Edward L. Keithahn

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Edward Linnaeus Keithahn (May 15, 1900 – September 1970) was an American museum curator and the author of a well known book on totem poles, Monuments in Cedar, published in 1945.

He became interested in totem poles at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington, in 1909 and later traveled to southeast Alaska and eventually lived there working "in the Indian service," as he put it (meaning perhaps employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs), living mainly among the Tlingit and Haida people.

He was Curator and Librarian at the Alaska Historical Library and Museum.


  • Keithahn, Edward L. (1945) Monuments in Cedar. Ketchikan, Alaska: Roy Anderson.