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Paul E. Thompson Photograph Collection, 1937-1941

Identifier: PCA 153

Scope and Contents

The collection contains black and white photographs of adolescent students and student activities at the Eklutna Vocational School, where Paul Thompson taught during the late 1930’s. Most of the students are identified. The collection contains many scenic color slides of glaciers, totems, landscapes, mountain ranges in locations throughout Alaska – the Interior, South Central, the Aleutians, the Pribilof Islands, and Southeast. The slides begin at number 146.


  • 1937-1941



Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be discussed with the Librarian. Photocopying does not constitute permission to publish.

Biographical Note

Paul E. Thompson went to Cordova in 1931 as warden for U.S. Bureau of Fisheries (seasonal). He returned to Cordova each year through 1937 as a seasonal fish warden. During the summer of 1933, he made stream surveys on the upper Copper River. In the Fall of 1937, Mr. Thompson taught at the Eklutna Vocational School and spent summers at the Knik Arm fish camp for the school. In the spring of 1941 he went to Juneau as District Chief for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until February 1942 when he transferred to Washington, D.C. as assistant chief for the Division of Alaska Fisheries.

Mr. Thompson retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as Chief of Fishery Research in March 1971 and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.


2 folders : 145 black and white photographs ; 160 color slides

Language of Materials



These photographs and slides and a Manuscript (MS 4-8-4) were donated to the library in August 1979.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some photographs in this collection have been digitized and are available to view via Alaska's Digital Archives.

Related Materials

A manuscript titled Alaska Villages with descriptions of 58 villages by various students (MS 4-8-4) was also donated to the library in August 1979.

Processing Information

The slides and photographs are individually numbered and sleeved in Mylar. An item-level inventory is available.

Finding Aid for the Paul E. Thompson Photograph Collection, 1937-1941
Processed by: Staff ; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid by: Melissa Scriven, April 2019 ; Inventory Added by: Connie Hamann ; Finding Aid Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, June 2021; ArchivesSpace Finding Aid Revised by: Connie Hamann
2021 October
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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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