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F. Leigh Kerr Slide Collection, 1948-1959

Identifier: PCA 333

Scope and Contents

These slides document the locations where Kerr worked and reflect his experience in Alaska. Slides are arranged geographically with the exception of nos. 238-251, which are in southeast Alaska. There are images of people, structures, transportation by boat, airplane and dogsled, and village scenes across Alaska. Dates on the slides range from 1948 to 1959.


  • 1948-1959

Conditions Governing Access

The slides may be viewed. However, they 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

Mr. F. Leigh Kerr worked for the Alaska Department of Health and conducted the first X-ray survey north of the Arctic Circle. Leigh was recruited through the U.S. Public Health Service to survey and determine the extent of tuberculosis among the Native people. The survey took two years and included all villages with a population over seven. It was conducted under adverse conditions and portable equipment, including local generators. Transportation depended on weather and availability (bush pilots, dog team or skin boat). Recruited for his skills as an x-ray technician, Leigh supervised additional x-ray technicians and was responsible for maintaining the x-ray equipment in the various health units. From 1952 to 1958 he continued to work for the Alaska State Department of Health as regional business manager in the Anchorage office.


251 Photographic Slides (1 folder) : 251 color slides

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

F. Leigh Kerr's wife, Edna Kerr, of Mt. Vernon, Washington, donated these slides in 1992. Accession no. 1992-006.

Processing Information

The photos are numbered and sleeved in archival slide preservers. An item-level inventory is available.

Finding aid for the F. Leigh Kerr Slide Collection, 1948-1959
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Repository Details

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

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