Guide to the Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers
Collection number: HMC-1148.
Creator: Kaiser, Henry S., Jr.
Title: Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers.
Dates: circa 1919-1994.
Volume of collection: 1.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Mostly photographs taken by an Alaska resident.
Henry Kaiser was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1932. Born with a heart defect, he contracted tuberculosis in his late teens and spent three years in the Seward Sanatorium, from 1950 to 1953. After his discharge from the sanitorium in 1953, he spent a semester at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and then hitchhiked to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he underwent surgery that corrected his heart defect. He graduated from the University of Alaska in 1960 with a degree in education, and later worked as an educator and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Kaiser also taught elementary school in Nenana and Ft. Richardson, and was an avid photographer. He died in Anchorage in 2011.
The collection mostly consists of photographs taken by Henry S. Kaiser Jr., however the collection also contains photographs taken by his father, Henry S. Kaiser Sr. The subjects of the photographs include people and buildings at the Seward Sanatorium, Fur Rendezvous, fishing, Kaiser’s family, Charles Burnell statue unveiling, an Alaska Airlines celebration in Anchorage, Russian Orthodox churches, Alaska Native artifacts, buildings and construction in Anchorage, Shageluk cemetery, schools, Golden Days celebration and parade, AFN (Alaska Federation of Natives) 1968, a Pioneers of Alaska event, Reverend Andrew Eordogh, AVEC (Alaska Village Electric Cooperative) training, Native Cultural Exhibit building, Alaskan politicians, Alaskan plants, and a Fourth of July parade. Places the photographs were taken include Nenana, Fairbanks Shishmaref, Beaver, Noorvik, Emmonak, Fort Yukon, Chena Hot Springs, Sitka, Nunapitchuk, Louden, Anchorage, as well as Rochester, Minnesota and Washington D.C. The collection also includes a short memoir written by Mr. Kaiser about his health struggles, the 1925 Serum Run, letter regarding Bob Bartlett’s Congressional Record mailing list, and articles some of his photographs were published in.
Arrangement: The materials have been retained in the order in which they were given to the Archives.
Digitized copies: Select images in the collection have been digitized and added to Alaska’s Digital Archives. Use search term “Henry S. Kaiser Jr.” to find the images.
Access restrictions: Nitrate photographic negatives were removed from this collection for preservations purposes. Please ask Archives and Special Collections for further information.
Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials in the collection created by Henry S. Kaiser Jr. The collection contains materials not created by Kaiser which may be subject to copyright restrictions.
Preferred citation: Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Separated materials: Publications were removed from the collection and some added to Consortium Library’s Rare Books. Please ask an archivist for further information.
Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Esther Kaiser, Henry’s wife, in 2013. Additions were made to the collection in 2016 and 2017 by Kaiser’s son, Eric.
Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2013. Additional material was added to the collection and described by Veronica Denison in 2017.