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Francis E. Queever photographs

Guide to the Francis E. Queever photographs

Collection number: HMC-0878.
Creator: Queever, Francis E.
Title: Francis E. Queever photographs.
Dates: 1942-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.4 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs of a soldier in the Headquarters Company of the Alaska Defense Command at Fort Richardson.

Biographical note:
Francis E. Queever was born in Michigan in 1912. He grew up in Marinette, Wisconsin, and enlisted in the U. S. Army at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on May 7, 1942. From 1943 to 1945, Queever served in the Headquarters Company of the Alaska Defense Command at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska. During his service in Alaska, he took many photographs of his fellow soldiers, Fort Richardson, Mount McKinley National Park, and other Alaska scenery. Francis Queever died in Marinette, Wisconsin, in 1991.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the World War II era photographs of Alaska Defense Command soldier Francis E. Queever. The collection contains 423 black and white prints, the majority of which are dated. Subjects of the photographs include: Francis Queever and fellow soldiers and local civilians; Fort Richardson (barracks, mess hall, rifle range, etc.); Anchorage (Downtown, Mountain View); Ship Creek; Mount McKinley National Park; Elmendorf Field; Wasilla; Palmer; Cottonwood Creek; Eklutna Village; Green Lake; Knik River; and Finger Lake.

Arrangement: Photographs in the collection are primarily grouped by date and are arranged in roughly chronological 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 the collection.

Preferred citation: Francis E. Queever photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For more collections relating to World War II in Alaska, please see our World War II in Alaska topic guide.

Acquisition note: Archives and Special Collections purchased the collection on eBay in 2006.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard by Gwen Sieja in 2017.

Folder list:

Folder Description Date
1 Rocky coastline, islands, mountains, lake, and tent camp. Subjects include: soldier at tent camp and Sgt. James Stanton standing next to road sign 1943 May
2 Mount McKinley National Park and Downtown Anchorage. Subjects include: McKinley Park Station, McKinley Park Hotel, Horse Shoe Lake, River rapids, road, Wonder Lake, Downtown Anchorage 1943 July
3 Alaska photographs. Subjects include: Coastline view from the rail of the USAT Chirikof, Danny and Jeff (soldier and dog),  mountain cabin covered in snow, native man in doorway, lake and road scene taken from hillside, buildings at Independence Mine, Major James S. Clarke (steamship) at sea 1942-1943
4 Portraits of soldiers at Fort Richardson circa 1943
5 Soldiers on fishing and camping trip and mountain scenery circa 1943
6 Portraits of soldiers. Subjects include: Francis Queever, Danny Espinoza from California, Harold Sieth from Wisconsin, John Dozier (cook) 1943 December, 1944 January 28
7 Soldiers at Fort Richardson, Anchorage, and lake Soldiers identified: Alvin Blasingame, Charles White, Mike Osmonovich, Francis Queever, Louis Sapelli, Walter Boock, James Demaree, and Virgil Hilton. Other subjects include: buildings at Fort Richardson, Ship Creek, gravel street in Anchorage, lake shore 1944 May-July
8 T. J. Alex and little girl, Mountain View Store, and Anchorage road 1944 May 20
9 Soldiers at Fort Richardson and Elmendorf Field. Soldiers identified: Harold Sieth, Louis Sapelli, Leonard Cantrell, Chum Nelson, Charles White, and Ray Junion 1944 June 9
10  Construction at Fort Richardson, Elmendorf Field, and dogs Subjects include: Wade Harlan, Major Kidder, and Louis Sapelli at construction site of building on fort; construction scenes at Fort Richardson dogs Queen and Jack; scenes at Elmendorf Field 1944 June 10
11 Ship Creek, lake, bog, and road 1944 June 17
12 Photographer’s Picnic in Wasilla, Cottonwood Creek, and Eklutna Village. Soldiers identified: Grainey, Captain Copper, Vincent Wallace, and Harold Sieth. Other subjects include: photographers at picnic, little girl with doll at Wasilla, locomotives at train station, church at Eklutna, cemetery at Eklutna, Cottonwood Creek 1944 June 18
13 Soldiers’ portraits and dogs. Subjects include: Edward Whitehurst, Ed Cox, Dutch Albrecht, Brad Coffey, James Demaree, Roy Burns, and Louis Sapelli, dog Queen and puppy at Fort Richardson 1944 June 20
14 Green Lake, country roads, and scenery 1944 June 21

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