Photographs from the Klondike, 1897-1915, are 368 photographic glass plate positives, or lantern slides, all of which have been digitized and reproduced here. The collection also includes several hundred postcards or photographic prints; 52 of those have been selected for inclusion here.
Mart Howard, originally from Massachusetts, joined the thousands of hopeful gold-seekers travelling to the Klondike area of the Yukon Territory at the end of the 19th century, via Skagway and Dyea in the Alaska territory. Like the vast majority of those who came to the Klondike looking for gold Howard did not strike it rich on the banks of Bonanza and Eldorado creeks. Howard did operate a mercantile store supplying other miners and travelled widely in the Klondike area capturing the gold-rush through the lens of his camera. In later years Howard travelled to other gold rushes and eventually became a travelling lecturer on gold rush history, supporting his collection with outside photos. The Mart Howard collection captures one of the most publicized and romanticized events of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Howard’s original photographs offer a new glimpse into the lives of Klondike residents in the “Last Frontier.”
Howard's collection also includes further papers, diaries, and photographs which have not been digitized.
Searching the Collection
Entering search terms in the "Search" box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. The "Browse This Collection" link will display all items in an alphabetical order. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view an item description, double click on the thumbnail or the textual link. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click. Options to return to the Collection Home or the WSU Digital Collections are provided along the top banner.
Creating the Database
Graduate History student Robert Redder Franklin scanned photographic images as 600 dpi TIFF files on an Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, added the images to the CONTENTdm database, and created the descriptive metadata for the images. University Archivist Mark O'English supervised the project, and designed the metadata schemas, and both co-created this page.