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Windsor Photograph Collection

Identifier: PCA 425-21

Scope and Contents

The Windsor photograph collection includes personal photographs of Colt Island and the Mendenhall Valley in Juneau, Alaska. The collection also contains commercial photograph postcards of several Alaska towns and one postcard showing the Steamship Al-Ki wrecking on rocks.


  • 1916-1956



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. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.


This photograph collection was owned by William R. Windsor (1913-1988). William arrived in Alaska an infant from Fort Blakely in Washington state in 1916. His family had homesteads in the Mendenhall Valley and on Admiralty Island. William was the son of Nellie Sparks Windsor (d. in Washington, 1 September, 1970), and Hal Windsor. Hal Windsor was William’s adoptive father. He was chief lineman for the power company. Nellie later married Douglas mayor, William Kilburn. Nellie and Ida’s mother was Lavina Sparks. Lavina married Harry Starr who managed the fish hatchery at Grouse Lake near Seward.

Nellie’s sister Ida Sparks was married to Al Forsythe. Ida and Al owned Colt Island, in-between Douglas Island and Admiralty Island, Alaska. The Forsythes had what the donor described as a “huge garden and strawberry farm” on Colt Island. The Forsythes employed local people to harvest strawberries, and there was a Juneau farmers’ market at that time. The whole of Colt Island, including tideland rights, was sold to a Gig Harbor, Washington realtor in 1956 for $6000.


1 Volumes : 1 folder ; 25 various sized photographs ; 33 photo postcards ; 3 - 8x10 commercial photos

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Windsor collection was donated to the Alaska State Library – Historical Collections by Jane Windsor, wife of William R. Windsor, on September 7, 1989.

Processing Information

This collection has been described at the item level. All items have been placed in mylar and into a pH-neutral folder.

Finding aid for the Windsor Photograph Collection
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Processed by: Ken Nail, Jr., LAM ; Revised by: Alea Oien, 4/2009 Anastasia Tarmann, 2011 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston 2019 June ; Inventory added by: Sandy Johnston
2020 June
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Repository Details

Part of the Alaska State Library - Historical Collections Finding Aids Repository

PO Box 110571
Juneau AK 99811-0571 US
907-465-2151 (Fax)