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JAMES B. HOXIE (1908-1971). World War II Photograph Album; 1944-1945. .6 cu. ft.

James B. Hoxie, from Waltham, Massachusetts, was born in 1908. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Signal Corps in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 12, 1942. In 1944, Hoxie was assigned to the 971st Signal Service Company of the Alaska Defense Command in Seattle, Washington. He was then assigned to Alaska, where he served the Alaska Communication System in Seward (Fort Raymond) and Fairbanks (Ladd Field). Hoxie later married Gladys D. Foxx of Winterhaven, Florida. James Hoxie died in Bridgeton, New Jersey, in 1971.

The collection consists of the World War II era photograph album of James B. Hoxie. The album contains: 184 original black and white prints (two color-tinted); 8 original color prints; 24 black and white photo post cards; a folding map of Seattle published by the Newman-Burrows Co., Inc. (14 X 22 inches); a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company Service Men's Telephone Handbook for Seattle (48 pages, illustrated, 2.5 X 3.75 inches); an Alaska Communication System map of Officer-in-Charge areas (No. 1, H. Q. Juneau; No. 2, H. Q. Edmonton; No. 3, H. Q. Anchorage; and No. 4, H. Q. Adak; 11 X 17 inches); a copy of the Alaska Communication System handbook entitled, "So You're Going to Alaska" (55 pages, 4.75 X 7 inches); two newspaper clippings from the Seattle Times from 1944 concerning the delivery for service of the new Alaska Communication System cableship, the Basil O. Lenoir, built in Ballard; color shoulder patches for the Alaska Defense Command (red, white, blue, orange, yellow and black) and the Army Service Forces (red, white and blue); an Alaska highways map from 1945 (12 X 14 inches); and a shoe cleaning cloth or sack from the Curry Hotel of the Alaska Railroad. The 49-page album is 14 X 22 inches in size, has a hand-painted wooden cover, and includes eight pages of hand-drawn maps and illustrations drawn on the black album pages. All of the items contained in the album are glued onto the pages. Subjects of the photographs include: James Hoxie and fellow soldiers and friends; women dancers in costumes; Alaska Communication System buildings and communications facilities; scenes along the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad; and scenes of Seattle, Victoria, British Columbia, Seward and Fairbanks. Subjects of the photo post cards include those of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park, Victoria, Ketchikan, Juneau, Cordova, Worthington Glacier, Resurrection Bay, Seward, Anchorage, Mount McKinley National Park and Fairbanks.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2004.

JAS (11/2003)