Guide to the Gene H. Lacy films
Collection number: HMC-1288.
Creator: Lacy, Gene H.
Title: Gene H. Lacy films.
Dates: circa 1955-1968.
Volume of collection: 0.6 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Films taken by a communications security analyst who was stationed at Fort Richardson.
Gene Harold Lacy was born in 1934 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He enlisted in the Army in 1955 and spent two years stationed at Fort Richardson, where he worked as a communications security analyst. After leaving the Army in 1958, he returned to Nebraska, where he married Mary Jane Miller, a widow with two young children, Bobby Lynn (now Morgan Grey) and Gary. The couple later had two children together, Todd and Cathy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ft. Hays State College in Kansas and later worked as director of employment services and sheltered workshop at the Martin Luther Home in Beatrice, Nebraska. He also held similar positions in vocational rehabilitation in Kansas and Texas. Lacy currently resides in Santa Fe, Texas.
The collection consists of eleven 8 mm films and one 16 mm film taken by Gene Lacy during his time stationed in Alaska and his later life in Nebraska and Kansas. Alaskan content includes views of Ft. Richardson from the windows of barracks; scenes of the Fairbanks area; survival training; airplanes; Bob Hope show at Fort Richardson; skeet shooting; the Alaska Railroad; The Port of Anchorage; skiing near Fairbanks; Kenai Lake; totem poles; and the Anchorage area. Content of the films taken outside Alaska includes the family’s duplex in Hays, Kansas; Christmas celebrations; Lacy’s stepchildren and children; Lewis Field football stadium in Hays, Kansas; Scottsbluff Monument and Chimney Rock National Historic Site in Nebraska; the Martin Luther Home; Poudre Canyon, Colorado; and Camping trips in Nebraska and South Dakota. The collection also includes a time-subject index for the DVDs.
Arrangement: The films are arranged in no discernible order.
Alternative formats: The collection includes two VHS cassettes and four DVDs that include the contents of at least some of the films.
Digitized copies: Digital copies of the DVDs are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Access restrictions: Some of the films may not have been transferred to VHS or DVD. Access to individual films may be subject to delays and costs for the digitization of the originals.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections owns copyright to the collection.
Preferred citation: Gene H. Lacy films, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Related materials: The Archives also holds the Cheryl Curtis and Morgan Grey papers (HMC-1286). Morgan Grey is Gene Lacy’s stepdaughter.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Gene Lacy with the help of Morgan Grey in 2018. Lacy signed a deed of gift in 2018.
Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2019.