Aleut Story


Rare archival film footage, letters, logs, Western Union telegrams and other historical documents were used in Aleut Story to create a vivid and emotionally powerful landscape of experience.

Among the most powerful documents are the Agent’s Logs, now preserved by the National Archives & Records Administration Pacific Alaska Region office. With assistance from archivist Bruce Parham, Director/Writer Marla Williams and Associate Producer Jessi Roullier explored this extraordinary record of life and death in the camps and on the islands, excerpting entries for use in the film.
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In this section, you’ll find the Agent’s Logs, official correspondence, petitions to the government and more. For a brief tour of NARA Pacific Alaska Region be sure to visit our Special Features — Bonus Scenes.

Many of the historical documents available in this section are from the National Archives & Records Administration, a remarkable public trust with a network of repositories across the country.

Many other items come from the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States and largest library in the world with more than 130 million items on some 530 miles of bookshelves. A short interview with the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, is also included in our Special Features — Bonus Scenes.

To learn more about the National Archives & Records Administration, The Library of Congress, and numerous other sources of information click on In the Classroom.

Teachers: For ideas on how to incorporate Aleut Story and related primary documents available on this website, click on In the Classroom, then Teacher’s Guide.


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Letter from Claude Hirst, General Superintendent, Alaska Indian Service, to the federal Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Oct. 3, 1942, regarding Aleut relocation camps at Funter Bay, Killisnoo, Burnett Inlet and Ward Lake.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Report from Carl Hoverson, Storekeeper-in-Charge, St. Paul Island, to Edward C. Johnson, Superintendent, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seattle, regarding Aleut evacuation and relocation.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Map of Funter Bay duration camp.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Letter from Lee McMillin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent-in-Charge, St. Paul Island/Funter Bay, to Edward C. Johnson, Superintendent, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Seattle, expressing concern for Aleuts’ welfare and his decision to resign.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Official response to resignation letter from Lee McMillin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent-in-Charge, St. Paul Island/Funter Bay.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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More official response to resignation letter from Lee McMillin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agent-in-Charge, St. Paul Island/Funter Bay.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Letter from Ward T. Bower, Division of Alaska Fisheries, Department of Interior, regarding Aleuts’ request to seek employement.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Page from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Official Log, Funter Bay/St. George Island, May 6, 1942

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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U.S.F.W. Agent Lee McMillin Letter re: Conditions at Funter Bay Camp, Sept. 11, 1942

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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U.S.F.W. Agent Lee McMillin’s Letter re: Conditions at Funter Bay Camp, July 11, 1942

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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U.S.F.W. Agent Lee McMillin Letter re: Conditions at Funter Bay Camp, Aug. 5, 1942

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Fouke Fur Company Letter re: Conditions at Funter Bay Duration Camp, Aug. 7, 1942

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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U.S.F.W. Agent Carl Benson’s Report of St. George Evacuation

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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A petition to the federal government from Aleut American women interned at Funter Bay Duration Camp.

Item from: Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Letter from Lee C. McMillin, agent and caretaker, Funter Bay Duration Camp, to his supervisors in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding decision to deny Aleut Americans request to leave camp to find employment.

Item from Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Letter from private citizen seeking to employ Aleut America to federal officials.

Item from Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Federal government response to private citizen seeking to employ Aleut American stating official policy is to deny such requests.

Item from Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov


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Letter from Lee C. McMillan, agent and caretaker, Funter Bay Duration Camp, regarding abysmal conditions at the camp.

Item from Record Group 22: Records of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 1868 – 2001

National Archives & Records Administration, Pacific Alaska Region (Anchorage)
654 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501-2145
Phone: (907) 261-7800
Email: alaska.archives@nara.gov

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