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James H. Whitney, Sr. slides

Guide to James H. Whitney, Sr. slides


Collection number: HMC-1421.

Creator: Whitney, James H., Sr.

Title: James H. Whitney, Sr. slides.

Dates: 1963-1964.

Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet. 

Language of materials: The material in this collection is in English.

Collection summary: Slides of a soldier who was stationed in Alaska during the 1964 earthquake.

Biographical note:

James Harwood Whitney was born in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1940. He enlisted in the United States Army in the 1960s and was stationed as a Nike Hercules missile operator in Anchorage, AK. Serving during the Good Friday earthquake of 1964, he took many personal photos of the damage in the city. After his service, “Jim” returned to Lebanon New Hampshire, where he and his wife, Kathleen raised two children, James Jr. and Kelly.

Collection description:

This collection consists of slides taken by James Whitney during his time in Alaska. Subjects of the images include the Nike Site Summit on Mt. Golden Lyon; the mountains around Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson; dogsled races in Anchorage; and damage caused by the 1964 Alaska earthquake. There are also some slides of Ft. Lewis in Colorado and a photographic print of a Nike Hercules missile.

Arrangement: The slides are arranged in the order in which they arrived at the Archives, which is roughly chronological.

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 James H. Whitney, Sr. has been transferred to Archives and Special Collections. Rights to materials not created by Whitney may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: James H. Whitney, Sr. slides, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information was provided by the donor.

Separated materials: One copy of Great Alaska Earthquake!: A Pictorial Review was removed from the collection. The publication can be found in the Consortium Library’s Alaskana Collection.

Related materials: Additional materials related to the 1964 Alaska earthquake are listed in our 1964 Alaska earthquake topic guide.

Acquisition note: James Whitney’s children, James H. Whitney, Jr. and Kelly Koloski, donated the collection to the Archives and signed a deed of gift in 2023.

Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2023.

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