Two collections are represented here:
- Fairbanks 1967 flood photographs, donated by Ron Inouye; and
- Fairbanks Floods Photographs, from the Candace Waugaman Collection.
Fairbanks 1967 flood photographs is a collection of over 200 color slides and currently 3 color photographs developed from the slides. The slides include images of Fairbanks and surrounding areas submerged, notably the downtown area showing water rising up to various business signs, such as Woolworth’s Samson’s Hardware, First National Bank of Fairbanks, Tommy’s Elbow Room, Penney’s, Nerland’s Furniture, and even the Nenana Civic Center. In addition, there are numerous slides showing bird’s-eye views of Fairbanks and also of people being evacuated, gathering for food, assessing the damage to their residences and businesses, and even sleeping near the Avis Rent-a-Car counter.
A combination of weather conditions produced heavy rainfall in the Fairbanks area in August 1967 causing the Chena and Tanana Rivers to overflow, leaving Fairbanks and Nenana devastated in the flood’s aftermath.
The Fairbanks Floods Photographs consist of images of Chena River floods in the years 1937, 1948, 1960, 1963, 1964, and 1967. Most images depict the downtown area of Fairbanks, Alaska; many are aerial photographs. Photographers include Wyman’s Photo Service, the U. S. Army, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, and the C. A. A. (Civil Aeronautics Administration?).
Folder 1 includes images of Chena River floods in 1937, 1948, 1960, 1963, and 1964. Most of the images have typed captions affixed to the front and may have been used as an exhibit.
Folder 2 includes Associated Press and United Press International photographs of the Fairbanks, Alaska, flood of 1967, with captions, printed from negatives. Affixed to the verso of some of the images is a newspaper clipping of the image as published.