There are so many important anniversaries in Alaska this year that we had to reach into our collections to share some of what we have with you! So we’ve put together special displays on Level 2 in Rasmuson Library. They are packed with items from our historical collections – maps, photographs, ephemera, and much more! We are celebrating several important historical events:
- UAF’s centennial
- The 150 anniversary of Russia’s sale of Alaska to the United States
- The 100th birthday of Denali National Park
- The 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway
- The 75th anniversary of the Alaska-Siberia Route
- The 50th anniversary of the Fairbanks flood
You can see (and borrow!) some of the university’s first library books. Inside the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room, two displays feature student handbooks from 1964 and 1984, and a selection of early University of Alaska catalogs.
First college books. This selection of UAF library books was reconstructed from an essay written by Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines Leslie Marchand, professor of English and French. The list of fifty-seven book appeared in Farthest-North Collegian in 1925. Courtesy of Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, Ulyana Korotkova.
Filming Denali: Denali National Park’s 100th Birthday. Courtesy of Alaska Film Archives, Angela Schmidt.
View of exhibit. Thanks to Kathy Arndt, Angela Schmidt, Charles Hilton, and Ulyana Korotkova for making it happen! Happy Birthday UAF!
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Tagged Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, anniversaries, exhibitions, libraries, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Lael Morgan was a UAF professor of journalism who wrote for major U.S. and Alaska newspapers and magazines, and who wrote books about Alaska, including the popular Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. The photos that appear in Alaska’s Digital Archives were part of “Miles and Miles,” an exhibit about African-American builders of ALCAN (Alaska Highway). She curated the 1992 exhibit for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
This portion of the collection preserves unique photographic images that give a glimpse into the one-third of the U.S. Army ALCAN construction troops as they build, repair, and march along the highway in 1942-1943. Several photographs from the Lael Morgan Collection are a part of the Rasmuson Library 75th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway exhibit, which is on display on Level 2 of the library.
Walter Mason’s A Company 97th building a pioneer bridge. Lael Morgan Collection, UAF-2012-71-351, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Posted in Acquisitions, Alaska's Digital Archives, Archives, Digitization, Events, Exhibits, Outreach, Preservation, Uncategorized
Tagged Afro-Americans, Alaska Highway, road construction, soldiers, World War II
After graduating from the Evansville College in Indiana, Ernest and Helen Watson went to Alaska as teachers. From 1925 to 1926, they were stationed in St. Paul on the Pribilof Islands. Their goal was to earn money and continue their education. Ernest eventually became a pediatrician, and Helen received an advanced degree in library science.
During their stay in St. Paul, the couple took photos of wildlife, people, and activities in the area, as well as their trips to or from St. Paul.
Helen Watson on board the Vega in Bering Sea, July 1925. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-1993-186-1, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Village of St. Paul, 1925-1926. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-2002-158-219, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Aleut children from the senior school on St. Paul Island, 1925. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-1993-186-2, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Posted in Alaska's Digital Archives, Archives, Digitization, Outreach, Preservation, Uncategorized
Tagged islands, Pribilof Islands, school children, St. Paul, teachers, villages
In 1924, Leonidas Westervelt (1875-1952) toured Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park. Leonidas, who graduated from Columbia University in 1903, was a renowned collector of theatrical books and manuscripts and a playwright. Sweet Seventeen, a play that lists him as an author together with Harriet Ford, Harvey O’Higgins, and John Clements, was performed at the Lyceum Theatre in New York the same year that he took his tour. He had been on the staff of the Museum of the American Indian, and was a vice-president of the New York Historical Society. Alaska’s Digital Archives selection of photographs from Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album highlights features of the tour – modes of transportation, buildings, and street scenes.
Juneau, July 21st. Main Street. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-18, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Primitive conveyance, White Horse. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-34, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Silver ore on barge. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-70, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Posted in Alaska's Digital Archives, Archives, Digitization, Outreach, Preservation
Tagged barges, Juneau, Leonidas Westervelt, silver ores, storefronts, transportation, Whitehorse
William C. Douglass Photographs feature slides of Kennecott Mines – Bonanza, Jumbo, Mother Lode, and Erie. This collection belonged to William C. Douglass, who worked as the Kennecott Mine foreman and superintendent from 1916 to 1929. The richest copper mine in the world that was named as a result of a spelling error operated near the Kennicott Glacier from 1909 to 1938. The Guggenheims and J.P. Morgan (the Alaska Syndicate) that purchased Kennecott, invested $22 million for construction of Copper River and Northwestern Railway alone. Regardless the expenditure, the copper empire did so well that when it went public in 1915, its stock rose from a few dollars to seventy-five dollars a share.
Mill and loaded cars. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-18, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Jim Dennis, Jumbo tramway. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-6, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Snow, Copper River and Northwestern Railway. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-38, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Posted in Alaska's Digital Archives, Archives, Digitization, Outreach, Preservation
Tagged Copper River, Copper River and Northwestern Railway, Kennecott Mine, Kennicott, miners, mining, railroads
This post got lost in our holiday rush to-do lists, but we didn’t want you to miss out. After putting up the most recent display in the Research Room, featuring past UAF course catalogs, archivists noticed that the page they’d chosen called to mind the food-rich holiday season (turkey, anyone?). These pages are from the course catalog from the University of Alaska’s 1949-1950 academic year. Now that you (like the rest of us) have recovered from the massive amounts of food inhaled during the holidays, we think you won’t groan too much if you take a look at these pages. Do you think you could pass a class on Turkey Management? What about Potato Production?
A selection from one of our current display cases, this course catalog is flipped to the Agriculture class listings. Stop by and see the real thing in our Research Room!
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Tagged 1949, 1950, agriculture, Archives, classes, college, course catalogs, Exhibits, potato production, student life, turkey management, UAF
APRCA indexer Ulyana recently finished the Jack Jefford Photographs and offers the following description.
Jack Jefford (1910-1979) was an Alaska pilot whose first job in Alaska was with Mirow Air Service that provided shipping and transportation to the Seward Peninsula mines. During one of his flights, Jack crashed on a remote mountain, and was rescued after several days of solitude. Employed by the Civil Aeronautics Authority from 1940, he put important air routes on maps of Alaska, some of which were used during World War II. The fifty-seven images digitized for Alaska’s Digital Archives feature breathtaking aerial views, as well as day-to-day tasks of a small airplane pilot.
Crater of Mt. Magic from 500’. Jack Jefford Photographs, UAF-1966-11-25, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
At Kiwalik. Jack Jefford Photographs, UAF-1966-11-45, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Shipment bags, Mirow Air Service. Jack Jefford Photographs, UAF-1966-11-258, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The George S. Witt Photograph collection includes 157 images – mostly photographs with some real photo postcards. The photographs were taken by George S. Witt who went on walking tours of downtown Fairbanks in 1944. George Sawyer Witt (1913-1996) served in U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1943-1944. Witt, who served as a technician, took photos of the city streets, buildings, and businesses, and wrote vivid (sometimes humorous) remarks on the blank side of his photos. The images depict Cushman Street, First and Second Avenues, Empress Theater, Northern Commercial Company, Lomen Company, Model Bakery, Berny Carr’s Department Store, Nordale Hotel, and the Alaska Railroad Depot.
Our main street – Second Avenue, looking from Lacey down toward Cushman.
George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-44, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
GMC Army Truck. Fairbanks, September 1944.
George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-89, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
4th Street, Fairbanks. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-91, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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Tagged Alaska Railroad Depot, Archives, Berny Carr’s Department Store, buildings, businesses, city streets, Cushman Street, downtown Fairbanks, Empress Theater, First Avenue, George S. Witt Photographs, George Sawyer Witt, George Witt, Lomen Company, Model Bakery, Nordale Hotel, Northern Commercial Company, photographs, pictures, postcards, Second Avenue, Ulyana, vilda, Vilda Collection, World War II
Happy Holidays to all of our lovely patrons and friends!
As the term ends and the holiday season begins, we wanted to update everyone on our holiday closures.
The UAF Rasmuson Library will be closed Sunday, December 18th through Tuesday, January 3rd. This is library-wide closure, so it’s not just the archives that will be closed, but the whole library as well.
Also, due to staff shortages, the archives will be open by APPOINTMENT ONLY Wednesday, January 4th through January 6th. Your appointment must be approved by an archives staff member a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Please call 907-474-6400 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
The APRCA’s fabulous Christmas tree. Happy holidays to you all!
APRCA indexer Ulyana recently finished the Taylor Family Photographs and offers the following description.
The Taylor Family Photograph collection features life in interior Alaska from 1900-1920. It houses many pictures of Nenana, Iditarod, and Ruby, including the Iditarod Courthouse, Ruby Public School, and Fourth of July races and games in Ruby. William J. Taylor (1886-1985) immigrated to the United States as a child. He studied mining in Colorado, and joined the Klondike stampede in 1898. After working in the Yukon gold fields, he moved to the Iditarod region. He and his wife Margaret, whom he met in a mining camp, eventually settled in Nenana. William Taylor worked as a watchmaker and jeweler. He died shortly before his 99th birthday.
William J. Taylor, Nenana.
Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-149a, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Northwestern. Juneau, Alaska. The front rail is missing because it was chopped off as it was weighing the vessel down.
Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-137, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Caribou Café. Note on verso reads, “The man with the apron on is Angus. The woman got married a week after I came here. She comes right from Dawson City too.”
Taylor Family Photographs, UAF-1987-184-145a, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
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Tagged 1900-1920, Angus, Bread for Sale, Caribou Cafe, Fourth of July, Iditarod, Iditarod Courthouse, jeweler, Juneau, Nenana, Northwestern, Photograph Collection, photographs, Ruby, Ruby Public School, ship, Taylor Family Photographs, Ulyana, watchmaker, William J. Taylor, William Taylor