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Walter L. Fisher Photograph Collection, 1909-1911

Identifier: PCA 498

Scope and Contents

These 40 photographs were collected by Walter L. Fisher, then Secretary of the Interior, during a 1911 trip to determine the route of the Alaska Railroad. The photographs are commercially prepared by Eric A. Hegg (with one image by P.S. Hunt) and depict locations along the proposed route of the railroad.

Views include the Childs Glacier, Cordova, Chitina, Kennecott Copper Mines, and locations along the Copper River. The photographs also feature the route of the Copper River and North West Railway, including the Miles Glacier Bridge and several railroad bridges, trestles and sections of track.


  • 1909-1911



Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Request for permission to publish or reproduce material from the collection should be discussed with the Librarian.


Walter L Fisher was the Secretary of the Interior from 1911 to 1913, under President Taft. In 1911 he visited Alaska as part of the process of determining the future route of the Alaska Railroad. He was accompanied by his son Walter T. Fisher, who was a student at Harvard University at that time.


40 Photographic Prints

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Andrew Fisher, great-grandson of Walter L. Fisher. Acc. # 2009-010.

Existence and Location of Copies

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

Processing Information

The prints were numbered by the donor in the order in which they are found. Prints were sleeved in Mylar, and placed in PH-neutral housings.

Finding aid for the Walter L. Fisher Photograph Collection, 1909-1911
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Processed by: James Simard March 16, 2009 ; ArchivesSpace finding aid by: Sandy Johnston 2019 June ; Inventory added by: Sandy Johnston
2020 April
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Repository Details

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