WALTER J. FITZGERALD, S. J. (1883-1947). Photographs; 1940. .1 cu. ft.
Walter J. Fitzgerald was born in Peola, Washington, in 1883. He was ordained as a priest in the Society of Jesus of the Catholic Church, and served terms as president of both Seattle College and Gonzaga University. In 1939, he was named coadjutor Bishop of Alaska, and in 1945, Bishop of Alaska. Bishop Walter J. Fitzgerald died in Seattle, Washington, in 1947.
The collection consists of photographs from Bishop Walter J. Fitzgerald's confirmation tour of the Lower Yukon River and the Bering Sea in the spring of 1940. The collection contains: a card by Bishop Fitzgerald addressed to a Mr. Jacobsen in Fairbanks, dated May 18, 1940, and sent with the photographs; twelve black and white prints (ten different images); and ten preservation copy negatives. The subjects of the photographs are as follows: Bishop Fitzgerald in fur parka and mukluks at Alaska Missions in Nulato (March 25); Bishop Fitzgerald and U. S. Marshal Stanley J. Nichols in fur parkas at Alaska Missions in Nulato (March 25); a native mother, son, and daughter sitting on building steps at St. Michael; the bishop with native musher John Aluska standing behind the sled and dog team which brought them from Stebbins to Chaneliak (also spelled Chaniliut), 72 miles away on the Yukon River (March 31); the Malamute dog team which brought the bishop from St. Michael to Chaneliak (April 1); the bishop with confirmed 14 year old native boy Andrew Henry "Bing" Tukken (April 1); the bishop with four native catechists at Chaneliak; and three different group photos of Father Martin Lonneux, S. J., and his native congregation at Chaneliak, 101 of which were confirmed in the district (April 1).
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.