"BUD" KRIER. Alaska Highway Telephone Line Papers; 1943, 1944, 1975. .25 cu. ft.
"Bud" Krier was from St. Paul, Minnesota. In March through October of 1943, he was a construction worker for the Oman-Smith Company of Nashville, Tennessee, a subcontractor of the Miller Construction Company, Inc. of Vincennes, Indiana. These companies constructed a telephone line along the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Miller Construction Company worked from Fairbanks south, and the Oman-Smith Company worked from Dawson Creek north. Many of the workers were from Tennessee, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The collection consists of the papers of "Bud" Krier relating to the construction of the telephone line along the Alaska Highway in 1943. The collection contains: a xerographic copy of the article, "We Wired the Wilderness," with story and photographs by Jerry Hill, from the April 1975 issue of the Alaska Magazine; xerographic copies of a series of six newspaper articles from March 1944 by Alton Smalley, war correspondent for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, about the Army Military Railway Service battalion which operated the Alaska Railroad during World War II; a xerographic copy of Krier's photograph album concerning his work on the telephone line; 166 black and white prints from the original album; 3 color and 22 black and white photo post cards of Alaska, Yukon Territory, and Winnipeg, Manitoba; and an Oman-Smith Company Alaska Highway Telephone Line canteen coupon. Subjects of the photographs, dated from May to October of 1943, include: Krier and fellow construction workers, soldiers, the Alaska Highway and right-of-way, construction camps, tents, trucks, heavy equipment, railroads, railroad cars, bridges, rivers, lakes, mountains and other scenery. The photo post cards include three sent from Krier to wife Lucile in St. Paul, Minnesota, in March 1943. The remaining cards include: seven Dedman cards from Skagway, Alaska, with scenes of Skagway, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, and the S. S. Princess Louise; four cards of people and animals at Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory; three cards of scenes along the Alaska Highway, released through the permission of the Wartime Information Board; and eight miscellaneous cards of scenes of Carcross and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Skagway, Alaska, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, and the Alaska Highway.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2004.