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Stanley D. Peratrovich Family Papers, 1937-2012

By Alyssa Peterson, Intern

Collection Overview

Title: Stanley D. Peratrovich Family Papers, 1937-2012

ID: MS/040

Creator: Peratrovich, Standley D. (1919-2002)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 07/26/2012

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This two-box collection contains an assortment of materials pertaining to the life of Tlingit Indian Stanley D. Peratrovich (1919-2002). The materials include documents, letters, and a photograph album highlighting Stanley Peratrovich’s time spent at the Wrangell Institute, fishing on the Klawock No. 5, serving in the military during World War II, and reuniting with fellow veterans in his later years.

The collection also contains materials concerning Peratrovich’s family, such as his mother, Kathryn Peratrovich’s, wooden moccasin forms and moccasin beading patterns.

Biographical Note

Stanley D. Peratrovich was born in Klawock, Alaska on May 4, 1919 to James and Kathryn Peratrovich. His father was a Croatian immigrant to Alaska and his mother was Tlingit from the Kuiu Island area of Southeast Alaska, of the Raven Moiety and Dog Salmon Clan. Stanley was raised in Klawock but then sent to a boarding school, the Wrangell Institute of Wrangell, Alaska where he completed his studies around 1938. Thereafter he enrolled in Washington State College (now Washington State University) at Pullman, Washington. While a college student the Second World War began and Stanley enlisted, later serving from 1941 to 1945 in his home state of Alaska in the 297th Infantry Battalion, Company B, Harborcraft Detachment. During his time in Alaska he was based, operated at, or traveled to Haines, Seward, Whittier, Anchorage, Harbor Craft, Attu, and Adak. His two home ports were Seward and Adak.

After the war in 1948, Peratrovich married ex-army nurse Evelyn Taber in Walla Walla, WA. For the next decade or longer Stanley served as a boat captain for Harbor Tug & Barge in San Francisco, CA. After Peratrovich and his wife retired, they moved to Bainbridge, WA. In Peratrovich’s later years he was active in the American Legion and attended veteran’s reunions for the 297th Infantry Battalion. Stanley Peratrovich passed away on June 22, 2002 in Bainbridge, WA.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Source: Evelyn M. Peratrovich

Acquisition Method: The material in the collection was donated to Sealaska Heritage Institute on July 26, 2012 by Evelyn M. Peratrovich, the wife of Stanley Peratrovich.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: Stanley D. Peratrovich Papers and Kathryn S. Peratrovich art materials.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Items related to the time Stanley Peratrovich spent at the Wrangell Institute.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photograph album of Stanley Peratrovich, 1938-1945.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Items associated with the fishing boat, Klawock No. 5.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Items associated with the time Stanley Peratrovich spent in the military.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Items associated with the 1986 reunion of the 297th Infantry Battalion.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Items associated with the practice of making moccasins, moccasin patterns.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Items associated with the reunions of the 297th Infantry Battalion.Add to your cart.
Box 2: Kathryn S. Peratrovich art materials.Add to your cart.