Category Archives: Archives

William R. Cashen Papers

Ulyana, APRCA’s rockstar processing assistant, recently completed indexing the William R. Cashen Papers on Alaska’s Digital Archives. Ulyana walks us through Cashen’s life below.

William R. Cashen Papers belonged to University of Alaska Fairbanks alumni who edited the first college newspaper, Farthest-North Collegian, from 1934 to 1937. Born in 1914 in Douglas, Alaska to a family of eight children, Bill Cashen left for Fairbanks in 1933 because of an unused Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines scholarship that was passed down to him. He majored in Mathematics, and graduated in 1937 with General Science degree. While in school, he was a member of College Dramatic Club, and one of several students “qualified” as motion picture projectionists. Bill Cashen took his first airplane ride in Noel Wien’s airplane on July 4, 1934, and his first trip outside Alaska on the Alaska Steamship Aleutian in 1939. He became a faculty member in 1942, and was listed as an assistant professor of civil engineering and mathematics from 1943. The photographic part of the collection consists of slides that portray Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (University of Alaska Fairbanks) from 1915 Cornerstone Ceremony to 1970s.

First six matriculates on cornerstone – September 18, 1922. Art Loftus, Roden Davis, Earl Foster, Donald Morgan, Dorothy (Roth) Loftus, Ethel Bailey. William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-10, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First six matriculates on cornerstone – September 18, 1922. Art Loftus, Roden Davis, Earl Foster, Donald Morgan, Dorothy (Roth) Loftus, Ethel Bailey.
William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-10, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

Jeep in front of Main Dorm – 1944. William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-41, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jeep in front of Main Dorm – 1944.
William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-41, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Geophysical Institute, 1969. William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-88, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Geophysical Institute, 1969.
William R. Cashen Papers, UAF-2005-6-88, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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E.C. Sharpe Diaries: Spinach Soup

As one way to celebrate Archives Month, some of the folks in the library volunteered to make recipes found in some of our manuscript collections. This post comes courtesy of the lovely Ms. Dee from our awesome Acquisitions and Technical Services Department. These are the people who bring you the wonderful, descriptive entries on Alaska’s Digital Archives. It’s difficult to do our work without support from them and their fantastic indexing skills.

The Sharpe Diaries also include such gems as the picture below, which shows what looks like a child’s writing exercises. Some things haven’t changed all that much since the 1880s and early 1900s. Read on to hear Ms. Dee talk about her experience with an old soup recipe from the E.C. Sharpe Diaries.

Page from Sharpe diary with children's writing. E.C. Sharpe Diaries, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Find it in Star Archives.

Page from Sharpe diary with children’s writing.
E.C. Sharpe Diaries, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Find it in Star Archives.

I chose to make the Spinach Soup recipe seen below, and transcribed as this:

Put the spinach onto
[stove?] with a tiny bit
of water. [Stew?] for
1/2 hour. Then push
through a sieve. Then
add milk – salt –
pepper – ___ – chicken

So, basically, three ingredients and two spices comprise this recipe. I wonder what made this concoction recipe-worthy to the person who wrote these simple steps down? What could have been forgotten in making up this dish? I looked over this itty bitty recipe in wonder over its simplicity.

Page from Sharpe diary with Spinach Soup recipe. E.C. Sharpe Diaries, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Find it in Star Archives.

Started with the main ingredient, the spinach.  A whole plastic bin’s worth of it in all its full leaf majesty before it was sauteed down to a shapeless mound of shriveled and shrunk leaves.

Fresh spinach leaves.

Fresh spinach leaves.

Following the recipe directions, I added in milk (I chose unsweetened almond milk).
Hmmm,  it appears more like a spinach cereal than soup.  If I added the chicken the recipe called for, it would be kicked up a notch to chicken spinach cereal.
Because I’m a vegetarian, and because chicken spinach cereal sounds gross, I didn’t add animals parts to this bowl of swimming spinach leaves.   But I couldn’t leave as is either.  Just look at this sad milky bowl of greens.  I couldn’t force myself to eat of this unappetizing  dish.
Not so appetizing yet...

Not so appetizing yet…

So I busted out the blender, and gave it a good whirl.Look at how spinach cereal transforms in all its bright green glory into a blended soup!

Dee busts out the blender.

Dee busts out the blender…

...and ends up with something new.

…and ends up with something new.

To give it some substance and let’s face it, this bowl of green stuff needed some serious flavor enhancement, I added in a pile of sauteed mushrooms., and garnished it with some crumbled cashews for crunch.

My first foray into blended soups, and it was a good one. In fact, the transformation is a bit stunning. This neon-green, creamy bisque all dolled up in mushrooms and cashews turned out to be quite handsome, quite sophisticated. A spinach soup star was born from the humblest of recipes. It was delicious.

Dee took this old recipe and re-imagined it for a modern audience. Nice work Dee!

Dee took this old recipe and re-imagined it for a modern audience. Nice work Dee!

 

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W.H. (Bill) Carroll Photographs

Indexer extraordinaire Lisa just finished updating the W. H. (Bill) Carroll Photograph Collection on Alaska’s Digital Archives. W. H. (Bill) Carroll came to Alaska in 1936, and attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in 1938. His field of study was Mining Engineering, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. Most of these black-and-white photos were taken between 1938 and 1940, and most are mining photos or pictures of student life at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. There are several photos of Bill Carroll, but my favorite of him is in a point field, manning a “point hammer.” He evidently worked at the thaw fields in the summertime.

Bill Carroll at his summer's pastime. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-39, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Bill Carroll at his summer’s pastime.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-39, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

I always enjoy photos that have a story behind them, like this photo that captured the continuing search for some “store boughten teeth” in the middle of the gold field.

Man digging with pickaxe. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-196, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Man digging with pickaxe.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-196, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Quite a number of the photos in this collection were focused on the Fairbanks Ice Carnival, and the beauty pageant that was associated with it. The photos depict the queen and her court on a specially carved ice throne, dressed in parkas. Below is Miss Alaska from either 1938 or 1939.

Miss Alaska. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-151, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Miss Alaska.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-151, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

There were many interesting photos of student life at the University of Alaska, so it was hard to choose just one or two to highlight. There are several photos of R.O.T.C. members, such as this one where Army R.O.T.C. cadets were “on guard at the gym.”

Gym with the R.O.T.C. on guard. W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-71, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gym with the R.O.T.C. on guard.
W. H. Bill Carroll Photograph Collection, 1988-168-71, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Some things about life on campus don’t seem to change much, but clothing styles certainly have. I am always amazed at how suits were commonly worn by men in that time period, even if they were just studying. One thing that doesn’t change is the enjoyment of hanging out with friends on campus, and there are hints of that in many of these photos. I hope you will take the time to look further into this collection, for it is well worth delving into!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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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Historical photograph display at Sadler’s!

Sadler's display with sign

 

Historical photograph reproductions from the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives. Reproductions made by Digital Photographic Services at the Rasmuson Library.

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New exhibits on level 2 and 3

This exhibit covers local Fairbanks businesses from the 1890s to the present and was curated b​y Nicholas Evans, and arranged by Nicholas Evans and Monika Frey, both student archives assistants. Each exhibit case follows a specific theme in its arrangement.
 
The first case is entirely about a long-standing popular Fairbanks clothing store, Sargent & Pinska’s, later called Martin A. Pinska’s. 
 
The second case is devoted to Fairbanks industry and trade, and features original material from the Northern Commercial Company, Fairbanks Banking Company, Fairbanks Gold Dredging Company, and more. 
 
The third case highlights Fairbanks’ long beer brewing history, from the early 1900s all the way to 2014, with material from both early breweries and the two currently operating in the area.
 
The fourth exhibit case showcases miscellaneous Fairbanks businesses at early points in their history like the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Pioneer Park and local institutions like radio stations and the university, as well as businesses that are no longer operating, like the Daily Times and the Blue Crystal Water Company.
In addition, the Alaska Film Archives is running 1970s commercials and outtakes for Fairbanks-area businesses on the Rasmuson Library Level 3 display near the Media Classroom. Clips are from the KTVF Collection, and include scenes from Nerland’s Home Furnishings, Russell’s Union 76 Station, Seekins Ford, Knitting Center, and the Pantry Market. Local persons featured include Larry Holmstrom, Darrell Russell, Ralph Seekins, and Bob “Granny” Hamme. The library display features silent footage only. To check out highlights with audio, please go to the Alaska Film Archives You Tube channel: http://bit.ly/1oSzlmT
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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!

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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.

 

 

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New exhibits on level 2!!

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

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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

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