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Guide to the Florentine A. Traxler Alaska Highway construction papers

Collection number: HMC-0912.
Creator: Traxler, Florentine A.         
Title: Florentine A. Traxler Alaska Highway construction papers.
Dates: 1943-1944.
Volume of collection: 0.25 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.  
Collection summary: Memorabilia, photographs, and newspapers of a woman who worked for Dowell Construction Co. during the construction of the Alaska Highway.

Biographical note:
Florentine A. Traxler was from Le Center, Minnesota. From 1943 to 1944, she worked for the Dowell Construction Company, which was a contractor helping to build the Alaska Highway. Florentine Traxler died in Le Center, Minnesota, in 1995.

Collection description:
The collection includes the travel papers of Baxter, memorabilia from places she visited, and a poem book, with subjects that include the construction of the ALCAN, the Yukon, and WWII. The collection also contains 78 original black and white prints; 10 black and white commercial tourist prints of the Alaska Highway (W.I.B. Photos); 10 black and white commercial tourist prints of Yukon Territory scenes (Taylor Photos); 5 black and white prints of a rotary railroad snow plow; two black and white photo post cards of the Yukon River at Whitehorse and the lobby of the Athabasca Hotel in Jasper, Alberta; a lithograph of a Dawson dance hall scene (B.N. Co., No. 65); and six newspapers. Subjects of the original photographs include: construction workers, camps, vehicles and equipment; wildlife; dog teams; and highway scenery.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by record type. Photographs have been arranged by size.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Florentine A. Traxler Alaska Highway construction papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was purchased from eBay in 2006.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2006. The collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:





Travel papers and memorabilia: Travel forms, receipts, poems about the Yukon and ALCAN Highway, pamphlet from the Athabascan Hotel, Discovery Day Celebration ticket,

circa 1943-1944



circa 1943-1944


Newspapers: The Whitehorse Star (Oct. 12, 1944); Dowell's Yukon Rambler (Sep. 11, 1943); and Northwest Newscast of the U. S. Army, Northwest Service Command Headquarters (4 issues, Sep. 27, 28, Oct. 4, 6, 1944).