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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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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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Pioneer Voices Presented by Leslie McCartney- Nov. 13th 7:00pm

Join Curator Leslie McCartney as she shares memorable audio clips from the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 4 collection. The recordings, made by members of the Pioneers of Alaska, record the histories of hundreds of pioneers, from miners to homesteaders and captains of industry. The collection ranges from early gold camp days to the 1967 flood.

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 13 @ 7:00pm
  • Where: Research Room, Level 2, Rasmuson Library

For more information, contact Leslie McCartney, 907-474-7737 or

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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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Birthday party for late Sen. Ted Stevens Nov. 18

University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rasmuson Library will commemorate the 90th birthday of the late Sen. Ted Stevens on Nov. 18.

The event will begin with a cake-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Level 4.

At 6 p.m., a gallery talk on Level 2 will discuss the role maps played in Stevens’ career.

An exhibit, “Mapping Alaska,” will explore the creative pursuit of navigating the state’s diverse geography, featuring materials from the Ted Stevens Papers archive.

For more information call 474-7947 or email

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Research Room closing early November 18

The Research Room will be closing at 2 pm on Monday, November 18, to set up for an event that evening.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but please join us for a celebration of Senator Ted Stevens.

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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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An OLD SCHOOL -style Film Showing!

Join us tonight for a screening of 16mm films
FREE and Open to the Public
Wednesday October 30, 7-9 pm
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Level 2
FILMS include:

Fairbanks Where We Live (1980)
Our Community Speaks (1974)
Alaska Is Our Campus (1971)
Alaska’s Lifeline (1970s)


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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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