Henry S. Kaiser Jr. papers; circa 1919-1988.
HMC-1148. Henry Kaiser was born in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1932. Born with a heart defect, he contracted tuberculosis in his late teens and spent three years in the Seward Sanatorium, from 1950 to 1953. After his discharge from the sanitorium in 1953, he spent a semester at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and then hitchhiked to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he underwent surgery that corrected his heart defect. He graduated from the University of Alaska in 1960 with a degree in education, and later worked as an educator and for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Kaiser also taught elementary school in Nenana and Ft. Richardson, and was an avid photographer. He died in Anchorage in 2011. The collection mostly consists of photographs taken by Henry S. Kaiser Jr., however the collection also contains photographs taken by his father, Henry S. Kaiser Sr. The subjects of the photographs include people and buildings at the Seward Sanatorium, Fur Rendezvous, fishing, Kaiser’s family, Charles Burnell statue unveiling, an Alaska Airlines celebration in Anchorage, Russian Orthodox churches, Alaska Native artifacts, buildings and construction in Anchorage, Shageluk cemetery, schools, Golden Days celebration and parade, AFN (Alaska Federation of Natives) 1968, a Pioneers of Alaska event, Reverend Andrew Eordogh, AVEC (Alaska Village Electric Cooperative) training, Native Cultural Exhibit building, Alaskan politicians, Alaskan plants, and a Fourth of July parade. Places the photographs were taken include Nenana, Fairbanks Shishmaref, Beaver, Noorvik, Emmonak, Fort Yukon, Chena Hot Springs, Sitka, Nunapitchuk, Louden, Anchorage, as well as Rochester, Minnesota and Washington D.C. The collection also includes a short memoir written by Mr. Kaiser about his health struggles, the 1925 Serum Run, letter regarding Bob Bartlett’s Congressional Record mailing list, and articles some of his photographs were published in.