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Guide to the Frederick A. Milan papers
circa 1943-1995

Collection number: HMC-0687.
Creator: Milan, Frederick A.
Title: Frederick A. Milan papers.
Dates: circa 1943-1995.
Volume of collection: 9.5 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, Lappish, and some Alaska Native languages.   
Collection summary: Papers of an anthropologist, linguist, and human physiologist who worked in Alaska and other Arctic regions.

Biographical note:
Frederick A. Milan was born in 1924 and grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts.  In 1948, he enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he studied anthropology and linguists and graduated in 1952.  He received a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1962.  During his studies in Fairbanks, Milan worked as an assistant on the Harvard Peabody Museum’s anthropological expedition to the Aleutian Islands in 1949 and also as an archaeological assistant at Deering and Kodiak during the summers of 1950 and 1952.  In 1953, Milan began studying the effects of cold exposure, first at the U. S. Air Force Arctic Aeromedical Laboratory (where he also participated in the Mount Wrangell Research Project in 1954) and at the International Geophysical Year Little America Base in Antarctica in 1956-1957.  In 1957 and 1959, he also participated in physiological studies of temperature regulation in native peoples of Australia and Chile.  Beginning in the 1960s, Milan became involved in the physiological study of northern peoples and was appointed chairman of the Eskimo Study Program; the results of this study were published in 1980 as The Human Biology of Circumpolar Populations, edited by Milan.  He was also instrumental in establishing, with C. Earl Albrecht and others, the International Symposium on Circumpolar Health in 1967 and served as president and board member of the American Society for Circumpolar Health.  In later years, Milan was Professor of Human Ecology and Anthropology at University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Frederick Milan died in 1995.

Collection description:
This collection contains papers relating to Frederick A. Milan’s work as an archaeologist, anthropologist, linguist, and human physiology, mostly in Alaska and other Arctic regions, dating from circa 1942-1995.  These papers include study data and photographs, maps, notes, field notebooks, grants and proposals, Alaska Native genealogies, word lists, audiotapes, and moving image film.

Arrangement: The materials in this collection are organized in the original order in which they arrived at the Archives.  Some materials in Boxes 1 and 2 have been re-foldered.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Materials in the collection may be subject to privacy restrictions.  Requests to use the material must be made in advance of a research visit.

Rights note: Archives owns the copyright to most of the materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Frederick A. Milan papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: 1 cubic foot of publications were removed in February 2011 to the Rare Books collection.

Related materials: Refer to the research guides to “Anthropology collections” and “Health and medicine-related collections” for related archival collections in Archives & Special Collections.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Archives in 2004 by Leda Milan.

Processing information: This guide is an initial draft only and was written by Megan K. Friedel in 2011.

Container list:

Box

Description

Dates

Box 1

Notes and papers on arctic anthropology; student papers and class notes; morphology study data; Barrow, Anatuvuk Pass, and other Alaska Native genealogies; field books from Little America Station, Chile, and other expeditions; native word lists; and other papers regarding Chemawa Indian Study, Point Hope, and International Symposium on Circumpolar Health.

1952-1975

Box 2

Clippings about Frederick A. Milan; data from Arctic Aeromedical Laboratory, Wainwright, St. Lawrence Island survival environment, Antarctic, and Eskimo bone studies; notes on northern languages; notebooks and papers trips to from Scandinavia, Gambell, and Yukon River; Wainwright and Pt. Hope genealogies of Eskimo families; Lapp fieldwork; grants and proposals; International Symposium on Circumpolar Health papers; archaeological inventory from Kodiak Island; and photographs.

1953-1982

Box 3

Study data and copies of biographical material

circa 1950-1995

Box 4

Audio tapes and moving image film

circa 1964-1985

Box 5

Eskimo study index, photographs, and genealogies

undated

Box 6

Aerial photographs, slides, and data from cold studies

circa 1964-1966

Box 7

Wainwright, Point Hope, and Barrow study photographs

circa 1968

Box 8

Slides, chronological and also from Antarctica, New Zealand, South America, and presentations

1943-1981

Box 9

Photographs

circa 1952-1961

Box 10

Negatives

undated

Map tubes 1-2

Genealogical charts, and maps of cemeteries, archaeological sites, and other areas

undated

Oversize folder 1

Hand-drawn map of Wainwright, Alaska

1969