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Alaska Highway construction primary sources

Alaska Highway construction

This guide consists of collections of primary source material held by Alaskan and Canadian archives, libraries, and museums, as well as United States Federal Archives, which relate to the construction of the Alaska Highway (also known as the ALCAN and the Alaska-Canadian Highway). The guide is divided into three sections based on the location of the repositories where the archival collections are housed. You can navigate between these sections using the menu on the left-hand side of the page. This guide is an overview of collections containing significant amounts of material relating to the construction of the Alaska Highway and is not meant to be comprehensive or include every collection containing material related to the topic. 

Click on the linked collection names for more detailed descriptions of the collections. Not every collection listed has a description online. For more information about a collection, please contact the institution that owns the collection.

If you represent an institution that holds primary source material related to Alaska Highway construction and you would like to see it included in this guide, please contact the UAA/APU Consortium Library Archives and Special Collections.

Canadian Archives and Museums

Yukon Archives

  • Donald C. Amos fonds; 1941-1948, 1992, predominant 1943. The fonds consists of material created and acquired by Rev. Donald C. Amos during his travels along the Alaska Highway during its construction.
  • Dan Bethune fonds; [ca. 1939-1943], predominant 1942-1943. The fonds consists of photographs taken by Dan Bethune during construction of the Alaska Highway through British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska.
  • Bloomstrand family fonds; 1943-1944. The collection consists of twenty-six reference prints documenting work along the Alaska Highway.
  • Edward Bussey fonds; 1942-1944. The fonds consists of coloured slides and coloured photographs taken by Edward Bussey during 1942 and 1943 while he was working with the U.S. Corps of Engineers building the Alaska Highway.
  • Harry Carpentier fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of photographs taken by Harry Carpentier and Army photographers during the construction of the Alaska Highway. They document all aspects of the construction, including leisure activities, views of bridge construction, camps, soldiers, and scenery.
  • R.A. Cartter fonds; 1942. The fonds includes original prints and slides taken by Cartter in 1942, during the construction of the Alaska Highway. Images are of the road, construction scenes, army crews, vehicles and equipment preparing the road bed and building bridges.
  • Glen F. Chapman fonds; 1942-1946, predominant 1943. This fonds consists of letters written by Glen Chapman to his wife Gladys while he was working on the Alaska Highway near Champagne, Yukon. In addition to the letters, this fonds includes photographs that were taken during Glen Chapman's 10 months spent in the Yukon.
  • Jack Coleman fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of photographs, mostly taken by Jack Coleman, documenting the construction of the Alaska Highway. Scenes include construction machinery, soldiers posing, camp cooking.
  • Donald Duffy fonds; 1942-1943. This fonds consists of records produced by Donald Duffy during and about his time in Whitehorse, 1942-1943. Included are photographs and negatives showing construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • Edward Campbell Fox, Jr. fonds; 1942-1944. The fonds consists of 50 black and white original photographs. Some of the photographs document the construction of the Alaska Highway from Whitehorse to the Alaskan border.
  • Margaret Freeman fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of a variety of material created in the course of Margaret Freeman's travels and her employment with the Canadian Army during the construction of the Alaska Highway from 1942 to 1945. The fonds includes photograph albums containing views of the highway, camps, construction operations, Army personnel, and landscapes and buildings in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Peace River Valley, Hudson Hope, and Whitehorse.
  • Fred Frome fonds; [ca. 1942-ca. 1944]. The fonds consists of photographs taken, or collected by, Fred Frome when he worked on the Canol Road construction in the 1940s.
  • Harry Gabriel fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of one hundred original black and white photographs which depict construction of the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, B.C. to Whitehorse, Yukon in 1942 and 1943.
  • Tom Hale fonds; 1942-1943. The collection consists of photographs and correspondence acquired or created by Mr. Hale when he was stationed in Whitehorse as Chief of Transportation for the Corps of Engineers, USA, during the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • W.J. Hamilton fonds; 1943. The fonds consists of photographs taken during the construction of the Alaska Highway as W.J. accompanied her husband along the highway.
  • Harry Hathhorn fonds; 1942-1992, predominant 1942-1945. The fonds consists of original black and white photographs, textual material, a film, and poster. The photographs and film, taken while Harry Hathhorn was in the Yukon during the building of the Alaska Highway, cover a variety of scenes of the construction, people, and life in the Yukon. The textual records include a handwritten account of Mr. Hathhorn's experience in the Yukon, and correspondence relating to the 1992 Alaska Highway Anniversary Celebrations in Tok, Alaska.
  • Robert Hays fonds; Copied 1977 (originally created 1942 and 1976). Includes photographs taken by Hays during his tenure with the 18th Engineers on the Alaska Highway Construction project in 1942.
  • Jack Hepburn fonds; 1942. The fonds consists of photographs of the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • Troy Hise fonds; Copied 1993 (originally created 1943, 1992). The fonds consists of typewritten copies of four poems by Troy Hise, written in 1943 while he was working on the Alaska Highway, as well as when he returned north for Rendezvous 92. The poems are about the Alaska Highway.
  • Kenneth Holz fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of photographs of the construction of the Alaska Highway, some are of the dedication ceremonies for the Stockton Bridge.
  • Clemit Humphreys fonds; 1942, 1992. The fonds consists of material related to Clemit Humphreys work on the Alaska Highway construction with the US Army.
  • Kamloops Museum and Archives collection; [1922-1945], 1969, 1980, predominant [1943-1945]. This collection consists of photographs predominantly taken during the Northwest Service Command’s construction and operation of the Alaska Highway and Canol pipeline.
  • Judy Kenady fonds; [ca. 1898], 1942-1944, predominant 1942-1944. The fonds consists of photographs depicting the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • Bill LaBar fonds; 1943. The fonds consists of letters written by Bill LaBar to his wife Helen while he was working for civilian contractors improving the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia and near Carcross, Yukon.
  • Carl Lindley fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of negatives documenting the construction of the Alaska Highway, 1942-1943, showing people, equipment, Army camps, recreational activities, a funeral, and a fire at Dawson Creek.
  • Fernando Manceau fonds; [ca. 1942-ca. 1944]. The fonds consists of original photographs, taken by Mr. Manceau, of the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • Russell Henry Martin photograph collection; 1942-1944. The collection contains Alaska Highway photograph albums with 324 black and white prints. The photographs depict construction (1942) and/or the upgrading of sections (1943-1944) of the Alaska Highway in the Yukon and northern British Columbia.
  • Sybil Milligan fonds; 1943-1946. The fonds consists of an album of black and white photographs of Whitehorse, Carcross, Northwest Service Command Headquarters, Alaska Highway road construction and the transfer of Alaska Highway from the American government to the Canadian government.
  • Jim Muncy fonds; 1942, 1992. The fonds consists of photographs and text from Jim Muncy's work on the Alaska Highway 1942-1943 and his return visit in 1992.
  • Phillip Neal fonds; 1942-1945, 1992. The fonds consists of slide, film and audio documentation of Phillip Neal's activities during the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • A.C. (Nick) Nixon fonds; 1942-1945. The scrapbook and individual photographs depicts images along the Alaska Highway during its construction and completion, as well as scenes of Yukon and Alaska.
  • Bob Ormbrek fonds; 1942-1991. The fonds consists of 140 original black and white photographs taken during the summer and fall of 1942. Photographs record the activities of Company E. 18th Engineers, US Army construction the Alcan (Alaska) Highway between Whitehorse and White River.
  • Larry Pedee fonds; 1942-1943, 1965-1976. The fonds consists of material, related to the building of the Alaska Highway, collected or created by Larry Pedee, Historian for the 18th Engineers Association.
  • James Phillips fonds; 1942-1944. The fonds consists of original photographs taken by James Phillips in his capacity as Regimental Photographer. Some of the photographs document the construction of the Alaska Highway from Watson Lake to the Alaska Border.
  • Andrew Porubsky fonds; 1941-1943. The fonds consists of a photograph album depicting Andrew Porubsky's unit participating in the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • Provincial Archives of Alberta collection; 1896-1963, predominant 1942. The collection consists of photographs, textual records, and audio discs. Eighteen photographs depict construction of the Alaska Highway (1942) and include views of equipment, a supply base, bridges and an aerial view.
  • J. Lewis Robinson collection; [ca. 1942-1943]. The collection consists of photographs taken by unknown photographer(s) during the building of the Alaska Highway. The photographs were given to J. Lewis Robinson in 1943 during his government service in Ottawa for the North Pacific Project.
  • Robert Seaton fonds; Copied 1982 and 1992 (originally created 1942-1943, 1976). The fonds consists of copies of photographs and a diary created by Robert Seaton while he was working on the construction of the Alaska Highway, May 7, 1942 to January 26, 1943.
  • Brownie Shulist fonds; Copied 1984 (originally created [ca. 1942-1976]). The fonds consists of b&w copy negatives and reference prints taken by Brownie Shulist and includes views of Alaska Highway construction equipment and machinery.
  • J. Aubrey Simmons fonds; 1942-1980. The fonds, and specifically accession 82/192, consists of original textual records containing newspaper clippings, programs, a menu, invitations, correspondence and personal notes pertaining to the construction of the Alaska Highway in the Yukon, ca. 1942-1980.
  • Delphus Suprise fonds; ca. 1942-1944. The fonds consists of material created or acquired by Delphus Suprise during the construction of the Alaska Highway. Included are photographs, a scrapbook with photographs and newspaper clippings, a map of the Alaska Highway, poems, personal papers and two pamphlets.
  • Merrill R. Teagarden fonds; [ca. 1943-ca. 1944]. The fonds consists photographs and a map created and acquired by Merrill Teagarden while he worked for Bates and Rogers (B&R) Construction Corporation during the construction of the Alaska Highway, circa 1943-1944.
  • Jo Thomson fonds; [ca. 1942-1945]. The fonds consists of original images of the Alaska Highway during its construction.
  • G.M. Williams collection; 1941-1945, 1962, predominant 1941-1945. The fonds consists of textual records related to the construction of the Alaska Highway.
  • Don Zoller fonds; 1942-1943. The fonds consists of material documenting construction of the Alaska Highway.
 

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Institute of Museum and Library Services

This guide is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library.