• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border on the trail

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Collections

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Many items in the George and Edna Rapuzzi Collection belonged to early Skagway entrepreneur Martin Itjen.

George and Edna Rapuzzi Collection, Rasmuson Foundation

Klondike Gold Rush NHP Museum Collection

Our museum collection exists to document and support the Park's interpretive and resource management programs. Objects in the collection must relate to the interpretive themes and the resource management goals and objectives of the Park.

The mission of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is to preserve the historic sites, structures, objects, and the historic scene associated with the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska.

The park's museum collection is divided into two major categories: the cultural collection and natural history collection. All records associated with the cultural and natural history collections must be retained as part of the museum collection. These records include field notes, drawings, maps, photographs, data, etc.

To explore the Klondike Gold Rush NHP's Museum Collection and other collections with the National Park Service click here.

 

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park publications currently available on-line

Ethnographic Publications

Thornton, Thomas F. with contributions by Deborah McBride, Saurabh Gupta, Carcross-Tagish First Nations, Chilkat Indian Village, Chilkoot Indian Association, and the Skagua Traditional Council. 2004. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Ethnographic Overview and Assessment. Anchorage, AK: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at:http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/ethnographic_overview.pdf

Historical Publications

Bearss, Edwin C. 1970. Proposed Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Historic Resource Study. Washington, D. C.: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at:http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/bearss.pdf

Blee, Catherine H., Robert L. Spude, and Paul C. Cloyd. 1983 Historic Structure Reports for Ten Buildings. Administrative, Physical History, and Analysis Sections, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Skagway, Alaska. Denver, CO: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at:http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/klondike_hsr.pdf

Johnson, Julie. 2003. A Wild Discouraging Mess: The History of the White Pass Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Anchorage, AK: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/klondike.pdf

Norris, Frank B. 1996. Legacy of the Gold Rush: An Administrative History of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Anchorage, AK: National Park Service.

This book available on-line at:http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/adhi/adhi.htm

Spude, Robert L. 1983.Skagway, District of Alaska 1884-1912. Building the Gateway to the Klondike. Occasional Paper No. 36. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska, Cooperative Park Studies Unit (Reprint).

This book available on-line at:http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/klgo/skagway.pdf

Did You Know?

historic photo of Skagway, AK showing horses and ladies with long dresses in mud street

No gold was ever found in the Skagway River valley. The actual gold fields were approximately 550 miles north, near the junction of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers in Dawson City. Skagway became known as the gateway to the Klondike gold fields, a bustling supply town.