The Anchorage Museum preserves a collection of more than 500,000 photographs covering a broad range of topics in Alaska's history. About 10,000 of these images can be viewed online in Alaska’s Digital Archive here
MAJOR PHOTO COLLECTIONS INCLUDE:
STEVE MCCUTCHEON COLLECTION (140,000 images) Includes McCutcheon’s professional photographs taken throughout Alaska, from 1940 to the mid-1980s, and his stock color slide files. His collection of historical images include glass lantern slides and gold rush images.
WARD W. WELLS COLLECTION (120,000 images) Comprised of Wells’ stock and commercial work, 1945-1982, and studio portraits 1972-82. Includes 2,000 images of Anaktuvuk Pass, taken 1962-1973.
ALASKA RAILROAD AND ALASKA ENGINEERING COMMISSION (12,000 images) Includes construction photos dating from 1914.
VERN BRICKLEY COLLECTION (12,000 images) From the Katmai eruption in 1912 to the 1964 Good Friday earthquake, Brickley shot photos and purchased others for his photo postcard business, with a large selection of World War II-era views.
REDINGTON FAMILY COLLECTION (10,000 images) Joe Redington Sr.’s slides taken 1948-1995. Includes history of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and dog mushing in Alaska; his 1979 summit of Mt. McKinley; homesteading on Flat Horn Lake; and rescue and reclamation work for the U.S. Army.
LU LISTON COLLECTION (8,000 images) Contains the Hewitt’s Drug Store postcard negatives. Includes images of Southcentral Alaska in the 1930s and 1940s, and portraits taken in the 1930s-60s.
MARTIN FAMILY COLLECTION (2,500 images, drawings, and letters) Stereoviews of the Yup’ik village of Kwigillingok, 1925-1935, taken or collected by teacher and Moravian missionary Augustus Martin.
LOUIS ODSATHER COLLECTION (1,000 images) The official photo albums commissioned by the federal government to document the 1935 establishment of the Matanuska Colony in Palmer.
ETTA JONES COLLECTION (240 images and 2 linear feet of manuscripts) Photographs, letters, and government records pertaining to WWII Japanese prisoner-of-war Etta Jones and her husband, Charles Foster Jones, who were BIA teachers in the Aleutians.
LIST OF COLLECTIONS