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.
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
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.
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.
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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