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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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W.H. (Bill) Carroll Photographs

Indexer extraordinaire Lisa just finished updating the W. H. (Bill) Carroll Photograph Collection on Alaska’s Digital Archives. W. H. (Bill) Carroll came to Alaska in 1936, and attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1938. His field of study was Mining Engineering, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. Most of these black-and-white photos were taken between 1938 and 1940, and most are mining photos or pictures of student life at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. There are several photos of Bill Carroll, but my favorite of him is in a point field, manning a “point hammer.” He evidently worked at the thaw fields in the summertime.

Bill Carroll at his summer's pastime. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-39, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Bill Carroll at his summer’s pastime.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-39, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

I always enjoy photos that have a story behind them, like this photo that captured the continuing search for some “store boughten teeth” in the middle of the gold field.

Man digging with pickaxe. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-196, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Man digging with pickaxe.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-196, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Quite a number of the photos in this collection were focused on the Fairbanks Ice Carnival, and the beauty pageant that was associated with it. The photos depict the queen and her court on a specially carved ice throne, dressed in parkas. Below is Miss Alaska from either 1938 or 1939.

Miss Alaska. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-151, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Miss Alaska.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-151, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

There were many interesting photos of student life at the University of Alaska, so it was hard to choose just one or two to highlight. There are several photos of R.O.T.C. members, such as this one where Army R.O.T.C. cadets were “on guard at the gym.”

Gym with the R.O.T.C. on guard. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-71, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gym with the R.O.T.C. on guard.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-71, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Some things about life on campus don’t seem to change much, but clothing styles certainly have. I am always amazed at how suits were commonly worn by men in that time period, even if they were just studying. One thing that doesn’t change is the enjoyment of hanging out with friends on campus, and there are hints of that in many of these photos. I hope you will take the time to look further into this collection, for it is well worth delving into!

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New Online: Tishu V. Ulen collection

The Tishu V. Ulen Collection consists of documents and photographs from Wiseman, Alaska, and surrounding areas dating to the early 1900s. Individuals and locations in the images are nearly all identified, making the collection a useful tool for research on the region. The documents in the collection include the daily logs of the post office in Wiseman, hotel registers, financial records, listings of boat arrivals and departures, and other miscellaneous materials.

Tishu, written as “Dishu,” appears as a person in Robert Marshall’s book about Wiseman, titled “Arctic Village.” She is portrayed in a number of photographs in the book, as are her children, her mother and her half-brother, Bill English. For further information, check the Rasmuson Library online catalog; there are a number of interviews with Tishu Ulen in the Oral History collection.


Tishu V. Ulen Collection

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New Online: Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection

These 45 photographs focus on the Bering Strait region. The images include scenes from King Island and Little Diomede Island, and views from the Siberian side. Many of the photographs depict the “Casco” before and after it wrecked.


Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection

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New Online: Roger Kaye Photograph Collection

This photograph collection consists of Kaye’s portraits of bush residents throughout Interior and Northern Alaska. The photographs are well identified.

As a person whose life encompasses an uncommon combination of government service and environmental activism, Roger has spent more than 30 years serving the public lands in Alaska. He spent a year with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, following that with work at the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wilderness Specialist and pilot.

Roger Kaye Photograph Collection

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New Online: Abraham and Lula Meinzer photograph collection

The Abraham and Lula Meinzer Photograph Collection consists of 46 photographs and real-photo postcards depicting cabins, people, hydraulic mining activities, animals, and dog teams, in the Seventymile River and Eagle region of Interior Alaska.

Abraham H. Meinzer (b. 1872) came to Alaska from Sandusky, Ohio, in the spring of 1898 to try his hand at mining. Through at least 1914 he lived in Eagle, Alaska, and mined in the Seventymile River region. Some time between 1910 and 1920 he married Lula J. Meyers (1876-1968) of Ohio, where the couple eventually settled.

The collection includes several postcards of photos by C. L. Andrews.

Abraham and Lula Meinzer photograph collection

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New Online: Howard J. Thompson — Jessen’s Weekly Photograph Collection

The Thompson photograph collection contains 41 black and white photographs, mostly of the interior of the “Jessen’s Weekly” printing plant.

The photographs were taken in April of 1954 by Jim Ogden who was stationed with Howard J. Thompson in the 449th Fighter Squadron at Ladd Field.

Jessen’s Weekly was published from 1942 to 1968.

Howard J. Thompson — Jessen’s Weekly Photograph Collection.

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New Online: Ernie Carter Photographs

The Ernie Carter Photographs collection consists of 114 color slides of Alaskan scenes (wildlife, flora, landscapes, Aurora Borealis, Eskimos, etc.). Ernie Carter, who owned and operated a photo and camera shop in Fairbanks, Alaska, sold these images commercially.

Ernie Carter Photographs

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New Online: Albert H. Dickey Photograph Collection

The collection consists of 42 photographs and brief descriptions, taken during an archaeological dig in Fairbanks. Photographs depict fossils, artifacts, rock and soil formations, gold mining operations and equipment, and landscapes. Persons depicted include Jack Dorsh, Archie Roosevelt, Walter Sullivan, Albert Dickey, and Louis Giddings.

Albert H. Dickey Photograph Collection

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New Online: Doris Stephan Photograph Collection

The Stephan collection consists of 105 photographs of street scenes, buildings, dog teams, bridges, animals, landscapes, aircraft, people, and aerial views. Views include construction, the sternwheeler “Aksala”, Camp Aehnder, and quonset huts.

Howard T. Ryan, collector of Doris Stephan Photograph Collection, was born in the Bronx, New York, on April 25, 1906 and died in Florida on February 24, 1962. He worked in Alaska on construction projects from 1943 through 1944.

Doris Stephan Photograph Collection

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