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Trans-Alaska Pipeline System primary source collections

This guide lists publicly available collections of primary source material related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System collections

This guide contains collections of primary source material related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) held at archives, libraries, and museums in Alaska. This guide is not comprehensive and may not include every collection containing material related to TAPS.

Click on the linked collection names for more detailed guides to the collections. Not every collection has an online guide. For more information about the collections listed, please contact the institutions that own the collections.

Selected items related to TAPS from many of the institutions represented in this guide have been digitized and added to Alaska's Digital Archives. You can use the search box at the top right of the homepage to search for these materials.

If you are a representative of an institution that holds primary source material about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System and would like to see your collections included in the guide, please contact the UAA/APU Consortium Library Archives and Special Collections.

 

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services (ARLIS)

Trans-Alaska Pipeline System 2001 Right-of-Way (TAPSROW) Renewal Reference Collection.The 2001 TAPSROW Renewal Reference Collection contains 2,324 items used to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 2001 right-of-way renewal application for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. BP Exploration donated the collection.

Alaska State Archives

  • A11: Department of Fish and Game. RG261: Division of Habitat and Restoration. Series 608:Pipeline monitoring files. 
  • A11: Department of Fish and Game. RG261: Division of Habitat and Restoration. Series 1294: Oil pipeline and haul road maps [unprocessed]. 
  • A11: Department of Fish and Game. RG272: Joint State/Federal Fish & Wildlife Advisory Team; 1974-1979. The Division of Habitat coordinated state functions for the Joint State/Federal Fish & Wildlife Advisory Team for the pipeline and North Slope Haul Road from 1974 through 1979. Records include general office and reading files; preconstruction aerial photographs, photographs and slides, environmental and technical reports, budget material, oil spill contingency plans, field activity reports, alignment sheets, fish and stream information, environmental impact statements, right-of-way widths monumentation surveys, maps. 
  • A25: Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. RG36: Division of Design and Engineering Services. Series 712: Northern Region project files: Pipeline and North Slope Haul Road construction. 
  • A400: State Legislature. RG401: Legislative Committees. Series 575: Joint Pipeline Impact Committee records 

Alaska State Library Historical Collections

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center Archives

  • Ralph C. Brendle Collection; 1970-1976. B2014.028. The collection consists of 532 color 35mm slides and 610 color photographic prints created or collected by Ralph Brendle during his work on the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the 1970s. 
  • Duane Carson Collection; circa 1947-2002 (bulk 1974-1978). B2012.014. The bulk of the collection documents Carson’s work on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline from 1974-1978. 
  • Fran Durner Collection. 1974-2005.  B2016.004. Contains around 235 images documenting the start of oil from Prudhoe Bay, June 1977.
  • George P. James Photographs; 1975-1977. B2005.002.  The collection consists of 102 color prints and 230 color 35mm slides of construction and maintenance of the Trans Alaska Pipeline, all with detailed captions. 
  • Wilma Knox Collection. B1996.037. Contains about 1200 images documenting Knox’s time working as a guard on the pipeline.
  • Steve McCutcheon Collection. 1890-1990. B1990.014. Steve McCutcheon was the first official photographer for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and took photographs capturing the lives of pipeline workers, as well as the technical aspects of pipeline construction. 
  • Joseph Rychetnik Collection. B2017.014. Contains around 2400 images from professional photojournalist primarily documenting early days of pipeline construction (1969-1971). 
  • Paul Steucke Collection. B1994.008. Contains around 200 images related to TAPS construction, from Steucke’s time as Public Affairs Officer for the Joint Federal State Land Use Planning Commission for Alaska. 

UAA/APU Consortium Library Archives and Special Collections

  • Alaska Center for the Environment records; 1909-1992. HMC-0005. Records of an environmental non-profit organization in Anchorage. Part II holds most of the petroleum-related materials. It contains issue, project, and subject files, many of which discuss the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, oil development, and land use.
  • Alaska Public Interest Research Group records; 1962-2008. HMC-0027. The Alaska Public Interest Research Group is a non-profit citizens group formed by Alaskans in order to meet the need for consumer representation. The collection contains legal files and reports related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • Neil Risser Bassett papers; 1940-1991. HMC-0377. Papers and records of Bureau of Land Management Chief of the Branch of Lands and Minerals. Although the collection contains a great deal on the Alaska Native Settlement Claims Act and other land management topics, it also has materials on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and oil and gas leases.
  • Edwin B. Crittenden papers; 1938-2005. HMC-0094. As architect and community planner, Edwin Crittenden kept various reference materials for his personal and professional use. His collection contains several reports and plans on petroleum development and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • David M. Hickok papers; 1923-1992. HMC-0408. Papers of an Alaskan natural resources officer, including environmental impact statements and other materials relating to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. 
  • Milton Lipton oil reports; 1956-1986. HMC-0971. Reports on international oil production, sales, and transportation gathered by a business consultant. While Lipton worked with clients around the world, the collection includes records about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the North Slope.
  • Chuck Meier Trans-Alaska pipeline photographs; 1975-1978. HMC-0922. Photographs taken by a bus driver for the Alyeska Pipeline Service 
  • John R. “Jack” Roderick papers; 1900-2002. HMC-0547. Papers of a former Anchorage mayor who also served as the Alaska State Energy Director, the Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska State Department of Natural Resources, and a public affairs consultant for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Most of this collection are notes and research on the history of oil resource development in Alaska, including information about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers; 1912-2014. HMC-0792. Ruth Schmidt was a geologist who, among many other things, worked as an environmental consultant on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the Office of the Governor. A portion of her records contain reports, notes, and photographs relating to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • John Strohmeyer papers; 1946-2007. HMC-1073. Notes, book drafts, and audiovisual materials of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. The collection includes the materials Strohmeyer used in the writing of his 1993 book on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and oil development in Prudhoe Bay, Extreme Conditions: Big Oil and the Transformation of Alaska. 
  • Lowell Thomas Jr. papers; 1953-1990. HMC-1258. Papers of a former Alaska State Senator and Lieutenant Governor, who was a member of the Legislative’s Special Pipeline Impact Committee. The collection includes files from the committee, correspondence relating to the pipeline, and pipeline subject files.
  • Eric Wohlforth papers; 1964-2014. HMC-1201. Papers of a lawyer in Anchorage, including material related to the financing of the Trans-Alaska Pipeleine from his time as Alaska Commissioner of Revenue.
  • Betzi and Lyman Woodman papers; 1898-1999. HMC-0353. In her work as a writer and journalist, Betzi Woodman wrote and published on many Alaskan topics. Her portion of the collection contains her notes, press releases, and interviews relating to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives Alaska Film Archives

  • [Aerial view of pipeline construction]; [between 1975 and 1977]. AAF-6024. From the KTVF collection. Images include aerial views of Fairbanks, the pipeyard, pipeline construction, sections of pipeline arranged along the roadside, trucking on the Haul Road, and North Star terminals. 
  • [Alyeska pipeline archaeology]; 1974. AAF-13. Contains scenes of archaeological surveying along the proposed Trans-Alaska Pipeline route to verify the number of potential sites of archaeological significance. Carried out by Department of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 
  • [Alyeska pipeline films]; [between 1975 and 1978]. AAF-9501 -- AAF-9506. From the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Collection. This collection has not been donated and is on deposit only. Signed authorization from Alyeska is required prior to release of any images for any reason.  News releases and other footage of pipeline construction and facilities. 
  • [Alyeska pipeline films]; [between 1975 and 1978]. AAF-9507 -- AAF-9508. From the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Collection. This collection has not been donated and is on deposit only. Signed authorization from Alyeska is required prior to release of any images for any reason.  Footage of pipeline construction and facilities. 
  • [Alyeska pipeline films]; [between 1975 and 1978]. AAF-9509 -- AAF-9514. From the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Collection. This collection has not been donated and is on deposit only. Signed authorization from Alyeska is required prior to release of any images for any reason.  Footage of pipeline construction and facilities. 
  • Alaska pipeline report; [between 1976 and 1977]. AAF-6033. From the KTVF collection. APR Collection Number 99-001. Film was produced to chronicle Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction. This copy was made for broadcast in Portland, Oregon. Ted Lehne introduces segments narrated by reporters Terry Foster and Richard Fineberg. People interviewed include Rod Higgins supervisor of construction at Pump Station 8, Ken Rither Mayor of North Pole, Jerry Storey Principal of the Delta School, and Delta businessman Bob Cramer. Images include pipe construction, VSM construction, pump station construction and buildings at Delta Junction. 
  • [Alyeska start-up]; 1977. AAF-20417. From the William W. Bacon III collection. APR Collection Number 2015-203. Images include the press and TV crews at Prudhoe Bay waiting for oil to start flowing into the Trans-Alaska Pipeline on June 20, 1977, as well as scenes inside a control room and aerial views of Prudhoe Bay facilities. 
  • [Alyeska start-up, press and TV crews waiting for oil 1977]; 1977. AAF-20001 -- AAF-20002. William W. Bacon III collection. APR Collection Number 2015-203. Film taken when oil first started flowing through the pipeline. 
  • Arctic oil : The trans-Alaska pipeline; 1977. AAF-573. From the UAF collection. Story about the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline and the demand for oil in America. 
  • [Coldfoot camp, pipeline construction]; [between 1974 and 1977]. AAF-1397. From the University of Alaska collection. Images include heavy equipment working on pipeline pad, Coldfoot camp, workers in the Coldfoot mess hall, ice bridge across the Yukon River, Coldfoot airport and construction. Images at Happy Valley camp include barracks hallway, men in recreation room and fire truck on the haul road. 
  • [Coldfoot pipeline camp]; [between 1975 and 1977]. AAF-1195. From the KUAC collection. Images include men and women eating at the mess hall, barracks buildings and woman doing laundry. 
  • [Happy Valley pipeline camp]; [between 1975 and 1977]. AAF-1891. From the KUAC collection. Images include Happy Valley dormitory and recreation hall. Additional images include pipeline pad or road construction. 
  • [Inside the trans-Alaska pipeline]; [between 1974 and 1980]. AAF-20628. From the Bovee Historical Film collection, APR Collection Number 2016-001. See also the Pendleton Productions collection APR Collection Number 2015-072. Contains silent scenes of a welder inside the trans-Alaska pipeline, and views as a camera moves down the length of the inside of the pipeline. 
  • Pipedream to pipeline; [197-?].  AAF-6172. Goodyear Tire Company tells the story of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline, showing various rubber products that were used, tires for construction vehicles, hoses and pillow tanks, in construction and transportation during the building of the project. 
  • Pipeline Alaska; [between 1975 and 1978]. AAF-8249. BP presentation about need for Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and the challenges of pipeline construction. Views of North Slope facilities, Haul Road and pipeline construction, pipeline construction workers, and oil tankers. 
  • A Pipeline and animals!; circa 1983. AAF-11489.  Program demonstrates how modern technology and wildlife exist side-by-side along the trans-Alaska pipeline. From the UAF collection. 
  • [Pipeline construction]; [between 1972 and 1982]. AAF-10594. From the Stewart Rothman Collection. APR Collection Number 2015-020. Contains images of Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction south of the Yukon River, possible around the Delta Junction area. 
  • [Pipeline footage]; [between 1968 and 1978]. AAF-6118. From the KTVF collection. APR Collection Number 99-001. Woman operates radio (segment titled "Brown Muleskinner"). Truck on road, man and woman interviewed, woman works at desk, truck views, man and woman talk (segment titled "Phil and Annie cutaways"). Truck hauls pipeline sections on Haul Road in winter (segment titled "Winter Shots - Pipe"). Ambulance drives through Fairbanks, man in hospital bed, interior hospital views, views of new Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, men and yellow vehicle (segment titled "Pipeline Report #4 outs"). Haul Road views, Happy Valley sign, construction camp, trucks on road, snow on mountains and tundra, wooden cross and fence in wooded area, truck inspection by NANA official, small pipes unloaded, truck on Yukon River Bridge (no title). 
  • Pipeline. Pipeline Service Co. ; made by Pendleton Productions, inc.; 1978. AAF-2951. From the UAF collection. Tells the story of the Trans-Alaskan-Pipeline Project from the initial legal and environmental concerns, through construction problems, to successful completion of the project. 
  • [Pipeline presentations]; 2012. AAF-15005 -- AAF-15006. Recording was made during the second annual Ted Stevens Day celebration, held July 18, 2012, at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Presentations about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline are given by UAF Film Archivist Dirk Tordoff, Ted Stevens Papers Project archivist Mary Anne Hamblen, and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company representatives John Baldridge and Lorena Hegdal. Dean of Libraries Bella Gerlich provides introductions. 
  • [Pipeline Report #5 A-roll]; [Between 1975 and 1977]. AAF-6002. From the KTVF collection. Taken during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Reporter Ted Lehne reports on progress during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Images include 48-inch pipe on rail cars, 80-foot lengths of pipe on trucks, Ted Lehne, Delta Camp, school children, work on vertical support members (VSM), aerial view of pipeline construction and pipeline camp. 
  • [Pipeline Reports #1 and #2]; 1974. AAF-6106. From the KTVF collection. APR Collection Number 99-001. Scenes of pipeline construction and facilities, and interviews about the pipeline.
  • [Pipeline, South Atigun Pass]; [between 1975 and 1985]. AAF-20003. From the William W. Bacon III collection. APR Collection Number 2015-203. Filmmaker's original labeling scheme has this film numbered as Bacon 114-1, and titled "Pipeline, South Atigun Pass: ECN [Eastman Color Negative]-180 feet." Contains very grainy and static images of the Trans-Alaska pipeline, a washed out culvert along the road, and a distant shot of a vehicle traveling along the Haul Road. 
  • [Pipeline worker interviews]; [Between 1974 and 1977]. AAF-6590. From the UAF collection.  Interview of two pipeline workers during construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline about life in the camps and the work in general. The interviewer and first man are unidentified. The second worker is Eric Early of Delta Junction. 
  • The Trans-Alaska pipeline; undated. AAF-1182. From the UAF collection. Explores the engineering and construction challenges of the trans-Alaska pipeline. Scenes of construction workers, pipeline camps, the Yukon River bridge, Yukon River hovercrafts, trucks on the Haul Road, archaeological sites, and the Valdez terminal are accompanied by interviews with various people involved in the pipeline project.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives Historical Manuscript Collections

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  • Alaska Conservation Society Records. 1960-1993 (Alaska Conservation Society Papers). USAFV5-215. Records of an environmental organization containing material related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • Atkinson, Helen L., Papers. 1933-1993. USUAF519. Papers of an engineer and freelance journalist, containing subject files related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. 
  • Carpenter, Larry Papers. 1967-1985. USUAFV.3-159. Papers of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Community Relations representative during the years of pipeline construction from 1974-1976, including memoranda, reports, news clippings, photographs, and slides relating to the construction. 
  • Community Research Center Fairbanks North Star Borough Pipeline Impact Material. 1973-1982. 536. The collection consists of original and photocopied newspaper clippings from local, state, and Canadian papers relating to the economic and social impact of construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, particularly in relation to the North Star Borough and the city of Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Fairbanks Native Association Records. 1964-1977. Records of an Alaska Native organization, containing a subseries on the impact of a program funded by Alyeska Pipeline Construction Company and the Alaska federation of Natives to develop a Native work force and to facilitate referrals in connection with hiring on the pipeline. 
  • Mumby Trans-Alaska Pipeline Slides. 1970s (Trans-Alaska Pipeline Slide Collection). USUAFV6-261. The Mumby Trans-Alaska Pipeline Slides consist of 133 color slides showing construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
  • Northern Alaska Environmental Center Records. 1971-1999. USUAFV3-211. Records of an organization focused on preserving the environment of central and northern Alaska, including files related to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. 
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline Miscellanea. 1970-1977 (Trans-Alaska Pipeline Collection; Trans-Alaska Pipeline Photograph Collection). USUAF606. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Miscellanea includes newspaper clippings, press releases, and impact statements relating to the early stages of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, as well as photographs of equipment, the Fairbanks pipeyard, and the terminus at Valdez, Alaska. 
  • Van Eaton, Jack Photographs. circa 1975 - circa 1977. USUAFV6-981. The Jack Van Eaton Photographs contain 255 well-identified photographs and film transparencies of work being done on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, ca. 1975-ca. 1977. 
  • Witcher, Edna -- Dalton Highway and Pipeline Collection. 1974-1975. The Edna Witcher Dalton Highway and Pipeline Collection consists of 625 color transparencies for three slide shows concerning construction of the Dalton Highway and Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline and typed transcripts of narratives that accompany the slide shows.

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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.