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Walter Todd diaries

Guide to the Walter Todd diaries

Collection number: HMC-0998.
Creator: Todd, Walter.
Title: Walter Todd diaries.
Dates: 1915-1918.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Daily diaries written by a surveyor working on the construction of the Alaska Railroad.

Biographical note:
Walter Todd worked as a surveyor for the Alaska Engineering Commission’s Alaska railroad project from 1915 to 1918, primarily at the Potter Creek area south through Portage Valley.

Collection description:
This collection consists of Walter Todd’s five daily diaries dating from 1915 to 1918.  He discusses his work with the railroad, socializing, and makes daily weather notes.

Arrangement: The diary entries are in chronological order.

Digitized copies: The diaries have been transcribed and digitized and are available through the Alaska’s Digital Archives site. The individual diaries have been linked in the list below. For information about obtaining copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: The copyright status of this collection is unknown.

Preferred citation: Walter Todd diaries, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The diaries were deposited with the Archives in 2005 by Alden Todd.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2008. Digitization and transcription of the diaries was completed by Connie Thomas, LuAnne Wilkendorf, and Bret Clark, University of Alaska Anchorage students, between 2005 and 2008.

Container list:

Box/Folder Date span Online links
1/1 1915 June-November Diary pages
Text transcript
1/2 1916 January-1917 January Diary pages
Text transcript
1/3 1917 January-May Diary pages
Text transcript only
1/4 1917 May-1918 January Diary pages
Text transcript
1/5 1918 January-September Diary pages and text
Text transcript only

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