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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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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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William A. Egan papers

Our indexer,  Ulyana has finished describing the William A. Egan papers which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

The William A. Egan Papers feature photos that belonged to William Allen “Bill” Egan, the first Alaska Governor who served from 1959 to 1966. He was reelected in 1970-1974. Egan’s widow, Neva Egan, gave his papers to the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives. In 1985, a special appropriation from the Alaska State Legislature funded the processing of this important political collection. The photos were arranged and identified by India Spartz. The images depict public events, politicians and public officers, and the city of Juneau.

Bill Egan taking the oath of office.

Bill Egan taking the oath of office.

Alaska’s three democratic electors – Lucille Marshall (Juneau), Clara McCutcheon (Anchorage), and Annella Davis (Fairbanks), 1965.

Alaska’s three democratic electors – Lucille Marshall (Juneau), Clara McCutcheon (Anchorage), and
Annella Davis (Fairbanks), 1965.

Officials of the University of Alaska view plans for the new health, physical education and recreation building which is planned for the Fairbanks University campus.

Officials of the University of Alaska view plans for the new health, physical education
and recreation building which is planned for the Fairbanks University campus.

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Leslie A. Marchand Photographs

Our indexer,  Ulyana has finished describing the Leslie A. Marchand Photographs which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

Leslie A. Marchand Photographs belonged to Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines professor who worked there in 1923-27 and 1934-35. Winter issue of 1924 Farthest-North Collegian listed Leslie A. Marchand as Professor of French and Instructor in English who “graduated from the University of Washington with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1922, and the following year received a Master’s Degree with a major in English and minor in French from the same university.” The forty-three images feature Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines students and faculty, early Alaska pilots, Fairbanks city streets, and dog races. Fairbanks was becoming more modern – it had its own college, and the city conveniences included water delivery and air mail services.

Students and faculty ready for cold weather.

Students and faculty ready for cold weather.

Blue Crystal Water Co. water carrier near Andrew Nerland Warehouse, Fairbanks.

Blue Crystal Water Co. water carrier near Andrew Nerland Warehouse, Fairbanks.

New Alaska mail service.

New Alaska mail service.

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Elizabeth Hayes Goddard Diary

Our indexer,  Ulyana has finished describing the Elizabeth Hayes Goddard Diary collection which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

Elizabeth Hayes, born in New York in 1898, graduated from the Mary C. Wheeler School, Providence, Rhode Island and from the Rochester Business Institute, Rochester, New York. In 1943, she married George W. Goddard, then Colonel in the U.S. Air Corps. They had one daughter, Diane. Fifty-three photographs featured in Alaska’s Digital Archives illustrate Elizabeth Goddard’s diary that documents her 1934 trip along the Yukon and Koyukuk Rivers – from Vancouver to Dawson, Dawson to Eagle, Eagle to Fort Yukon, Fort Yukon to Koyukuk Station, up the Koyukuk to Allakaket, Koyukuk Station to Anvik, and Anvik upstream to Nenana. In foreword to her typed and bound 150-pages diary, Elizabeth Goddard wrote, “From the first day aboard ‘Pelican IV’ in the summer of 1934 I jotted down everything we saw and everybody we met along the Yukon and Koyukuk rivers in Alaska.”

Pelican IV.

Pelican IV.

Robert Service's cabin - Dawson, Y.T. Bluebells and wild roses in yard.

Robert Service’s cabin – Dawson, Y.T. Bluebells and wild roses in yard.

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Indian children of the mission school, Fort Yukon.

 

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Reverend S. Hall Young Album

At Muir Glacier.

At Muir Glacier.

Our indexer,  Ulyana has finished describing the Reverend S. Hall Young Album which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say: Reverend S. Hall Young Album features 106 images of his 1913 summer cruise to Alaska and Siberian waters. The big game hunting expedition, organized by Young’s son-in-law Frank E. Kleinschmidt, consisted of Dr. S. Hall Young, Kleinschmidt, E. Marshall Scull, Gilpin Lovering, Dr. Arthur W. Elting, Alfred M. Collins, and taxidermists Albrecht and Kusche. The hunters, except Lowering, who joined in Nome, boarded steamer Jefferson in Seattle. E. Marshall Scull, who in 1914 described this expedition in a book titled Hunting in the Arctic and Alaska, stated that the itinerary was: “to traverse the Inside Passage by steamer, cross the White Pass to the head of the Yukon River, take steamer to Dawson and see the Klondike gold fields, go down the great river across the boundary into Alaska, to Fairbanks, the chief interior town, and emerge at Nome. . .” From Nome, the party boarded Ed Born’s P. J. Abler, and sailed across to Siberia, toward Wrangell Island in the Arctic, back to southwestern Alaska, and to Seattle. P.J. Abler’s crew included Captain Larsson, P.J. Abler’s owner and engineer Ed Born, assistant engineer Frank Born, Mate Hanson, and a cook and a cabin boy. About half of the album’s photographs were taken by Frank Kleinschmidt, whose other interest included filming a motion picture. The other half consists of photo postcards.

Mike Utcht, our guide, and family.

Mike Utcht, our guide, and family.

Rev. Young and two other hunters stealing up on walrus.

Rev. Young and two other hunters stealing up on walrus.

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Robert L. Brown Photographs

Our indexer, Ulyana has finished describing the Robert L. Brown Photographs which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

The 262 images in the Robert L. Brown Photographs were taken during the summer of 1967 by Robert L.Brown, who worked for the Alaska Department of Highways, Fairbanks District. The photographs document construction of the Tanana River Bridge in Nenana, Alaska. The images show construction crews, machinery, and formwork. The powerful steel structures are breathtaking! And yet, Nenana and Tanana Rivers flooded the same summer, making use of the Tanana River Bridge second priority…

Flood waters in Nenana. August, 1967.

Flood waters in Nenana. August, 1967.

Reinforcing steel in place prior to pouring deck slab on main bridge. June, 1967.

Reinforcing steel in place prior to pouring deck slab on main bridge. June, 1967.

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