Photographs in this collection were taken on the Pribilof Islands in the 1960s by Howard Baltzo and provided courtesy of Mrs. Anne Baltzo, Howard’s wife.
The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Commercial Fisheries appointed Mr. Baltzo the director of the Pribilof Island Program in 1960. Mr. Baltzo’s primary mandate was to improve the overall living conditions of the Pribilof people in light of impending program changes. The changes Mr. Baltzo made to the program are set forth in his May 1963 report, titled Program for Administration of the Pribilof Island Federal Reservation Embracing Management of the Fur-Seal Resource and Development of the Resident Aleut Inhabitants. As a result of Mr. Baltzo’s work, the Federal Civil Service wage scale was introduced in 1962 for all people on the islands working for the federal government. With this change, Pribilovian wages were brought into parity with the rest of the federal workforce. In turn, in-kind compensation such as free rent and food were substantially reduced, being provided only to those with insufficient wages to cover necessities. The federal government did, however, continue to maintain and administer the stores, laundries, houses, streets, and all public buildings, as well as to fund educational and medical services for all Pribilovians on both islands.