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Guide to the Will (W. L.) Rusho photographs and memoir
1947-1948, 2004

Collection number: HMC-0639.
Creator: Rusho, Will (W. L).
Title: Will (W. L.) Rusho photographs and memoir
Dates: 1947-1948, 2004.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Digital images and memoir relating to a soldier’s service in Whittier, Alaska.

Biographical note:
W. L. Rusho was born in Montrose, Colorado in 1928.  He enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Whittier, Alaska from 1947 to 1948.  He served as Chief Clerk for the Port Quartermaster for most of that time.  He graduated from Colorado University in 1952 and worked as a Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation in both Arizona and Utah from the 1950s to the 1980s.  During that time he produced several award-winning motion pictures that dealt with water developments throughout the western United States.  He and his wife, Carole McGee Rusho, live in Utah.

Collection description:
This collection consists of 59 digitized photographs and one four-page memoir. 58 of the images are available in tiff format, one is available in jpeg format only.  The images were scanned at 300 ppi, generally 2100 pixels along the longest dimension.  The original photographs were taken in 1947 and 1948.  Subjects include buildings, scenery, the Whittier tunnel, and other views of the town of Whittier and surroundings.  In the memoir, Mr. Rusho discusses living in Whittier, his tasks as a clerk in the Army, and the Whittier climate.

Arrangement: The images are arranged in chronological groupings. 

Rights note: Copyright to this collection is not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: Will (W. L.) Rusho photographs and memoir, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the Archives by Mr. Rusho in 2004.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2004.

Location of originals: Originals are still held by Mr. Rusho.

Photograph list:


Item number

Caption

Date

1a

Docks

1947 October

1b

Docks looking north

1947 October

1c (jpg only)

First snow of season

1947 October

1d

Whittier Docks

1947 November

1e

View to east across Passage Canal

1947 November

1f

W. L. Rusho

1947 November

2a

Untitled

1948 January

2b

Untitled

1948 February

2c

Clara May Fitzmaurice (Commanding Officer’s daughter)

1948 February

2d

Glacier and mountain to west

1948 January

2e

Headquarters. Detachment, 79th Transportation Service Corps

1948 February

2f

Information and Education Building (after roof was shoveled)

1948 January

2g

Parking lot

1948 February

2h

‘Home’-a snow covered Quonset hut

1948 January

2i

Quonset homes for GIs (latrine at far right)

1947 December

2j

Quonsets and tractor

1947 December

2k

Quonsets for GIs

1947 November

2l

Radio station

1948 January

2m

W. L. Rusho

1947 December

2n

Service Club (after roof was shoveled)

1948 January

2o

Shoveling snow from roof of Port Quartermaster Building

1948 February

2p

Snow crushed building

1948 February

2q

Snow crushed building

1948 February

2r

‘Whittier, Alaska’ snow pile

1948 January

2s

Street scene

1948 February

2t

Typical street scene

1948 January

2u

Sunset on the mountain across the fiord

1948 February

2v

Sun shines on the mountain across the fiord but not yet on Whittier

1948 February

2w

Post Theater

1948 January

2x

Tractor stuck in snow

1948 January

2y

Snow covered building and water tower

1948 January

2z

Frozen water tower

1948 February

3a

Cliffs above Whittier, Alaska

1948 May

3b

Double exposure with ghosts

1948 June

3c

Dock activity

1948 June

3d

Fireboat drill

1948 July

3e

Fireboat drill

1948 July

3f

Hiking on mountainside

1948 May

3g

View of town from mountain

1948 May

3h

Picnic in Bear Valley

1948 June

3i

Picnic in Bear Valley

1948 June

3j

Portage Glacier

1948 May

3k

Alaska Railroad

1948 June

3l

Road to tunnel

1948 June

3m

Alaska Railroad. Bear Valley

1948 June

3n

Alaska Railroad. Bear Valley

1948 June

3o

W. L. Rusho

1948 June

3p

W. L. Rusho at Port Quartermaster

1948 June

3q

Settle skyline as seen from USAT Mower

1948 June

3r

Having fun

1948 May

3s

Snowmelt runoff

1948 June

3t

Town from hill

1948 May

3u

Tugboat

1948 July

3v

Tugboat

1948 July

3w

Railroad tunnel

1948 June

3x

Tunnel into Bear Valley

1948 June

3y

Bear Valley. Train enters tunnel

1948 June

3z

USAT Mower arrives for trip home

1948 July

3aa

USAT Mower arrives for trip home

1948 July