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UAF’s Alaska Film Archives: Celebrating 25 Years of Preserving and Sharing History : October 18

Join us in celebrating on Thursday, October 18, 4-6pm, at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library

Alaska Film Archives is Celebrating 25 Years of Preserving and Sharing HistoryThe Elmer E. Rasmuson Library and Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives invite you to join us in celebrating the Alaska Film Archives’ 25th anniversary. Please stop by the 6th floor of the Rasmuson Library on Alaska Day, Thursday October 18, between 4 and 6pm, to see numerous highlights from historical film and video collections. Learn how these resources have been used by researchers, students and producers to explore and share Alaska’s story. Discover how you too can access and use these unique Alaskan moving images. We will be serving free popcorn!

Officially established in 1993, the Alaska Film Archives at University of Alaska Fairbanks holds over 10,000 Alaska films and videos available for viewing and use. Items in the collection span from professional productions to amateur home-movies, made in and about Alaska from the earliest days of filmmaking through today. These moving images unveil transformations that have taken place across the state over the course of the past century, covering topics such as Alaska Native cultural and subsistence activities, gold-mining, hunting and fishing, aviation, dog-mushing, floods and fires, landscapes and wildlife, earthquakes, the military, political debates, Statehood celebrations, the building of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, parades and festivals, and family life in communities large and small across the state.

The roots of the film archives’ mission go back to the 1960s, when managers of the university's media library first began to realize the extreme fragility and vulnerability of motion picture film, which requires specialized care in order to remain accessible over the time.

For 25 years, the goals of the Alaska Film Archives have been to locate and collect donations of motion picture images pertaining to Alaska, to document the regions and dates of each item, to catalog and make items available for viewing, and to store original materials under controlled environmental conditions.

For more information, please contact Film Archivist Angela Schmidt at

This page was last modified on October 8, 2018