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Rosa Miller Photograph Collection, 1900-2000

By Zachary R. Jones, Archivist

Collection Overview

Title: Rosa Miller Photograph Collection, 1900-2000

ID: PO/057

Creator: Miller, Rosa

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 08/24/2009

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of approximately 400 photographs dating to between 1900 and 2000 that were obtained from Tlingit Indian Rosa Miller. As of 2009 Miller lived in Juneau, was an active member of the Auk’w Kwáan Tlingit and Alaska Native Sisterhood.

This collection consists of photographs collected by or taken by Rosa Miller and her mother Bessie Visaya, and most photos in the collection concern the Alaska Native Sisterhood (ANS) and Tlingit events in Juneau. While there are some older images in the collection of family dating back to 1900, most images in this collection date between 1950 and 1985 and show members of ANS or ANB (Alaska Native Brotherhood) at various meetings and grand camp conventions. Also included are photos showing the dedication of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Vocational Training & Resource Center Building in Juneau, and the Auk’w Kwáan dedication of the Goldbelt Corporation Building, circa 1970s. Most photos in the collection are unlabeled, but a small portion contains information penned on the reverse of the images by Rosa Miller.

The collection consists of separate purchases from Miller. At the time of first purchase in 2009, these photos were housed in an old photograph album. The images were removed from this album by archival staff in the order as arranged by Miller, and then placed in archival photograph sleeves. These photographs are contained in folders 1 and 2. A third folder also contains newspaper clippings and photocopies of the photos that provide identification information about some events captured in the photographs in this collection, as well as information about Rosa Miller’s family, such as her mother, Bessie Visaya. The second back of photographs, which were purchased in 2010, were loose and no original order existed. These photographs were grouped together by date, and then photograph size. These photographs are found in folders 5 and 6. Photos purchased in 2011 also contained little to no original order, but have been arranged beginning with folder 7.

Researcher Note: SHI also contains a collection of photographs donated to SHI by Rosa Miller’s mother, Bessie Visaya, which can be found in PO018: The Bessie Visaya Photograph Collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Source: Rosa Miller

Acquisition Method: The materials in the collection were purchased by SHI from Rosa Miller in four separate batches. Purchases from Rosa Miller were made on August 24, 2009, November 11, 2010, October 1, 2011, December 12, 2011, July 6, 2012, and Nov. 7, 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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Fd 1:    Photographs of family and ANS, circa 1928-2000.

Fd 2:    Photographs of ANS, circa 1928-2000.

Fd 3:    Clippings and copies of images corresponding to photos in Fds 1-2.

Fd 4:    Photographs of family and ANS, circa 1900-2000.

Fd 5:    Photographs of ANS, circa 1900-2000.

Fd 6:    Photographs showing the dedication of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Vocational Training & Resource Center Building in Juneau, undated. Shows Tlingit in regalia dancing, also an ANB banner concerning Klukwan is shown in the pictures.

Fd 7:    Photographs showing the Auk Kwáan dedication of the Goldbelt Corporation Building, circa 1970s.

Fd 8:    Photographs showing Tlingit dancing performances at locations in Juneau, dates 1991-1997.

Fd 9:    Photographs and newspaper clippings documenting a visit from a descendent of Joe Juneau, Tlingit dancing performances and gatherings of ANB circa, 1960-1997.

Fd 10:  Photographs of family, ANS and ANB, and unidentified groups of people in Kake and Juneau, circa 1930s.

Fd 11:  Photographs of Home Coming of Canoes in Honolulu in 1995, ANS and Celebration, circa 1980s.

Fd 12: Photographs of Alaska Native Brotherhood in ANB hall. One dated December 16, 1950. The other appears to be around the same time as the 1950 photo and the other sometime after statehood.

Fd 13: Photographs of Bessie Visaya. One dated April 1965. The rest are undated, but appear to be Bessie Visaya speaking at an ANB event.

Fd 14: Photograph of First Americans Emphasis Week, 1978.

Fd 15: Photographs of Native Hawaiians visiting Juneau, some taken in airport and Native Hawaiian dance performances. Also appears to have photographs taken in Hawaii.

Fd 16: Photographs of Totem Pole dedication at the traditional site of the village of Auk Tlingits, now the Auke Recreation Picnic Site.

Fd 17: Program for Welcome Maori in Juneau on June 3, 2004.