Al Verbauen photograph album

Guide to the Al Verbauen photograph album
1936-1944

Collection number: HMC-0559.
Creator: Verbauen, Al.
Title: Al Verbauen photograph album.
Dates: 1936-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.25 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs from a 138th Infantry soldier stationed at Adak Army Airfield.

Biographical note:
Al Verbauen was a soldier with the 138th Infantry Regiment during World War II. He may also have been a photographer for his unit, which was most likely the first battalion of the regiment. Verbauen’s unit served in Alaska on Umnak Island and at Adak Army Airfield, among other locations. The 138th Infantry Regiment was made up of members of the Missouri National Guard, and, after returning from Alaska, was stationed at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the World War II era photograph album of Al Verbauen. The collection contains a xerographic copy of the original album; 211 black and white photographic prints; 5 Japanese language post cards, a leaf-shaped leaflet, and a lined note page; two newspaper clippings; and 18 copy negatives of selected images. Subjects of the photographs include an unidentified training base, fellow soldiers, scenes at Adak Army Airfield and Adak Island, portraits of Al Verbauen, and Alaskan tourist prints. The two undated newspaper clippings concern the arrival of the 138th Infantry Regiment at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, after its return from the Aleutian Islands, and the Mount McKinley Army Recreation Camp.

Arrangement: The photographs in the collection are arranged in original order.

Alternative formats: A Xerox copy of the original album is available. Copy negatives were made from selected prints in the collection.

Digitized copies: Selected photographs have been digitized and are available on Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching for “Al Verbauen.”

Rights note: The Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Al Verbauen photograph album, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was purchased from eBay in 2001.

Processing information: This collection was described, photograph album disassembled, and photographs rearranged by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2002. The collection was converted to current standard and photographs rearranged back into original order by Audrey Roy in 2014. Photographs from page 19 in the xerographic copy of the photo album are missing from the collection.

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