Photographs in this collection are from the National Archives and Records Administration - Pacific Alaska Region located in Anchorage, Alaska. The photographs are from the archive’s record group 22, records of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Archives and Records Administration ensures ready access to essential evidence documenting the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Mammal Laboratory Library located in Seattle, Washington, holds Pribilof Islands images in several collections. The Fur-Seal Archive contains sets of aerial photographs of seal rookeries taken in different years, as well as photographs of buildings, sealing activities, fur seals and other fauna, and flora taken by Victor Scheffer and others. These photographs were taken as part of NOAA and its predecessor agencies’ research activities. The library also has a slide database containing images from the Pribilof Islands. This database was set up as part of the Platforms of Opportunity program at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory and includes images filed by species. Finally, in 2005, Karl Kenyon donated a collection of materials to the library. The collection includes slides, prints, and negatives some of which show flora and fauna of the Pribilof Islands. The collection also includes paintings by Karl Kenyon featuring Pribilof Islands subjects. Select images from these collections are presented here.
The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for site characterization and restoration at the Pribilof Islands. Public Law 104–91 of 1996 and Public Law 106-562 of 2000 provided the mandate for NOAA’s activities. A Two Party Agreement signed in 1996 by NOAA and the Alaska its Department of Environmental Conservation, provided the framework for NOAA’s cleanup activities on the islands. NOAA agreed to identify, assess, remedy, and monitor environmental contamination at twenty sites on St. Paul Island and twenty-two sites on St. George Island. Eventually, through investigation and subdivision of large sites into smaller managed units, the number of sites increased to thirty-eight and sixty at St. George Island and St. Paul Island, respectively. While conducting characterization and cleanup activities, NOAA photo-documented its efforts. This collection includes photographs taken by federal government employees and contractors. The photographs document their work and other activities during the years of cleanup on the Pribilof Islands.