Microfilm of Sheldon Jackson photograph collection, circa 1877-1907

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.R81-13
Creators:
Jackson, Sheldon, 1834-1909
Dates:
circa 1877-1907
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
1 Roll
microfilm
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Circa 500 photographs documenting Sheldon Jackson's work in the Presbyterian Church and among Alaskan natives, including images of towns, buildings, scenery, and Alaskan natives. The collection includes commercial prints and photographs probably made by Jackson.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Sheldon Jackson (1834-1909) was a Presbyterian minister and missionary and a United States government official. He graduated from Union College in New York (1855) and completed a program in theological studies at Princeton (1858). After graduation, he worked at a school for Choctaw boys in what is now Spencer, Oklahoma. He then moved to Minnesota to work as a pastor (1859-1869), stopping briefly to serve as a chaplain in the Civil War. In 1869, he became superintendent for the Board of Home Missions for Iowa, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah. In 1870 his superintendency included almost all of the American West.
Jackson first visited Alaska in 1877, and in 1884 the federal government appointed him the territory's first superintendent of public instruction. In 1885 he joined the Bureau of Education as a general agent for education in Alaska. In this position, he worked to increase access to education and establish schools. He also introduced domesticated reindeer to Alaska in 1892 in order to alleviate undernourishment in the Alaska native population. In 1897, Jackson was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, the highest honor of that denomination.

Administration
Existence and Location of Originals note
Originals located in Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot R81-13

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
The microfilm was obtained for reference purposes only. Copies of the images should be obtained from the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia.
Preferred Citation note
Photo lot R81-13, Microfilm of Sheldon Jackson photograph collection, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Addl. KW Subj
Addl. KW Subj
Alaskan Eskimo

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Presbyterian Historical Society holds the Sheldon Jackson papers.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Photographs relating to Jackson's project to import reindeer for Alaskans held in National Anthropological Archives Photo Lot 130.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Department of Anthropology collections holds artifacts collected by Sheldon Jackson in Alaska and elsewhere.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
In 1980, Anne F. Morgan, Assistant Illustration Researcher for the Handbook of North American Indians, obtained the microfilm from Mary Plummer at the Presbyterian Historical Society. Transferred to the National Anthropological Archives.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Eskimos Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaska Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Arctic peoples Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaskan natives Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Presbyterian Church Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/