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Ann Pearson Wood Slide Collection, 1959

Identifier: PCA 534

Scope and Contents

The slides in this collection were taken in Juneau, Alaska, during 1959, the year that Alaska became the 49th state. All the slides, of varying quality, were taken by Ann Pearson (Wood), a young reporter for the Daily Alaska Empire. Included are images of the Fourth of July, the Alaska statehood parade, the raising of the new 49-star flag, and the celebration ceremony.


  • 1959

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.


After Ann Pearson graduated from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1957, she worked in San Francisco for a year, keeping sales books and saving money for a summer in Europe. Her next goal was to try journalism; and, in the latter part of 1958, she was hired by Morgan Coe as a reporter for the Daily Alaska Empire in Juneau. During 1959, she also took on assignments as a UPI stringer, primarily covering the Alaska Legislature for the Anchorage Daily News. While working in Juneau, under the byline Ann H. Pearson, she reported on subjects associated with Alaska’s year of statehood. In 1960, she moved on to cover legislatures in Oregon and California for UPI, eventually covering the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., before retiring for a decade to start a family. Later, she returned to journalism in the Washington, D.C., area as a medical reporter.


69 Photographic Slides : 1 folder

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ann Pearson Wood donated the slides, March 16, 2010.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 10, 13, 15b, 21-25, 27-28, 30-32, 34-44a, 44c, 50-52, 55-57, 63

Processing Information

The slides have been kept in the original order, with numbers assigned by the donor; the collection begins with number 8 and ends with number 68; some numbers are used more than once, and these have been assigned letters, e.g. 38A, 38B, and 38C. Slides were placed in Mylar, and the donor’s CD copy of the images was housed in the master file for PCA 534

Finding aid for the Ann Pearson Wood Slide Collection, 1959
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Processed by: Gayle Goedde July 2010 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston
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Repository Details

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