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!

Cornbread from Cooperative Services Records

Archives staff donated cornbread during the United Way Chili Cook-off last Tuesday (Nov. 12). We used two recipes we found in the Cooperative Services Records and one staff member donated pilot bread, as that is an authentic side for chili too!


Here are the cornbread recipes we used: cornbreadAcard cornbreadBcard

Birthday party for late Sen. Ted Stevens Nov. 18

University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rasmuson Library will commemorate the 90th birthday of the late Sen. Ted Stevens on Nov. 18.

The event will begin with a cake-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. on Level 4.

At 6 p.m., a gallery talk on Level 2 will discuss the role maps played in Stevens’ career.

An exhibit, “Mapping Alaska,” will explore the creative pursuit of navigating the state’s diverse geography, featuring materials from the Ted Stevens Papers archive.

For more information call 474-7947 or email eeeckman@alaska.edu.

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Research Room closing early November 18

The Research Room will be closing at 2 pm on Monday, November 18, to set up for an event that evening.

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but please join us for a celebration of Senator Ted Stevens.

Please visit the  link bel0w for more information:


Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made it to last night’s showing! It was a blast!



An OLD SCHOOL -style Film Showing!

Join us tonight for a screening of 16mm films
FREE and Open to the Public
Wednesday October 30, 7-9 pm
Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Level 2
FILMS include:

Fairbanks Where We Live (1980)
Our Community Speaks (1974)
Alaska Is Our Campus (1971)
Alaska’s Lifeline (1970s)


For more info contact: ajschmidt@alaska.edu

Thank you!

Thanks to everyone who came out and attended Rose Speranza’s talk “Seek and Perhaps Ye Shall Find … Religious Records and Resources for the Study of Alaskan History.”



We hope to see you at our last Archives month event next Wednesday, a showing of historical Alaska Films.

Click here for more details: 30OCT2013

Seek and Perhaps Ye Shall Find … Religious Records and Resources for the Study of Alaskan History

On Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., Rose Speranza, assistant archivist at the APRCA, will present “Seek and Perhaps Ye Shall Find … Religious Records and Resources for the Study of Alaskan History.” It will focus primarily on the written records created by various Christian denominations — where they are housed, the type of materials one might expect to find and the uses that can be made of them.

Please contact Rose Speranza at rsperanza@alaska.edu or call 474-2791 for more information.