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Richard W. Wilke Photograph Collection, 1964

Identifier: PCA 241

Scope and Contents

The earthquake, which hit Alaska on March 27, 1964, caused extensive damage to Southcentral Alaska, including Anchorage, the state's largest urban area. Richard Wilke toured the Anchorage area immediately following the earthquake to inspect any damage done to federally maintained roads and bridges. These 35 mm color slide transparencies and black and white photographs, taken by Mr. Wilke, record some of the damage done by the earthquake.


  • 1964

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 Note

Richard Wilke was born in 1920. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During World War II Wilke served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. From 1960-1971, Mr. Wilke served as the Regional Engineer for the U.S. Forest Service in Juneau, Alaska (Region X). At the time of his retirement in 1980, he was serving as the Regional Engineer for the U.S. Forest Service at Denver, Colorado. Mr. Wilke died in 1981.


0.1 Linear Feet (2 folders) : 177 color slide transparencies, 35mm ; 16 b&w photographs, 8x10 ; 1 map, 1 periodical

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The 35mm color slide transparencies were donated by Jennifer L. Wilke, 1984, Accession # 1984-015. Items in Folder 2 were donated by Jennifer L. Wilke in March 2009, Accession # 2012-041.

Processing Information

The slides were numbered and placed in Mylar slide pages. The black and white 8x10 photographs were numbered and placed in Mylar. The collection was placed in archival folders and an archival box.

Finding Aid for the Richard W. Wilke Photograph Collection, 1964
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Repository Details

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

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