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David F. DeLap Sr. papers

Guide to the David F. DeLap Sr. papers

Collection number: HMC-1343.
Creator: DeLap, David F. Sr.
Title: David F. DeLap Sr. papers.
Dates: 1900?-1981 (bulk: 1945-1946).
Volume of collection: 1.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of an U. S. Army officer who served in Alaska between 1944 and 1946.

Biographical note:
David F. DeLap Sr. was born in 1890 and was drafted in 1918 into World War I. After the war he joined the National Guard in Montana and lived in Bozeman. During World War II he served in the Pacific and was stationed at Shemya and Attu as a Post Quartermaster from 1945 to 1946. In addition to his assignments at Shemya and Attu, he also had a post-war assignment to travel between Nenana and Galena by river. He was charged with investigating freight cost claims made by local residents related to barge transportation of airplane fuel between the railroad station at Nenana and the military airfield at Galena. He died in 1992 in Bozeman, Montana.

Collection description:
The collection consists of documents created and collected by David F. DeLap relating to his military service in Alaska. The collection includes photographs, notes on photographs, training certificates, commercial Alaskan postcards, materials relating to Shemya sent to David DeLap, a desk nameplate David DeLap used while stationed at Shemya, and maps.

Arrangement: The collection is grouped by type of material.

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

Rights note: Copyright to materials created by David F. DeLap Sr. has been transferred to the Archives.

Preferred citation: David F. DeLap Sr. papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: A Project Warrior report on Shemya published in 1988 has been added to the Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection.

Related materials: David F. DeLap Sr.’s papers regarding a 1923 ascent of Mount Teton are at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. The remainder of his papers are at the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, Montana.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives in 2019 by Dave DeLap, his son.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2019.

Container list:

Box Description Dates
1 Scrapbook with photographs and documents from Shemya, Attu, and a river trip from Nenana to Galena 1944-1946
1 Wooden desk nameplate 1944-1945
1 Copies of documents relating to Shemya collected by Robert H. Frahm and letters by Robert H. Frahm. Includes photographs from Shemya from 1981 1945-1981
1 Loose commercial Alaskan postcards 1900-1946?
1 Commercial Alaskan postcards glued to scrapbook pages 1900-1946?
OSF1 Map of Attu 1943
OSF1 Map of soundings in the Amutka and Attu region 1942
OSF Map of the contiguous United States hand-annotated with a drawing of Alaska superimposed (map dated 1940, annotation date unknown) 1940


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