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Guide to the Vincent E. Hagen photographs
1941-1962
An Alaska Historical Society collection

Collection number: HMC-1067-AHS.
Creator: Hagen, Vincent E.
Title: Vincent E. Hagen photographs.
Dates: 1941-1962.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Photographs taken by a U.S. Army Signal Corps corporal who served in Alaska during World War II.

Biographical note:
Vincent E. Hagen served as corporal in the U.S. Army 971st Signal Service Company (Alaska Communications System) in Alaska from circa 1943-1945.

Collection description:
This collection contains one photograph album, as well as loose photographs, mostly documenting Vincent E. Hagen’s time in Alaska as a member of the 971st Signal Service Company from circa 1943-1945.  These photographs depict Hagen and other servicemen laying land lines and poles for cables throughout Alaska, views of Fairbanks, Nome, and other unidentified locations in Alaska, barracks buildings, and Alaska Natives, among other subjects.  There are also some photographs of Hagen in Washington state prior to his arrival in Alaska and at an event involving Chapter 6 of the Disabled Veterans of America in Salem, Oregon in 1962.  The inside cover of the album is inscribed in Hagen’s handwriting with a list of places he lived and served in Alaska from 1943-1945.  The collection also contains a typescript special order for Hagen from the Signal Corps dated June 1945 and a list of military awards given to Hagen in August 1944. 

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Use restrictions:If materials from the Hagen collection are used, included, or referenced in professional publications that will be sold or distributed to the public, a copy of that publication must be provided to the Hagen family. Please consult Archives and Special Collections for further details.

Rights note: The Alaska Historical Society owns copyright to these materials.

Preferred citation: Vincent E. Hagen photographs, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 2009 by Clarence and Shirley Webster.  The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and has placed it on deposit with Archives and Special Collections. Frank Todd Hagen signed a deed of gift transferring copyright to the Historical Society in 2013.

Processing information: This collection was described by Megan K. Friedel in 2010.  Loose photographs were originally stored between the pages of the album and were removed and foldered separately during processing.