Guide to the Edward William Laird article and film
An Alaska Historical Society collection
Collection number: HMC-1168-AHS.
Creator: Laird, Edward William.
Title: Edward William Laird article and film.
Date: 1930-1934, 1992.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Footage of Ketchikan and surrounding areas shot by a lighthouse engineer and an article about a lighthouse engineer’s experience.
Edward William Laird was a civil engineer who graduated from Oregon State University in 1927. He then entered the Lighthouse Service in San Francisco as a junior engineer, but was transferred to Alaska as an assistant engineer in 1930, working at the district office in Ketchikan. He helped design the Hinchinbrook station, Five Fingers light station, Scotch Cap and Cape Sarichef lighthouses on Unimak Island, as well as renewed the lighthouses on Tree Point and Sentinel Island. Laird left Alaska in 1935, but returned in 1938 as an assistant superintendent in the Ketchikan office. After the U.S. Coast Guard took over the lighthouse service in 1939, Laird became a Captain in the Coast Guard.
The collection contains a home movie, transferred onto a DVD, of Ketchikan and scenery throughout Alaska. Subjects include wildlife, boats, ships, and steamers, people, totems, sunrises and sunsets, harbors, lighthouses, building and boat construction, and whale butchering. Some of the footage was shot in color. The collection also contains an article, “Lighthouse Memories of a Lighthouse Engineer,” written by Edward Laird for Human Interest, Summer 1992, which details his career.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order it arrived to the Archives.
Digitized copies: The film has been digitized, however digital copies of collection material are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: The Alaska Historical Society owns copyright to materials created by Edward Laird.
Preferred citation: Edward William Laird article and film, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory: Laird, Edward William. “Lighthouse Memories of a Lighthouse Engineer.” Human Interest Summer 1992.
Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 2014 by Margaret Laird Dennis. The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and has placed it on deposit with Archives and Special Collections.
Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2014.
Location of originals: The original film is with the donor.