At their annual conference on September 25-28, 2013 in Haines, Alaska the Alaska Historical Society gave two awards to Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, Rasmuson Library staff, Karen Brewster and recently retired Dirk Tordoff.
Karen Brewster received a Contributions to Alaska History Award for showing how oral history can be a significant research tool in writing Alaska history as demonstrated through her editing of Boots, Bikes, and Bombers: Adventures of Alaska Conservationist Ginny Hill Wood.
Dirk Tordoff received the Evangeline Atwood Award, which is given to an individual for significant long-term contributions to Alaska state or local history. The award is named for one of the founders of the Alaska Historical Society who wrote, supported, and advocated for Alaska history from the 1940s into the 1990s. Dirk retired last spring after 20 years as director of the Alaska Film Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.