Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Andrews, Clarence Leroy[1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

Male 1862 - 1948  (86 years)

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  • Name Andrews, Clarence Leroy 
    Birth 1862  Ashtabula County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1892?-1925?  Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 1948  Eugene?, OR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I333  Camera Workers | A, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2021 

  • Photos
    Alaska photographer, possibly C.L. Andrews
    Alaska photographer, possibly C.L. Andrews
    From the University of Oregon Libraries description: "Two men on top of Eagle Bluff in Eagle, Alaska. One man identified as C.L. Andrews stands with his head covered by a camera cloth. He is taking a picture with a camera mounted on a tripod. The other man, identified as Frank N. Smith, sits below Andrews resting his arm on his knee; he is wearing a brimmed hat, white neckkerchief, long sleeve shirt, or jacket, dark trousers and shoes. A body of water and a mountain range can be seen in the background." URL:

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Amateur.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The University of Alaska (Anchorage), Archives and Special Collections, provides this biography:

      Clarence Leroy Andrews came to Alaska in 1892. Five years later, he participated in the ascent of Mount St. Elias as part of the Duke of Abruzzi?s party. Later, he worked in various customs offices (Sitka, Skagway, and Eagle) and for the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Education, and the Reindeer Service. He helped gather material for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. He also taught at Kivalina and was the reindeer superintendent at Nome. Andrews published books and articles on Alaska and was an advocate of Eskimo rights.

      Their collection contains negatives, copy prints and lantern slides which they have dated between 1892 and 1925. They note that "Most of the negatives have been digitized and are available on the Alaska?s Digital Archives" (URL [accessed 26 Sep 2021]:
      The Darthmouth Library Archives and Manuscripts (Hanover, NH) provides this biography:

      Clarence L. Andrews was born in 1862 in Ohio. The family moved to Oregon where he graduated form United Brethren College in Philomath. Andrews worked as a clerk and auditor in several county offices. In 1892, he visited Alaska for the first time and returned with the gold rush in 1898. For the next ten years he worked as a customs official in Sitka, Skagway and Eagle. Self-taught in Russian, Andrews was appointed head of the Information Bureau at the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle. After traveling with the exhibit he returned to Alaska in 1915, and worked as a journalist for the "Alaska Yukon Magazine" and the "Alaska Daily Empire." In 1923-1930 Andrews traveled from Nome to Point Barrow, AK in the employ of the U.S. Bureau of Education's School and Reindeer Service. He was especially concerned with corporations that exploited reindeer herds. In his later years Andrews wrote to publicize the problems of Alaskan native people and to defend their rights. Andrews wrote several books about Alaskan natives and Alaska. He died in 1948.

      According to the University of Oregon, he "documented and collected documentation on native life, natural resources, and exploration of Alaska and the Yukon. [The University of Oregon] collection (1805-1948) consists of approximately 1600 prints and 75 negatives by more than 60 photographers, dealing almost exclusively with Alaska and the Yukon."

  • Sources 
    1. [S166] COLLECTION: UAA.
      Clarence Leroy Andrews papers (collection number HMC-0059); URL (accessed 26 Sep 2021):

    2. [S167] COLLECTION: UAF.
      Clarence L. Andrews Papers, 1890-1949 ( UAF-1975-156)

    3. [S833] COLLECTION: UOR (Reliability: 3).
      C.L. Andrews photographs, 1880s-1948, collection no. PH001

    4. [S301] John H. Grainger, Grainger (1992), (Ketchikan, AK: Tongass Publishing Co., 1992).

    5. [S645] Nicolette Bromberg, Bromberg (1976), (Alaska Journal (Spring 1976)), vol. 6, no. 2 (Spring 1976), 66-77.