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Evan Hill Photograph Collection

Identifier: PCA 343

Scope and Contents

The mostly 2 ½ x 3 ½ in. black and white images show Evan Hill and his friends (soldiers and civilians) in Company “A” and “C” during the years of World War II, early 1940’s, in Haines (Chilkoot Barracks), Skagway, Moses Point, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, St. Paul Island, Klukwan and Carcross B.C. Images include military camp scenes, officers and officers’ quarters, reindeer herds, roads, Eskimos, sealing, Eskimo dancing and singing, and other unidentified people and places. The collection also includes 2 hand-drawn maps of St. Paul Island, one on linen and the other paper. An article, “Attu’s Oldest Newspaper,” by Cpl. Larry McManus (Yank, Dec. 1943, p. 11) is included.


  • Majority of material found within 1940s

Conditions Governing Access

The photos may be viewed. However the images may not be photocopied.

Conditions Governing Use

Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.

Biographical Note

Evan Hill was a newspaper reporter at the Daily Alaska Empire before entering the Alaska National Guard in 1941. His first assignment was “A” Company, 297th Infantry, at the Chilkoot Barracks in Haines. In 1942, Hill transferred to “C” Company and served one month at Moses Point. In 1942, the Company served a one-year tour on the Pribilof Islands. In 1943, Hill was transferred to Dutch Harbor and later Fairbanks. In 1944, he was stationed in California for several months before volunteering for combat duty in Europe.


633 Photographic Prints (633 black and white photographs)

5 items : 2 cassette recordings ; 2 maps ; 1 issue of Yank, 1943

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Evan Hill of Newport, NH donated the collection to the Alaska State Library in 1992 (Acc. No. 1992-028).

Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs and audio cassettes digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 075, 143-144, 146-147, 203-220, 306-316, 327, 334-340, 342-415, 417-418, 420-421, 423-424, 426-429, 431-435, 444-445, 447-451, 462-463, 467-471, 478, 482, 485, 490-497, 500, 505-506, 508, 512, 523-527, 531-533, 535, 537-538, 541, 544, 557-564, 566-568, 577-584, 586-589, 594, 597, 600, 602, 604-605, 607, 612, 614, 626-627, 629-635; ASL-P343 (Audio: Eskimo dance songs)

Related Materials

MS 140: Strangest Story Ever Told, 1925; with later typescript by Evan Hill.

Processing Information

The photos are numbered and sleeved in Mylar. A subject-level inventory is available.

Finding aid for the Evan Hill Photograph Collection
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Processed by: India Spartz, July 1998. 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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Juneau AK 99811-0571 US
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