Guide to the James B. Hoxie scrapbook
Collection number: HMC-0713.
Creator: Hoxie, James B.
Title: James B. Hoxie scrapbook.
Volume of collection: 0.6 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Scrapbook of a U.S. Army Signal Corps soldier who served in Seward and Fairbanks during World War II.
James B. Hoxie, from Waltham, Massachusetts, was born in 1908. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1942. In 1944, Hoxie was assigned to the 971st Signal Service Company of the Alaska Defense Command in Seattle, Washington. He was then assigned to Alaska, where he served the Alaska Communication System in Seward (Fort Raymond) and Fairbanks (Ladd Field). Hoxie later married Gladys D. Foxx of Winterhaven, Florida. James Hoxie died in Bridgeton, New Jersey, in 1971.
The collection consists of the World War II era scrapbook of James B. Hoxie. The 49-page album is 14 X 22 inches in size, has a hand-painted wooden cover, and includes hand-drawn maps and illustrations drawn on eight of the black album pages. The album contains: a folding map of Seattle published by the Newman-Burrows Co., Inc.; a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company Service Men’s Telephone Handbook for Seattle; an Alaska Communication System map of Officer-in-Charge areas ; a copy of the Alaska Communication System handbook entitled, “So You’re Going to Alaska”; two newspaper clippings from the Seattle Times from 1944 concerning the delivery for service of the new Alaska Communication System cableship, the Basil O. Lenoir, built in Ballard; color shoulder patches for the Alaska Defense Command (red, white, blue, orange, yellow and black) and the Army Service Forces (red, white and blue); an Alaska highways map from 1945; and a shoe cleaning cloth or sack from the Curry Hotel; as well as 184 original black and white prints; two color-tinted prints; 8 original color prints; 24 black and white photo post cards. All of the items contained in the scrapbook are glued onto the pages. Subjects of the photographs include: James Hoxie and fellow soldiers and friends; women dancers in costumes; Alaska Communication System buildings and communications facilities; scenes along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad; and scenes of Seattle, Victoria, British Columbia, Seward and Fairbanks. Subjects of the photo post cards include those of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park, Victoria, Ketchikan, Juneau, Cordova, Worthington Glacier, Resurrection Bay, Seward, Anchorage, Mount McKinley National Park and Fairbanks.
Arrangement: The collection is in original order.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to this collection.
Preferred citation: James B. Hoxie scrapbook, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: Archives and Special Collections purchased the collection on eBay in 2004.
Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Gwen Sieja in 2017.