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James A. Yost collection

Guide to the James A. Yost World War II photograph album
circa 1943-1944

Collection number: HMC-0703.
Creator: Yost, James A. (1920-1985).
Title: James A. Yost photograph album.
Dates: circa 1943-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials primarily in English, some paper scraps contain Japanese language writing.
Collection summary: The collection consists of a photograph album belonging to a U. S. Navy seaman.

Biographical note:
James A. Yost was born in Big Timber (Montana) in 1920.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on Attu Island during World War II.  He died in Seattle (Washington) in 1985.

Collection description:
The twenty-three page album includes 105 black and white prints and a packet of scraps of paper with Japanese writing on them.  Subjects of the photographs include Attu Island scenes including tug boats, cargo ships, steamships and docks, Holtz Bay and Little Falls battle cemeteries and grave markers, interpretive battle site markers, Attu Village and Alexie Point signs, base facilities, and three large poor quality prints of the Akutan Zero and the Japanese bombing of Dutch Harbor.

Arrangement: The album has been retained in its original order.

Digitized copies: The photograph album has been digitized and is available on Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives holds the rights to this album.

Preferred citation: James A. Yost World War II photograph album, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The Archives acquired the collection at internet auction in 2004.  A deed of gift was signed by Pat Christopherson in 2004.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffery A. Sinnott in 2004.

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