Category Archives: Rare Books & Maps

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.

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Library faculty, staff, and student workers enjoying coffee hour.

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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.

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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.

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The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library on a rainy day with hot coffee!

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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?

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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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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.

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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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Check out new exhibits on level 2!

Please check out our new tourism in Alaska exhibits on level 2. Photograph reproductions and books from semi-rare on level 2 displays in Alaska Collection. Original brochures and rare books on display in the Research Room.photomay3 photomay2 photomay1Level 2 Alaska Collection exhibits available to the public when the library is open (click here for library hours). Archives research room exhibits available to the public from Monday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm.

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November Exhibits on level 2

Don’t forget to check out the exhibits on level 2 of the Rasmuson Library.

In the display case just outside of the reading room, you can hear Mary TallMountain reading No Word for Goodbye.

Here is a photograph of the Native American Heritage Display in the Archives research room. This exhibit features the limited-edition unbound copy of the Alaska volume of Edward S. Curtis’s book The North American Indian from Rare Books, a bequest of Mary Louise Rasmuson.

Research room hours are Monday-Friday, 10am to 5 pm.

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Don’t forget to check out new exhibits on level 2!

In the display case just outside the Reading Room on the second floor, you can hear Mary TallMountain reading from her poem, Prayer Wheel for William.”

Check out the Aviation display, it includes photo reproductions from the Wien Family and Crosson Family Papers. 

 

 

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November exhibits!!!

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month and Aviation Month the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives has four exhibits on display on level 2.  These displays include original materials and reproductions from the Archives, Oral History, Alaska Film Collection , Alaska Book and Periodicals collection and from Rare Books.

Displays in the Alaska Collection & the Archives Research Room

In the display case just outside the Reading Room on the second floor, you can hear Mary TallMountain reading from her poem, “Prayer Wheel for William.”

 

Check it out!

 

 

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