Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950

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Frank H. Nowell (1864-1950) was a photographer who worked in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. He was the official photographer of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

From the description of Frank H. Nowell photographs of the Northwest and Alaska, circa 1880s-1920s. (Brigham Young University). WorldCat record id: 179780507

Frank H. Nowell (1864-1950) was born on 19 February in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. His father, Thomas Nowell, spent part of each year in Alaska for business purposes, and in 1886, Frank joined him. In 1894, Nowell married Elizabeth Davis of Detroit and the couple moved to the west coast where their daugher, Dorothy, was born. In 1900, leaving his wife and daughter behind, Nowell returned to Alaska and involved himself in various business ventures. When his family joined him later, his wife brought along his camera and Nowell opened a photography studio in Nome. He traveled frequently between Nome and Seattle and by 1908 was spending most of his time in the latter city. In 1909, he became the official photographer of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. After the fair, Nowell remained in Seattle where he operated a photography studio for 25 years. He died on 19 October 1950.

From the description of F. H. Nowell Siberia Excursion Photographs, 1907 (University of Alaska, Fairbanks). WorldCat record id: 746799668

Born in 1864 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Frank Nowell joined his father, Thomas Nowell, in Alaska in 1886. Frank Nowell worked in various capacities in the gold fields, settling in Teller in 1900, where he ran a mining supply store and pursued his growing interest in photography. He established a studio in Nome and proceeded to make a photographic chronicle of the region, capturing panoramas and street scenes from various localities. Eventually he moved to Seattle where he was appointed official photographer for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in 1909. Nowell operated several photography studios until he retired in the late 1940s.

From the description of Frank H. Nowell photographs, ca. 1901-1908 [graphic]. ca. 1901-1908. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 52953346

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Frank H. Nowell was born on 19 Feb. 1864 in Portsmouth, N.H., one of six sons of Thomas and Lydia Ham Nowell. The elder Nowell spent part of each year in Alaska for business purposes, and in 1886, at age twenty-two, Frank joined him, setting sail for Juneau with six cows and one bull to begin the first dairy ranch in Alaska. He soon sold that business and joined his father operating a mining company on Douglas Island near Juneau. Over the years, Frank continued to work in Alaska in various capacities in his father's business ventures. On one of his trips back to the east coast, Nowell took up photography as a hobby. He also met Elizabeth Helen Davis of Detroit and the two were married in 1894. Frank and Elizabeth moved to the west coast, where Frank set up an office as a purchasing agent for his father's company in Juneau. They lived in California for a time, in San Francisco, Oakland, and Pacific Grove, where their daughter Dorothy was born. Leaving his family behind, Frank returned to Alaska, first to Juneau and then, in 1900, to Nome. Nowell was involved in business ventures for several years, neglecting his photography until Elizabeth brought his camera to Alaska when she and Dorothy met him in Teller, where Nowell was working for the Ames Mercantile Company. Nowell began to make photographs of Alaska and its native people; before long, he opened a studio on Second Avenue and Steadman Street in Nome and was making photographs full time. Nowell photographed businessmen, city officials, native Alaskans, railroads, hydraulic mining and waterways and ports, creating a visual record of Alaska just after the turn of the century. Nowell traveled between Nome and Seattle while an assistant ran the Nome studio, and by 1908 was spending most of his time in Seattle. Around 1908, J.E. Chilberg, president of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) in Seattle, appointed Nowell as the fair's official photographer. Nowell's many AYPE photographs were displayed at the fair and used in many official publications. After the APYE, Nowell remained in Seattle, running a commercial photography studio for twenty-five years. In the 1940s, Nowell retired and lived with his daughter on his ranch at Crystal Lake, where he died on 19 Oct. 1950.

From the description of Frank H. Nowell Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition photographs, 1908-1909. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78464276

Frank H. Nowell was born on February 19, 1864 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, one of six sons of Thomas and Lydia Ham Nowell. The elder Nowell spent part of each year in Alaska for business purposes, and in 1886, at age 22, Frank joined him, setting sail for Juneau with six cows and one bull to begin the first dairy ranch in Alaska. He soon sold that business and joined his father operating a mining company on Douglas Island near Juneau. Over the years, Frank continued to work in Alaska in various capacities in his father's business ventures.

On one of his trips back to the east coast, Nowell took up photography as a hobby. He also met Elizabeth Helen Davis of Detroit and the two were married in 1894. Frank and Elizabeth moved to the west coast, where Frank set up an office as a purchasing agent for his father's company in Juneau. They lived in California for a time, in San Francisco, Oakland and Pacific Grove, where their daughter Dorothy was born. Leaving his family behind, Frank returned to Alaska, first to Juneau and then, in 1900, to Nome. Nowell was involved in business ventures for several years, neglecting his photography until Elizabeth brought his camera to Alaska when she and Dorothy met him in Teller, where Nowell was working for the Ames Mercantile Company. Nowell began to make photographs of Alaska and its native people; before long, he opened a studio on Second Avenue and Steadman Street in Nome and was making photographs full time. Nowell photographed businessmen, city officials, native Alaskans, railroads, hydraulic mining and waterways and ports, creating a visual record of Alaska just after the turn of the century.

Nowell traveled between Nome and Seattle while an assistant ran the Nome studio, and by 1908 was spending most of his time in Seattle. Around 1908, J.E. Chilberg, president of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, appointed Nowell as the fair’s official photographer. Nowell’s many AYPE photographs were displayed at the fair and used in many official publications.

After the APYE, Nowell remained in Seattle, running a commercial photography studio for 25 years. In the 1940s, Nowell retired and lived with his daughter on his ranch at Crystal Lake, where he died on October 19, 1950.

From the guide to the Frank H. Nowell Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition photographs, 1908-1909, (Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library)

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creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950. F. H. Nowell Siberia Excursion Photographs, 1907 University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
creatorOf Frank H. Nowell Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition photographs, 1908-1909 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Sheelor, F. W. Panoramic views of Alaska and the Yukon Territory, 1899-1916. [graphic]. Alaska state library
creatorOf Gifford, Benjamin A.,. Creosoting companies photograph album [graphic], circa 1917. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Clarence Leroy Andrews papers, 1900-1948 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Edward K. Triol Collection of Seattle Bridge Construction Photographs and Drawings, 1915-1925 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950. Frank H. Nowell Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition photographs, 1908-1909. Museum of History and Industry
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950. [Hydraulic mining, Miocene Ditch Co., Nome, Alaska] [graphic] UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Walter H. Tiedeman collection of photographs and other material, 1896-1927, 1914-1924 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950. Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition collection, 1906-1910. Museum of History and Industry
referencedIn Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Collection, 1906-1910 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H.,. Delegates to the Pacific Logging Congress, Seattle, Washington [graphic], circa 1909. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Michael Cirelli collection on Northwest photography, 1865-2000, 1890s-1910s Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Broderick, Henry. Henry Broderick photograph collection, circa 1910-circa 1975 [graphic]. University of Washington Libraries
referencedIn Nowell family photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1880-1950. Alaska state library
referencedIn Darwin Meisnest Photograph Collection, 1907-1927 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950. Frank H. Nowell photographs, ca. 1901-1908 [graphic]. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Triol, Edward K., 1883-1965. Edward K. Triol collection of Seattle bridge construction photographs and drawings, 1915-1925. Museum of History and Industry
creatorOf Hunt, Lucile Taylor. Charles E. Taylor Family Papers, 1898-1926 [bulk]. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
referencedIn Henry Broderick Photograph Collection, circa 1910-circa 1975 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Baldwin, Asa Columbus, 1887-1942. Asa C. Baldwin photograph collection [graphic], ca. 1905-1943. Alaska state library
creatorOf Massachusetts. General Court. Sergeant-at-Arms. Portrait photographs of Senate presidents and House speakers, 1898-1939. Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Archives
referencedIn Pacific Coast Company Photograph Album, circa 1875-1925 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Kreps, Nora E. Nora E. Kreps photograph album [graphic], ca. 1908-1910. Alaska state library
referencedIn Pacific Coast Company Photograph Album, circa 1875-1925 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
referencedIn , 1903-1909, 1909 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf Dawson, James F. (James Frederick), 1874-1941. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site AYPE Collection [graphic], 1903-1909 (bulk 1909). University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950. F. H. Nowell glass plate negatives, 1905-1907. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library
creatorOf Johnson, Merv,. Logging equipment photograph album [graphic], 1917-1922. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Edward K. Triol Collection of Seattle Bridge Construction Photographs and Drawings, 1915-1925 Museum of History & Industry Sophie Frye Bass Library
creatorOf Nowell, Frank H., 1864-1950,. Frank H. Nowell photographs of the Northwest and Alaska, circa 1880s-1920s. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Pacific Coast Company. Pacific Coast Company photograph album, ca. 1875-1925. Museum of History and Industry
creatorOf Person, Judith. Judith Person Alaska postcard collection, ca. 1909 [graphic]. Alaska state library
creatorOf Nowell Gold Mining Company. Records of the Nowell Gold Mining Company, 1897-1910. Alaska state library
referencedIn Darwin Meisnest Photograph Collection, 1907-1927 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Frederick Wallace Wilson papers, 1852-1938 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
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Nome (Alaska)
Nome (Alaska)
Alaska
Seattle (Wash.)
Nome (Alaska)
Siberia, Eastern (Russia)
Alaska
Seattle (Wash.)
Prince of Wales, Cape (Alaska)
Diomede Islands (Alaska and Russia)
Washington (State)--Seattle
Alaska--Seward Peninsula
Washington (State)--Seattle
Alaska
Teller (Alaska)
Sitka (Alaska)
Seattle (Wash.)
Juneau (Alaska)
Dawson (Yukon)
Alaska--Nome
Alaska
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Alaska
Ships
Battleships
Buildings
Business enterprises
City and town life
Eskimos
Exhibition buildings
Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Forests and forestry
Freight and freightage
Frontier and pioneer life
Gold mines and mining
Gold rushes
Hydraulic mining
Igorot (Philippine people)
Igorrote Village (Seattle, Wash.)
Indians of North America
Mines and mineral resources
Pay Streak (Seattle, Wash.)
Photographs
Seattle
Sled dogs
Sleds
Steamboats
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Birth 1864

Death 1950

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