Here are some pictures from last week’s Northern Studies/APRCA seminar on April 8th, Oral History in the Making–A Family Affair.  It was a presentation by Hild Peters, Helen Peters and Guy Peters as to the process of capturing the life story of the Reverend Helen Peters through oral history.

Keep your eyes open for next semester’s seminars!

New online: John D. Lyle Papers

Our indexer Ulyana has finished describing the photos of the John D. Lyle Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  A bit about this great collection:

Buildings in Kaltag. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-136)

Buildings in Kaltag. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-136)

The John D. Lyle Papers contain correspondence, clippings, articles, publications, and photographs with an emphasis on Kaltag, Alaska. The images from Kaltag include persons, activities, dog sleds, and class rooms. Family names include Stanley, Semaken, Esmailka, Nickoli, Alexi, Solomon, Pitka, Saunders, and Wiseman. There is correspondence from the city of Kaltag and Jacques Cousteau. Many of the articles written about Kaltag are by John Lyle.

Alaska Native Arts Festival at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-1992-11-138)

Alaska Native Arts Festival at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-1992-11-138)

The material not relating to Kaltag contains letters from Yakutsk residents to John Lyle, articles written by John Lyle about various Alaskan topics,photographs of the Festival of Native Arts from 1985-87, and miscellaneous photographs. There is also correspondence, information, and photos regarding Bill Fuller, Celia Hunter, Ginny Hill Wood, Emily Ivanoff Brown, George Schaller, Don Ross, and Katherine Peter.

Kaltag at night.  (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-120)

Kaltag at night. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-120)

The Shipwreck of a Celebrity Ship: The Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photo Collection

Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Schooner Casco Photo Collection, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she says:

Schooner Casco in the Arctic ice.  (UAF-1993-202-34, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Schooner Casco in the Arctic ice. (UAF-1993-202-34, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Many of the photos in this collection depict the Casco, a schooner dubbed the “celebrity ship”  by her association with Robert Louis Stevenson.  In 1888, when this famous author of Treasure Island was desperately ill with tuberculosis, he leased the Casco for a journey to the South Seas, hoping that a warm climate might ease his health as well as buoy his spirit.  Four years later, when Stevenson died (of a cerebral hemorrhage, and not of the feared tuberculosis), the red ensign of the Casco was laid across his body. The Casco battled some fierce Arctic ice on many of her voyages, as shown above.

Unfortunately, she succumbed to the sea in 1919 when a group of adventurers led by Leon McGurk, who ultimately established the Northern Mining and Trading Company, chartered her for a voyage to Siberia. On September 9, she met a gale from the southeast that drove her into the ice near King Island. Although the teak hull was fractured, the crew made it to shore. Within minutes, the Casco was gone.  Her final moments were captured here:

Casco going to pieces on the rocky shore of King Island. (UAF-1993-202-25, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Casco going to pieces on the rocky shore of King Island. (UAF-1993-202-25, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Flotsam and Flannel, This and That: Doris Stephan Photograph Collection

Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Doris Stephan Photograph Collection, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she says:

Look over the finding aid for this collection and you’ll read that there are “105 photographs of street scenes, buildings, dog teams, bridges, animals, landscapes, aircraft, people, and aerial views. Views include construction, the sternwheeler ‘Aksala’, Camp Aehnder, and quonset huts.”

“Howard L. and me, just fooling.” (UAF-1993-253-13, Doris Stephan Photo Collection.)

It fails to mention, however, about the plaid flannel. You’ll find this checkered pattern throughout on the frames of Howard Ryan.  Not that this is a bad thing, but I was hoping for a change of wardrobe, perhaps a down parka?  Maybe a trench coat or a bomber jacket.  Something, anything with a hood!  This is the Arctic, after all.

What Howard lacked in fashion sense, he made up with his sense of humor.  Here he’s seen clowning around with his friend.  Please notice what he’s wearing.

I found UAF-1993-253-110 to be the most intriguing photo in the collection.  What happened to cause all this destruction? It appears to be an airplane accident, but no details were written on the photo.

“Flotsam.” (UAF-1993-253-110, Doris Stephan Photo Collection.)

In closing, this was a mixture of many different images: a hodgepodge of a little bit of this (plaid flannel) and a little bit of that (particularly dog teams, dirt roads, and water scenes).

New exhibits in library!

 Check out exhibits on levels 2 & 3 commemorating this year’s 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake & tsunami. Exhibits in display cases on level 2 were put together by archives student assistants Jeannie Jurasek and Simon Smith. Alaska Film Archives exhibit on level 3 by Angela Schmidt.

 

 

New exhibits on level 2!!

Check out our new holiday exhibits on level 2, all exhibits completed by our archives student assistants!

Cornbread from Cooperative Services Records

Archives staff donated cornbread during the United Way Chili Cook-off last Tuesday (Nov. 12). We used two recipes we found in the Cooperative Services Records and one staff member donated pilot bread, as that is an authentic side for chili too!

 

Here are the cornbread recipes we used: cornbreadAcard cornbreadBcard

Birthday party for late Sen. Ted Stevens Nov. 18

University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rasmuson Library will commemorate the 90th birthday of the late Sen. Ted Stevens on Nov. 18.

The event will begin with a cake-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Level 4.

At 6 p.m., a gallery talk on Level 2 will discuss the role maps played in Stevens’ career.

An exhibit, “Mapping Alaska,” will explore the creative pursuit of navigating the state’s diverse geography, featuring materials from the Ted Stevens Papers archive.

For more information call 474-7947 or email eeeckman@alaska.edu.

Originally posted at:

http://library.uaf.edu/apr-news-birthday-party-late-sen-ted-stevens-nov-18

Research Room closing early November 18

The Research Room will be closing at 2 pm on Monday, November 18, to set up for an event that evening.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but please join us for a celebration of Senator Ted Stevens.

Please visit the  link bel0w for more information:

http://library.uaf.edu/apr-news-birthday-party-late-sen-ted-stevens-nov-18

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made it to last night’s showing! It was a blast!