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Sam O. White Photograph Collection, circa 1922-1960

Identifier: PCA 205

Content Description

Many of the views in this collection were used to illustrate Sam White’s story of his work in Alaska; serialized in the ALASKA SPORTSMAN magazine from December 1964 through November 1965. Most depict airplanes and villages in interior Alaska. Subjects include Alaska Game Commission personnel and offices, airplane crashes, the Wien brothers (Merrill, Sig and Noel), and localities, such as Ft. Yukon and Tonzana.


  • circa 1922-1960



Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for viewing, however, the photographs may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be discussed with the Librarian. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.

Biographical / Historical

Sam White arrived in Alaska in 1922 as a member of a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey team. He dreamed of coming north during his boyhood days in Maine. One of nine children, he was born in 1891 and worked for the International Boundary Survey before and after two years in the U.S. Army during World War I.

He became an agent (game warden) for the Alaska Game Commission in 1927 and worked out of Fairbanks. He first used dog teams to patrol the area northeast of Fairbanks but in 1928 he learned to fly and used an airplane for patrol work. He became the first Alaska Game Commission warden to patrol his area by plane.

An experienced bush pilot, White worked for the Commission until Sept. 1941 when he resigned. He stayed in Fairbanks and flew for Wien Airlines. In World War II he flew charter planes for the U.S. Air Force. Following the end of the war, he returned to fly in Alaska until retiring in the early 1960s.

(Source: Alaska Magazine, April 1977, p. 63)


1 boxes (1 2" box ) : 94 images

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Donated in 1965 (1982?) by Robert N. (Bob) DeArmond. (Acc. No. 1982-011)

Existence and Location of Copies

Some photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available to view via Alaska's Digital Archives.

Processing Information

Copyprints from the originals. The images were sleeved in Mylar and numbered. Bob DeArmond added notes/captions to verso of photographs.

Finding Aid for the Sam O. White Photograph Collection, circa 1922-1960
Arranged by Bob DeArmond ; Revised by Kay Shelton, March 2004 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Melissa Scriven, April 2019 ; Inventory Added to ArchivesSpace by: Connie Hamann
2021 March
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Repository Details

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

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