Alaska and Polar Regions Collection & Archives Open House Oct. 17th

You’re invited to the Alaska and Polar Regions Collection & Archives (APRCA) Open House on Oct. 17th, 5:00pm-7:00pm.

  • Celebrate the re-opening the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room
  • Meet our new Archivist, Rachel Cohen
  • Exhibits featuring materials from:
    • Michael Krauss Collection
    • Candace Waugaman Collection

Questions? Contact or call 907-474-6400 for more information.

Parking is free after 5:00pm in the Signers’ Hall & Eielson Parking Lots (3A, 3C & 3G).

Light refreshments will be provided.

World Premier Screenings of Attla

Tanana Chiefs Conference, Doyon, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks present the community WORLD PREMIERE of ATTLA, a new PBS documentary on legendary dogsled racer George Attla.

Screenings will be held in:

FAIRBANKS on October 16 & 17 – 7:00pm at the Regal Goldstream

ANCHORAGE – October 24 & 25 – 7:00pm at the Regal Tikahtnu

Information on how to obtain your free ticket will be available on the ATTLA Documentary Facebook page on October 1st!

We are thrilled to share that ATTLA will be broadcast nationwide on PBS’ Independent Lens on December 16, 2019!


Welcome Rachel Cohen as our new Archivist

UAF Libraries are pleased to announce and welcome our new Archivist, Rachel Cohen, who will begin her duties on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Originally from southeast Alaska, Ms. Cohen comes to us most recently from a position as User Services Librarian/Archivist at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

She holds degrees in English and Writing, Library and Information Science, Theatre History, and Instructional Design.

Rachel Cohen

An Interview with Assistant Archivist Becky Butler

Want to know more about the life of an Archivist? Listen to this fabulous interview with Becky Butler, an Archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives. The collections that she mentions in the interview, including the Ernest Gruening papers and the The Fabian Carey Collection of Fairbanks Red Light District Photographs, can be found by searching UAF’s Archives Catalog. Thanks for listening!


Archivist Candidate Presentations

We currently have two Archivist candidates scheduled to give presentations for the Archivist position.

Presentation topics are to be determined.

For each candidate A small reception will follow in the library staff lounge.  An opportunity will be provided for you to give feedback candidate presentations.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 3:30pm, Mary Anne Hamblen
Mary Anne was the Stevens Archivist from July 2011 until Feb 2014. Mary Anne will give her presentation in the Library Media Classroom (room 340 Rasmuson Library).

Friday, May 31, 2019 at 1:30pm, Rachel Cohen
Rachel Cohen is the Assistant Librarian and Archivist and User Services Librarian for the Special Collection at Samford University in Alabama. Rachel will give her presentation in the Library Media Classroom (room 340 Rasmuson Library).


We’re hiring an Archivist!

The Alaska & Polar Regions Collections and Archives Department (APRCA) of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is accepting applications for an Archivist to develop, manage, and promote manuscript and archival collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF).

For details and information on how to apply see

New! Alaska & Polar Regions Collections and Archives Digital Repository

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections and Archives (APRCA) Digital Repository accessible at

The APRCA Digital Repository was created to provide access to some of Rasmuson Library’s unique digital resources, including items from the Alaska Film Archives, the Archives unit, the Oral History unit, and the Rare Books & Maps unit.

Visitors to this site are invited to browse by subject, collection, topic and type of object. The repository is in its early phase and library units are continuing to add content.

Funding for this project was provided as a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For inquiries about this project, contact Ilana Kingsley at

Alaska & Polar Regions Collections and Archives (APRCA) Digital Repository

Otto Geist’s Treasure

There’s a mystery afoot in the APR Collection and Archives Research Room! Well, technically, it’s been a mystery here at UAF since 1938. Some of you may already know the story: Otto Geist, self-made paleontologist and well-known Fairbanksonian, reportedly buried mammoth tusks somewhere on campus. Some say it was to spite a rival, others say it was to test “proofing” methods to better preserve the fragile material. Whatever the reason, no one knows where the tusks are now. They sit, gaining value, just waiting for some lucky Goonies.

Dr. Geist with specimens

Before you all pull out your shovels and we have a full-on Sacharian Holes situation here, I should explain that students with the MAYmester documentary class have been hard at work treasure-hunting in the APR Archives. Using the Otto Geist papers, they’ve pored over his field notes, diaries, and reports looking for clues. They’ve even found a 1952 interview with Geist held by the Oral History Program. If anyone’s going to find those tusks, my money’s on them.

Do you have any campus legends you’d like to learn more about? Do you have any leads to other campus treasures? Tell the Archives about it! We love a good caper. Email us at

KUAC-FM archival recordings available online

More than 120 hours of archival recordings from KUAC-FM, the public radio station in Fairbanks, Alaska, are now available for listening online.

The KUAC-FM Audiotapes Collection consists of nearly 950 open-reel audiotapes containing original local KUAC-FM programs from the late 1970s through the 1990s. It is held at the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.

Technicians at the Northeast Document Conservation Center digitized 126 hours of recordings with grant funding provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources. The digital recordings are now available for listening online through the UAF library catalog by visiting

Topics include Arctic policy, climate change, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, whaling, dog mushing, gardening and the arts. Programs contain interviews with Alaska Native leaders as well as Alaska authors, politicians and students.

You can also see a news release about this at

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Leslie McCartney, 907-474-7737,

It’s Archival Film Friday! Snowy travel in Alaska, 1950s

Watch Snowy travel in Alaska, 1950s on our YouTube Channel

Snowy travel in Alaska, 1950s Alaska artist and filmmaker Fred Machetanz and his wife, author Sara Machetanz, travel in their car along narrow, snowy roads from their log home to nearby Palmer, Alaska, during winter in the late 1950s.

This scene was filmed to demonstrate a typical Alaskan wintertime experience, so that it could be shown to audiences in the Lower 48.

The Machetanz films were some of the earliest films collected by the University of Alaska Fairbanks for preservation purposes. This film has recently been scanned in high definition by the Alaska Film Archives at UAF, and the original 16mm film print is being preserved in a specialized climate-controlled film vault housed inside the Rasmuson Library at UAF (Color/Silent/16mm film).

This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-1091 from the Machetanz collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Alaska Film Archives is supported by Rasmuson Rare Books Endowment.

For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives.