Our indexer, Dee has finished describing the Russell Knapp Papers which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
This collection was mostly about the Beluga. No, not the Arctic marine mammal kind, but of the inflatable nylon dome kind. Let me explain.
The Beluga was an inflatable nylon dome built on the UAF campus in the late 1960s and was used for hockey in the winter and tennis in the summer, and over half of the pictures in this collection show the construction and completion of this funky dome structure.
The other half of the collection consists of photos of the UAF campus, people swimming and playing hockey, and this photo here that I’m incredibly fond of. I really do appreciate a good ‘fro.
Bert Perry in dorm room at UA campus.
Our indexer, Ulyana has finished describing the Harold M. Snyder Photographs collection which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
Harold Snyder in lab office, detachment 1058. Point Barrow, 1945.
Gift of Sharon Arthurs, Stephen Snyder, and Sandra Williams, Harold M. Snyder Photographs depict Barrow and Point Barrow in 1945-1946. Harold M. Snyder was a U.S. Navy photographer during World War II. According to the 1943 letter verifying Harold Mervin Snyder’s military service, he “was attached to the 24th Naval Constr [Construction] Bn [Battalion] during its participation with the combined forces of the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps in the capture and occupation of Rendova and Munda, New Georgia, B.S.I.” The South Pacific joint military campaign of the Allies was directed against Japanese forces that captured New Georgia in 1942. The Harold M. Snyder Photographs depict Detachment 1058, its sailing abroad USS Spica from Portland to Barrow, its Point Barrow headquarters, buildings, daily activities, and celebrations. On his way to Barrow, Harold M. Snyder paused to take photos of Dutch Harbor, a harbor on Amaknak Island in Unalaska attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1942.
Dutch Harbor on way to Point Barrow.
From Lisa Morris, Processing Assistant:
The Dorothy Jean Ray Papers contain autobiographical information, correspondence, notes, manuscripts, publications, research files, microfilm, slides, photographs and negatives. The bulk of the papers are research files that Ray collected as material to use for her many publications and/or because the topic was of interest to her. Ray (1919-2007) was the author of eight books and around ninety professional papers on the art and ethnohistory of primarily the Inupiaq and Yupik Eskimo.
Thiscollection can be accessed in the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room, hours available here: http://library.uaf.edu/research-room-hours
We are very sorry for the inconvenience but the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room will be closed for lunch Tuesday-Friday 12 pm to 1 pm, due to staffing shortage.
Our indexer, Dee has finished describing the C.W. Scarborough Photographs which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
Basically, Wow, is what I have to say. And Beauty Abounds. This little collection of 44 images is beautiful – mostly, beautiful faces and beautiful scenery.
Portrait of woman in a fancy parka
See what I’m saying? Yeah.
Sadly, the main photographer of this collection, Charles W. Scarborough’s last days and last work were captured through these photos as he was lost and presumed dead in 1923, failing to return from a hunting trip and re-board the Duxbury, the boat he sailed upon while on a trading voyage to the east of Point Barrow.
Scarborough with cameras on tripods
Our indexer, Ulyana has finished describing the Harry Heins Photograph Album which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
This collection documents the building of the Canol Highway, which connected Norman Wells, Northwest Territories, to Whitehorse, Yukon. Built during World War II, the Canadian Oil or Canol Road and pipeline supplied fuel for the construction of the Alcan Highway. The album features local scenery, road construction camps and crews, and materials and equipment. The photographs offer a unique glimpse into the building of the Canol Highway as witnessed by a road construction worker.
The research room will be closed for lunch (12-1 pm) Thursday October 1 & Friday October 2.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Our indexer, Dee has finished describing the Butler Brothers Photograph Album which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
One or both of the Butler brothers, William and/or Walter compiled and created this ornamental album: 38 pages filled with 176 photos and 21 maps. One of the brothers estimated it took about 500 hours to make this album and it shows. This collection is ornate and fancy, filled with artistic touches throughout.
For instance, in addition to the five photos on this page depicting various scenes in Nome, it’s decorated with real feathers from a Ptarmigan, along with a hand-drawn map and fleur-de-lis.
Every album page is gussied up in some manner. The brothers were in Nome during the great storm of 1900 and captured the devastation and wreckage throughout the collection, and they did so with panache.
This page shows five images of storm damage, yet look at the colorful whimsy brought to the page. Purple polka dots, and orange ribbons of color surround each photo.
The Butler brothers known for their successful construction business in Minneapolis, Minnesota, traveled to Nome in 1900 and 1901 for gold. Many images are of their travels to Alaska by boat, and of the gold camp and mining operations they set up when they arrived.
Here’s an image of their party traveling up in 1900:
Our party on the deck of Ohio
Notice the seahorses framing the larger photo and the pink border drawn around it with a flourish.
This collection was beautiful. The poor quality of the photos was mentioned in the finding aid, that the films were developed and printed by an amateur in Nome. Maybe so, but the thorough, descriptive captions along with the sophisticated artwork accompanying the photos makes this collection a masterpiece.
I consider myself lucky to have worked on an album such as this.