Assistant Archivist, Charles Hilton, is the recipient of the Northwest Archivists Professional Development Scholarship for 2013. This award will help fund his trip to the Western Archives Institute this summer from July 7th through the 19th.
The Western Archives Institute is a rigorous two week program providing instruction in basic archival practices co–sponsored by the Society of California Archivists and the California State Archives. Charles will be learning more about reference and access, outreach programs, and processing collections.
Way to go Charles!
Check out the Fairbanks Winter Carnival exhibits on level 2. Exhibit case and display board feature reproductions from collections available on the Alaska Digital Archives. The display case in the research room contains original material!
A big thank you to everyone who came out for Dr. Suzanne Summerville’s presentation last night!
Dr. Suzanne Summerville lecturing on Alaskan Women, Music, and the Final Frontier
Celebrate the end of Women’s History Month and join us for a presentation on Alaskan Women’s history by Dr. Suzanne Summerville.
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library Present Alaskan Women, Music,and the Final Frontier
Dr. Suzanne Summerville
For more information on this event please contact Cat Williams at (907) 474-7224.
Check out the exhibits celebrating Women’s History Month on level 2 in the library! There is an exhibit case dedicated to Margaret Murie, the first woman to graduate from UAF, including an oral history recording you can listen to. There is also original material from the Fairbanks Business and Professional Women’s Club Records on display in the research room.
The Archives Research Room is open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday. Come visit us and see what other cool historical material we have!
Photo available on the Alaska Digital Archives:
Charles E. Bunnell, UAF-1958-1026-54, Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
If you haven’t gotten a chance yet, drop by the Northwoods Book Arts Group display case on Level 4 and check out the new exhibit of art books using natural materials. My personal favorite is the book made out of two conks (birch shelf fungus). If you are interested in learning how to make books like these yourself, UAF offers classes on a regular basis.
On Friday, 22 February 2013, we will be closing the Research Room at 12:00 noon to prepare for the activities surrounding the dedication of the new Alaska Native Language Archives public services space on the second floor of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. We hope that you will join us, starting at 3:00 p.m., when we will open the Room as part of the celebration.
More details are available here:
Goldstream bridge. (Woodrow Johansen Papers, UAF-2007-64-178)
When you move from a lush environment to a desert, your first impression is that it is bleak and lifeless — then, as you spend time there, the colors seem to emerge, and you spot life popping up everywhere as you never expected. I’ve been having a similar happy experience with the Woodrow Johansen Papers.
Woody Johansen was an engineer for the Alaska Road Commission, which from 1920 to 1956 built and maintained automobile-accessible roads, including the Richardson, Steese, and Elliott Highways. (An edited interview with Johansen is part of Project Jukebox’s history of the Dalton Highway.)
At first, I just saw a bunch of dull pictures of bridges, road-graders, and construction sites. It’s been a pleasure, though, to examine the Johansen photos in preparation for putting descriptive information about them on Alaska’s Digital Archives. I’m getting an amazing glimpse into the infrastructure of Interior Alaska — heavens, how much work went into making the state accessible! — and a fun look also at what my town of Fairbanks used to be like. For example, did you know about the Graehl pedestrian bridge across Noyes Slough? I’m told that it connected Slater St. and Front St., where today there are only dead ends. It tickles me to see the Minnie St. bridge, connecting to dirt roads where hardly anything was built.
Only 219 photos (out of about 1,100) have full descriptions up, but they’re all online, and I’m working slowly through them. Take a virtual drive through the history of our roads. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.
Today the Alaska Film Archives YouTube site surpassed the 1/2 million mark with 500,555 views from 170 countries! The top viewing countries outside of the United States and Canada are Germany, the United Kingdom, and Poland. Also we currently have 219 subscribers to our channel, including the National Library of Scotland, and, locally, Alaska Dispatch and the UAF School of Management.
The following clips are all from ORAL HISTORY 02-00-24 Opening ceremonies of the Alaska Highway at Soldier’s Summit, Yukon Territory near Kluane Lake on November 22, 1942.
This first clip sets the scene: 02-00-24 Soldiers Summit Opening Scene
This second is the official ribbon cutting: 02-00-24 Soldiers Summit Ceremony
And this last clip is an amusing song about the Alcan entitled “918 Miles”: 02-00-24 Soldiers Summit 918 Miles Song
Check out the new displays on level 2 in the Alaska collection and in the Archives research room. How do they tie in with this clip?