Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Goetzman, Henry J.[1, 2, 3]


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  • Name Goetzman, Henry J. 
    Born NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1897-1904  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1st Ave SE
    corner Queen
    Dawson, YT
    • Also photographed in Bennett, BC.
    Association Goetzman, Mary W. (Relationship: Spouse) 
    Association Goetzman, Mary W. (Relationship: Assistant?) 
    Association Craig, J. Morte H. (Relationship: Succesor) 
    Person ID I221  Camera Workers | G, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: He is believed to have reached the Yukon via the Chilkoot Trail in the winter 1897-1898 with his wife Mary W. and their daughter Miss Edith C. Goetzman. NWMP records at Chilkoot, however, record Goetzman, his wife and Miss Edith Goeztman of Buffalo, NY, entering the Yukon on 11 Jul 1899 via boats 382 and 383. It is possible they left the Klondike before the winter of 1898-1899 and returned the following summer. In 1901 he published a souvenir album of Klondike views. Goetzman returned to San Francisco in 1904 after selling his photographic business, including negatives, to J. Morte H. Craig. In the Clary Craig list his address in San Francisco is 10960 Howard St. as of 26 Sep 1905.

      According to Grainger (1992), "over 400 negatives" were lost in Dawson from water damage during a fire in Apr 1907. The Arctic Studio reproduced some of his photographs as photo postcards.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface usually titled, sometimes dated and signed "By Goetzman Dawson".
    • REFERENCES: Polk 1903 Gazetteer Directory; Clary Craig Klondike PO List; Dawson Daily News, 1907 04 12/4; Cohen (1977); Berton (1983); Grainger (1992).

  • Sources 
    1. [S169] COLLECTION: UWL.
      H.J. Goetzman Klondike Gold Rush photographs, 1897-1903; URL (accessed 8 Jan 2017):

    2. [S647] Census of Canada 1901.
      Province of the Territories, District Unorganized Territories, Sub-District Yukon. Digital facsimile URL (accessed 8 Jan 2017):

    3. [S906] Goetzman (1901), H. J. Goetzman, (Dawson, YT: H. J. Goetzman), FC4022.3 .G57 1901. (Reliability: 3).