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A guide to the Alaska Packers Association motion picture film, 1909-1918
P79-179a (SAFR 14965)  
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The Alaska Packers Association motion picture film (P79-19a, SAFR14965) consists of one reel of 35mm silent black-and-white motion picture film known as "Old Sailing Ships" approximately 1,000 feet of the Alaska Packers Fleet, circa 1909-1918.
The Alaska Packers Association (APA) began with a prospecting mission by the schooner NEPTUNE to Bristol Bay in 1883. The Bering Sea's first modern cannery was established near Nushagak by the then Arctic Packing Company. On September 2, 1891 a meeting was held of several Alaska independent canners and the concept of an industrial association was approved. Incorporation of this association came on January 13, 1892. That year, 15 vessels were chartered for use. The next year, on February 9, 1893, the association reincorporated under the formal name of Alaska Packers Association, with the main office on Market Street, in San Francisco, California.
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