Guide to the Harry Bailey papers
Collection number: HMC-1205.
Creator: Bailey, Harry.
Title: Harry Bailey papers.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs and papers of a soldier who served with the Army Transport Service in the Aleutians during World War II.
Harry Bailey was born in Millbury, Massachusetts in 1924. He was drafted into the Army in 1943 as part of the Army Transport Service. He served as part of the crew of the Barge Self Propelled (BSP) 1923, which was detached to the the US Army Harbor Craft Detachment. Between 1944 and 1946, Bailey and the crew of the BSP 1923 sailed between the islands of the Aleutians, including Attu, Adak, and Shemya, salvaging shipwrecks and delivering supplies and personnel. Bailey took a trip to Attu Island in 1983 and died in Sutton, Massacusetts in 2013.
The collection consists of a narrative written by Bailey about his time serving on the BSP 1923, as well as black and white and color photographic prints. The black and white prints depict the BSP 1923 and its crew, Bailey’s Radio Signal School classmates, as well as scenes from the islands of Attu, Shemya, Adak, and Agattu in the Aleutians and various other locations in Alaska, such as Anchorage, Seward, and Dutch Harbor. The color photographs, taken during a 1983 trip to Attu Island depict buildings and scenery on the island.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged by type of material. Photographs are further arranged by size.
Alternative formats: The collection contains a xerographic copy of the original album in which the photographs were housed, which includes handwritten captions.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to the collection.
Preferred citation: Harry Bailey papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory:
“Harry A. Bailey Obituary.” The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle. March 7, 2013. Accessed August 4, 2015. https://www.millburysutton.com/article/20130307/OBITUARIES/303079505
Related materials: Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers. HMC-0862.
Custodial history: The papers and photographs were collected by Hank Frese and donated to the Archives as part of the Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers.
Acquisition note: The collection was originally part of the Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers, presented to the archives on behalf of the Henry K. Frese Sr. family with the assistance of fellow Shemya veteran Dan Lange, in 2006.
Processing information: This collection was removed from the Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers and described by Gwen Higgins in 2015.