FLORENTINE A. TRAXLER (1900-1995). Alaska Highway Construction Papers; 1943-1944. .25 cu. ft.
Florentine A. Traxler was from Le Center, Minnesota. From 1943 to 1944, she worked for the Dowell Construction Company, a contractor helping to build the Alaska Highway. Florentine Traxler died in Le Center, Minnesota, in 1995.
The collection consists of miscellaneous papers, photographs and newspapers of construction company employee, Florentine A. Traxler, concerning the construction of the Alaska Highway. The collection contains: miscellaneous papers and memorabilia; 78 original black and white prints; 10 black and white commercial tourist prints of the Alaska Highway (W.I.B. Photos); 10 black and white commercial tourist prints of Yukon Territory scenes (Taylor Photos); 5 black and white prints of a rotary railroad snow plow at work; two black and white photo post cards of the Yukon River at Whitehorse and the lobby of the Athabasca Hotel in Jasper, Alberta; a lithograph of a Dawson dance hall scene (B.N. Co., No. 65); and six newspapers. The miscellaneous papers and memorabilia include: a Dowell Construction Company travel expense and travel time allowance statement (Dec. 19, 1943), and repatriation statement and travel authority form (Nov. 9, 1943); a booklet of wartime and Alaska Highway construction poems; a U. S. Immigration Service card for passengers on the Canadian National Steamship Company, with a S.S. Prince George stamp; two sheets of illustrated Alaska Highway stationery; a brochure for the Athabasca Hotel in Jasper; a ticket for the Discovery Day Celebration in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; and two receipts for jewelry items bought from The Yukon Ivory Shop in Whitehorse. Subjects of the original photographs include: construction workers, camps, vehicles and equipment; wildlife; dog teams; and highway scenery. The newspapers include: The Whitehorse Star (Oct. 12, 1944 issue); Dowell's Yukon Rambler (Sep. 11, 1943 issue); and Northwest Newscast of the U. S. Army, Northwest Service Command Headquarters (4 issues, Sep. 27, 28, Oct. 4, 6, 1944).
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2006.