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Lloyd Jarman Photograph Collection, 1920s to 1988

Identifier: PCA 337

Content Description

Most incidents and events in Alaska’s aviation history between 1929 and 1940 are covered in Jarman’s images. His detailed annotations include names of commercial and bush pilots and bush planes, World War II bombers, famous pilots and flights, passengers, aircraft information, airplane crashes, airlines, airports and hangars mainly around Southeast and remote Alaska but also in Washington State and Africa.


  • 1920s-1988

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical / Historical

Lloyd R. Jarman was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska in 1916 and loved airplanes from grade school. He took his first plane ride with R.E. “Bob” Ellis of Alaska Washington Airways and soon thereafter went to work for them doing odd jobs around the hangars and being paid in used crankcase oil, which he lugged downtown and sold.

While still a teenager, Lloyd Jarman went to work for Alaska Washington Airways as a full-time flight mechanic, then worked for Alaska Southern Airways, Pacific Alaska Airways, Alaska Air Transport, Marine Airways and occasionally for other smaller airlines. He flew with many well known bush pilots and rescue and mercy missions included him as mechanic, as mechanics often flew with the pilots in the early days of aviation.

Jarman had planned to become a pilot, but crashed a Lockheed-Vega at Pinta Bay, Chichagoff Island in Oct. 1934 and crushed his pelvic bone and could not pass physical for a commercial pilot’s license. Shell Simmons taught him to fly in 1935 and he continued to work as a flight mechanic and also assembled fighter planes in North Africa during WWII. Jarman took a camera wherever he went and photographed aviation history in Southeast Alaska from 1929-1940. He died in Seattle in 1996 at age 79.

[From: Gastineau Channel Memories 1880-1959, Lloyd R. Jarman (piece written by Jim Ruotsala); and Bush Pilots in Southeastern Alaska, by Archie Satterfield, Lloyd Jarman.]


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes) : 12 albums (ca. 2000 photographs) ; 1 video (VHS + master)

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Existence and Location of Copies

Photographs digitized and available for viewing via Alaska's Digital Archives: (01-)005-006, 018, 025. 033, 041, 043, 061, 072-073, 079; (02-)015, 020, 025, 136, 145; (03-)030, 039, 055, 084-085, 098-100, 105-107, 203; (04-)034, 057-061, 116-117, 172, 183; (05-)029, 051; (06-)029, 031-032, 034-036, 155-161; (07-)157, 186, 190; (09-)002, 007, 009, 034; (10-)001-030, 109-116, 154, 156-161, 179-192, 198, 214, 590-600; (11-)076-083, 098, 204, 224, 234-239, 253, 263-267

Processing Information

Albums 1-10 were left intact. Album 11 was overfilled with photograph pages and the pictures were being damaged. The album was dismantled and the original cover and pages repaired and lengthened. To protect the photographs, the pages were divided and a new album constructed to house half the photographs. Album 11-A holds photographs 1-185 & 350-354; Album 11-B holds photographs 186-349. A master (Alpha) copy of the video was created for preservation purposes. It is located in the collection. There is a box of unnumbered negatives in text-labeled envelopes.

The donor included a typed list of images by album page number for each album. This list is available in the front of each album and in the Master File. The inventory was renumbered by photograph and reformatted. Typographical errors were corrected. Many of the descriptions in the donor’s list were also found, paraphrased, in the handwritten information on the reverse of the photograph. Only when the information on the reverse was unique or contradicted information on the typed list was it included in this inventory. Information on the reverse that did not pertain to photo was not transcribed.

Finding aid for the Lloyd Jarman Photograph Collection, 1920s to 1988
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Processed by: Mary Anne Slemmons March 2007 ; Revised by: Jacki Swearingen, 7/2011 ; ArchivesSpace Finding aid by Freya Anderson
April 2019
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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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