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It’s Archival Film Friday! Snowy travel in Alaska, 1950s

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Snowy travel in Alaska, 1950s Alaska artist and filmmaker Fred Machetanz and his wife, author Sara Machetanz, travel in their car along narrow, snowy roads from their log home to nearby Palmer, Alaska, during winter in the late 1950s.

This scene was filmed to demonstrate a typical Alaskan wintertime experience, so that it could be shown to audiences in the Lower 48.

The Machetanz films were some of the earliest films collected by the University of Alaska Fairbanks for preservation purposes. This film has recently been scanned in high definition by the Alaska Film Archives at UAF, and the original 16mm film print is being preserved in a specialized climate-controlled film vault housed inside the Rasmuson Library at UAF (Color/Silent/16mm film).

This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-1091 from the Machetanz collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The Alaska Film Archives is supported by Rasmuson Rare Books Endowment.

For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives.

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Ted Stevens Project YouTube Channel


This YouTube site features video clips of the late U.S. Senator from Alaska, Ted Stevens (11/18/1923 — 08/09/2010). Most of the clips are from the Ted Stevens Papers Project and the rest are from the Alaska Film Archives.

The newest video is an interview with Stevens in 2005 about his experience after Pearl Harbor.

The video takes place in Senator Stevens’ Washington D.C. office and has never been published before. The interviewer is currently unknown.

Please leave a comment or contact Ted Stevens Project Archivist Mary Anne Hamblen (907-474-7947) if you have more information on this video.

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Alaska Film Archives on YouTube

Moving images from the Alaska Film Archive are now available on YouTube,


Over a dozen clips of historical film footage have been loaded, including films of a sled dogs parade in Nome, early aviation, the 1967 Fairbanks flood, and a whale rescue in Barrow. Posting the clips is just one piece of the AFA’s efforts to collect, preserve, and make accessible Alaska’s film heritage.  The Alaska Film Archives is located on the 3rd floor of Rasmuson Library. Work in the Alaska Film Archives is funded in part by a generous bequest from Elmer E. Rasmuson.

Contact archivist Dirk Tordoff at dtordoff@alaska.edu for more information.

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