Category Archives: Acquisitions

Showcasing Alaska Anniversaries

There are so many important anniversaries in Alaska this year that we had to reach into our collections to share some of what we have with you! So we’ve put together special displays on Level 2 in Rasmuson Library. They are packed with items from our historical collections – maps, photographs, ephemera, and much more! We are celebrating several important historical events:

  • UAF’s centennial
  • The 150 anniversary of Russia’s sale of Alaska to the United States
  • The 100th birthday of Denali National Park
  • The 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway
  • The 75th anniversary of the Alaska-Siberia Route
  • The 50th anniversary of the Fairbanks flood

You can see (and borrow!) some of the university’s first library books. Inside the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room, two displays feature student handbooks from 1964 and 1984, and a selection of early University of Alaska catalogs.

First college books. This selection of UAF library books was reconstructed from an essay written by Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines Leslie Marchand, professor of English and French. The list of fifty-seven book appeared in Farthest-North Collegian in 1925. Courtesy of Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives, Ulyana Korotkova.

Filming Denali: Denali National Park’s 100th Birthday. Courtesy of Alaska Film Archives, Angela Schmidt.

View of exhibit. Thanks to Kathy Arndt, Angela Schmidt, Charles Hilton, and Ulyana Korotkova for making it happen! Happy Birthday UAF!

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Lael Morgan Collection

Lael Morgan was a UAF professor of journalism who wrote for major U.S. and Alaska newspapers and magazines, and who wrote books about Alaska, including the popular Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush. The photos that appear in Alaska’s Digital Archives were part of “Miles and Miles,” an exhibit about African-American builders of ALCAN (Alaska Highway). She curated the 1992 exhibit for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

This portion of the collection preserves unique photographic images that give a glimpse into the one-third of the U.S. Army ALCAN construction troops as they build, repair, and march along the highway in 1942-1943. Several photographs from the Lael Morgan Collection are a part of the Rasmuson Library 75th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway exhibit, which is on display on Level 2 of the library.

Alaska Highway, road construction, soldiers, Afro-Americans, World War II

Walter Mason’s A Company 97th building a pioneer bridge. Lael Morgan Collection, UAF-2012-71-351, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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APRCA in the News: Glass-Base Records

Those of you who attended our open house last week might recall the fragile, interesting glass records the Oral History folks were showing off. The Northeast Document Conservation Center recently featured these glass-base records in a short article on their website here. As you can see from the article, these records are one-of-a-kind and an exciting and important addition to our collections, providing a record of an Alaskan Native dialect not often heard anymore. We are very happy that the university saw the need to provide support to have these records preserved.

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Coffee Hour at the Archives

This is the first posting by our new Assistant Archivist, Erin Wahl.

On Monday, August 29th, our new academic year begins here at UAF. As a sort of celebration of a brand new semester, the folks down in APRCA decided to host a coffee hour for library faculty, staff, and student workers. Some of us put our chef’s hats on and contributed some awesome baked goods to the cause, while others pitched in some dough for nice coffee.


Library faculty, staff, and student workers enjoying coffee hour.


Assistant Archivist Charles Hilton (left) discusses the Alaska Commercial Company Records with Interim Dean of Libraries Suzan Hahn (right) and ANCSA Project Director Robert Drozda (center).

We also wanted to share with our fun coworkers, some of the amazing stuff we get to see every day. So we decided to channel everyone’s inner history nerd by pulling items from some of our favorite, new, recently used, and cool collections for a library show-and-tell.


Library faculty, staff, and student workers in the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room.

Some of the things our colleagues got to feast their eyes on? A ledger from the Alaska Commercial Company, brand new acquisitions of rare maps that have not yet been cataloged, a photo album from the 1890s, colorful maps of Alaska produced for tourism, some fun correspondence between family members from a recently processed collection, and some other goodies. We even put an unprocessed, recently donated box of slides next to a box of slides that had been processed as an example of the kind of work that we do on a daily basis.


The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library on a rainy day with hot coffee!


Library faculty, staff, and student workers in the Paul H. McCarthy Research Room.

It was fun to have our friends from other floors down for a visit before the busyness of a new academic year begins. Thanks for coming everyone! Next time I’m thinking…ugly sweater Christmas theme?


Alaska and Polar Regions Bibliographer and Curator of Rare Books Dr. Katherine Arndt (left) discusses new rare map acquisitions with Library Development and Public Information Officer Suzanne Bishop (right).

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Celebrate American Archives Month!

Ernest H. Gruening Papers, UAF-1976-21-281We are celebrating American Archives Month with a presentation by Assistant Archivist Rose Speranza.   Ms. Speranza will discuss how political collections make their way to the Archives and how they are processed and described for use. This presentation will highlight the Ernest Gruening, Anthony J. Dimond, E.L. “Bob” Bartlett, Mike Gravel, and William A. Egan Papers.  Material, including the Ted Stevens Statehood and Pipeline, Politics & People exhibit, will be available for people to view.  This event will be held on level 2 of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library on Thursday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited; coffee and cookies will be provided.

For more information, please contact Rose Speranza at (907) 474-2791 or

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Cornelius Osgood Papers

The Cornelius Osgood Papers are processed!

Cornelius Osgood, 1905-1985, was Curator of Anthropology at the Yale Peabody Museum from 1934 to 1973. Osgood is best known for his research among the Athabascan speaking people of interior Alaska, including the Bearlake Indians, Han, Tanaina, Kuchin, and Anvik people, and for his detailed ethnographies and linguistic studies. Osgood also did field work in Connecticut, China and Korea. Much of his research was published through the “Yale University Publications in Anthropology.” [Biography adapted from the Peabody Museum’s website].

About the collection:

The Cornelius Osgood Papers contain general notes, photographic images, original manuscripts, typescripts of manuscripts, sketches and drawings, plate and figure photographs for Osgood’s many publications, genealogies, offprints, course notes, field notes and maps relating to Osgood’s work with the northern Athabascan people.

Please visit the archives research room (level 2 of the Rasmuson Library) for more information!

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New Online: Basil Clemons album of Ruby, Alaska

This part of the Candace Waugaman Collection includes one photograph album with approximately 276 photographs taken by Basil Clemons of Ruby, Alaska, ca. 1911-1916.

The Candace Waugaman Collection consists of historical manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and ephemera donated by private collector and local historian Candace Waugaman.  The collection focuses upon the history of Alaska and the Yukon Territory, with particular emphasis upon the Fairbanks, Alaska, region.  It is continually receiving new additions.

Candace Waugaman Collection. Alaska and Yukon Historical Photographs. Basil Clemons album of Ruby, Alaska, no. 45

Basil Clemons album of Ruby, Alaska

Candace Waugaman Collection

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New Online: Daisy Keene / Tonia Smith Photograph Collection

This collection includes colored slides taken in various Alaskan locations including Sitka, Hydaburg, and Nome. Subjects include student life, mining activities, aerial views of towns and villages, and landscapes.

Daisy Keene / Tonia Smith Photograph Collection, No. 37

Daisy Keene / Tonia Smith Photograph Collection

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New online: Edward Mulligan photograph album

The Edward Mulligan Photograph Album contains 80 images (74 photographs and 6 images clipped from publications). Subjects include streetscapes and views of beach mining at Nome, Alaska, in 1899-1900; the revenue cutter “Bear” and its crew in 1896 and 1897; Unalaska, Alaska, including an excellent view of the Russian Orthodox church there; Dutch Harbor, Saint Michael, and Port Clarence, Alaska; Eskimos from East Cape on the Chukchi Peninsula, from Mackenzie Bay in Canada, and from northwestern Alaska; the Eskimo village at Indian Point (Cape Chaplino) on the Chukchi Peninsula; and the vessels “Thrasher” and “Jeanie.” There are also several photographs of Mulligan’s friends and family, some of them taken outside Alaska.

At least eight of the images in the album are by photographer F. D. Fujiwara; all are dated 1897 and appear to document a voyage of the revenue cutter “Bear” to Point Barrow in that year. Mulligan himself is thought to have been the photographer for the remainder of the images. Although most of the images include identifications, not all of them are correctly identified.

Edward Mulligan photograph album, No. 63

Edward Mulligan photograph album

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