ALVIN (1910-1996) AND BETTY VERSER. Tourist Photograph Album; 1966, 1978. .2 cu. ft.
Alvin and Betty Verser were from Sacramento, California. They toured Western Canada and Alaska by car with a small travel trailer from June 14 to July 15, 1966. Their trip included stops in Prince George, Whitehorse, Anchorage, Seward, Fairbanks, Dawson, Skagway, Haines, Juneau, Prince Rupert, and Vancouver. The trip also included a ride on the White Pass and Yukon Railway from Whitehorse to Skagway, and passage aboard the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Motor Vessel (M.V.) Matanuska from Skagway to Prince Rupert. Alvin Verser died in Sacramento, California, in 1996.
The collection consists of the contents of the tourist photograph album of Alvin and Betty Verser. The collection contains: a xerographic copy of the original 39-page album; a typed trip journal written by Betty Verser with daily entries including odometer readings and daily mileage; maps collected during the trip; various paper items of trip memorabilia and photograph clippings including camping and fishing permits; 78 color prints; 17 Alaskan color photo post cards; and typed journal entries and a few receipts from a trip to coastal Washington and Oregon in August 1978. The maps include free tourist maps of Whitehorse (Yukon Territory), Yukon Territory, Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.), and Prince George (B.C.). Subjects of the photographs include: Alvin and Betty Verser camping and fishing, campgrounds, cities, highways, ferries, ports, the White Pass and Yukon Railway, and various scenery. Cities depicted include: Whitehorse (Yukon Territory), Anchorage, Seward, Glennallen, Dawson (Yukon Territory), Skagway, Wrangell, and Vancouver (B.C.). Highways depicted include the Alaska, Glenn, Richardson, Steese, Seward and Taylor. Subjects of the Alaskan photo post cards include various scenery and wildlife, the cities of Fairbanks and Skagway, Mendenhall Glacier, the tribal house at Kasaan, and the Alaska Marine Highway ferries M.V. Matanuska and M. V. Malaspina.
The collection was acquired by the archives in 2005.