Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Photograph Collection, ca. 1940s-1960s
This collection documents health programs in Alaska from Territorial days including efforts of the Alaska Department of Health, U.S. Indian Services, and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Doctors, nurses, public health commissioners, village health centers, marine hospitals, tuberculosis control, and rural health providers and resources are depicted in the photographs. Individuals are identified (names given) on photographs numbered 543 to 666. The collection contains approximately 50 colored slides. The collection also contains 2 boxes (13 folders) of unsorted duplicate and/or unprocessed photographs, negatives and slides. Various photographers are represented in the collection, including photos taken by Dr. Philip H. Moore, orthopedist.
Box 3 is an addition to PCA 143 and consists of photographs and negatives from the Department of Health and Social Services and portrays the department’s work in Seward and Mt. Edgecombe. Some of the photograph envelopes are stamped J. Malcolm Greany, Alaska Photographic Laboratory. There are twelve folders of items, many of which are duplicates. The 12 folders of photographs and negatives are from the years 1948 through 1951 and feature health department programs in nutrition, tuberculosis, diphtheria and vocational training.
- ca. 1940s-1960s
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is available for viewing, however, the photographs may not be photocopied.
Biographical / Historical
The first territorial public health laws were enacted in 1919. The Dept. of Health was created in 1921, although no money was appropriated until 1923. Health education and services to Alaska natives was provided by the Bureau of Education from the early 1900s until 1931, when that responsibility went to Bureau of Indian Affairs and later, the U.S. Public Health Service.
In 1959, when the Territory of Alaska became a state, the functions of the Dept. of Health, the Board of Health, the Dept. of Public Welfare, the Board of Public Welfare, the Dept. of Juvenile Institutions, the Advisory Hospital Council, and the Water Pollution Control Board transferred to the newly created Dept. of Health and Welfare. In 1971, the name changed to Dept. of Health and Social Services. [From Alaska’s Heritage, Jo Antonson and William S. Hanable, c.1992.]
2.1 Linear Feet (6 Boxes) : 1,406 photographs ; 52 slides ; 1 publication
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Existence and Location of Copies
Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 0001f, 0019, 0034, 0047, 0077, 0092, 0095, 0112-0113, 0118, 0212, 0238, 0248, 0259, 0279-0285, 0290-0292, 0298, 0360, 0368, 0370, 0376, 0378, 0388, 0402, 0409, 0411, 0415, 0418, 0420-0421, 0423, 0502, 0505-0506, 0515-0517, 0519, 0526-0529, 0532-0535, 0537, 0546, 0553, 0555-0559, 0561, 0563, 0566-0567, 0701, 0726, 0731, 0797, 0807, 0829, 0834, 0840, 0843, 0844-0845, 0871, 0885, 0890, 0895, 0982-0983, 0999, 1004, 1010, 1018, 1042, 1059, 1066, 1077, 1079, 1099, 1119, 1142, 1143, 1149, 1151, 1154, 1172, 1190, 1196, 1260, 1281-1282, 1322, 1408, 1411-1412, 1436, 1441, 1444, 1450-1451, 1456, 1464
The photographs were transferred to file folders from photograph albums. Original order was maintained. A folder-level collection guide is available. The collection also contains 2 boxes (13 folders) of duplicate and/or unsorted photographs, negatives and slides
- Finding Aid for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Photograph Collection, ca. 1940s-1960s
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- Prepared by: Staff; Revised by: Ken Nail, Jr., LAM; Revised by Alea Oien April 2009; Revised by JAS May 2005 and April 2011; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Melissa Scriven, April 2019
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