ELMER WILLIAMS. Photograph Album; n.d., 1939, 1946-1948, 1951, 1956. .25 cu. ft.
Elmer Williams was a locomotive engineer with the Alaska Railroad from1946 to 1951. He was married, and had a daughter named Phyllis. Williams and his wife lived in Anchorage during the time he worked for the railroad. Their daughter apparently attended Oregon State University in Corvallis.
The collection consists of the family photograph album of Alaska Railroad engineer Elmer Williams. The collection consists of a xerographic copy of the original 39-page album, 286 black and white prints, 12 color prints, and 22 black and white copy negatives. Subjects of the photographs include family and friends, camping trips, parties, railroad personnel, scenes along the Alaska Railroad, train locomotives, and railroad depots and other buildings. The majority of the photographs are of Elmer Williams, his wife, and his daughter Phyllis. Other family, friends, and coworkers shown are not identified. Alaska locations depicted include Anchorage, Fairbanks, Curry, Whittier, and Bear Valley. Specific places depicted in Alaska include the Curry Hotel, Alaska Railroad depots in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Whittier, and the Mountain View Store in Anchorage. There are also photographs of a rotary and a spreader snowplow used by the railroad. Several of the prints are of Elmer Williams' daughter, Phyllis. These include portraits and wedding shots, as well as others identified as having been taken in Corvallis and Crown Point, Oregon.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2002.