George Gelbish photographs

Guide to the George Gelbish photographs
circa 1943

Collection number: HMC-0715.
Creator: Gelbish, George.
Title: George Gelbish photographs.
Dates: circa 1943.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs of a Navy athletic competition at Kodiak and fire damage to Holy Resurrection Church.

Biographical note:
George Gelbish was born in Pennsylvania in 1917. He was a photographer with the United States Navy during World War II, serving at Kodiak Naval Operating Base in Alaska. George Gelbish died in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania, in 2000.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the World War II era photographs of George Gelbish. Most of the photographs depict an athletic competition among naval personnel on Kodiak. The competition included boxing, baseball, a gunnysack race, and marching. They also show sailors and officers watching the competition and recreating. One print is of a portion of the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak after it was destroyed by fire in 1943 and another is of men doing cement repair work around the church.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by photograph type.

Alternative formats: The collection contains copy negatives of the photographs in the collection.

Digitized copies: Select photographs have been digitized and are available on Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching “George Gelbish.”

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to the collection, but the photographs are probably in the public domain.

Preferred citation: George Gelbish photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was purchased via 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 Veronica Denison in 2015.

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