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Drawing for 40 Acre Lots in the Matanuska Valley; May 23, 1935.

Image from the Archives Collection

Almer J. Peterson Collection.

The photographer is unknown; it may be A. J. Peterson. The location is at the tent camp near Palmer, Alaska. The title in the collection is: "Line up of Farmers, before and during drawing of their 40 acres, in the Matanuska Valley, Palmer, Alaska."

Reason for Selection: The drawing was a New Deal program involving the movement of a number of farming families from the upper Midwest to Alaska. The event depicted led to the settlement of one of the most fertile areas of the territory. The project was conducted by the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation. (JS)

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