Guide to the Earle D. Jewell papers
Collection number: HMC-1184.
Creator: Jewell, Earle D.
Title: Earle D. Jewell papers.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Documents from an Air Corps serviceman stationed on Shemya in 1946-1947.
Sergeant Earle D. Jewell was drafted in June 1945 after graduating from Bellingham High School. He was stationed on Shemya in 1946 and 1947 as part of the 633rd Air Materials squadron. During that time he worked in the supply warehouses handling aircraft tools and parts for P-38 and B-24 squadrons. Other duties included as a bartender at the Officer’s club, a disc jockey on the base radio station, and as a cameraman for Operation Packrat, assessing what supplies and equipment should be returned to the United States from the Pacific theater.
The collection contains photographic negatives, prints, a 16 mm film, and a memoir of Mr. Jewell’s time in the service. The negatives were taken by Mr. Jewell and include images of his squadron, his work, and scenes around the island including the cemetery. The majority of the prints concern a crash of a B24 bomber from the 404th Bombardment Squadron. One print is of the Charles E. Mower, the U.S. Army transport ship on which Mr. Jewell traveled to Shemya. The 16 mm film was taken by Mr. Jewell and contains footage of Attu Island taken in February 1947 from aboard a PBY plane that circumnavigated the island.
Arrangement: The materials in the collection are arranged as Mr. Jewell kept them.
Digitized copies: Digital copies of 55 of the photographs in the collection are available through the Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Copyright to materials created by Mr. Jewell has been transferred to Archives and Special Collections.
Preferred citation: Earle D. Jewell papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Separated materials: Two published items were moved to Rare Books and can be found in the library catalog by searching Earle Jewell.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Mr. Jewell in 2014.
Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2014. Negatives and prints were placed into photographic sleeves at that time.