The Digital Collection Spotlight for January 2016 is the Alfred G. Erickson Photograph Collection.
Cache Valley native Alfred Gordon Erickson attended Utah State Agricultural College (USAC) in the second half of the 1940s following his service in the Army Air Force during World War II. The 255 black and white photographs in this digital collection were taken by Erickson between 1940 and 1950 while he was with the Army in California and a college student at USAC in Logan, Utah. Of particular interest are several views of Jack London’s ranch, visited by Erickson while he was based in California.
Erickson was born to Alfred Allen and Maggie Balls Erickson on September 9, 1918, in Smithfield, Utah. His paternal grandfather, Alfred Erickson, was a Swedish immigrant who settled in Cache Valley. He enlisted in the Army Air Force on September 25, 1940, and served in the European Theater during World War II. He attended USAC from 1946 to 1949 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Erickson was active in the Intercollegiate Knights, Lambda Delta Sigma, and Kappa Sigma Kappa during his time at USAC. He married Berenice Seamons in the Logan Utah Temple on June 8, 1948 and they had five children: Marie, Ray Gordon, Ralph Lynn, Dale Bruce and Edwin Leon. He taught agriculture at high schools in Wyoming, Idaho and Utah, and died in Logan on October 23, 1988.