This collection contains photographs and ephemera documenting Ed Wesley’s personal life, and civic and community actions and activities seeking to improve and celebrate the lives of Black people in Alaska.
Alaska State Archives
Office of the Governor. Executive Office Central Correspondence and Subject files. Correspondence and subject files, 1966-1968.
Workman's Compensation, general correspondence -- Civil Rights, (Labor), general correspondence. Contains subject files. One subject file on civil rights spans 1960-1967 and contains many letters and documents about discrimination, especially against African-Americans in Alaska.
United States District Court Criminal Cases, 1902-1960, Anchorage, #2308 -- 2325.
1826A-0122. This box contains the criminal case file for USA vs Roy McRoberts, a case that alledged that McRoberts refused to provide equal services as a bartender at the Scandinavian Club, a case that concerned discrimination against James Simpson, an African-American man, 1950. Case no. 2319.
Department of Administration. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. Reports and Quarterly briefings. Non-competitive/ LTC/ NT; Workforce- 13 Native regional corporations; Black employees, 1987-1989.
Office of the Governor. Executive Office - Press Office. Public information files. Hammond Administration, Video: recordings 1977-1978.
612-0047. Includes a video of Lt. Governor Lowell Thomas Jr. speaking to the Alaska Black Caucus.
Office of the Governor. Executive Office - Special Assistants. Special Assistants' general correspondence and subject files. Jim Kelly, 1985.
1227-0008. Includes Minority and Urban Affairs: Alaska Black Caucus -- Office of Equal Employment.
Office of the Governor. Executive Office. Central Correspondence and Subject files. Correspondence and subject files, 2005.
88-0190. Includes information about Blacks in Government Week, Black History Month, and Black Pioneers of Fairbanks Day.
Office of the Governor. Executive Office. Central Correspondence and Subject files.Correspondence and subject files, 2002: 0118.01 -- 2112 (Proclamations).
88-0215. Contains information about Black History Month.
Office of the Governor. Executive Office. Central Correspondence and Subject files. Correspondence and subject files, 2006.
88-0227. Contains information about Black History Month and Black Pioneers of Fairbanks Day.
UAF-2007-73. The Cut Benson Photographs of Galena Air Force Base consist of 58 images of Galena and Galena Air Force Base, Alaska; servicemen; African-American troops; toxic barrels; and hangars and aircraft.
2021-025. Roshier Creecy came to Alaska following the 1898 Klondike gold rush and became the first African American person to live and mine in the Koyukuk gold fields. His papers include correspondence, photographs, and other materials found in Creecy's cabin in Wiseman, Alaska.
This collection consists of materials relating to a 1964 Mount McKinley Expedition, which included the first African American person to climb Denali. The collection contains articles, diaries and publications describing the expedition through the individual viewpoints of seven climbing members and three non-climbing members. The collection also includes 523 color slides.
Lael Morgan was a journalist and founder of Epicenter Press. The collection includes material and research from a museum exhibit curated by Lael called “Miles and Miles,” about African-American veterans working on the ALCAN Highway.
AAF-1107. Photographers, Fred and Sara Machetanz. Images at Unalakleet include; Unalakleet school, classroom activity, African-American teacher, students making grass baskets and having lunch, school administrators using short-wave radio, dentist, janitor, finished grass baskets and paintings, and Fred hiking with Eskimo man.
AAF 11554. From the Lael Morgan Papers collection. Video covers the “Miles and Miles” exhibit about African American military engineers working on construction of the Alaska Highway during World War II, and other Alaska-related issues.
Part 6 (AAF-914) scenes at Unalakleet include children in Unalakleet school, African-American teacher reading to students, children making grass baskets, painting, drawing, and Eskimo woman weaving basket. This portion of the film has been digitized and placed online.
mssHM 47577-47618. Michael Healy was born to an Irish father and a biracial mother in Georgia, and later became a captain in the U.S. Revenue-Cutter Service, which was the precursor to the Coast Guard. Though he identified primarily as White during his lifetime, he has since been recognized as the first known person of African descent to command a ship for the United States government. This collection contains papers of Captain. Healy (1839-1904) who commanded the U.S. Revenue Cutters "Corwin" and "Bear" off the Alaskan coast in the mid 1880s, and his family. Subjects include Alaska; the ships the "Bear" and the "Corwin"; the United States Revenue Cutter Service; and whalers and whaling.
The HistoryMakers is a project to document the Black experience in America through oral histories, as well as biographies, videos, and archival photography. The collections include interviews with Black Alaskans.