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Lawrence W. Ragan Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1933

Identifier: PCA 265

Scope and Contents

The collection depicts U.S. Bureau of Fisheries activities, ships, S.E. Alaska communities including Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Sitka, numerous bays and creeks in Southeast Alaska. U.S. Bureau of Fisheries commissioner Henry O'Malley visited Alaska in the 1920's, accompanied by U.S. Congressman A.M. Free of California and photos of their visit are part of this collection. The photographs range in size from 2 x 2 ¾ in. to 3 ½ x 5 ½ in. , fading, captioned in ink on verso.


  • ca. 1920-1933



Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

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


Lawrence (“Larry,” “Reggie”) Ragan first came to Alaska in the early 1920's as a crewmember of a floating cannery. Following that he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries (later to become the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) aboard the vessels, WIDGEON and BRANT. These ships patrolled Southeast Alaska waters checking fish traps, surveying, posting signs etc. When Mr. Ragan lived in Juneau, he learned to play the saxophone and once was chosen to dance with a traveling troupe of entertainers as a replacement for an absent member.


86 Photographic Prints

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photographs were donated to the library in 1985 by Patricia Tietzen, Mr. Ragan's daughter.

Processing Information

The photographs are sleeved in individual Mylar sleeves and filed numerically in Perma-Dur envelopes, 4 ½ x 10 ½ inches, in groups of approximately 12.

Finding aid for the Lawrence W. Ragan Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1933
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ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston 2019 June ; Inventory added by: Sandy Johnston
2020 April
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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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