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Guide to the Alascom, Inc. White Alice Communications System Boswell Bay Station records
1955-1985

Collection number: HMC-0001.
Creator: Alascom, Inc.
Title: Alascom, Inc. White Alice Communications System Boswell Bay Station records.
Dates: 1955-1985.
Volume of collection: 54.4 cubic feet.                                                
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: This collection includes documentation—technical and otherwise—relating to the construction and operation of a White Alice site.

Organizational history:
The White Alice Communications System (WACS) was developed in the early 1950s as part of a North American over-the-pole defense system. The system was developed because of problems in using the VHF communications with the Aircraft Control and Warning System (AC&W). The Bell System recommended that the Department of Defense construct the forward propagation tropospheric scatter system, as well as less expensive microwave facilities. The Air Force accepted the plan and Western Electric Company was awarded the contract in 1955.

WACS linked the AC&W and the Distant Early Warning System (DEW-line) with Elmendorf and Eielson Air Force Bases (AFB). They linked the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) at Clear AFB with the North American Defense Command. The systems eventually consisted of seventy-one separate facilities. Of the original thirty-one sites, twenty-two were tropospheric, six were microwave, and three were combined tropospheric/microwave sites. Construction began in the mid-1950s and was completed in 1959.

BMEWS construction began in 1960 and was completed by 1962. Twenty-one sites were microwave and five were tropospheric. Project Stretchout facilities were tropospheric and functioned as part of an Aleutian DEW-line system.

The Boswell Bay WACS site was a tropospheric station which began in 1955 and activated in late 1956. The system was rendered obsolete by the development of new technology. In 1967, Congress provided for the transfer of the facilities to non-government ownership. In 1970, RCA Alaska Communications, Inc. (now Alascom) acquired the system.

Collection description:
This collection contains basic documentation necessary for the construction and operation of a White Alice Communications Site. The collection consists of records housed at the WACS Boswell Bay station. The records include administrative and maintenance records and reports; internal communications; equipment records; performance assessment data; radio logs; supply records; site restoration files, drawings, test and lineup data, drawings and schematics, site maintenance records, specifications, and manuals. The plans and drawings are site, architectural, mechanical, and electrical plans including as-built drawings.

Arrangement: Records were maintained in the order in which they were transferred to the Archives. The collection is divided by record type into the following series:

Series 1: Administrative and maintenance records and reports; 1971-1981.
Series 2: Memoranda and internal correspondence; 1974-1984.
Series 3: Equipment records; 1964-1984.
Series 4: LPAP Link performance assessment data; 1973-1974.
Series 5: Radio logs; 1956-1976.
Series 6: Supply and shipping records; 1971-1978.
Series 7: Site restoration files, undated.
Series 8: Drawings, undated.
Series 9: Test and lineup data; 1954-1984.
Series 10: Drawings and schematics; 1958-1981.
Series 11: Site maintenance information records; 1956-1977.
Series 12: Specifications records; 1956-1968.
Series 13: Manuals; 1946-1984.
Series 14: Restricted materials (personnel data).
Series 15: Oversize drawings; 1984.

Access restrictions: Some records containing private personnel information are restricted. Please contact an archivist for more information.

Rights note: Some manuals, plans, drawings, and reference material within the collection may be protected by copyright.

Preferred citation: Alascom. White Alice Communications System Boswell Bay records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Alascom in 1987, on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding between Alascom, the U.S. Forest Service, the Alaska Historic Preservation Office, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation with the concurrence of the Historic American Building Survey of the National Park Service.

Processing information: This collection was initially described prior to 1990.  A container list was created by Arlene Schmuland in 2008. Folder list was created in 2012 by student workers and collection description updated by Mariecris Gatlabayan.

Series 1: Administrative and maintenance records and reports; 1971-1981. 2.0 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Site Activity Records

undated

1/1

OSHA

1971-1974

1/3

Hazardous Condition Reports 

undated

1/4

Minor Communications Deficiency 

undated

1/5

Daily Outage Summary

undated

1/6-1/15

I.1. Admin. & Maintenance Records & Reports

undated

1/16-1/18

Monthly

1980 -1981

1/19-1/20

Quality Assurance

undated

1/21-1/29

Field Ops.

undated

1/30-1/38

Maintenance and Logistics

1972, undated

2/1

Custody (Hand) Receipts

undated

2/2

Equipment Review Board Survey

undated

2/3

Long Forms

undated

2/4-2/11

Comm. Elect.

1973, undated

2/12-2/13

Civ. Engr.

undated

2/14-2/18

Security – E.R.

1973, undated

2/19-2/27

Air Force

1971 – 1973

Series 2: Memoranda and internal correspondence; 1974-1984. 1.0 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

3/1 – 3/10

I.2. Memoranda & Internal Correspondence

1978-1984

3/11 – 3/13

ITT Arctic Services, Inc.

undated

3/14 – 3/28

RCA

1974 – 1985

Series 3: Equipment records; 1964-1984. 2.0 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

4/1 -4/32

I.3. Equipment Records

1964 – 1978

4/33 – 4/38

Start of CO2 System Records

undated

5/1 – 5/22

End of CO2 System Records

1984, undated

5/23 – 5/46

Contents Drawer 2, Old Projects (TTY MSGS crossed out)

1972, undated

Series 4: LPAP Link performance assessment data; 1973-1974. 1.0 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

6/1

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1973 August

6/2

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1973 September

6/3

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1973 October

6/4

LPAP – AGC & FM Quieting Curve Records

undated

6/5

LPAP – Link Status Reporting Criteria

1973 December

6/6

LPAP – Link Assignments

undated

6/7

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1974 January

6/8

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1974 February

7/1

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1974 March

7/2

LPAP Data (Links 9186, 9200, 9202, 9207, 9209)

1974 April

7/3

LPAP Data

1974 May

Series 5: Radio logs; 1956-1976. 2.0 cubic feet. For a detailed folder list, click here.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

8/1-8/21

Station Log #1 Invoice A 101- Station Log #21 Invoice A 121

1956 May 1-1971 December 4

9/1

Radio Log BSW

1971 January 24-1971 August 15

9/2

Logbook

1972 March 22-1973 January 16

9/3

Logbook

1973 January 16-1973 August 7

9/4

Log BSW

1973 August 8-1976 January 3

9/5

Logbook

1976 January 3-1976 February 19

9/6

Logbook

1976 February 19-1976 August 2

9/7

Logbook

1976 August 18-1976 December 27

9/8

Radio Log Book

1978 September 7-1978 October 31

9/9

No Description

undated

9/10

Oil Sample Log Boswell Bay 850 Invoice B 106

1973 August10-1974 June 18

9/11

Power Room Log Book

1960 July 1-1969 September 2

Series 6: Supply and shipping records; 1971-1978. 0.75 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

10/1

FPO File

undated

10/2

Initial Ordering Information

undated

10/3

Manifest From Boswell

1974 - 1978

10/4

Manifest From BSW

undated

10/5

Cool Barge Info

undated

10/6

MRO RCA

July 1974

10/7

MRO

January 1976

10/8

MRO

January 1978

10/9

MRO

1979

10/10

Discrepancy Reports: SF 364, DD 1599

undated

10/11

Air Bill Delivery Receipts, GBLs

undated

10/12

Over, Short, and Damaged AF69

undated

10/13

Bills of Lading Commercial and Government

undated

10/14

Cool Barge, Current Info.

undated

10/15

Cool Barge

June 1971

10/16

Cool Barge

1972

10/17

Cool Barge

1973

Series 7: Site restoration files, undated.  0.25 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

11/1

Boswell Bay Site Restoration Phase II – Restoration Plan, Specification Permits, and Agency Approvals

undated

Series 8: Drawings, undated. 14.0 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

12

Working Files – T4G02 Drawings: 185-3001.

undated

12

Master Files - T4G02 Drawings: 000-565.

undated

13

Master Files – T4G02 Drawings (Cont’d): 590-3001.

undated

13

SD Drawings – SD 55031 – SD 63661-01

undated

14

SD Drawings (Cont’d) SD 63674-01 – SD 96478

undated

15

SD Drawings (Cont’d) SD 96508 – SD 98124

undated

15

“T” Drawings – T 491276 – T 64724

undated

16

“T” Drawings (Cont’d) T 64741  T 98613

undated

17

“ED” Drawings – ED 2345 – ED 71185

undated

18

“ED” Drawings – ED 80190 – ED 99214

undated

18

“J” Drawings – J 44105 – J 64001

undated

19

“J” Drawings (Cont’d) J 64030 – J 86220

undated

20

“J” Drawings (Cont’d) J 86221 – J 99252

undated

20

“H” Drawings 000-003 to 816-042

undated

21

“DP”, “E” Drawings and “H” WA-DP-1000- to E-1892

undated

22/1

“DP” and “E” Drawings & “H” (Cont’d) E-1893 – to G-805042

undated

22/2

“L” – “A” – “B” – “BL” – “GA” – GI – GS – LM – M –A – R – SK – S – WA – WL – W – LC – XP – P – I Drawings AMC A-456 to GA10324

undated

23

“L” – “A” – “B” – “BL” – “GA” – GI – GS – LM – A – R – SK – S – WA – WL – W – LC – XP – P – I Drawings AMC  (Cont’d) GA -10325 to W-1850

undated

24/1

“L” – “A” – “B” – “BL” – “GA” – GI – GS – LM – A – R – SK – S – WA – WL – W – LC – XP – P – I Drawings AMC (Cont’d) W-1851 to XP-Drawings & V-Drawings Series

undated

24/2

“G” Drawings 221439 to 251640

undated

25/1

Western Electric “G” Drawings (Cont’d) 241641 to ECP – 10DP-5-SKA

undated

25/2

C – EA – ER – ES – EW – GP Drawings C-7383 to EA-19214-01-M1

undated

Series 9: Test and lineup data; 1954-1984. 2.2 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

26/1

C – EA – ER – ES – EW – GP Drawings (Cont’d) EA 19405-01M1 to Bay, Unit Pan 8 Misc. Equipment

undated

26/2

Additional Drawings ESB – M400381-SE-1 to Envelope with Block Diagram

1984 July, undated

26/3

Wiring Diagrams 1262WD – 3571WD

undated

26/4

Test and Line-Up Data, White Alice, Mechanical Data BMEWS

undated

27/1

Copy Number One, REL Specification Drawings

1955-1957

27/2

Specification Preface Sheets

1956

27/3

Program Structure 474L, Cutover Procedures

1960

27/4

Modification Kits

1956

27/5

Modification Kits for AN/FRC 39 A(V), No. 83, Issue-2, and No. 112

1961-1963

27/6

Test Records

1956

27/7

Relay Verification

1956

27/8

Test Data; Line-up Forms, Master Records

1956

27/9

“CO” REL Test Instructions & Data Sheets

1956

27/10

Architectural Brochures & Shop Drawings. Boswell Bay

1960-1963

27/11

Mechanical Brochures & Shop Drawings. Boswell Bay

1960

27/12

Structural Brochures & Shop Drawings. Boswell Bay

1960

27/13

Structural Shop Drawings. Boswell Bay

1960-1961

27/14

Installation & Data Drawings

1960

27/15

Parts & Price List; Contract # DA-95-507-eng-1416

1958

27/16

Equipment Manuals; Contract DA-95-507-eng-1416

1960

27/17

Parts List w/Prices; Contract DA-95-507-eng-1416

1960

27/18

Fuel Oil Pump, Chicago Pneumatic – Type 8CP or 9CP Engine

1957

27/19

Fire Alarm, Flex Alarm

1959

27/20

White Alice Project, Operation & Maintenance Manual for Boswell Bay Building Services

1957

27/21

Submittal Data Contract No. NPASP 78-62-135

1960

27/22

Parts & Price Lists, Contract # DA-95-507-eng-1416

1960

28/1

Eg. Manuals Rearward Communication, Facilities Boswell Bay Contract # DA-95-507-eng-1416

1954-1960

28/2

Fire Alarms Prints & Info

1959

28/3

Parts List w/Prices Rearward Comm. Facilities Boswell Bay Contract DA-95-507-eng-1416

1960

                       
Series 10: Drawings and schematics; 1958-1981. 1.0 cubic feet. For a detailed folder list, click here.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

29/1

INDEX of Drawing Associated with 1 KW Farinon VDZ Trans and RECVR (Empty)

undated

29/2-29/32

SD drawings

1958-1967, undated

29/33

AS 67396 APP SCH. 1 KW ANT SW PNL

1967

29/34

BL 67396 Block & Level Hot Standby ASSY

1965

29/35

EW 67396 A21 B2 1 KWPWR AMP ASSY EQ Wiring

undated

29/36

EW 67396 A11 B1 VDZ Auto Transfer ASSY

1967

29/37-29/39

SK drawings

undated

29/40

PT – 180 Drawings W- E- EW-

undated

29/41-29/47

CD drawings

undated

29/48

OP-33 I&PB, Feed System GS-18736 For Antenna Group AN/FRA-21 (Empty)

undated

29/49

WAF 237 Station Circuit Order LOG

undated

29/50

Circuit Order Control LOG

undated

29/51

Circuit Order Information

undated

29/52

FDSR 10479

1982

29/53

DMDR 10549

1979

29/54

RTN5-10731 (OLD 9GR0019)

1979-1981

29/55

RTL510797 (OLD 7938)

1978

29/56

FDD5-10926

1980

29/57

FDD4-10949

1980

29/58

RTN-11110

1980

29/59

CDV ANC 201-204

1982

29/60

26-583 (BSW Telex)

undated

29/61

26-591 (CYT Telex)

undated

29/62

FXN2-907-279-4255

1981

29/63

3181

1976

29/64

3639

1980

29/65

LGJV7037

1979

29/66

7057

1983

29/67

7086

1972

29/68

7120

1982

29/69

7134

1975

29/70

7400

1973

29/71

7510

1975

29/72

7968

1979

Series 11: Site maintenance information records; 1956-1977. 1.0 cubic feet. For a detailed folder listing, click here.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

30/1-

Misc. Station Information. Office Copy

1960

30/2-30/62

Numbered site information records

1973-1981, undated

30/63

Site 1 Hinchinbrook Maintenance & Operation Mechanical Data

1956

30/64

Power Cable Fault Location

undated

30/65

Instruments & Control Systems (Empty)

undated

30/66

Cross Index of Lenkurt TRSTRS/DIODES

1968

30/67

Prime Power Generation Deficiency Replacement Water Storage Tank

1966

30/68

Equipment Manual Water Storage Tank

1967

30/69

Installation & Lubrication INSTR Western Gear D-52-S Reducer

1956

30/70

C-O-TWO Fire Protection Equipment

1955

30/71

Kidde Fire Protection Equipment

1960

30/72

Instruments and Control Systems

1964

30/73

MISC POP Sheets

1960

30/74

Synchro Flame Burners

1957

30/75

Flex Alarm Fire Alarm System (Empty)

undated

30/76

FEC Comments WECO PRW REV BSW

undated

30/77

Maintenance & Operation Mech Data (Empty)

undated

30/78

Equipment Manuals (Empty)

undated

30/79

Equipment Manuals

1959

30/80

Equipment Manuals

1959-1960

30/81

Service Parts List

1960

30/82

Service Parts List (Empty)

undated

30/83

White Alice Project Building Spec’s (Empty)

undated

30/84

Installation Instructions for Dunlap Therm-o-Motor

1964

30/85

3006 Drawings (Empty)

undated

30/86

Instruction Booklet for “Your New Royal”

undated

30/87

Parts List Tools and Attachments (Super Suction)

undated

Series 12: Specifications records; 1956-1968. 2.0 cubic feet. For a detailed folder listing, click here.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

31/1-31/4

SPEC 101-106

1957-1961

31/5-31/8

SPEC 133, 135-137

1960-1965

31/9

SPEC 147

1965

31/10

SPEC 155

undated

31/11-31/20

SPEC 160, 161, 164-171

1956-1962

31/21-3/24

SPEC 175-SPEC 178

1960-1965

31/25-31/29

SPEC 182-SPEC 183, 185, 187, 189

1956-1965

31/30-31/32

SPEC 191-193

1960-1968

31/33-31/34

SPEC 247-248

1957-1958

31/35

SPEC 266

1956

31/36

SPEC 275

1957

32/1-32/4

SPEC 283-285, 287

1960-1965

32/5-35/6

SPEC 291-292

1956-1959

32/7-32/10

SPEC 383, book 1-book4

1957-1968

32/11

SPEC 475

1960

32/12

SPEC 482

1961

32/13

SPEC 835

1960

32/14

SPEC 889

1960

32/15

SPEC 5003-5050

1961

32/16-32/20

SPEC 5052

1960-1961, undated

32/21

Drawing Use Information

1957

Series 13: Manuals; 1946-1984. 18.7 cubic feet. The bulk of the manuals are from the 1950s and 1960s. For a detailed folder list, click here.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

33/1-54/32

Manuals.

1946-1984

Series 14: Restricted materials (personnel data). 0.5 cubic feet.

Series 15: Oversize drawings; 1984. 6.0 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

56/1

Alascom. WACS. BB5. Plans + Drawings B

undated

56/2

Alascom. WACS. BB5. Plans + Drawings A+B

1984

56/3

Alascom. WACS. BB5. Plans + Drawings C

1984

56/4

Alascom. WACS. BB5. Plans + Drawings D

undated

57/1

Alascom Drawings I

undated

58/1

II Outside, III Inside

undated

59/1

IV Outside, V Inside

undated

60/1

VI Inside, VII Inside, VIII Outside

undated

61/1

IX Outside, X Inside

undated

62/1

XI Inside, XII Outside

undated

63/1

XIII Outside, XIV Inside

undated

64/1

Drawings and Plans

undated