Category Archives: Oral History

APRCA in the News: Glass-Base Records

Those of you who attended our open house last week might recall the fragile, interesting glass records the Oral History folks were showing off. The Northeast Document Conservation Center recently featured these glass-base records in a short article on their website here. As you can see from the article, these records are one-of-a-kind and an exciting and important addition to our collections, providing a record of an Alaskan Native dialect not often heard anymore. We are very happy that the university saw the need to provide support to have these records preserved.

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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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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 lmccartney@alaska.edu

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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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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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Pioneer Voices: Highlights of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society Audio Collection

Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., Leslie McCartney, curator of oral history at Rasmuson Library, will present “Pioneer Voices: Highlights of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society Audio Collection.” The talk is part of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society’s monthly meeting. The society recently made available hundreds of hours of oral history recordings made by several notable Interior Alaska pioneers.

Free & open to the public.

Location: Research Room on level 2 of the Rasmuson Library.

Please contact Leslie McCartney at lmccartney@alaska.edu or call 474-7737 for more information.

16OCT2013

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Open House pics

Thanks to all who supported our Open House last week. Please join us for our next Archives Month event tomorrow: Pioneer Voices: Highlights of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society Audio Collection presented by Leslie McCartney, oral history curator. The talk is part of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society’s monthly meeting.

16OCT2013

Please contact Leslie McCartney at lmccartney@alaska.edu or call 474-7737 for more information.

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Open House!

The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives are kicking off Archives month by hosting an Open House on Tuesday, October 8 from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm. There will be tours of the archives stacks, vault tours, a Project Jukebox listening station and curators and archivists on hand to discuss their collections. Please join us, this event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Begin your tour in the Research Room located on level 2 of the Rasmuson Library.

Contact 907-474-2791 or UAF-APR-reference-Service@alaska.edu for more information.

Open House flier

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Congratulations to Karen Brewster & Dirk Tordoff!

At their annual conference on September 25-28, 2013 in Haines, Alaska the Alaska Historical Society gave two awards to Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, Rasmuson Library staff, Karen Brewster and recently retired Dirk Tordoff.

Karen Brewster received a Contributions to Alaska History Award for showing how oral history can be a significant research tool in writing Alaska history as demonstrated through her editing of Boots, Bikes, and Bombers:  Adventures of Alaska Conservationist Ginny Hill Wood.

Dirk Tordoff received the Evangeline Atwood Award, which is given to an individual for significant long-term contributions to Alaska state or local history. The award is named for one of the founders of the Alaska Historical Society who wrote, supported, and advocated for Alaska history from the 1940s into the 1990s.  Dirk retired last spring after 20 years as director of the Alaska Film Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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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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