Alaska Film Archives

[Red Olson taking first barrel of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, views of Valdez]
[Red Olson taking first barrel of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, views of Valdez]
This film contains views of Trans-Alaska Pipeline construction; brief scenes of the first barrel of oil from the Prudhoe Bay oil field being flown by helicopter to the S.S. Manhattan; scenes of Red and Randy Olson ceremonially transporting the first barrel of oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez by dogsled in early 1975; close-up views of the Olson sled, dogs, and gear; views of the Olsons passing through downtown Fairbanks with a dog team and barrel of oil; images of a plaque and statue in Valdez commemorating the efforts of workers who built the pipeline; views of a large temporary Atco camp in Valdez; aerial views of the pipeline pad, side booms, and vertical support members; and scenes of pipeline construction activities and pipe sections being welded together.
[Boating on a river, camping]
[Boating on a river, camping]
This footage features three children in the front of a boat on a river, a boat passing a sternwheeler with tourists on the sternwheeler waving, a boat motoring to shore, a campsite with a teepee and campers, women preparing food at a campsite on the bank of a river, women roasting and eating hotdogs, a cliff face, sea gulls, and a cityscape viewed from across a body of water (likely not in Alaska).
[Hauling pipe to North Slope, work in icy waters, sailboat Endeavor]
[Hauling pipe to North Slope, work in icy waters, sailboat Endeavor]
AAF-10588 is labeled "BP Pipe to Slope work print." It includes images of men unloading an oil well or a feeder line pipe in the rail yard at Fairbanks, hauling pipe sections by truck, loading pipe sections onto a C-130 airplane, a cockpit and views from an airplane in flight, and Prudhoe Bay. The label on the film indicates that scenes cover the shipping process to Prudhoe Bay from train to truck to airplane to slope. The title "Ships to Slope" is also included, and this section of film contains images of boats and barges operating in extremely icy waters, pipe sections being unloaded, a man loading and setting sail aboard the small orange sailboat "Endeavor," and an oil well in the distance with cans of Polar Start oil displayed in foreground.