Our indexer Dee has finished describing 36 items — including photographs, letters, and other physical artifacts — of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she has to say:
I’ve worked at the Rasmuson Library for 11 years now, and, for my first few years here, I passed by this portrait of Elmer E. Rasmuson hanging up at the south entrance of the library, mistakenly thinking it was our dean at the time. To my new employee eyes, they looked remarkably the same!
When I discovered that this was actually the eponym of the library, I have to say, I was unimpressed. Because, to me, it looked like a thousand other portraits of philanthropists and politicians. I felt a bit of gratitude and respect for the man, but not much past that.
But indexing this collection of photos was a pleasure — a true honor, to be honest.
This philanthropist and politician… Well, he was very very engaged, very instrumental to Alaska’s development, and very philanthropic. It’s no wonder he has a library named after him!
I strongly encourage you all to read the gems of information about him and his family that can be found here: http://library.uaf.edu/rasmusonbio/. This collection was curated by our very own Lisa Morris who works in the Alaska and Polar Regions Collection & Archives at the Rasmuson Library.
I will now pass by Elmer’s portrait, and I will honor him. I nod to you, Elmer, with much appreciation, with all due respect.