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It’s #AlaskaDay!

Having purchased it from Russia on March 30, 1867 for $7.2 million dollars, the United States formally took possession of the territory of Alaska on October 18, 1867, now observed as Alaska Day.

Celebrate by volunteering for a Citizen Archivist Mission to tag and transcribe these vintage Forest Service photos of Alaska

Selected photos from:  Series: Photographs Relating to National Forests, Resource Management Practices, Personnel, and Cultural and Economic History, ca. 1897 - ca. 1980Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1870 - 2008

How to get started as a Citizen Archivist 

Boeing B-47B Stratojet Rocket Assisted Take-Off, 15 April 1954 (U.S. Air Force photo) - The B-47 Stratojet was a medium range nuclear bomber and reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at high subsonic speeds and primarily designed for penetrating the airspace of the Soviet Union. The USAF phased out its last B-47 bombers in 1965, and the USAF retired its last Stratojet, a WB-47E, in 1969.

#CameraDay: Signal Corps Cameramen 1917-1918

“American and French Photographic Staff” ca. 1917
Series: Photographs of American Military Activities, ca. 1918 - ca. 1981Record Group 111: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, 1860 - 1985

It’s #CameraDay!  This photo, from the Signal Corps series, shows a combined unit of American and French cameramen during World War I. The man on the left is a motion picture cameraman for the U.S. Marine Corps, and the man in front is a still photographer and U.S. Marine. 

For the past two years, the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab has been digitizing a series of Army Signal Corps films as part of a larger project to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Meanwhile, technicians from the Still Pictures Branch and the Digitization Division have scanned tens of thousands of Signal Corps photographs from World War I. Along the way, they forwarded photos of the cameramen to Motion Picture Lab staff, knowing that we love to see records of the people who shot the motion picture films we work with every day.

These photos, along with the rest of the series American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917-1918, are available in the National Archives online catalog.

Signal Corps photographers shoot film with a motion picture camera. (111-SC-4386)

Learn more about the history of the Signal Corps during World War I at:
Shooting World War I: The History of the Army Signal Corps Cameramen, 1917-1918 | The Unwritten Record

Uncover more World War I Centennial Resources at the National Archives

The Statue of Liberty viewed from the S/S Kaiserin 1917-1919.

Taken from the S/S Kaiserin Auguste Victoria. The back of the photo says, “Miss Liberty April 17-19 S/S Kaiserin” and then “A Victoria”. She was launched for the Hamburg America line and at the time of her launching, was the largest ship in the world. In 1919 she became a U.S. troopship.

“MESS TIME WITH THE 1ST REGT Infantry, Ohio N.G., when encamped in old Carthage fairground, on outskirts of Cincinnati, O. July 22, 1917.”

File Unit: Military Administration - In Service of the Interior - Supply Service - Issuance of Rations in Camp, 1917 - 1918Series: American Unofficial Collection of World War I Photographs, 1917 - 1918Record Group 165: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs, 1860 - 1952

Uncover more World War I Centennial Resources at the National Archives

A Fallen Soldier
“This skull belonged to a soldier of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, an African-American unit that took part in a July 1863 assault on Fort Wagner in Charleston Harbor. The regiment sustained 272 killed, wounded, and missing during the attack.

By examining the skull, researchers determined how this soldier died. The size of the wound and the remains of the projectile indicate that he was killed by an iron canister ball from one of the fort’s two 12-pound field howitzers. The ball entered behind his left ear and traveled upwards through the lower part of the brain.”

(Photo and Caption taken from display at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Washington DC)