Guide to the Carl D. Burns photograph album
Collection number: HMC-1277.
Creator: Burns, Carl D.
Title: Carl D. Burns photograph album.
Date: undated, 1946.
Volume of collection: 0.1 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photograph album of a soldier who was stationed on Adak as part of Task Force Williwaw.
Carl D. Burns was born in Hickory, North Carolina in 1928 and enlisted in the Army in 1946. He completed basic training at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and later spent time at Fort Ord, California. He was sent to the Aleutian Islands as part of Task Force Williwaw, which was dispatched to Alaska in the winters of 1946 and 1947 to test U.S. Army equipment in cold weather. After his Army service, Burns returned to North Carolina, where he earned a business degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College. He was a claims manager for Crawford and Company and later retired to Florida.
The collection consists of a photograph album containing photographs taken by Carl D. Burns when he was stationed on Adak as part of Task Force Williwaw. In the front of the album are two pages of signatures of other soldiers who served with Burns. Subjects of the photographs include transport vehicles, tanks, construction equipment, soldiers in cold weather gear, military buildings, artillery, and ships. In addition to the photographs in the album, there are three loose photographs of Carl Burns.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in original order.
Digitized copies: Digitized copies of 49 of the photographs in the collection can by found on Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching for “Carl D. Burns”. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections owns copyright to materials created by Carl D. Burns. The collection may contain materials not created by Burns, which are subject to copyright not held by the Archives.
Preferred citation: Carl D. Burns photograph album, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Carl D. Burns and his daughter, Becky Burns in 2018. A deed of gift was signed by Carl Burns at that time.
Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2018.