Our indexer, Lisa has finished describing the E. B. Collins papers which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
What did people do before Facebook? They made scrapbooks! I’m not speaking of the kind where you sink hundreds of dollars into fancy papers, tools, and stickers. I’m talking about the good old-fashioned album with the black pages that you attached photos, ticket stubs, performance programs, and the like to. They told a story of someone’s life, and of the ones that were closest to them. Often the edges would become worn and tattered from all the handling they received over the years. Such was the case in the life of Margaret Collins Cooper. Her photo albums (there were two) were typical of what you might find in any home from the same era. They had photos of family and friends, school outings and baseball games. They include images from when Margaret was young (she was born in 1902) through young adulthood. Many of the photos are of Margaret and her friends during their high school years.
One thing that stood out about Margaret is that she loved wearing her fur stole! She graduated from Fairbanks High School in 1921, and married Robert Cooper. Unfortunately, some of the photos were not captioned, so I can only guess at which ones depict Robert. However, many did have captions, and so we see Muriel, Evalyn and others, as well as Margaret’s family members.
Her father was E. B. (Earnest Bilbe) Collins (1873-1967) who came to Alaska in 1904, became a gold miner in the Fairbanks area, and later became a politician. I hope you enjoy walking back in time with Margaret and her friends, seeing Alaska as it was in the early 1900s.