Category Archives: Campus Life

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 UAF-APR-reference-Service@alaska.edu.

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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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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made it to last night’s showing! It was a blast!

 

 

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Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out and attended Rose Speranza’s talk “Seek and Perhaps Ye Shall Find … Religious Records and Resources for the Study of Alaskan History.”

 

 

We hope to see you at our last Archives month event next Wednesday, a showing of historical Alaska Films.

Click here for more details: 30OCT2013

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New level 2 exhibits!!

Check out these new exhibits in display cases on level 2!

 This display curated by Nicholas Evans, Archives Student Assistant.

This display includes a clip from an interview by Patricia Williams who talks about being at UAF in the1920s and being on the girls basketball team. This display curated by Robyn Russell, Collection Manager, Oral History Program.

 

Original materials in the Research Room (open Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM).

Research Room displays curated by Nicholas Evans, Archives Student Assistant.

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Winter carnival exhibits on level 2!!!

Check out the Fairbanks Winter Carnival exhibits on level 2. Exhibit case and display board feature reproductions from collections available on the Alaska Digital Archives. The display case in the research room contains original material!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month

Check out the exhibits celebrating Women’s History Month on level 2 in the library! There is an exhibit case dedicated to Margaret Murie, the first woman to graduate from UAF, including an oral history recording you can listen to. There is also original material from the Fairbanks Business and Professional Women’s Club Records on display in the research room.

The Archives Research Room is open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Come visit us and see what other cool historical material we have!

UAF-1958-1026-54Photo available on the Alaska Digital Archives:

Charles E. Bunnell, UAF-1958-1026-54, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act!!

The Morrill Act was signed on July 2, 1862, in the midst of the Civil War. It established land-grant colleges for the “liberal and practical education” of the people.

 

Peg Asbury, University Archivist, will be at the Wood Center to talk about the Archives on Saturday, April 21, from 12 to 3 pm, with a historical photograph exhibit.

 

For a full schedule of remaining events: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/Morrill-Act-Schedule-corrected.pdf

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Spring Window View

Our Digital Film Archives head, Dirk Tordoff, notified the Digital Photographic Services Department of APR, of an activity we might want to photograph. He had seen these “water rockets” zoom past his window. Upon further investigation, he determined that the Engineering students were behind this event. Our digitization student employee, Jane Groseclose, rushed out to capture the activities. We just thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the cool things we are able to experience being on Campus on a warm Spring day.



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