Alaska Film Archives

[Dawson Cooper collection]
[Dawson Cooper collection]
This footage features the Ice Carnival puppy parade and regular parade in Fairbanks, people at a wedding in a private home, people hauling boxes on a dog cart, a fishwheel, interior river scenes, a town on a riverfront, Ft. Yukon scenes, river scenes, flower gardens, people in a house, sled dog races on Chena River, teams passing under a foot bridge on Noyes Slough, downhill skiing on Birch Hill, a parade in the summer, hockey at Griffin Park ice rink, the Ice Carnival throne, an unidentified woman, a stack of logs, a walking dragline, conveyor and mine scenes in Ester, columns of smoke from a forest fire, the KFAR transmitter building, people on a picnic, the midnight sun, a car on a narrow road, mining equipment, car travel filmed from inside the car, airplanes, placer gold mine operations, sluice box clean-up, a box with gold amalgam, a dredge operating, a flower garden, and tomato plants.
[Lounsbury film collection 1]
[Lounsbury film collection 1]
Footage includes children, rotary snow plow, men outside F.E. company building, downtown Fairbanks, a dredge, Pacific Alaskan Airways (PAA) hangar and people leaving, the Cleary City Post Office, people posing, Billy Roots bus (?), Cleary Summit roadhouse, men with a caterpillar tractor, small cat train in front of Service motors, Fairbanks streets, Jimmie Mattern signing autographs at PAA Hangar at Weeks Field, Mattern's airplane “Texan” and Russian flying boat at Weeks Field during search for Sigismund Levanevsky, people departing Fairbanks on Alaska Railroad (ARR), Richardson Highway Transportation Company bus, steamship travel in Southeast, a gold dredge and thaw field, MST Company bus , boys at Fox, woman with a horse at Cleary Summit roadhouse, a boy with shovel, Chena River spring break-up, dog races, Sigrid Seppala wearing parka, Winter Carnival Parade, and dog races.
[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?).
[Lounsbury film collection 4]
[Lounsbury film collection 4]
AAF-10856 includes aerial views of Nome, the Nome waterfront, aerial views of the Seward peninsula, a mining operation, a truck pulling a long length of pipe, Mirow Air Service Loening flying boat airplane, a dredge operating on the Seward peninsula, a Pacific Alaska Airways Lockheed Electra, a Caterpillar and power shovel working at a placer gold mining operation, men cleaning up gold in a sluice box, various views of placer mining operations, a small riverboat, brief views of Palmer, a hard rock mining operation in Hatcher Pass, an aerial tramway operating, an Alaska Railroad bus on rails, aerial views of Copper Center (?), aerial views of Fairbanks, a Northern Commercial Caterpillar shop on Second Avenue in Fairbanks, the interior of an office, railroad travel and family scenes, Ice Carnival Parades in Fairbanks, Ice Carnival dog races and activities on the Chena River (during 1940, 1946, and 1950), a barge trip with the riverboats Idler and Mudhen taking barges with Caterpillars and other equipment, and a Cat train during winter hauling freight through a wooded area and cross country to Wiseman. Additional film has suffered water damage. Footage includes Lounsbury boys, a village along the ocean, family and farm scenes taken outside of Alaska, winter scenes in Fairbanks, boys shoveling off a roof and playing in snow, and a family posing for photos. According to George Lounsbury, approximately the first 30 minutes are Dan Lhamon and Rod Wolff films ending with the parade sequence. The next approximately 15 minutes are Johnny Repo (sp?) and Walter Rasmussen (sp?) films beginning with the boat sequence and ending with views of the Third Rail at Wiseman. The remainder of the reel is Lounsbury family films beginning with footage of a mine at Ester Dome and scenes at Kotzebue followed by a family visit to Iowa.
[Lounsbury film collection 5]
[Lounsbury film collection 5]
AAF-10857 footage includes people on Fairbanks streets including Joe Croon with a bowtie, people on a bus, a bus trip on Steese Highway during winter, children on a street, men outside of the F.E. Company building, a rotary snowplow in operation, Ice Carnival or Winter Carnival parade floats, winter bus travel, Fairbanks street scenes, a woman with puppies, men outside a building, a woman with a baby, men with a dead wolf, men outside of Billy Root's Transportation Company office in Chatanika (?), people standing next to a bus, men pushing a car at a gas station, cars and trucks along a road, men outside of the F.E. Company building, people posing on Fairbanks streets, trucks travelling along a road during winter, a crowd lining Cushman Street and sled dog teams, Leonhard Seppala, and a Caterpillar plowing a road. According to George Lounsbury, these are Dan Lhamon and Rod Wolff films.
[Lounsbury film collection 6]
[Lounsbury film collection 6]
Footage includes Earl Pilgrim's Stampede Mine, Alaskan animals, men feeding Susie the black bear, Hughes, Bettles, Ester, Summit Lake Lodge, and a brief glimpse of an albino moose.
[Lounsbury film collection 7]
[Lounsbury film collection 7]
Footage includes aerial views of Nome; the Nome waterfront; aerial views of Seward peninsula; a mining operation; a truck pulling a long length of pipe; a Mirow Air Service Loening flying boat airplane; a dredge operating on Seward peninsula; a Pacific Alaska Airways Lockheed Electra; a Caterpillar and power shovel working at a placer gold mining operation; men cleaning up gold in a sluice box; various views of a working placer mining operation; a small riverboat; brief views of Palmer; a hard rock mining operation in Hatcher Pass; an aerial tramway operating; an Alaska Railroad bus on rails; aerial views of Copper Center (?); aerial views of Fairbanks; a Northern Commercial Caterpillar shop on Second Avenue in Fairbanks; the interior of an office; railroad travel and family scenes; Ice Carnival parades in Fairbanks; Ice Carnival dog races and activities on the Chena River in 1940, 1946, and 1950; a barge trip with the riverboats Idler and Mudhen taking barges with Caterpillars and other equipment; and Cat train hauling freight through a wooded area and cross country to Wiseman in winter. Additional film has suffered water damage: footage includes the Lounsbury boys, a village along the ocean, a family and farm scenes from outside of Alaska, winter scenes in Fairbanks, boys shoveling off roof and playing in snow, and a family posing for photos.
[Lounsbury film collection 8]
[Lounsbury film collection 8]
Footage includes people on Fairbanks streets (including Joe Crosson with a bowtie), people on a bus, a bus trip on Steese Highway in the winter, children on a street, men outside of the F.E. Company building, a rotary snowplow in operation, Ice Carnival or Winter Carnival parade floats, winter bus travel, Fairbanks street scenes, a woman with puppies, men outside of a building, a woman with a baby, men with a dead wolf, men outside of Billy Root's Transportation Company in Chatanika (?), people standing next to a bus, men pushing a car at a gas station, cars and trucks along a road, men outside of the F.E. Company building, people posing on Fairbanks streets, trucks travelling along a road during winter, a crowd lining Cushman Street, sled dog teams, Leonhard Seppala, and a Caterpillar plowing a road.