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Title:
The Alaska prospector. [volume] : (Valdez, Alaska) 1902-1908
Alternative Titles:
  • Alaska prospector and Valdez news <July 18, 1907-Feb. 20, 1908>
Place of publication:
Valdez, Alaska
Geographic coverage:
  • Valdez, Alaska  |  View more titles from this: City State
Publisher:
Prospector Pub. Co.
Dates of publication:
1902-1908
Description:
  • Vol. 1, no. 1 (Feb. 13, 1902)-v. 7, no. 31 (Aug. 13, 1908).
Frequency:
Weekly
Language:
  • English
Subjects:
  • Alaska--Valdez.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01217573
  • Valdez (Alaska)--Newspapers.
Notes:
  • Also issued on microfilm from the Library of Congress, Photoduplication Service.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
LCCN:
sn 84021905
OCLC:
3040314
ISSN:
2578-1049
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Alaska Prospector, Valdez weekly prospector, and Valdez daily prospector

First published on February 13, 1902, in Valdez and edited by H. H. Hildreth (former editor of Sitka's Alaskan) and businessmen Will H. Craray and Joseph Bourke, the Alaska Prospector absorbed the Valdez News in June 1907 and continued publishing until 1908. Judge James Wickersham, in A Bibliography of Alaskan Literature, incorrectly lists the Alaska Prospector as the Weekly Alaska Prospector.

True to its title, the Prospector provided news of gold strikes in Tanana Valley and started its run with a mere 500 copies. Its first publisher block listed Hildreth as "Quill Pusher," Craray as "Ink Slinger," and Bourke as "Walking Delegate." The popularity of the Alaska Prospector owed a great deal to its advertising. According to Wickersham, the paper changed its publishing frequency and name to the Valdez Weekly Prospector, which ran from August 20, 1908, until August 1, 1912, at which point the paper briefly became the Valdez Miner and the Valdez Miner and Weekly Prospector from August 5-25, 1912. A concurrent paper, the Valdez Daily Prospector, ran until May 18, 1918, although sources are inconclusive regarding a beginning date—Alaska Newspapers on Microfilm 1866-1998 cites 1905, yet the earliest existing reel dates to June 15, 1908.

Provided by: Alaska State Library Historical Collections