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Foster-Fairbanks party, White Pass, Alaska photograph

 Collection — Folder: SP148
Identifier: SP148

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a black-and-white photograph of the Fairbanks and Foster families and officers of the dispatch boat McCullough at the summit of White Pass in Alaska taken by H. C. Barley and Company of Skagway, Alaska. in Alaska on June 28, 1899.


  • 1899/06/28

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Senators Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana and Addison G. Foster of Washington traveled to Alaska for four weeks in June 1899 to investigate the Alaskan boundary dispute between the United States and Canada. The Canadians hoped for port access to the Yukon gold fields, which Americans were opposed to yielding. Fairbanks was a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and had been appointed to the United States and British Joint High Commission, which met in Quebec City in 1898 to discuss Canadian questions, including the Alaska boundary dispute. Fairbanks was accompanied by his wife Cornelia and son Robert and Foster by his wife Martha on the Alaska trip. The families traveled to the White Pass via the White Pass and Yukon Railway, near Skagway, Alaska, and were photographed there with the officers of the dispatch boat McCullough on June 28, 1899. The boundary line was officially decided in 1903 by a mixed, 6-member tribunal comprised of three Americans, two Canadians, and one Briton. Though the countries compromised on the boundary's location, the decision was ultimately viewed as in favor of the United States, as the Canadians did not receive the desired port access.


Item in the collection.

United States Congress. "Fairbanks, Charles Warren." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed January 5, 2022.

United States Congress. "Foster, Addison Gardner." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed January 5, 2022.

"Where Is the Line?: Fairbanks-Foster Boundary Party Back from Alaska." Salt Lake Tribune (UT), July 10, 1899, 1. Accessed January 5, 2022.

Wikipedia. "Alaska Boundary Dispute." Accessed January 5, 2022.

Wikipedia. "Charles W. Fairbanks." Accessed January 5, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/01/05 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/01/05 by Brittany Kropf.
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