Category Archives: Digitization

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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Ernest and Helen Watson Album

After graduating from the Evansville College in Indiana, Ernest and Helen Watson went to Alaska as teachers. From 1925 to 1926, they were stationed in St. Paul on the Pribilof Islands. Their goal was to earn money and continue their education. Ernest eventually became a pediatrician, and Helen received an advanced degree in library science.

During their stay in St. Paul, the couple took photos of wildlife, people, and activities in the area, as well as their trips to or from St. Paul.

Helen Watson, teachers, St. Paul

Helen Watson on board the Vega in Bering Sea, July 1925. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-1993-186-1, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

St. Paul, villages

Village of St. Paul, 1925-1926. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-2002-158-219, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

children, school children, St. Paul

Aleut children from the senior school on St. Paul Island, 1925. Ernest and Helen Watson Album, UAF-1993-186-2, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album

In 1924, Leonidas Westervelt (1875-1952) toured Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park. Leonidas, who graduated from Columbia University in 1903, was a renowned collector of theatrical books and manuscripts and a playwright. Sweet Seventeen, a play that lists him as an author together with Harriet Ford, Harvey O’Higgins, and John Clements, was performed at the Lyceum Theatre in New York the same year that he took his tour. He had been on the staff of the Museum of the American Indian, and was a vice-president of the New York Historical Society. Alaska’s Digital Archives selection of photographs from Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album highlights features of the tour – modes of transportation, buildings, and street scenes.

Leonidas Westervelt, Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album

Juneau, July 21st. Main Street. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-18, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

White Horse, transportation

Primitive conveyance, White Horse. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-34, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Silver ores, barges

Silver ore on barge. Alaska, Canada and Yellowstone Park Tour Album, UAF-1968-30-70, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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William C. Douglass Photographs

William C. Douglass Photographs feature slides of Kennecott Mines – Bonanza, Jumbo, Mother Lode, and Erie. This collection belonged to William C. Douglass, who worked as the Kennecott Mine foreman and superintendent from 1916 to 1929. The richest copper mine in the world that was named as a result of a spelling error operated near the Kennicott Glacier from 1909 to 1938. The Guggenheims and J.P. Morgan (the Alaska Syndicate) that purchased Kennecott, invested $22 million for construction of Copper River and Northwestern Railway alone. Regardless the expenditure, the copper empire did so well that when it went public in 1915, its stock rose from a few dollars to seventy-five dollars a share.

Kennecott Mine

Mill and loaded cars. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-18, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jumbo tramway, Jim Dennis

Jim Dennis, Jumbo tramway. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-6, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Copper River and Northwestern Railway

Snow, Copper River and Northwestern Railway. William C. Douglass Photographs, UAF-2006-86-38, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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George S. Witt Photographs

The George S. Witt Photograph collection includes 157 images – mostly photographs with some real photo postcards. The photographs were taken by George S. Witt who went on walking tours of downtown Fairbanks in 1944. George Sawyer Witt (1913-1996) served in U.S. Army during World War II. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1943-1944. Witt, who served as a technician, took photos of the city streets, buildings, and businesses, and wrote vivid (sometimes humorous) remarks on the blank side of his photos. The images depict Cushman Street, First and Second Avenues, Empress Theater, Northern Commercial Company, Lomen Company, Model Bakery, Berny Carr’s Department Store, Nordale Hotel, and the Alaska Railroad Depot.

Our main street – Second Avenue, looking from Lacey down toward Cushman. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-44, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Our main street – Second Avenue, looking from Lacey down toward Cushman.
George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-44, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

GMC Army Truck. Fairbanks, September 1944. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-89, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

GMC Army Truck. Fairbanks, September 1944.
George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-89, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

4th Street, Fairbanks. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-91, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

4th Street, Fairbanks. George S. Witt Photographs, UAF-1984-105-91, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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Charles D. Jones Papers

Ulyana recently completed indexing the Charles D. Jones Papers on Alaska’s Digital Archives. Nice work Ulyana! Read on to see what she has to say about the collection.

This collection that houses signed portraits of members of the first Alaska Territorial Legislature is one of a kind. Two sets of photographs that are pasted inside two albums feature Alaska Territorial Senate and House members, first and second Governors of Alaska Territory, and Senate and House in session. The two albums belonged to Rep. Charles Davenport Jones (terr. H.R. 1913-15; terr. Sen., 1947-51, 1953-57). Throughout his career, he worked as Seward Peninsula Railway employee, prospector, miner, Alaska Road Commission foreman, and U.S. Marshal in Nome area. 

The Territory of Alaska and the Alaska Territorial Legislature were created through passage of the Second Organic Act in 1912. In 1913, the new legislators traveled to Juneau via dogsleds and a steamship. Their first act was to give women the right to vote, seven years before the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified by the states.

Charles D. Jones, Nome. First Territorial Legislature, 1913. House. Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-50, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Charles D. Jones, Nome. First Territorial Legislature, 1913. House.
Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-50, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

First Alaska Territorial House of Representatives, 1913. Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-27, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First Alaska Territorial House of Representatives, 1913.
Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-27, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

 

First Alaska Territorial Senate, 1913. Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-26, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

First Alaska Territorial Senate, 1913.
Charles D. Jones Papers, UAF-913-26, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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New Jukebox!

The Oral History Program at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is pleased to announce completion of the Cold War in Alaska: Nike Missile Sites Project Jukebox, available on-line at www.jukebox.uaf.edu/akcoldwar.

People who visit this site can listen to oral history recordings with veterans who worked at Nike Missile Sites in Anchorage and Fairbanks in the 1960s, as well as with experts on the effects of the Cold War on Alaska. You can hear about damage to the missile sites in Anchorage from the 1964 Earthquake, and what it was like working with nuclear warheads. There are stories about spies, airplanes being shot down, and the role Alaska played in the Cold War.

This project was supported by funding from the Alaska Historical Commission.

For more information about the project, please contact:

Leslie McCartney, Curator of Oral History, University of Alaska Fairbanks

lmccartney@alaska.edu    (907) 474-7737

Karen Brewster, Research Associate, University of Alaska Fairbanks

karen.brewster@alaska.edu    (907) 474-6672

cold war jukebox_publicity announcement

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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 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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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out and attended Leslie McCartney’s  presentation at the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society’s (TYHS) monthly meeting .

For more information on the TYHS:

http://www.fairbanks-tyhs.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanana-Yukon-Historical-Society/173169082739130

 

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