Joseph J. Burgess photographs



Guide to the Joseph J. Burgess photographs
circa 1943-1945


Collection number: HMC-1230.
Creator: Burgess, Joseph J.
Title: Joseph J. Burgess photographs.
Dates: circa 1943-1945.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs of a lieutenant in the 714th Railway Operating Battalion who served in Alaska during World War II.


Biographical note:

Joseph J. Burgess was born in 1904 and lived in Minnesota.  He served as a lieutenant 714th Railway Operating Battalion, which was stationed at Fort Richardson during World War II. Burgess died in 1995.


Collection description:

The collection consists of photographs depicting the activities of the 714th Railway Operating Battalion in Alaska during World War II. Subjects of the photographs include a Christmas celebration; Burgess and other members of the battalion; military bases and camps; trains and other railroad equipment; and soldiers receiving medical and dental care. Many of the photographs in the collection appear in a regimental history of the battalion published in 1945.


Arrangement: The photographs are arranged in the order in which 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: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to the collection.


Preferred citation: Joseph J. Burgess photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.


Works used in preparation of inventory: United States. 1945. 714th Railway Operating Battalion. San Angelo.


Related materials: Materials relating to the 714th Railway Operating Battalion can also be found in the Lelon E. Alexander papers, HMC-1231.


Custodial history: The photographs in the collection were given to Joe A. Ashley by Joseph J. Burgess in 1994.


Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives and a deed of gift signed by Joe A. Ashley in 2016.


Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Sieja in 2016.



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