The Anchorage Museum has acquired the mementos of an Alaskan who spent more than three years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
Etta Jones, a nurse and teacher, worked in remote Alaska villages with her husband for years. Their last assignment was the Aleutian Island of Attu, which Japanese forces invaded in 1942, during World War II. That is when she was captured, and held. She died in 1965.
The collection, announced in a state education department newsletter, includes Jones' unpublished manuscript documenting her experiences, as well as photos, letters and other documents. It also includes handmade cards and art that Jones received from other prisoners in their effort to keep up morale.
The collection will be available for public research.