January 26, 2022

New Digital Collection: Alaska State Archive Digitizes Wyatt Earp Papers

From the Juneau Empire:

Last week, archivists at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum announced the completion of a project to digitize a collection of papers relating to the Western gunslinger’s time in Alaska.

Earp and his wife were among the tens of thousands of people who came to Alaska and the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush, but after an abortive attempt to reach the Klondike via the Yukon River, Earp focused instead on mining the miners. He opened a high-end saloon in Nome and operated it with partner Charles Hoxie.

“With the gold rush settling in there in Nome, he figured he could make money selling beer to miners,” said archivist Zach Jones, who digitized the records.


At the state museum, Jones said Earp “has a name,” and visitors have requested documents from time to time.

“We figured, let’s just put them online,” he said.

The documents now online include materials relating to liquor licenses and legal matters relating to Earp and the Dexter Saloon, which Earp and Hoxie operated.

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