H. N. PETERSON. Alaska Steamship Company Alaska Line Letters and Pictorial Booklet; 1932, 1941, 1942. .1 cu. ft.
H. N. Peterson was passenger agent with the Alaska Steamship Company's Alaska Line in Seattle, Washington. He held the positions of Assistant General Passenger Agent (1932), and Passenger Traffic Manager (1942), within the Traffic Department.
The collection consists of two letters by Alaska Steamship Company Alaska Line passenger agent H. N. Peterson to prospective passengers in 1932 and 1942, and a pictorial booklet for the Alaska Line from 1941. Both letters are on company stationery. The first letter is addressed to a R. N. Giem of Longview, Washington, and is accompanied with an envelope postmarked in Seattle on April 15, 1932. In the letter, Peterson acknowledges Giem's request for travel literature for the company's cruises and tours, encourages him to take a trip on the line, and notes the enclosure of a menu from their 1931 summer season with the travel literature. The second letter, written in 1942, is a form letter for people seeking travel literature. In the letter, Peterson informs prospective passengers that, due to the war, the company will not operate steamer service on their regular schedule, offer tour cruises for the season, or issue new travel literature. Peterson also informs them that he is enclosing a pictorial booklet for the 1941 season, and that all steamer fares for 1942 have been increased by 45 percent over those for 1941. The 32 page color pictorial booklet on Alaska Line cruises and tours is illustrated with numerous black and white and color photographs, contains a map, and has text describing various services. These services include Prince William Sound cruises, Yukon River circle tours, Golden Belt Line tours, Mount McKinley National Park tours, Bering Sea service, and the Alaska Peninsula route.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2007.