Category Archives: Alaska’s Digital Archives

Lael Morgan Collection

Lael Morgan was a UAF professor of journalism who wrote for major U.S. and Alaska newspapers and magazines, and who wrote books about Alaska, including the popular Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. The photos that appear in Alaska’s Digital Archives were part of “Miles and Miles,” an exhibit about African-American builders of ALCAN (Alaska Highway). She curated the 1992 exhibit for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

This portion of the collection preserves unique photographic images that give a glimpse into the one-third of the U.S. Army ALCAN construction troops as they build, repair, and march along the highway in 1942-1943. Several photographs from the Lael Morgan Collection are a part of the Rasmuson Library 75th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway exhibit, which is on display on Level 2 of the library.

Alaska Highway, road construction, soldiers, Afro-Americans, World War II

Walter Mason’s A Company 97th building a pioneer bridge. Lael Morgan Collection, UAF-2012-71-351, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Ernest and Helen Watson Album

After graduating from the Evansville College in Indiana, Ernest and Helen Watson went to Alaska as teachers. From 1925 to 1926, they were stationed in St. Paul on the Pribilof Islands. Their goal was to earn money and continue their education. Ernest eventually became a pediatrician, and Helen received an advanced degree in library science.

During their stay in St. Paul, the couple took photos of wildlife, people, and activities in the area, as well as their trips to or from St. Paul.

Helen Watson, teachers, St. Paul

Helen Watson on board the Vega in Bering Sea, July 1925. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-1993-186-1, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

St. Paul, villages

Village of St. Paul, 1925-1926. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-2002-158-219, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

children, school children, St. Paul

Aleut children from the senior school on St. Paul Island, 1925. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-1993-186-2, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album

In 1924, Leonidas Westervelt (1875-1952) toured Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park. Leonidas, who graduated from Columbia University in 1903, was a renowned collector of theatrical books and manuscripts and a playwright. Sweet Seventeen, a play that lists him as an author together with Harriet Ford, Harvey O’Higgins, and John Clements, was performed at the Lyceum Theatre in New York the same year that he took his tour. He had been on the staff of the Museum of the American Indian, and was a vice-president of the New York Historical Society. Alaska’s Digital Archives selection of photographs from Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album highlights features of the tour – modes of transportation, buildings, and street scenes.

Leonidas Westervelt, Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album

Juneau, July 21st. Main Street. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-18, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

White Horse, transportation

Primitive conveyance, White Horse. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-34, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Silver ores, barges

Silver ore on barge. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-70, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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William C. Douglass Photographs

William C. Douglass Photographs feature slides of Kennecott Mines – Bonanza, Jumbo, Mother Lode, and Erie. This collection belonged to William C. Douglass, who worked as the Kennecott Mine foreman and superintendent from 1916 to 1929. The richest copper mine in the world that was named as a result of a spelling error operated near the Kennicott Glacier from 1909 to 1938. The Guggenheims and J.P. Morgan (the Alaska Syndicate) that purchased Kennecott, invested $22 million for construction of Copper River and Northwestern Railway alone. Regardless the expenditure, the copper empire did so well that when it went public in 1915, its stock rose from a few dollars to seventy-five dollars a share.

Kennecott Mine

Mill and loaded cars. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-18, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jumbo tramway, Jim Dennis

Jim Dennis, Jumbo tramway. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-6, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Copper River and Northwestern Railway

Snow, Copper River and Northwestern Railway. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-38, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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George S. Witt Photographs

The George S. Witt Photograph collection includes 157 images – mostly photographs with some real photo postcards. The photographs were taken by George S. Witt who went on walking tours of downtown Fairbanks in 1944. George Sawyer Witt (1913-1996) served in U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1943-1944. Witt, who served as a technician, took photos of the city streets, buildings, and businesses, and wrote vivid (sometimes humorous) remarks on the blank side of his photos. The images depict Cushman Street, First and Second Avenues, Empress Theater, Northern Commercial Company, Lomen Company, Model Bakery, Berny Carr’s Department Store, Nordale Hotel, and the Alaska Railroad Depot.

Our main street – Second Avenue, looking from Lacey down toward Cushman. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-44, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Our main street – Second Avenue, looking from Lacey down toward Cushman.
George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-44, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

GMC Army Truck. Fairbanks, September 1944. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-89, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

GMC Army Truck. Fairbanks, September 1944.
George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-89, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

4th Street, Fairbanks. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-91, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

4th Street, Fairbanks. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-91, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Taylor Family Photographs

APRCA indexer Ulyana recently finished the Taylor Family Photographs and offers the following description.
The Taylor Family Photograph collection features life in interior Alaska from 1900-1920. It houses many pictures of Nenana, Iditarod, and Ruby, including the Iditarod Courthouse, Ruby Public School, and Fourth of July races and games in Ruby. William J. Taylor (1886-1985) immigrated to the United States as a child. He studied mining in Colorado, and joined the Klondike stampede in 1898. After working in the Yukon gold fields, he moved to the Iditarod region. He and his wife Margaret, whom he met in a mining camp, eventually settled in Nenana. William Taylor worked as a watchmaker and jeweler. He died shortly before his 99th birthday.

William J. Taylor, Nenana. Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-149a, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

William J. Taylor, Nenana.
Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-149a, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Northwestern. Juneau, Alaska. The front rail is missing because it was chopped off as it was weighing the vessel down. Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-137, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Northwestern. Juneau, Alaska. The front rail is missing because it was chopped off as it was weighing the vessel down.
Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-137, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Caribou Café. Note on verso reads, “The man with the apron on is Angus. The woman got married a week after I came here. She comes right from Dawson City too.” Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-145a, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Caribou Café. Note on verso reads, “The man with the apron on is Angus. The woman got married a week after I came here. She comes right from Dawson City too.”
Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-145a, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Charles D. Jones Papers

Ulyana recently completed indexing the Charles D. Jones Papers on Alaska’s Digital Archives. Nice work Ulyana! Read on to see what she has to say about the collection.

This collection that houses signed portraits of members of the first Alaska Territorial Legislature is one of a kind. Two sets of photographs that are pasted inside two albums feature Alaska Territorial Senate and House members, first and second Governors of Alaska Territory, and Senate and House in session. The two albums belonged to Rep. Charles Davenport Jones (terr. H.R. 1913-15; terr. Sen., 1947-51, 1953-57). Throughout his career, he worked as Seward Peninsula Railway employee, prospector, miner, Alaska Road Commission foreman, and U.S. Marshal in Nome area. 

The Territory of Alaska and the Alaska Territorial Legislature were created through passage of the Second Organic Act in 1912. In 1913, the new legislators traveled to Juneau via dogsleds and a steamship. Their first act was to give women the right to vote, seven years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states.

Charles D. Jones, Nome. First Territorial Legislature, 1913. House. Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-50, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Charles D. Jones, Nome. First Territorial Legislature, 1913. House.
Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-50, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

First Alaska Territorial House of Representatives, 1913. Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-27, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First Alaska Territorial House of Representatives, 1913.
Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-27, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

First Alaska Territorial Senate, 1913. Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-26, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First Alaska Territorial Senate, 1913.
Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-26, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Happy Halloween from APRCA!

The devilish gal in this photo is identified as Madeline Solomon.  John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-241, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The devilish gal in this photo is identified as Madeline Solomon.
John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-241, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Happy Halloween from the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives!

Halloween pictures are scattered throughout our collections, proving you never can tell what gems you may find. This one is from the John D. Lyle Papers, a 3-box collection of materials about Kaltag, Alaska, a village on the Yukon River. This photo shows an adorable Madeline Solomon as a young girl dressed in a devil costume. Sorry Madeline, but you’re way cuter than you are scary. It doesn’t matter…we still love your costume! Happy Halloween everyone!

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William R. Cashen Papers

Ulyana, APRCA’s rockstar processing assistant, recently completed indexing the William R. Cashen Papers on Alaska’s Digital Archives. Ulyana walks us through Cashen’s life below.

William R. Cashen Papers belonged to University of Alaska Fairbanks alumni who edited the first college newspaper, Farthest-North Collegian, from 1934 to 1937. Born in 1914 in Douglas, Alaska to a family of eight children, Bill Cashen left for Fairbanks in 1933 because of an unused Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines scholarship that was passed down to him. He majored in Mathematics, and graduated in 1937 with General Science degree. While in school, he was a member of College Dramatic Club, and one of several students “qualified” as motion picture projectionists. Bill Cashen took his first airplane ride in Noel Wien’s airplane on July 4, 1934, and his first trip outside Alaska on the Alaska Steamship Aleutian in 1939. He became a faculty member in 1942, and was listed as an assistant professor of civil engineering and mathematics from 1943. The photographic part of the collection consists of slides that portray Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (University of Alaska Fairbanks) from 1915 Cornerstone Ceremony to 1970s.

First six matriculates on cornerstone – September 18, 1922. Art Loftus, Roden Davis, Earl Foster, Donald Morgan, Dorothy (Roth) Loftus, Ethel Bailey. William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-10, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First six matriculates on cornerstone – September 18, 1922. Art Loftus, Roden Davis, Earl Foster, Donald Morgan, Dorothy (Roth) Loftus, Ethel Bailey.
William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-10, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

Jeep in front of Main Dorm – 1944. William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-41, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jeep in front of Main Dorm – 1944.
William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-41, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Geophysical Institute, 1969. William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-88, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Geophysical Institute, 1969.
William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-88, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers

Our indexer Ulyana processed photographs from Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers. Here is what she had to say about the collection:

Gaustad-Bartlett family photographs depict Fairbanks, Sitka, and Hoonah during 1910 – 1920. The collection includes rare images of the George C. Thomas Memorial Library and Fairbanks public school, as well as photos of Alaska tribal buildings, private houses, and community events.

Interior of the Fairbanks Library, 1915. Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers, 1972-156-125, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Interior of the Fairbanks Library, 1915.
Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers, 1972-156-125, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Vide Marie Gaustad Bartlett (1904-1976) attended school in Fairbanks during the school year, and joined her father, O. P. Gaustad, in the Livengood mining district, during summers. Vide completed her high school in Los Angeles, and subsequently earned a university degree and teaching certificate. She taught in Wrangell, Alaska, and in Washington State before marrying E. L. “Bob” Bartlett in August 1930.

Fairbanks soldiers off for the war, 1918. Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers, 1972-156-313, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks soldiers off for the war, 1918.
Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers, 1972-156-313, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

E. L. “Bob” Bartlett (1904-1968) was a prominent Alaska politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He attended the University of Washington and Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter and associate editor, Bob Bartlett also worked as secretary to Alaska’s delegate to Congress Anthony Dimond. He served as Alaska’s delegate to Congress seven times from 1945. E. L. “Bob” Bartlett became Alaska’s first U.S. Senator in 1959.

Fairbanks public school, 1919.  Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers, 1972-156-126, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks public school, 1919.
Gaustad-Bartlett Family Papers, 1972-156-126, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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