CHARLES W. ARVIDSON (1898-1972). Canol Pipeline Construction Photograph Album and Additional Photographs; 1943-1947. .2 cu. ft.
Charles W. Arvidson was born in Morrison County, Minnesota, near Little Falls, in 1898. He married Ester Carlson in St. Cloud, Minnesota, in 1928; the couple had three children. Arvidson was a construction worker who traveled extensively with his family for employment, mainly on electrical plants and dams. In 1942, the family's traveling ended when he bought a farm near Little Falls. In 1943, Arvidson left Minnesota to work for Bethel-Price-Callahan Construction Company of Edmonton, Alberta, on the construction of the Canol (Canadian Oil) Pipeline in the Yukon Territory. He was a carpentry foreman for the pipeline project until April 1944. The Canol Pipeline runs from the Norman Wells oil fields in the Northwest Territories to Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. The Canol Road, and a corresponding telegraph line running north of Johnson's Crossing, were also constructed at this time to service the oil pipeline. Arvidson later worked on construction or maintenance jobs on Attu Island (1944-1945), in Anchorage (1946-1948), and in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1951-1954). Charles W. Arvidson died in Little Falls, Minnesota, in 1972.
The collection consists of the photograph album of Charles W. Arvidson, a construction worker on the Canol Pipeline project. The collection consists of a xerographic copy of the original 16 page album; 46 black and white photographic prints from the album; 28 black and white copy negatives; the original album cover, two inside pages, and a clipping of a magazine artcle from the album; and 55 loose black and white prints. The subjects of the photographs from the album include construction camps along the Canol Road, welding crews working on the pipeline, a crew erecting telegraph poles, and area scenery. Camps identified include those at Johnson's Crossing and miles 127, 177, 236, 268, and 276 of the pipeline or road. Other places identified include Lapie Lake, Evea Lake, Mount Sheldon, and the McMillan River. The magazine article, "Aleutians' First Farm Is Run By Minnesota Soldier" (Minnesota Sunday Tribune, August 26, 1945), concerns Staff Sergeant Carl Baldauf, and includes two photographs. Subjects of the loose photographs include: Canol Pipeline and other construction sites, Anchorage, and the Matanuska Valley.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2002. Additional photographs were added in 2004.