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Herbert T. Johnson photographs and menus

Guide to the Herbert T. Johnson photographs and menus
An Alaska Historical Society collection

Collection number: HMC-1445-AHS.
Creator: Johnson, Herbert T.
Title: Herbert T. Johnson photographs and menus.
Dates: 1942-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs of a captain in the 138th Infantry, who was stationed in Cordova and Nome during World War II.

Biographical note:
Herbert T. Johnson served as a captain in the 138th Infantry during World War II. He was stationed in the Cordova area from May 1942 to December 1943 and in Nome from May to August of 1944.

Collection description:
The collection consists of Herbert Johnson’s photographs from his time in Alaska during World War II, as well as three dinner menus. The majority of the photographs in the collection were taken during the time Johnson was stationed near Cordova and depict military personnel, military vehicles, army camps, men on skis, the Million Dollar Bridge near Cordova, aerial views of Cordova, and scenery. The photographs from Nome were taken during a celebration, most likely, the Fourth of July and show civilians and military personnel standing along the street, as well as people doing a blanket toss, riding bicycles, and running a race. There are also several photographs from Ft. Lewis and Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington and one of Denali. The menus include two from ships transporting troops to and from Nome, and one from a dinner for the 138th Infantry in Nome.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged 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 Herbert T. Johnson was transferred to the Alaska Historical Society in 2024 by Johnson’s son, Paul T. Johnson.

Preferred citation: Herbert T. Johnson photographs and menus, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

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

Related materials: For other materials related to World War II in Alaska, please see our World War II in Alaska topic guide.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 2023 by Paul T. Johnson, Herbert T. Johnson’s son.  The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and placed it on deposit in Archives and Special Collections in 2023.

Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2024.

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