Unidentified Women’s Reservist photographs

Guide to the Unidentified Women’s Reservist photographs
1944-1945

Collection number: HMC-0747.
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Unidentified Women’s Reservist photographs.
Dates: 1944-1945.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs taken by a Women’s Reservist who served in Ketchikan.

Biographical note:
The woman who created these photographs, whose first name was Anita, was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve, also known as the SPARs. In 1944-1945, she was stationed with other women reservists at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 17th District in Ketchikan, Alaska, under Lieutenant Commander Theresa Crowley.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the World War II era photographs of a member of the U. S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve stationed at Ketchikan in 1944-1945. The collection contains 56 black and white prints. Most of the photographs are of the women reservists and male coast guard members at their quarters in Ketchikan. Women reservists identified include: Camille Abrereco, Louise Alsedt, Millie Behea, Martha Bentley, Clarisse Bois, Lt. Commander Theresa Crowley, Helen Finstad, Audrey Foor, Harriet French, Roberta “Bobbie” Huff, Eunice Kirkland, Catherine Robinson and Wendy Willgoos. Other reservists identified by their first names only include: Anita, Betty, Gretchen and Jane. Male Coast Guard members identified include: Lieutenant Commander Fletcher, A.S. “Duff” McDermott, Al Ratliff and John Glascock. Locations where the photographs were taken include: Downtown Ketchikan, the Coast Guard Base at Ketchikan, Saxman Village, Deer Mountain, Point Higgins and Walker Cove.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order it arrived to the Archives.

Digitized copies: Selected photographs have been digitized and can be found online at Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching for “ Unidentified Women’s Reservist .”

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

Preferred citation: Unidentified Women’s Reservist photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was purchased from eBay in 2005.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

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