Finding Aid for the KUAC-FM Audiotapes Collection

With funding provided by the Council on Library and Information Resources, 126 hours of recordings from the KUAC-FM Audiotapes Collection held in the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), have been digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center. The recordings were made by public radio station KUAC-FM in Fairbanks, Alaska, from approximately 1979 to 1997. The digital recordings are now available through the UAF Library Catalog for anyone with an Internet connection. Topics of national and international significance include Arctic policy, global warming, effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, whaling, dog mushing, interviews with well-known Alaska Native leaders and programs about youth, racism and women in the political process, just to name a few. Additional historical KUAC programs, contained on the 950 open-reel audiotapes that make up the full collection, will also be made available as funding permits.

The easiest way to access the recordings is to do a series search for them in the library catalog. Series include:

  • Conversations (65 recordings)
  • Fairbanks Arts Review (10 recordings)
  • Homefires (22 recordings)
  • I Didn’t Know That (6 recordings)
  • Newsmaster (58 recordings)
  • Northern Storyteller (21 recordings)
  • Straight Talk (12 recordings)
  • Sunday at Noon (21 recordings)

Use this finding aid to locate and listen to the recordings.

  1. Start at the Rasmuson Library homepage ( and click the Books (Library Catalog) tab.

    Click the Books (Library Catalog) tab

  2. Click the Library Catalog link
    Click the Library Catalog link
  3. Under ‘series’ type the series name, for example Homefires
    Using the location drop down menu, select UAF – Level 2 – ORAL HISTORY
    Click Search.
    Example search in Library Catalog
  4. Using Homefires as the series example, the results screen appears. Click on any title to access the record.
    Click a title to access the record
  5. To listen to the recording, click URL. Note, the recording will open in a new window or browser tab.
    Click the URL to access the recording


Tip: To go back, always use the ‘go back’ link instead of your browser's back button.
To go back, click the Go Back link

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This page was last modified on January 25, 2018