Category Archives: Preservation

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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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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Preserving your family treasures!

Check out this site by the Library of Congress. It offers many resources on preserving your family treasures.

http://www.loc.gov/preservation/family/

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Preserving your family papers

Check out the National Archives’ tips on preserving your family papers!

http://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives/preserving-family-papers.html

April 21-27, 2013 is Preservation Week! Celebrate Preservation Week by checking out resources provided on this blog and on the library’s Facebook page.

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Preservation Week Resources!!!

Check out this list of comprehensive resources for Preservation Week, provided by the  American Library Association.

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/preswk/tools/comps

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Homer Communities of Memory Jukebox Project

The Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is proud to announce the completion of the Homer Communities of Memory Jukebox Project, available online at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/comhomer. This project celebrates the community and the history of Homer as seen through the eyes of those present during a series of storytelling sessions held at Land’s End Resort in April 1996. They include stories from Ralph Broshes, Marcee Gray, Mark Marette, Sandy Miller, Bob Moore, Don Ronda, Dave Seaman, Gert Seekins, Diana Tillion, Carolyn Turkington, and Wilma Williams. Themes include: coming to Homer, making a living, homesteading, commercial fishing, dealing with the natural environment, tourism, the meeting of cultures, changes in Homer, and appreciation of what makes Homer special.

This Project Jukebox preserves and makes accessible to the public a valuable record of Alaskan history and the experiences of people whose stories often are not heard outside of their own community. The testimonies in this project highlight a love for Homer, and provide a living link to the nature of life in the lower Kenai Peninsula sixteen years ago.

The original “Communities of Memory” project in the mid-1990s was a project funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum designed to collect stories from Alaskans that represent the meaning of community. It provided an opportunity for people in communities around Alaska to share their memories and to reflect on what made their community special. Storytelling sessions were held in Juneau, Fairbanks, Nome, Unalaska, Wasilla, Homer, Kotzebue, Wasilla, Bethel, and Kenai/Soldotna. All the sessions were videotaped and many of these recordings are stored at the Oral History Office in the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jukebox projects have also been created from the Fairbanks, Nome, Unalaska, Bethel, and Juneau story-telling sessions, available at http://jukebox.uaf.edu/comhome.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about this project, please contact:
Karen Brewster (karen.brewster@alaska.edu) or Marla Statscewich (marla.stats@alaska.edu) at the Project Jukebox Office
Phone: 474-6672

Thanks, Karen

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Preservation Week April 22-28

For Preservation Week Library of Congress is offering a free webinar!

Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m., EDT, webinar: “Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs.” The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program will present information about learning to care for digital photos. Hosted by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Free, registration required at  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/666813208.

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