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Pipeline Impact Photograph Collection, 1975-1977

Identifier: PCA 17

Scope and Contents

The Alaska pipeline photographic-history project extended from 1974-1977. The objective of the project was to record on photographic film and on audio tape the history of Alaska during construction of the Alaskan pipeline. The focus was people : those directly involved with the construction and those whose lives were affected significantly by the new pipeline. It was envisioned as a record of the social consequences of the construction of the Alaska pipeline rather than a documentation of the actual construction. Although there are construction photographs, a greater emphasis is placed on images of individuals, businessmen, workers, trainers, services catering to the pipeline, and government, hospital, and social welfare officials. Photographic essays, for example, follow the truckers as they head north on the haul road, look at living conditions and visit a mobile home park, capture images of Alyeska employees being trained in Valdez or at work in the remote camps and at Prudhoe Bay, show the cross section of human activity in Fairbanks and Anchorage, or feature women who work on the pipeline.

Contents include over 9000 slides, over 250 (estimate) black and white photographs, contact sheets with negatives, 172 cassettes, miscellaneous documents, including short subject essays on selected groups of images, indexes and lists of images, 26 typed interviews and datasheets on women who worked on the pipeline.


  • 1975-1977


16 Volumes (16 boxes)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 2768, 3426, 5418, 5437, 7104, 7149-7150, 7153-7160, 7162-7164, 7166, 7281, 7349, 7410, 7474-7475, 7478, 7480, 7482-7483, 7486, 7488, 7492, 7532, 7534, 8015, 8019, 8022, 8024-8025, 8028-8030, 8032, 8034, 8037, 8039, 8046, 8048-8050, 8052, 8060-8061, 8148, 8151, 8154, 8157, 8166, 8168-8170, 8216, 8218, 8219, 8220, 8226-8228, 8247, 8251-8252, 8254-8255, 8265, 8267, 8269-8270, 8277, 8313, 8463, 8824-9127, 9610

Digitized photographs not available via Alaska's Digital Archives: 7161, 7477, 8020-8021, 8023, 8031, 8035-8036, 8045, 8047, 8053, 8224-8225, 8229, 8249-8250, 8262-8263, 8268, 9493-9495, 9497-9503, 9528, 9530, 9533-9534, 9536

Legal Status

Funded by the State of Alaska, so the state owns all of these images. However, no release forms were received with the interviews. Any researcher wishing to quote from the audiotapes or transcripts has the responsibility of obtaining written permission, or a release, from the interviewee.

Processing Information

It appears that the materials were received in increments. In 1978, Sarah Eppenbach arranged some of the materials initially received by the Alaska State Library, and left some notes and guides. The collection was re-housed in 1987. Accepting the 1987 arrangement, staff prepared the drafts of the list of audio-cassettes and the box inventory in 1996. The list of images used in the traveling exhibit was added at that time by viewing the traveling exhibit still stored in the Alaska State Museum in 1996.

Audiotapes Index

Exhibit Index

Finding aid for the Pipeline Impact Photograph Collection, 1975-1977
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Processed by: Kathryn H. Shelton and Gladi Kulp, October 1996 ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by Freya Anderson.
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Repository Details

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

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