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William F. McDowell papers

Guide to the William F. McDowell papers

Collection number: HMC-1212.
McDowell, William F.
United States. Air Force.
Title: William F. McDowell papers.
Dates: 1961-1972.
Volume of collection: 1.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs related to White Alice sites.

Biographical note:
William F. McDowell was a civil service engineer at Elmendorf Air Force Base from the late 1950s into the 1970s.

Collection description:
The collection consists primarily of photographs of White Alice Communications System (WACS) sites across Alaska. Most of the photographs are official U.S. Air Force photographs. Photographs depict buildings, structures, property items, and some personnel.

Arrangement: Collection materials are in the order they arrived at the Archives.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Air Force photographs are in the public domain. Other collection materials may be subject to copyright restrictions as the photographer is not identified.

Preferred citation: William F. McDowell papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Published materials in the collection have been moved to the Rare Books collection.

Related materials: The Archives holds a number of collections with materials related to WACS, many of which are listed in the Communications systems subject guide.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Patricia A. McDowell, William McDowell’s daughter, in 2015.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2015. The titles of volumes of photographs were transcribed into the collection list below. Loose photographs were placed in enclosures.

Container list:

Folder Description
1 Integrated Communications System, Alaska, FY 1961, military construction program, picture justification folder
2-6 Representative pictures of stations of the White Alice Communications System real property
7 Representative pictures of stations of the White Alice Communications System, diesel electric generators
8 FY 1963 White Alice Communication System, military construction program, project justification photographs
9 White Alice Communications System, Alaska Communications Region (AFCS), FY 68-72 military construction program
10-11 Loose photographs, including Shemya, Tin City, Point Campbell, Fire Island, Cape Newenham, Galena, Kalakaket Creek, and other White Alice sites.

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