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Thomas Wade Bledsoe photographs

Guide to the Thomas Wade Bledsoe photographs

Collection number: HMC-1310.
Creator: Bledsoe, Thomas.
Title: Thomas Wade Bledsoe photographs.
Dates: 1975-1985.
Volume of collection: 4.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Wildlife photographs from a biologist and photographer.

Biographical note:
Thomas Wade Bledsoe worked as a biologist in the mid-1970s. He published a book about his time at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary entitled Brown Bear Summer. He was also a professional wildlife photographer. Mr. Bledsoe died in 1992.

Collection description:
The collection consists of Thomas Wade Bledsoe’s photographs. The collection includes thousands of 35mm slides of Alaskan and other North American wildlife as well as other subjects such as scenery and plant life. Locations of photographs include Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, California, Utah, Florida, and Montana.

Arrangement: The slides are primarily arranged by the subject of the photograph which are assigned codes as reflected in the inventory below. Materials were retained in code order.

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

Use restrictions: Additional fees will be charged for commercial use of these images and the proceeds of the commercial use fees will be paid to the McNeil River Trust Fund at the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Please consult the Archives for details regarding pricing and payment.

Rights note: Copyright to the photographs has been transferred to the Archives.

Preferred citation: Thomas Wade Bledsoe photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Custodial history: The photographs were inherited from Mr. Bledsoe’s estate by Raymond J. Phillips, who donated them to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Acquisition note: The Archives received the collection from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 2018.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2018. The codes in the folder list were taken from Mr. Bledsoe’s cataloging system.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1-5 CY: coyotes, Yellowstone 1980
1/6 P: plants, McNeil River, Alaska, Montana, florida mangrove forest and Everglades 1975-1980
1/7-12 M: mountain goat, bison, hoary marmot, Arctic ground squirrel, red squirrel, pika, beaver, red fox, coatimundi, blacktailed prairie dog, jaguarondi, meerkat, desert bighorn, peccary, pronghorn, ocelot, margay, bobcat, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, California 1980-1985
1/13-14 BH: bighorn sheep, Montana 1980
2 B: birds, avocets, blacknecked stilts, tufted puffins, ground hornbills, cassowaries, emu, purple gallinule, American bitterns, laughing gulls, Franklin’s gulls, black-billed magpies, barred owls, black-crowned night herons, Caspian terns, gray jays, sage grouse, Bohemian waxwings, willets, longbilled curlew, killdeer, eagles, willow ptarmigan, gila woodpeckers, red-tailed hawks, curvebilled thrashers, house finch, blacktailed gnatcatchers, cactus wrens, Scott’s orioles, ladderbacked woodpeckers, mourning doves, phainopepla, verdin, yellow grosbeak, quails, whitecrowned sparrows, cardinals, Manchurian crane, flamingo, burrowing owls, hawk eagle, harpy eagle, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Utah, Wyoming 1979-1985
3/1-3 OP: Sonoran desert plants 1978-1979
3/4-6 FS: fur seals, Pribilof Islands, Alaska 1984
3/7-10 EB: elk, Yellowstone National Park 1980-1984
3/11-13 DS: Dall sheep, Denali National Park 1977-1980
3/14 MD: mule deer, Montana, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park 1980-1981
4/1-2 S: scenic images, Yellowstone National Park, Coronado National Forest, Sonoran desert, Denali National Park, Grand Tetlon National Park, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Karluk, Wood River Lakes, Everglades, Oregon and California coasts 1978-1985
4/3-5 C: Anchorage, Hoonah, Haines, fish plant, balloon races, Fur Rondezvous, commercial razor clamming, Monterey Aquarium, salmon stocking, king crab fishing, sportfishing, Ninilchik, banding owls, Everglades, southern California 1979-1985
4/6-9 MB: moose, Denali National Park 1978-1980
4/10-11 WFI: white-faced ibis, Utah 1979
4/12 GB: grizzlies 1980-1983
4/13 CB: caribou, Denali National Park 1977-1980
4/14-15 birds, plants, bison, mule deer, coyotes, reptiles, sheep, spiders, elk, Alaska, Florida, Arizona, California, Montana, Wyoming (many of these may overlap with preceding folders: they appear to have been materials selected for stock photo image companies) undated
4/16 Photograph index card file undated


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