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HARRY I. STASER FAMILY. Papers; 1891-1977. .9 cu. ft.

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Harry Staser was born near Evansville, Indiana, in 1891. He traveled to Seattle in 1909 and made sev eral trips to Alaska in 1910, 1911, and 1912. He went to Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1915, and worked on the construction of the Alaska Railroad. After serving in World War I, he studied mining. He returned to Alaska in 1919, the year in which his son, Bruce, was born. Harry Staser later left the railroad for work in various gold mines. From 1924 to 1932, he served as U.S. Marshal. In the latter year, he purchased a gold mine near Girdwood, Alaska, which he worked until 1940. He died at the mine on February 8, 1940. His wife, Barbara, died in 1953.

This collection consists of copies of original records in the possession of the Staser family. Included among the copied papers are the last letter written by Harry Staser in 1939, a 1933 newspaper article on the Monarch Gold Mine, letters and postcards in the family albums, newspaper clippings, and copies of six photograph albums. In addition, there are over 140 black and white prints and negatives copied from the original photographs in six family albums. The photographs concern the Staser and Thies families, especially Harry I. Staser, Bruce Staser, and Betty Jo Thies Staser. They depict early Anchorage and Fairbanks buildings, vehicles, freighting by sled and school life at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

The collection was copied by the archives with the permission of Bruce Staser of Anchorage, Alaska, in 1980. Additional items were added in 1986.


Box and Folder List:

Box 1

1. Biographical Information.

2. Article, "The Monarch Gold Mine," Anchorage Daily News Progress Edition; 1933.

3. Letter, Harry I. Staser to Bruce Staser; December 13, 1939.

4. Correspondence from 1891-1941 Album; 1909-1969.

5. Correspondence from Theis Family Album; 1904-1929.

6. Album; 1891-1918 (negatives).

7. Bruce Staser Album; 1919-1941 (negatives).

8. Thies Family Album; 1921-1939 (negatives).

9. B. J. Thies Album; 1939-1943 (negatives).

10. Staser family, Fairbanks Album; n.d. (negatives).

11. Photo Album; 1977.

12. Notes from 1891-1918 Album.

13. Notes from Bruce Staser Album; 1919-1941.

14. Notes from Thies Family Album; 1921-1939.

15. Newspaper Clippings, Harry Staser U.S. Marshall, Anchorage; 1923-1933.

16. Newspaper Clippings, Harry Staser, Miscellaneous; 1921, 1926, 1933, 1940.

Box 2

Copied Photographs (prints).