Alaska Film Archives

[Alaska travel]
[Alaska travel]
This film contains scenes of mountains, the AJ Mine in Juneau, the state capitol building in Juneau, boat travel along the Inside Passage, a large steamship with three smokestacks or funnels, aerial views of glaciers and mountains, the Mendenhall Glacier, signs for White Pass and the Trail of ’98, Miles Canyon on the Yukon River near Whitehorse in Canada, Robert Service Camp, a brief glimpse of the sternwheeler S.S. Tutshi, men waving in front of a Lockheed Electric airplane (NC14906), aerial views of landscapes, aerial views of Fairbanks and landing at Weeks Field, the Old Main building at the University of Alaska campus in Fairbanks, a car driving on railroad tracks, a sign for the golden spike along the Alaska Railroad near Nenana, Alaska Railroad Engine No. 1 on display, a White Pass and Yukon Route train, the entrance to Mt. McKinley National Park, a red tour bus in the park, black and white scenes of Alaska wildlife, a large placer mining operation with a dredge, a log cabin, men at work using hydraulic giants and steam points, a gold mining operation near the ocean, totem poles at Stanley Park in Vancouver in Canada, Alaska Native people and homes in Nome, fishermen unloading halibut from a boat (possibly at Prince Rupert in Canada according to Stevens's notes - he adds that the halibut heads were cut off and used for fertilizer), adults and children playing shuffleboard on a ship deck, a man playing accordion aboard the ship, and aerial views of landscapes including rivers and mountains.
[Gold mining, Alaska travel and activities 2]
[Gold mining, Alaska travel and activities 2]
Footage features people aboard a boat outside of Alaska, dog mushing, a tractor pulling a load of timber or logs with the Cushman Street Bridge visible in the distance, small girls at a birthday party, a girl with a dog, a bridge and road, people posing for the camera, a Farmall tractor pulling a boat out of the river at Cushman Street Bridge, hay piles, mountain scenes, Savage Rock at Denali or McKinley National Park, a large coal chute near Healy, a truck loaded with coal, mining operations, men and women in a boat, a waterfall, mountains and a sunset, aerial views of a river and mountains, airplanes and a camp on a rocky beach in northern Alaska, men posing by an airplane, aerial views of wildfires and mountains, men with cameras posing along with children in a northern Alaska coastal village (Barrow?), children in parkas posing, village homes, a woman chopping wood, a caribou, children in parkas with a small dogsled in Fairbanks, a brief glimpse of Leonhard Seppala with a dog team in Fairbanks with the Samson Hardware Building in the background, winter carnival scenes in Fairbanks, women in parkas posing near a Pacific Alaska Airlines airplane, a brief aerial view of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, people disembarking from a DC-3 airplane, women and a man posing, people re-boarding the airplane, winter carnival lights, people shoveling deep snow at a cabin, men and women posing with a dog team, a man placing dogs in harnesses (black & white section of film with the first man identified as Jeff Studdert by local historian George Lounsbury in 2014), dogs running under the Noyes Slough swinging bridge and out onto the Chena River in Fairbanks, and another man driving a dog sled as a woman rides in the sled. Handwritten notes on film boxes are as follows, though the order does not seem to correspond with the order of scenes above: “Boat trip, Bowler[?].” “Dog team and tractor.” “Trip to Delta – loop.” “Fire scenes at Mc Park, coal mine at Healy.” “Lake Chelan boat trip sunset.” “Trip to Barrow, caribou, carnival and dog sled ride.”
[Lounsbury film collection 3]
[Lounsbury film collection 3]
This footage includes travel outside of Alaska including a Rose Bowl parade. Alaska footage features railroad travel, a tent camp in Mt. McKinley National Park and activity at camp, sled dog races on the Chena River, sled dog demonstrations, a Fairchild 71 on skis and pilot Ed Young, Russian Junkers arriving in Fairbanks March 1931 carrying the body of Ben Eielson, a funeral procession in Fairbanks carrying the body of Ben Eielson to the Railroad Depot, road travel, a chained bear, bison and sheep at the University of Alaska, a hydraulic giant, a bi-plane in Fairbanks with pilot A.A. Bennett (?), aerial views of Fairbanks, Alaska railroad train travel, a sternwheeler in Nenana, U.S. Army Pilot Captain Hoyt in Fairbanks and hand-propping an airplane, riverboat travel, houses and yards in Fairbanks, and a summer parade in Fairbanks at which Mayor Rothenburg of Fairbanks hands flowers to George Lounsbury's mother Fay Jennings. Additional footage (from Johnny Repo) includes a canoe, a small mining operation and a cabin, moving mining equipment by barges marked as Florence and Alyum Mining Co., moving a dragline, a group of men outside the roadhouse in Wiseman with a man getting a haircut, people crossing the mouth of Wiseman Creek in boats during break-up on the Koyukuk, rowing and paddling on a river, cutting wood, a Wien Alaska Pilgrim airplane at a landing strip, a Wien airplane on a landing strip with pilot Tony Schultz, cabins at a creek, assembling dredge, flying boat Sikorsky S-42 (?), Glass Flying Service in Valdez, Ford Tri-Motor taking off from Valdez, a winter storm in Valdez, airplanes in Valdez from different companies including Lyle, Mirow and Reeve, a Pilgrim airplane on skis taking off, aerial views of mountains and a gold camp, a J-2 (?) Piper taking off, a Jim Dodson aircraft, break-up on an unidentified river, Wiseman (?), a man sawing firewood, men building a cabin, men whipsawing lumber, a mining operation with a dragline and hydraulic giants, a large dead bull moose being hauled off, a caterpillar pulling a small building, an aircraft, and aerial views of Fairbanks and mining operation. According to George Lounsbury in 2014, AAF-9547 begins with films shot by George Lounsbury's grandfather, Mr. Jennings, on a trip out of Alaska to buy a new Buick automobile. At approximately 7 minutes into the reel is a scene of Alice Nordale with Cap Lathrop, who wore a bill cap. About 20 minutes into the reel, there are scenes of a canoe and mining operations, and those films were shot by Johnny Repo (sp?). Scenes of airplanes in Valdez came from film obtained by the Lounsbury family through Bob Reeves. The final part of the reel, beginning with aerial views and then a color shot of the Ophir area, are films from Johnny Repo (sp?).
[Wiseman mining and Fairbanks, travel outside of Alaska]
[Wiseman mining and Fairbanks, travel outside of Alaska]
AAF-1865 contains footage from Fairbanks including a structure fire, Savannah Leonard by a car, Harry Leonard approaching the camera, cabins, sled dogs, and Savannah on snowshoes. Footage from elsewhere in Alaska shows a pilot starting a Stearman bi-plane on skis, aerial views of the community of Wiseman and the Brooks Range, and a fire at the Alaska Hotel. Scenes from the Koyukuk region include a small dam, a large pump and pipe, and Harry Leonard (with a hydraulic giant) moving material at Archibald Gulch on Nolan Creek. AAF-1866 contains footage of a dog team on the Chena River in Fairbanks; Russian pilot Mavriky Slepnyov walking toward the camera with an unidentified man, Savannah Leonard, and Harry Avakoff (in dark suit); airplanes at Weeks Field in Fairbanks; and an airplane on skis taking off. Koyukuk region footage includes men at the Wiseman roadhouse. Men are (Left to Right) no I.D., Sundquist, Ace Wilcox, Poss Postlethwaite, Albert Ness, Martin Slisco, and no I.D. In the second panorama, Harry Leonard is the last man in the row. At Wild Lake, Sundquist holds a rifle. Footage shows the Hope family, including Henry and Ludi, at a camp. This is followed by footage of a cabin, Ace Wilcox and Vern Watts at a sluice box at Bill Kind's mining camp, Bill Kind on the runners of a dog sled, Roshier Creecy and Sundquist, a tent camp, Sundquist sharpening a saw, break up on the Koyukuk River, miners shoveling ore into a sluice box at Bill Kind's operation on the Hammond River, Ike English by a sluice box, an airplane in Wiseman, Roshier Creecy panning a sample in a washtub over a campfire by a windlass at Gold Creek, Creecy pulling a sled over ice, dogs pulling a sled, Wiseman as seen from a hillside, possibly Allakaket village with a log church, and an aerial view of a village. Footage from Fairbanks includes the Chena River breaking up and airplanes at Weeks Field. Footage from the Wiseman area includes the Ulen family, a self-tripping dam on Gold Creek, a snared black bear, a moose, Harry Leonard prospecting with a back pack, a floatplane being flown by Wiley Post with Will Rogers on the Chena River in Fairbanks, mountains near Wiseman, and hunters with caribou heads and meat. AAF-1867 Footage from the Wiseman area includes high water running over Harry Leonard's Gold Creek dam, a mining camp with small sluice boxes and a prospect boiler, men shoveling ore into sluice boxes, and Harry Leonard at a hunting camp with three moose heads. Footage from Fairbanks includes people at Weeks Field getting into a single engine Wien Alaska Airlines airplane (possibly piloted by Herman Lerdahl) and a Mirow airplane on skis. Footage from outside of Alaska includes a United Airlines Mainliner airplane and travel across the United States from Key West to New York City and El Paso (possibly shot by a friend borrowing Leonard's his camera).