Historical photograph display at Sadler’s!

Sadler's display with sign

 

Historical photograph reproductions from the Alaska & Polar Regions Collections & Archives. Reproductions made by Digital Photographic Services at the Rasmuson Library.

New exhibits on level 2 and 3

This exhibit covers local Fairbanks businesses from the 1890s to the present and was curated b​y Nicholas Evans, and arranged by Nicholas Evans and Monika Frey, both student archives assistants. Each exhibit case follows a specific theme in its arrangement.
 
The first case is entirely about a long-standing popular Fairbanks clothing store, Sargent & Pinska’s, later called Martin A. Pinska’s. 
 
The second case is devoted to Fairbanks industry and trade, and features original material from the Northern Commercial Company, Fairbanks Banking Company, Fairbanks Gold Dredging Company, and more. 
 
The third case highlights Fairbanks’ long beer brewing history, from the early 1900s all the way to 2014, with material from both early breweries and the two currently operating in the area.
 
The fourth exhibit case showcases miscellaneous Fairbanks businesses at early points in their history like the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, Pioneer Park and local institutions like radio stations and the university, as well as businesses that are no longer operating, like the Daily Times and the Blue Crystal Water Company.
In addition, the Alaska Film Archives is running 1970s commercials and outtakes for Fairbanks-area businesses on the Rasmuson Library Level 3 display near the Media Classroom. Clips are from the KTVF Collection, and include scenes from Nerland’s Home Furnishings, Russell’s Union 76 Station, Seekins Ford, Knitting Center, and the Pantry Market. Local persons featured include Larry Holmstrom, Darrell Russell, Ralph Seekins, and Bob “Granny” Hamme. The library display features silent footage only. To check out highlights with audio, please go to the Alaska Film Archives You Tube channel: http://bit.ly/1oSzlmT

A Nurse and a Tourist: the Grace O’Keefe Photograph Collection

Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Grace O’Keefe Photograph Collection, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she has to say:

I am woman, hear me roar.

Twelve Navy nurses.  (UAF-1994-23-3, Grace O'Keefe Photograph Collection)

Twelve Navy nurses. (UAF-1994-23-3, Grace O’Keefe Photograph Collection)

Girl power, all the way.  I suppose this is a big reason I enjoyed indexing this collection, as I got a chance to hang out with Grace O’Keefe as a Navy nurse during her stint here in 1945, and again, in 1958, when she returned as a tourist.

As a nurse stationed in Adak during World War II, Grace took many pictures of the naval base and the land around it.  My favorite shows waves splashing up onto the rocky shore, mountains peeking out across the water.

Adak shore.  (UAF-1994-23-41, Grace O'Keefe Photograph Collection)

Adak shore. (UAF-1994-23-41, Grace O’Keefe Photograph Collection)

Grace also shares photos of the wildflowers and wildlife she saw while stationed here.  Many other pictures taken during this time period are of social scenes, parties, and Adak outings where she’s seen smiling broadly in group shots with some of her Navy cronies.  She appeared to enjoy herself while here, exploring the city and engaging in social gatherings.

View of Adak harbor.  (UAF-1994-23-42, Grace O'Keefe Photograph Collection)

View of Adak harbor. (UAF-1994-23-42, Grace O’Keefe Photograph Collection)

Her first trip to Alaska as a nurse was an assignment she had to fulfill, a job duty. Even so, she did not just work, she played; she appeared to appreciate her surroundings and partake of them.  Years later, she chose to return and, this time, saw a lot more of the state from Kotzebue and Nome, to Fairbanks and Nenana, down to Juneau and the Inside Passage.

I am woman, hear me roar.  Grace roared; she took the time out of her life to see things, activities, land, and people different than her own.  The unusual, the uncommon: dog sledding, panning for gold, attending a festival that included the Eskimo blanket toss.  She witnessed subsistence first-hand with Alaska Natives whaling and drying fish at a fish camp.  She saw all these things and she roared with great life and appreciation for them.

Old Yukon River boat graveyard.  (UAF-1994-23-85, Grace O'Keefe Photograph Collection)

Old Yukon River boat graveyard. (UAF-1994-23-85, Grace O’Keefe Photograph Collection)

Research Room closed Wednesday May 14

In order to allow staff the opportunity to participate in Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 14, the research room will be closed to the public.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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!

New online: John D. Lyle Papers

Our indexer Ulyana has finished describing the photos of the John D. Lyle Papers, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  A bit about this great collection:

Buildings in Kaltag. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-136)

Buildings in Kaltag. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-136)

The John D. Lyle Papers contain correspondence, clippings, articles, publications, and photographs with an emphasis on Kaltag, Alaska. The images from Kaltag include persons, activities, dog sleds, and class rooms. Family names include Stanley, Semaken, Esmailka, Nickoli, Alexi, Solomon, Pitka, Saunders, and Wiseman. There is correspondence from the city of Kaltag and Jacques Cousteau. Many of the articles written about Kaltag are by John Lyle.

Alaska Native Arts Festival at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-1992-11-138)

Alaska Native Arts Festival at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-1992-11-138)

The material not relating to Kaltag contains letters from Yakutsk residents to John Lyle, articles written by John Lyle about various Alaskan topics,photographs of the Festival of Native Arts from 1985-87, and miscellaneous photographs. There is also correspondence, information, and photos regarding Bill Fuller, Celia Hunter, Ginny Hill Wood, Emily Ivanoff Brown, George Schaller, Don Ross, and Katherine Peter.

Kaltag at night.  (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-120)

Kaltag at night. (John D. Lyle Papers, UAF-2012-133-120)

The Shipwreck of a Celebrity Ship: The Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photo Collection

Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Schooner Casco Photo Collection, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she says:

Schooner Casco in the Arctic ice.  (UAF-1993-202-34, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Schooner Casco in the Arctic ice. (UAF-1993-202-34, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Many of the photos in this collection depict the Casco, a schooner dubbed the “celebrity ship”  by her association with Robert Louis Stevenson.  In 1888, when this famous author of Treasure Island was desperately ill with tuberculosis, he leased the Casco for a journey to the South Seas, hoping that a warm climate might ease his health as well as buoy his spirit.  Four years later, when Stevenson died (of a cerebral hemorrhage, and not of the feared tuberculosis), the red ensign of the Casco was laid across his body. The Casco battled some fierce Arctic ice on many of her voyages, as shown above.

Unfortunately, she succumbed to the sea in 1919 when a group of adventurers led by Leon McGurk, who ultimately established the Northern Mining and Trading Company, chartered her for a voyage to Siberia. On September 9, she met a gale from the southeast that drove her into the ice near King Island. Although the teak hull was fractured, the crew made it to shore. Within minutes, the Casco was gone.  Her final moments were captured here:

Casco going to pieces on the rocky shore of King Island. (UAF-1993-202-25, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Casco going to pieces on the rocky shore of King Island. (UAF-1993-202-25, Northern Mining and Trading Company, Schooner Casco Photograph Collection)

Flotsam and Flannel, This and That: Doris Stephan Photograph Collection

Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Doris Stephan Photograph Collection, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives.  Here’s what she says:

Look over the finding aid for this collection and you’ll read that there are “105 photographs of street scenes, buildings, dog teams, bridges, animals, landscapes, aircraft, people, and aerial views. Views include construction, the sternwheeler ‘Aksala’, Camp Aehnder, and quonset huts.”

“Howard L. and me, just fooling.” (UAF-1993-253-13, Doris Stephan Photo Collection.)

It fails to mention, however, about the plaid flannel. You’ll find this checkered pattern throughout on the frames of Howard Ryan.  Not that this is a bad thing, but I was hoping for a change of wardrobe, perhaps a down parka?  Maybe a trench coat or a bomber jacket.  Something, anything with a hood!  This is the Arctic, after all.

What Howard lacked in fashion sense, he made up with his sense of humor.  Here he’s seen clowning around with his friend.  Please notice what he’s wearing.

I found UAF-1993-253-110 to be the most intriguing photo in the collection.  What happened to cause all this destruction? It appears to be an airplane accident, but no details were written on the photo.

“Flotsam.” (UAF-1993-253-110, Doris Stephan Photo Collection.)

In closing, this was a mixture of many different images: a hodgepodge of a little bit of this (plaid flannel) and a little bit of that (particularly dog teams, dirt roads, and water scenes).

New exhibits in library!

 Check out exhibits on levels 2 & 3 commemorating this year’s 50th anniversary of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake & tsunami. Exhibits in display cases on level 2 were put together by archives student assistants Jeannie Jurasek and Simon Smith. Alaska Film Archives exhibit on level 3 by Angela Schmidt.

 

 

New exhibits on level 2!!

Check out our new holiday exhibits on level 2, all exhibits completed by our archives student assistants!