Dirk Tordoff at Fairbanks Aviation Day 2013!!!

Dirk Tordoff, founder of Alaska Film Archives and author of Mercy pilot : the Joe Crosson story, is giving 3 mini-lectures on the first flights in Alaska that took place 100 years ago. He will discuss the people involved with getting the planes to Alaska, their roles in aviation and what they did after that historic July in 1913.

Takes place at the UAF Aviation Technology Hangar, East Ramp, 3504 South University Avenue on Saturday May 18, 2013.

Mini-lectures about 15 minutes at 10 am, 11:40 am & 1:20 pm

For more information visit Fairbanks International Airport Operators Council Facebook’s page.


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.

Re: Tourism in Alaska

In spring, Alaskans’ thoughts lightly turn to …tourism? Yes, indeed. May is traditionally the kickoff of the summer tourist season here in Fairbanks which runs from mid-May to mid-September. Here is pioneer businessman Chuck West talking about how he got into the tourism business in 1947:

Let me see now. I go back just a bit. ’47, that same summer, everything happened all at once it seemed like. While I was still on, across on First Avenue, I had two ladies walk in to see me–schoolteachers. And they said they wanted to know if there’s any sightseeing tours. And I said, “Well not that I know of. What do you want to see?” And they said, “Well, whatever there is to see.” And I said, “Well, I’ve got a Plymouth Sedan out here, 1936 Plymouth; I’ll take you around, show you what there is to see.” I, by then had two girls [Celia Hunter and Ginny Wood] working for me. I said, “Girls, mind the office. I’m going to take these ladies for a little ride around the area.” I put ‘em in the back seat of the Plymouth, took them out to the University of Alaska and showed them the Museum out there. Charles Bunnell was still there. And went around Farmer’s Loop, and a guy named Paul Elbert had a farm there, I went up and got a bucket of water from Paul and a salt shaker and went down in his garden with his permission, pulled some radishes out of the ground. They were just beautiful, big, delicious radishes–washed ‘em off, salted ‘em, gave ‘em to the ladies to eat. And they were crisp, juicy radishes like the ladies had never seen anything like it. And I took them up on the hill, let them pick some blueberries, and back into town, showed ‘em the gold dredges around Ester and so forth…had a flat tire, got eaten up by mosquitoes. RON INOUYE: People loved that experience. CHUCK WEST:They loved it. Came back to the Nordale Hotel, stopped on the way to the hotel, and I said, “Well, how did you like it?” They said, “Wonderful, what do we owe you?” I said I don’t know; you’re my first sightseeing passengers. How about $20?” They handed me a $20 bill. I said, “Great.” So rushed back to the office and said, “Girls–we’re in the sightseeing business. Get a sign made- ­”SIGHTSEEING – $10.”

To hear and/or read more about Chuck West,the company that eventually became Westours, and the role of aviation in developing tourism in Alaska, click here to go the Pioneer Aviators Jukebox. Depending on your browser, you may need to download additional plug-ins to play the audio.

Research Room closed during lunch on May 15

The research room will be closed from 11 am to 1:30 pm for the Staff Appreciation Day lunch on May 15.  We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Digital Preservation Training August 2013!!!

Digital Preservation Training – Accepting Applications

Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, in partnership with the Library of Congress, will be hosting a Train the Trainer event August 13-16.

There is no cost for the workshop.

We are working hard to provide travel scholarships to attendees. Some scholarships are currently available for participants from rural communities. We are now accepting applications!

For more information, visit the Digital Preservation Outreach Education website.

Preserving your family treasures!

Check out this site by the Library of Congress. It offers many resources on preserving your family treasures.


Preserving your family papers

Check out the National Archives’ tips on preserving your family papers!


April 21-27, 2013 is Preservation Week! Celebrate Preservation Week by checking out resources provided on this blog and on the library’s Facebook page.

Preservation Week Resources!!!

Check out this list of comprehensive resources for Preservation Week, provided by the  American Library Association.


Celebrate Preservation Week!

April 21-27, 2013 is Preservation Week! Keep an eye on this blog and Rasmuson Library’s Facebook page for preservation tips & information!

Congratulations Charles Hilton!

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!