Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Emmons, George Thornton[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

Male 1852 - 1945  (93 years)

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  • Name Emmons, George Thornton 
    Born 6 Jun 1852  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1880s?-1910s?  Alaska; BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 11 Jun 1945  Victoria, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    Person ID I1148  Camera Workers | E, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: As a United States Navy lieutenant stationed in Alaska between 1882 and the late 1890s (he retired in 1899), he developed an interest in the Indigenous peoples with whom he came into contact. Emmons photographed primarily among the Tahltan and Tlingit peoples of Alaska and BC.

      Emmons published widely in his lifetime. Some of his writings on the Tlingit peoples was posthumously published and contains examples of his photography.

  • Sources 
    1. [S54] COLLECTION: AMNH.

      G.T. Emmons fonds (PR-0956);
      Newcombe family fonds (PR-0356), Newcombe family papers (MS-1077);

    3. [S140] COLLECTION: BVIPM.


    5. [S169] COLLECTION: UWL.

    6. [S666] BVIPA archival records.
      Vertical File: Emmons, George Thornton

    7. [S277] Emmons (1991), George T. Emmons. Edited with additions by Frederica de Laguna and a biography by Jean Low, (Seattle: University of Washington Press; New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1991).

    8. [S180] American Indians of the Pacific Northwest Collection (Web site), University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections, (Seattle, WA: University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections).

    9. [S857] Wikipedia (Web site).
      "George T. Emmons"; URL (accessed 4 Dec 2017):

    10. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1945-09-663052 (microfilm B13187)