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Guide to the Thomas Culhane papers and photographs

Collection number: HMC-0096.
Creator: Culhane, Thomas, 1903-1997.
Title: Thomas Culhane papers and photographs.
Dates: 1935-1939.
Volume of collection: 0.65 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Family papers and photographs of an Anchorage businessman.

Biographical note:
Thomas Culhane (1903-1997) came to Alaska in the early 1930s.  He and his wife, Rena, purchased Walt’s Transfer Company of Anchorage from Walter Teeland in 1935.  The company’s name was changed to Arctic Fuel & Appliance Company in 1945.  They sold it in 1968 and purchased Anchorage Refuse Company.

Collection description:
The bulk of the collection consists of copies of Culhane family photographs from 1935-1939.  These include a photocopy of a Culhane family photograph album and selected copy prints and copy negatives of photographs documenting hunting, fishing, and camping in Alaska, Thomas Culhane’s home, agriculture in the Matanuska Valley, various activities in Anchorage, early hockey games in Anchorage, Walt’s Transfer Company, and Fur Rendezvous (Fur Rondy) events such as parades and dog sled races.  The collection also contains photocopies of legal papers documenting the sale of Walt’s Transfer Company to Thomas Culhane.

An index to the photographs in the photograph album is located in the Appendix to this guide.

Digitized copies: Some photographs from the collection have been digitized and are available online in the Alaska’s Digital Archives (; search for “Culhane”).  For information about obtaining digital copies, contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives owns copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Thomas Culhane papers and photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Publications were removed from this collection in September 2010.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Archives by Tom Culhane in 1985.  Mr. Culhane retained the original photographs, photograph album, and papers. 

Processing information: This collection was processed circa 1985.  The guide was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2010.

Location of originals: The original papers, photographs, and photograph album are held by the Culhane family.