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U.S. Alaska Engineering Commission Photograph Collection, 1916-1919

Identifier: PCA 131

Content Description

This collection includes views of Anchorage, public and private buildings, construction activities, facilities and equipment of the Alaska Railroad, then identified as Alaska Engineering Commission Railway. Official photographers for the Commission include: P.S. Hunt, H. G. Kaiser, A. J. Johnson and S. Laurence. The collection also includes views by The Sydney Laurence Co. and E. A. Hegg.


  • 1916-1919

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

Biographical / Historical

The Alaska Engineering Commission (AEC) was created by President Woodrow Wilson in the Alaska Railroad Act (38 Stat. 305), March 12, 1914, to supervise construction of Alaska’s railways. The AEC went under the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1915. When construction was complete and the railroad began operating in 1923, the AEC became the Alaska Railroad Commission, redesignated The Alaska Railroad.


180 Photographic Prints (180 photographs)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: 006-025, 029-031, 068, 083, 118, 120, 140, 167, 179-180

Processing Information

Copy prints (8x10 inch) were made from the purchased negatives and sleeved in Mylar. An item-level inventory is available.

Finding Aid for the U.S. Alaska Engineering Commission Photograph Collection, 1916-1919
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Processed by: Staff; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Melissa Scriven, April 2019
2019 April
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Repository Details

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

PO Box 110571
Juneau AK 99811-0571 US
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