The fonds consists of original photographs mounted in two photograph albums. The photographs were taken between January 1943 and June 1945 and relate to military life and the construction of the Alaska Highway in Yukon, northern British Columbia, and Alaska. The photographs depict U.S. soldiers in daily activities including highway construction, travel and recreation. Military vehicles and road-building equipment are also documented, including details of bridge construction. Some photos show military and commercial aircraft. A number of images depict First Nations people. Yukon places shown include Beaver Creek, Burwash, Canyon Creek, Destruction Bay, Kluane Lake, and Snag. Whitehorse views include the First Avenue Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment, the barracks, White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) train depot, Main Street buildings and Lambert Street School. There are several photos from the V.E. (Victory in Europe) Day celebrations in Whitehorse. Yukon watercraft depicted are Yukon Rose, Loon, Casca, and Keno. Numerous highway locations in British Columbia (Bennett, Charlie Lake, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and Trutch) and Alaska (Fairbanks, Livengood, Tok Junction, and Valdez) are also shown. Textual material in the fonds includes personal documents pertaining to Mr. Shopes' military service and discharge, family correspondence (mostly postcards), and military form letters of appreciation.