Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska Conference

Today is the beginning of the Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska Annual Meeting held in Seward, Alaska, this year.

Many of the faculty & staff of the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives are slated to attend & present, as they do almost every year.

To name a few, from Oral History & Project Jukebox, Leslie McCartney, Karen McCartney and Bill Schneider have presentations (or two in the case of Leslie McCartney!) From archives we have Charles  Hilton, Ulyana Korotkova and Rachel Seale all giving different presentations. Ulyana Korotkova was a recipient of a travel award from AHS for this year’s conference.

Plenty of UAF faculty & students also present, this is a fun and informative conference! I’m including the program schedule & conference abstracts, but if you’re attending, please drop in on one of our sessions! 

Conference Schedule

Alaska Historical Society’s Conference Abstracts

Museums Alaska Conference Abstracts

 

Search for the Franklin Expedition

1896 Arctic Map
The search for the Franklin Expedition

UAF-M0528

Rare Maps, M0528, Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

6 p.m.

Research Room
Level 2, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library

For information contact Cat Williams at
474-7224 or cat.williams@alaska.edu
Please join us for the unveiling of this rare
and historical map, new to our collection.

Talk on Tuesday!

“They are our property”:

How Alaskans viewed salmon as reflected in the Anthony J. Dimond Papers, 1937-1945

Presented by Ross Coen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

6:00 p.m.

Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives

Level 2, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library

Sponsored by Elmer E. Rasmuson Library &  the UAF Northern Studies Program

2014.9.23 Coen talk on salmon fisheries_ssb

Research Rooms Hours effective September 1, 2014

Research Rooms Hours effective September 1, 2014

Tuesday-Friday, 10 am – 4 pm

Saturdays by appointment only, pending staff availability

New Project Jukebox!

The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC) are proud to announce the completion of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Project Jukebox, available online at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/exxonvaldez, People who visit the site can access oral, visual, and written resources that offer a rich understanding of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.

Exxon Valdez tanker leaking oil in Prince William Sound, April 13, 1989. Photo by Charles N. Ehler. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Collection, ARLIS.

Exxon Valdez tanker leaking oil in Prince William Sound, April 13, 1989. Photo by Charles N. Ehler. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Collection, ARLIS.

This project highlights conversations with 20 people talking about the oil spill, the impact the spill had on their lives and on the environment, the cleanup response, the long-term effects of the spill, and changes in the oil industry monitoring system.

On this 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Project Jukebox has helped preserve stories from people that may not be well-known and have made them accessible to the public. The information discussed in these interviews will be of interest to local residents of Prince William Sound who were impacted by the spill, to Alaskans who want to know more about the event from the people who experienced it, and to people around the world hoping to prevent similar accidents in their coastal waters.

This project was supported by funding from the Alaska State Library, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services, and the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council.

For more information about this project, please contact: 
Leslie McCartney, Curator of Oral History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

lmccartney@alaska.edu  (907)474-7737

Alicia Zorzetto, Digital Collections Librarian, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council

alicia.zorzetto@pwsrcac.org   (907)277-7222

 

Thanks be to Elmer: the Elmer E. Rasmuson Papers

Our indexer Dee has finished describing 36 items — including photographs, letters, and other physical artifacts — of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

I’ve worked at the Rasmuson Library for 11 years now, and, for my first few years here, I passed by this portrait of Elmer E. Rasmuson hanging up at the south entrance of the library, mistakenly thinking it was our dean at the time.  To my new employee eyes, they looked remarkably the same!

Official photograph of Elmer Rasmuson used in advertising for his 1968 U.S. Senate campaign.  (Elmer E. Rasmuson Papers, UAF-2001-128-19)

Official photograph of Elmer Rasmuson used in advertising for his 1968 U.S. Senate campaign. (Elmer E. Rasmuson Papers, UAF-2001-128-19)

When I discovered that this was actually the eponym of the library, I have to say, I was unimpressed.  Because, to me, it looked like a thousand other portraits of philanthropists and politicians.  I felt a bit of gratitude and respect for the man, but not much past that.

But indexing this collection of photos was a pleasure — a true honor, to be honest.

This philanthropist and politician…  Well, he was very very engaged, very instrumental to Alaska’s development, and very philanthropic.  It’s no wonder he has a library named after him!

I strongly encourage you all to read the gems of information about him and his family that can be found here: http://library.uaf.edu/rasmusonbio/.  This collection was curated by our very own Lisa Morris who works in the Alaska and Polar Regions Collection & Archives at the Rasmuson Library.

I will now pass by Elmer’s portrait, and I will honor him.  I nod to you, Elmer, with much appreciation, with all due respect.

An Epic Expedition: Norman H. Read Mount Logan Papers

Our indexer Dee has finished describing 14 photos of the Norman H. Read Mount Logan Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

This collection consists of a mere 14 photos depicting a team of mountaineers described as a “hodgepodge of Brits, Americans, Canadians, privileged alpinists, World War I veterans, and inveterate Sourdoughs” who were the very first to ascend Mt. Logan, Canada’s highest peak, and the largest base circumference of any non-volcanic mountain on earth.  Sure, it’s shorter than Denali, but “because of its remoteness (St. Elias Range of Northwestern Canada in the Yukon Territory) and fierce storms, Logan has seen fewer climbers in its entire human history than one year’s traffic on Denali.”*

Six men pulling two sleds loaded with gear.  (UAF-1992-174-1092, Norman H. Read Mount Logan papers.)

Six men pulling two sleds loaded with gear. (UAF-1992-174-1092, Norman H. Read Mount Logan papers.)

The team of six, led by the Canadian Alpine Club-appointed Albert MacCarthy, walked 70 miles up the Chitina River, dragging sleds of gear and supplies until they arrived at the glacial trough, the King Trench, on the west side of the mountain.  This final climb took the team more than two weeks to cross the tough terrain and reach the summit, arriving on June 23, 1925 at 8pm.

Along the way, they dealt with fiercely cold weather, storms, blizzards, and avalanches that resulted in frostbite, delays, and exhaustion.  They climbed in grueling conditions at altitudes of over 18,000 feet.

This climb has been described as the “most extraordinary epic of hardship and endurance in the annals of North American mountaineering.”** And we’ve got photos of this epic journey in our very own collection.  Maybe you should all stop by Rasmuson Library and see these photos for yourself!

Team of mountaineers geared up with backpacks and expedition poles.  (UAF-1992-174-1080, Norman H. Read Mount Logan papers.)

Team of mountaineers geared up with backpacks and expedition poles. (UAF-1992-174-1080, Norman H. Read Mount Logan papers.)

*Waterman, Jon. Great mountains of the world: Mt. Logan | adventure journal.  http://www.adventure-journal.com/2012/07/great-mountains-of-the-world-mt-logan-2/
**Highpoints of Canada: Mount Logan.  http://www.highpointsofcanada.com/mount-logan.html

Mostly Mining: Hanot Family Papers

Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Hanot Family Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

With all due respect to the Hanot family, I thought it was my true misfortune to have been assigned the unfortunate task of indexing this collection.  After a quick perusal of the collection, I saw mostly pails, pulleys, sluices, and gold scales.  Four gold scales to be exact.  In short, lots and lots of photos of mining doodads, thingamajigs, and doohickeys. Fairbanks.  (UAF-2007-212-30, Hanot Family Papers)

Fairbanks. UAF-2007-212-30, Hanot Family Papers.

Turns out though, that I’m not so unfortunate after all, in that the collection took a turn to the mildly interesting with this photo of a man (with an outrageously large moustache) and woman canoeing a flooded street in Fairbanks.

Damaged Dominion Commercial Company building.  (UAF-1997-212-41, Hanot Family Papers)

Damaged Dominion Commercial Company building. (UAF-1997-212-41, Hanot Family Papers)

For a less recreational view of the flood that hit the Interior during this time period (possibly May 1911), look at the damage that occurred to local businesses such as the Dominion Commercial Company.  The impact it had on Fairbanks must have been devastating.

MVP (Most Valuable Photo) goes to the one of the skull graffiti commemorating George Buchanan, a Detroit coal merchant who began bringing boys and girls to Alaska on adventure trips in 1923, continuing these excursions for approximately 50 kids every summer for 15 years.  His goal was to help young people learn the art of earning and saving money.  To accompany Buchanan on these special excursions, a young person had to earn one third of the cost of the journey.  The parents could pay one third and Buchanan contributed one third.  If necessary he assisted the would-be adventurer to earn his share of the costs.  (https://www.wpyr.com/history/facts.html)

On to Alaska with Buchanan -1928.  (UAF-1997-212-50, Hanot Family Papers)

On to Alaska with Buchanan -1928. (UAF-1997-212-50, Hanot Family Papers)

So among the mining doodads, I uncovered a moustached man paddling a flooded street and a skull drawn on a mountain to celebrate a generous, adventurous man.  I sluiced out some gems among the dirt!

Historical photograph display at Sadler’s!

Sadler's display with sign

 

Historical photograph reproductions from the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives. Reproductions made by Digital Photographic Services at the Rasmuson Library.

New exhibits on level 2 and 3

This exhibit covers local Fairbanks businesses from the 1890s to the present and was curated b​y Nicholas Evans, and arranged by Nicholas Evans and Monika Frey, both student archives assistants. Each exhibit case follows a specific theme in its arrangement.
 
The first case is entirely about a long-standing popular Fairbanks clothing store, Sargent & Pinska’s, later called Martin A. Pinska’s. 
 
The second case is devoted to Fairbanks industry and trade, and features original material from the Northern Commercial Company, Fairbanks Banking Company, Fairbanks Gold Dredging Company, and more. 
 
The third case highlights Fairbanks’ long beer brewing history, from the early 1900s all the way to 2014, with material from both early breweries and the two currently operating in the area.
 
The fourth exhibit case showcases miscellaneous Fairbanks businesses at early points in their history like the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Pioneer Park and local institutions like radio stations and the university, as well as businesses that are no longer operating, like the Daily Times and the Blue Crystal Water Company.
In addition, the Alaska Film Archives is running 1970s commercials and outtakes for Fairbanks-area businesses on the Rasmuson Library Level 3 display near the Media Classroom. Clips are from the KTVF Collection, and include scenes from Nerland’s Home Furnishings, Russell’s Union 76 Station, Seekins Ford, Knitting Center, and the Pantry Market. Local persons featured include Larry Holmstrom, Darrell Russell, Ralph Seekins, and Bob “Granny” Hamme. The library display features silent footage only. To check out highlights with audio, please go to the Alaska Film Archives You Tube channel: http://bit.ly/1oSzlmT