Guide to the Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers
Collection number: HMC-1148.
Creator: Kaiser, Henry S., Jr.
Title: Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers.
Dates: undated, 1950-1953.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs from a patient at the Seward Sanitorium.
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 Sanitorium, 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. He died in Anchorage in 2011.
The collection consists primarily of photographs taken by Mr. Kaiser while at the Seward Sanitorium. It includes portraits of patients and staff, most identified. The collection also includes a short memoir written by Mr. Kaiser about his health struggles.
Arrangement: The materials have been retained in the order in which they were given to the Archives. The first folder is slides from a slide carousel, the second and third folder are slides from individual bags, the fourth folder is slides and photographs on album pages that were in a box, and the fifth folder is the typed memoir.
Digitized copies: 276 of the images in the collection have been digitized and added to Alaska’s Digital Archives. Use search term Henry S. Kaiser Jr. to find images.
Rights note: Copyright to the materials in the collection is held by the Archives.
Preferred citation: Henry S. Kaiser, Jr. papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Esther Kaiser, Henry’s wife, in 2013.
Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2013.