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Anna and Eric Harding scrapbook

Guide to the Anna and Eric Harding scrapbook

Collection number: HMC-0749.
Harding, Anna.
Harding, Eric, 1904-1995.
Title: Anna and Eric Harding scrapbook.
Date: 1969.
Volume of collection: 0.25 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary:  Scrapbook of an Elmhurst, Illinois couple who took and bus and ship tour of Alaska.

Biographical note:
Anna and Eric Harding were from Elmhurst, Illinois. In June of 1969, the couple took a two week guided tour of Alaska conducted by their local high school district’s continuing education program. The tour group traveled by air from Chicago to Seattle, and then on to Fairbanks, Alaska. The tour included: a river tour aboard the Sternwheeler Discovery from Fairbanks; a train ride aboard the Alaska Railroad to Mount McKinley National Park, and then on to Anchorage; tours of Portage Glacier and Alyeska Ski Resort; a bus trip to Valdez and on to Haines over the Glenn, Richardson, Alaska, and Haines Highways; and a cruise aboard the Motor Ship (M.S.) Polar Star from Haines to Vancouver via the Inside Passage, including a train ride on the White Pass and Yukon Railway from Skagway to Lake Bennett, and stops in Juneau and Ketchikan.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the contents of the Alaska tourist scrapbook of Eric and Anna Harding, which has been completely disassembled. The collection contains: a tour program from the District 88 Program of Continuing Education, including trip itinerary, hotel list and tour roster; Alaska Cruise Lines daily trip itineraries and a list of passengers for the M.S. Polar Star‘s voyage from Haines to Vancouver; brochures and maps; place mats, menus and napkins; tickets, tags and stickers; certificates, newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous memorabilia; and 39 color photo post cards. The brochures and maps include items from the University of Alaska Museum, Portage Glacier, Alyeska Ski Resort, the Alaska Railroad, Mount McKinley National Park, Valdez, Yukon Territory, the White Pass and Yukon Railway, the Chilkat Dancers of Haines, Alaska Cruise Lines, Ltd. and Ketchikan. The menus are from United Airlines, the M.S. Polar Star, and the Copper Center Lodge. The place mats are from the Space Needle Restaurant in Seattle, the Mt. McKinley Hotel, the Wyatt House in Valdez, and the White Pass and Yukon Railway. The napkins are from Alaska Airlines Gold Nugget Jets, The Chart Room Bar at the Anchorage Westward Hotel, Alaska Cruise Lines, Ltd. and United Airlines. The certificates are for the Order of the Alaska Walrus from Juneau. The newspaper clippings concern the death of a Wyoming climber on Mount McKinley in June 1969. Subjects of the photo post cards include: Seattle, Alaska Airlines, Fairbanks, the Riverboat Discovery, the Alaska Railroad, Mount McKinley National Park, Anchorage, Portage Glacier, Alyeska Ski Resort, Valdez, Worthington Glacier, Matanuska Glacier, Columbia Glacier, Kluane Lake, Haines, the Chilkat Dancers, the M.S. Polar Star, the White Pass and Yukon Railway, Ketchikan, and Vancouver.

Arrangement: Contents of the original scrapbook are arranged by type of material.

Alternative formats: The collection contains a xerographic copy of the scrapbook to indicate the original order of the material.

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 the collection.

Preferred citation: Anna and Eric Harding scrapbook, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was purchased by the Archives on eBay in 2005.

Processing information: The original scrapbook was dismantled, its contents rearranged, and the collection described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Gwen Sieja in 2015.

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