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The Davis Family Collection

 

For three generations, the Davis family has been active in the Juneau community and art world, and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is pleased to have Davis family memorabilia available in the gift shop!

Frances Brooks Davis was a prolific painter who stepped off the steamship in 1891 and painted her way through 41 years in Juneau.  Her subject matter ranged from Tlingit life to nature to religious motifs.  She was the creator of the large paintings that hung in the Holy Trinity Church.  The paintings were miraculously saved when the church burned down in 2006, having been sent south for cleaning.

Frances' son, Trevor Davis, was a talented photographer.  When he first began taking pictures, he learned from established Juneau photographers Winter & Pond and Case & Draper.  He also served on the Alaska Territorial flag selection committee and was instrumental in the selection of Benny Benson's blue and gold design.  He married Carol Beery, a musician and author who came to Juneau to play the organ for silent films at the Palace Theater.  Carol Beery Davis was fascinated by the Tlingit musical tradition and worked with Alaska Territorial Museum curator Reverend A.P. Kashevaroff to understand and document native music.  She was Alaska's poet laureate from 1967-1969 and founded the Alaska Poetry Society.  The Juneau-Douglas City Museum Store carries a selection of Carol Beery Davis' music and poetry.

Carol and Trevor's daughter Connie is still living in Juneau today.  To read Connie's version of her family history, click here.

 

Front cover of Northern Lights sheet music by Carol Beery Davis

Northern Lights

This five-page waltz ballad by Carol Beery Davis includes banjo or ukelele chords to accompany a piano and is inspired by the aurora borealis.

$5 each

Set of three Mother's Day postcards hand-tinted by Trevor Davis

Hand-tinted Postcards

These Mother's Day postcards were hand-tinted by Trevor Davis, who ran the Snap Shop in Juneau from 1934-1959.  The cards feature the words "To My Mother! the best mother..one ever had."  They come in three designs: a young Native girl in a fur jacket, Auk Lake glacier with a bridge, and a boat at sunset.

$5 each

For more of Trevor Davis' photography, see Past Exhibit Posters & Postcards.

Front cover of Alaska and the USA by Anna E. Snow

Alaska and the USA

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum also has original music by Anna E. Snow.  The Snows were one of the first pioneering families to cross the Chilkoot Pass, and Anna's daughter Crystal sang Alaska and the USA for President Harding during his visit to Alaska in 1923.

 

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