Guide to the Fred Whitehead papers
Collection number: HMC-1191.
Title: Fred Whitehead papers.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Letters written by a longtime Alaska resident and gold prospector.
Fred Whitehead was born in 1892 in Portland, Oregon and moved to Sitka, Alaska around 1915. Whitehead joined the Army in 1917 and was stationed in McCarthy. After serving one year, he began work as a miner in Kennicott. He also prospected for gold around Chicken and Tenakee Springs throughout most of his life. He died in Sitka in 1987.
The collection contains three letters dated 1948, 1976, and 1977 which Fred Whitehead wrote to the Christensen family in Washington and Oregon. In the letters, Whitehead writes about his mining experience, as well as his life and the cost of living in Tenakee Springs, AK. The collection also contains two remembrances of Whitehead written by Michael and Terry Christensen.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.
Preferred citation: Fred Whitehead papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information on Fred Whitehead was provided by Michael Christensen.
Related materials: HMC-0125, Kantishna oral history project records, contains correspondence written by Fred Whitehead.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Michael Christensen in 2015.
Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2015.