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Walston family slides

Guide to the Walston family slides

Collection number: HMC-1442.
Creator: Unknown.
Title: Walston family slides.
Dates: 1959-1971.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.  
Language of materials: The collection materials are in English.. 
Collection summary: Slides depicting the life of a family in Anchorage and Hawaii and select airports serviced by Reeve Aleutian Airways.

Biographical note:
A biography of the Walston family is unknown at this time. However, some pictures depict Clarence “Slim” Walston, who first moved to Alaska in 1941 and was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. He owned Anchorage Propeller Service and piloted for Reeve Aleutian Airways for 31 years. He also received the Urban Design Award for the garden he kept at the corner of 6th Avenue and I Street in downtown Anchorage (possibly the one depicted in the collection). The Mrs. Feil listed in the captions is possibly Muriel Pfeil.

Collection description: 
This collection contains 111 color slides depicting a family’s life in Anchorage and the Aleutians Islands from 1959 to 1971. Subjects depicted include St. Paul Island, Adak, Amchitka, Shemya, Reeve Aleutian Airways aircraft, fur seals, a poppy garden in Anchorage, Honolulu, construction of Anchorage Lutheran Church, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1960 visit to Anchorage.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged in the original order in which it arrived at the Archives.

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

Rights note: The Archives does not hold copyright to this collection. If you believe you are the copyright holder, please contact the Archives.

Preferred citation: Walston family slides, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: 

“Clarence Walston obituary.” Anchorage Daily News. August 24, 2011.

Bruce Parham, “Pfeil, Emil H.,” Cook Inlet Historical Society, Legends & Legacies, Anchorage, 1910-1940, http://www.alaskahistory.org.

Related materials: For other aviation collections at the Archives, please see our guide to aviation collections.

Custodial history: This collection was purchased at a garage sale by Leonard Thario in 2023.

Acquisition note: Leonard Thario donated the collection to the Archives in 2023.

Processing information: This collection was described by Becky Butler in 2024.

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