This volume makes available for the first time in English a variety of primary source materials relating to the life and work of Natalia Shelikhova, a pioneering eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian American businesswoman. As a principal of the Russian-American Company, Shelikhova worked in Alaska, and her business acumen and wide-ranging connections- including the empress of Russia and a swathe of northern leaders- were crucial to the growth of Alaska's economy, as well as to the welfare of the Native people, in whose life and culture she took a strong interest. The letters, petitions, and personal documents presented here will be indispensable for the students of Alaska and eighteenth nineteenth-century women's history.
Alexander Petrov is a historian at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He splits his time between Moscow and Vologda.
Dawn Lea Black is a former teacher and communications company owner who presently co-owns and manages a family estate in Kodiak, Alaska. She is an avid researcher of Russian American studies and holds a MA in history.