Category Archives: Acquisitions

New Online: Sheldon and Lorena Turner — Alaskan Survey Expedition Collection

Sheldon and Lorena Turner — Alaskan Survey Expedition Collection contains forty photographs and one report relating to the 1932 Alaskan Aerial Survey Expedition. The report, “The Land of the Williwaw,” was written by Lieutenant R. H. Harrell, U.S.N., Officer-in-Charge.

The Alaskan Survey Expedition of 1932 was the third that the Navy had sent to Alaska. The previous two (1926, 1929) were assigned an operating area in southeastern Alaska… This year’s expedition, composed of two Pratt and Whitney “Wasp” powered Loening amphibians, with the U.S.S. GANNET as tender, was assigned an operating area farther north, consisting principally of the sparsely settled and little-known country of southwestern Alaska from Seward (Resurrection Bay) westward, including the Kenai and Alaskan Peninsulas to Chignik Bay. The expedition was commissioned at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, April 1, 1932, and the tender GANNET sailed from Seattle for Alaskan waters on April 20th.

Sheldon and Lorena Turner -- Alaskan Survey Expedition Collection, #8

Sheldon and Lorena Turner — Alaskan Survey Expedition Collection

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New Online: Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection

The Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection consists of seventy-one black and white photographs. Images include aerial views, landing fields, landscapes, aircraft, military personnel, buildings, insignia and dog teams. The images were taken in Barrow and other Alaskan locations, as well as in California, and all relate to the activities of the Naval Air Transport Service.

Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection, UAF-1994-105-7

Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection, UAF-1994-105-7

Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection

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New Online: Basil Clemons papers

The Basil Clemons papers consist of a mixture of photographs and postcards, 130 items in all. Clemons was the photographer for at least 95 of the images, which depict primarily mining, streetscapes, and festive gatherings in and near Ruby, Long, Iditarod, and Flat, Alaska. Also included are scenes of Fort Liscum, Valdez, and Anchorage, Alaska, and images of groups and events in Seattle, Washington. On the reverse of 47 of the postcards and photographs are personal notes addressed by Clemons to family members with whom he corresponded in 1909-1918.

Basil Edwin Clemons (1887-1964) was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, and raised in Alabama and Texas. In 1903 he moved to California, eventually becoming a photographer in Hollywood. In 1909 he traveled to Alaska, where he spent nearly a decade photographing gold mining camps, Alaska Natives, and dogsled races, particularly in the Ruby and Iditarod regions. During World War I he joined the Army and trained at Fort Liscum, near Valdez, Alaska.

Basil Clemons papers, UAF-1994-71-103

Basil Clemons papers, UAF-1994-71-103

Basil Clemons papers

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New Online: Coleen M. Platner photograph collection

The Coleen M. Platner Photographs (ca. 1909-1920s) contain photographs of pioneer children and their families living in Alaska, chiefly Iditarod, Chatanika, Little Eldorado City, and Eldorado Creek. There are also photographs from Nome and the Bering Sea, Fairbanks, Nenana, Ruby, Kantishna, Eagle, and Kodiak. People identified in the photographs are: Frederick W. Herms, DDS, Emelie Tjernstrom Herms, Donald McDonald, Sigrid McDonald, Robert Simpson, Oliver Johnson, Hector Burns, Mark Burns, Edgar Brooker Jr., Frank Burns, Louis Larson, Edgar Brooker Sr., Fred Jungst, Lois Hamilton, Vivian Hamilton, Tom Davis, George Stubblefield, Alfred Lytle, “Bud” Boyd, Kunute Koland, Hudson Stuck, Charles Schick, Peter Bucholz, Dave Shoat, Caroline Erskine, Mrs. Mary Brooker, Morris Moreno, Ingraham, “Scurvy Kid,” John Lake, and Joe Dalton.

Coleen M. Platner photograph collection, UAF-1984-46-7

Coleen M. Platner photograph collection, UAF-1984-46-7

Coleen M. Platner photograph collection

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New Online: James S. and Hannah Rodebaugh papers

Included in this collection are pictures of the Rodebaughs, Noel and Ralph Wien, A.A. Bennett, Ed Hudson, and Fred Mueller.  There are also images of the various planes flown in Alaska during this era of newfound commercial aviation and notable images include the “Anchorage” plane that Noel Wien flew non-stop from Anchorage to Fairbanks and the first plane James Rodebaugh purchased for his first airline company Alaska Aerial Transport Company in Fairbanks, Alaska.

James S. “Jimmy” Rodebaugh, born ca. 1887 in Ohio, brought his wife Johanna “Hannah” Rodebaugh to Alaska where he worked as a conductor for the Alaska Railroad.  Rodebaugh saw the potential of commercial aviation in Alaska and, in 1924, established the Alaska Aerial Transportation Company.  In 1926, he formed Bennett-Rodebaugh Company with pilot A.A. Bennett.  This company was taken over by Alaskan Airways in 1929.

James S. and Hannah Rodebaugh Papers, UAF-1961-973-18

James S. and Hannah Rodebaugh Papers, UAF-1961-973-18

James S. and Hannah Rodebaugh papers

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New Online: Rolston family papers

The Rolston Family Papers consist primarily of photographs and postcards.  Subjects of the 22 photographs include members of the Rolston family; members of Eastern Star (to which Margaret J. Rolston belonged), Masons and Knights Templar (to both of which William N. Rolston belonged), possibly in Fairbanks, Alaska; Episcopal Church activities in Fairbanks; and the sternwheelers Monarch and Sarah.  Of the approximately 30 postcards, most picture non-Alaskan scenes and are addressed to Grace Rolston.

The Rolston family resided in Fairbanks, Alaska, from ca. 1907 to at least 1917.  The head of the family was William Norton Rolston, born in Canada in 1861.  His wife, Margaret, was born in Illinois in 1869.  The couple had four children: Grace M. (b. 1893), Howard W. (b. 1895), Theodore B. (b. 1899), and one other, probably the eldest, who no longer lived with the family at the time of the 1910 U.S. census.

Rolston family papers, UAF-1994-95-11

Rolston family papers, UAF-1994-95-11

Rolston family papers

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New Online: Agricultural Experiment Station Photograph Collection

The entire collection contains reports, correspondence, pamphlets, and administrative records received from the agricultural stations at Matanuska, Fairbanks, and Petersburg. The papers address such topics as environmental data, Alaskan flora, dairy projects, grazing lands, and fur farming.

The photographs include 23 photograph albums documenting work done on the experimental farms and stations, especially in Fairbanks.  Album themes include: Transportation, Grain, Farms/Gardens, Farm Buildings, Fruits & Berries, Farms, Climate & Soils, Flowers, Cows, Farm Operations, Greenhouses, Potatoes, Produce, Pigs, Hay, Sheep/Goats, Yaks/Fur Farms, and Miscellaneous.

Historical note: Alaskan agricultural stations were built at Kenai, Rampart, Copper Center, Fairbanks, Kodiak, Matanuska, Petersburg, and Homer. As population centers shifted, goals and objectives for agricultural research changed and the stations at Copper Center, Kenai, Rampart, Kodiak, and Sitka were closed.

UAF-1968-4-2158, Agricultural Experiment Station Photograph Collection, Album 17, "Produce", number 2158

Agricultural Experiment Station Photograph Collection, Album 17, "Produce", number 2158

Agricultural Experiment Station Photograph Collection

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New Online: H. C. Barley photographs

The H. C. Barley Photographs consist of more than 200 images of Skagway and vicinity in Alaska as well as nearby parts of northwestern British Columbia and southern Yukon. Barley, the official photographer for the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad, also maintained a photography studio in Skagway.

Album 1, titled “Scenery”, contains 62 black-and-white photographic views of the Skagway, Alaska, region, as well as northwestern British Columbia, and southern Yukon. Includes photographs of the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad and of a number of gold rush era vessels: the S. S. Dirigo, the S. S. Tees, the Gleaner, the S. S. Bailey, the Clifford Sifton, and the S. S. Cutch.

Album, 2 titled “Views from White Pass & Yukon Route, the Only Railroad in Alaska and British Columbia North of the Summit of White Pass” contains 112 photographs by H. C. Barley, including many views of the landscape, towns, and villages along the route. There are also photographs of groups and individuals engaged in railroad construction and other railroad-related activities.

Additional photographs include 38 black-and-white photographs mounted on cardboard. Subjects are the White Pass Railroad and its construction, and Skagway, Alaska.

H. C. Barley photographs, Album 2, no. 10

H. C. Barley photographs, Album 2, no. 10

H. C. Barley photographs

 

The H. C. Barley Photographs consist of more than 200 images of Skagway and vicinity in Alaska as well as nearby parts of northwestern British Columbia and southern Yukon. Barley, the official photographer for the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad, also maintained a photography studio in Skagway. 

Album 1, titled “Scenery”, contains 62 black-and-white photographic views of the Skagway, Alaska, region, as well as northwestern British Columbia, and southern Yukon. Includes photographs of the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad and of a number of gold rush era vessels: the S. S. Dirigo, the S. S. Tees, the Gleaner, the S. S. Bailey, the Clifford Sifton, and the S. S. Cutch.

Album, 2 titled “Views from White Pass & Yukon Route, the Only Railroad in Alaska and British Columbia North of the Summit of White Pass” contains 112 photographs by H. C. Barley, including many views of the landscape, towns, and villages along the route. There are also photographs of groups and individuals engaged in railroad construction and other railroad-related activities.

Additional photographs include 38 black-and-white photographs mounted on cardboard. Subjects are the White Pass Railroad and its construction, and Skagway, Alaska.

 

 

 

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New Online: Averill and June Thayer Photographs

Approximately 500 color transparencies, glass slides, 35-mm negatives and 120-format black-and-white negatives of scenery, aircraft, fish camps, trading posts, boats, walrus hunting, grave sites, village scenes and indoor scenes taken in the Arctic, Kenai Peninsula, Kuskokwim and lower Yukon rivers, Saint Lawrence Island and other cities, towns, and villages in Alaska.

Averill Thayer had a distinguished career in Fish and Wildlife Service and his slides reflect a piece of the history of the territory and state from the 1950s on up to 1986.

Averill and June Thayer Photographs, #150

Averill and June Thayer Photographs

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New Online: Charles Sheldon Papers, from the Shelburne Museum

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, for the loan of the Charles Sheldon albums in order that these images could be digitized and included in Alaska’s Digital Archives.

Naturalist Charles Sheldon (1867-1928) was an authority on big game animals, particularly Alaskan mountain sheep and bear.  He participated in a drive which eventually led to the creation of Denali National Park (originally Mt. McKinley National Park).

The Charles Sheldon Papers contain Charles Sheldon’s correspondence, diaries of exploration and hunting trips in Alaska, manuscripts, and miscellaneous other papers.  The albums from the Shelburne Museum contain photographs chiefly of landscapes and game animals.

Charles Sheldon Papers, from the Shelburne Museum

 

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