DR. WILL H. CHASE. (1874-1965) Photographs and negatives; ca. 1915-1930. .2 cu. ft.
Will H. Chase was born in Warsaw, New York, in 1874. He studied medicine at Bellvue Hospital in New York. In 1897 he came to Alaska and lived in various Alaskan towns including Skagway, Dyea, Dawson, Fairbanks, and Valdez. In 1908 he moved to Cordova where he served twenty-four terms as Mayor. He was also Deputy Commissioner of Health, Third Division; a member of the Alaska Medical Association; and Alaska Game Commissioner from 1925 to 1931. He was the author of The Sourdough Pot (1943), Captain Billie Moore, and Pioneers of Alaska (1951); and in 1948, he received the Jessen's Weekly Distinguished Service Award. He died in Seattle, Washington in 1965.
The collection consists of 461 black and white photographs and negatives of Alaska, Cordova, and the Valdez area. The photographs are of people and family members, hunting, camping, airplanes, boats, structures, towns, scenery, and other activities and events.
The collection was loaned to the archives for copying by Richard
S. Davis in 1982.