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Captain S.T.L. Whitlam collection, circa 1930-1940, U.S.M.S. North Star scrapbook

Identifier: PCA 471

Scope and Contents

Scrap book maintained on board the U.S.M.S. North Star of the United States Maritime Service. Note from first page: Contributions of photos, clippings, et al are not only welcome, but expected from each voyager.

Includes photos of Captain S. T. L. Whitlam, Frank Bliss, director of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation Matanuska Colonization Project, 1935, photographer Otto Geist, and Jack Allman. Charcoal drawing of Captain Whitlam by Josephine Crumrine.

Album contains press clippings about the preparations of the vessel North Star for an expedition to the Antarctic with supplies for the Byrd Party. Includes correspondence from Arthur Upicksoun and Harold L. Ickes.


  • 1930-1940

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

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 and Historical Notes

Brothers Karl C. Bowersox and Glenn Bowersox were radio operators on board the North Star and the Boxer which preceded the North Star. As the ships only required one radio operator per voyage, the brothers alternated years at sea and attending the University of Washington between about 1928 and 1934.


1 boxes (Scrapbook containing: 81 black and white photographs, Clippings and correspondence)

Language of Materials



The album was given to Glenn Bowersox by Captain Whitlam’s widow Mrs. Whitlam following the Whitlam’s death. Glenn Bowersox subsequently gave the album to his brother Karl Bowersox. The collection was donated by Karl Bowersox’s daughter Ardis Mangels and her husband William in Sept. 2003. Accession # 2003-043.

Existence and Location of Copies

The pages of this scrapbook have been digitized and are available to view via Alaska's Digital Archives.

Processing Information

Album pages were removed and housed in mylar sleeves. A detailed inventory is available.

Finding Aid for the Capt. S.T.L. Whitlam collection, circa 1930-1940, U.S.M.S. North Star scrapbook
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Processed by: Jim Simard, 2007 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Connie Hamann, July 2019 ; Updated by: Sandy Johnston, Apr. 2022 ; Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, May 2022
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Repository Details

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