Category Archives: Jukebox

Boots, Bikes & Bombers!

Karen Brewster, Research Associate with the Oral History Program/Project Jukebox, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives in the Rasmuson Library, has published a new book:

Come celebrate the release at

Gulliver’s Books

Thursday, May 24th, 6-8 PM

Book Signing & Slide Show Presentation


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Bethel Communities of Memory Project Jukebox

The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, is pleased to announce completion of our latest multi-media oral history website: Bethel Communities of Memory (jukebox.uaf.edu/combethel).

The Alaska Communities of Memory Project was a statewide effort from 1994-1996 funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum to provide an opportunity for people in communities around Alaska to share memories of their community and to reflect on what made their community special. These gatherings were held in Fairbanks, Nome, Unalaska, Juneau, Kotzebue, Homer, Bethel, Wasilla and Kenai-Soldotna.

This Project Jukebox highlights the gathering in Bethel, Alaska on January 25, 26 & 27, 1996, where people told stories about their life in Bethel, flying in bush Alaska, and what made them want to stay in their remote city. The site features fifteen of the event’s oral testimonies and historic photographs of Bethel.

For further information, contact Project Jukebox at (907) 474-6672. This project is supported by the Alaska Humanities Forum.

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Dog Mushing in Alaska Project Jukebox

The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks, is pleased to announce completion of our latest multi-media oral history website: Dog Mushing in Alaska Project Jukebox (jukebox.uaf.edu/akmushing).

The story of dog mushing is an integral part of Alaskan history. Dog traction dates back to the prehistoric record when dogs were first used to pull loads. Dog teams were a vital part of the subsistence and trapping economy in rural Alaska until the advent of snowmachines in the 1960s. Dog teams were key to the gold rush and broad settlement of Alaska, including as haulers of mail and supplies. Today sled dog races and recreational mushing are reminders of those early days when dog teams were essential to life in Alaska.

The Project Jukebox website features oral histories, historic film clips, and still photographs to highlight various aspects of dog mushing in Alaska. Topics include: dog racing, dog breeding, village use of dogs, traveling and camping with dogs, dog teams and tourism, dog team mail carriers, old trails, and building sleds.

For further information, contact Project Jukebox at (907) 474-6672. This project is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library.

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Elder Visit to APR

Elders from Allakaket, Alatna, Bettles and Evansville came to visit Fairbanks for three days between November 11 and the 13th on a grant funded by the National Park Service. They visited the Rasmuson Library to see the Alaska and Polar Regions collection (oral history, archival photos and film footage), the Museum of the North, The Morris Thompson Visitor Center, the Alaska Native Language Center and the National Park Service Office to see material collected that are related to their villages. This repatriation project that will enable the University to make more material available online for future generations based on the elders selection of the most important collections. Please visit the Gates of the Arctic Research Portal at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/gatesportal

Photographs taken by Lily Swaim

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