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Guide to the Charlotte E. Mauk slides

Collection number: HMC-0752.
Creator: Mauk, Charlotte E.
               Hankins, Joe.              
               Murie, Olaus Johan, 1889-1963.
               Varian, Russell Harrison, 1898-1959
Title: Charlotte E. Mauk slides.
Dates: 1944-1963.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Slides taken by an officer of the Sierra Club during her travels in Alaska from 1944-1963.

Biographical note:
Charlotte E. Mauk was the Secretary of the Sierra Club from 1959 to 1963. In 1948, she edited the book, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, which included photographs by Ansel Adams and text by John Muir. Charlotte Mauk visited Alaska in 1944, 1945, 1955, 1961, and 1963. Her 1961 trip included a summer camping trip to Lobo Lake on the Sheenjek River with naturalists Olaus Johan Murie (1889-1963) and Margaret E. "Mardy" Murie (1902-2003), and a stay at Camp Denali in Mount McKinley National Park.

Collection description:
The collection consists of 492 color slides taken by Charlotte E. Mauk during her travels in Alaska, 1944-1963.  There is also a list of slide numbers for a slide show given by Mauk on September 13, 1961, and some cards with notes on birds and other animals. Most of the slides are numbered and identified.  The majority of the slides depict Mauk’s trip to Alaska in 1961 and include images of Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, the Sheenjek River, camping at Lobo Lake with Olaus and Margaret Murie, Mount McKinley National Park, Camp Denali and its founder, conservationist Celia M. Hunter (1919-2001), and various other landscape views and wildflowers. Naturalist Adolph Muire (1899-1974) is also depicted in these slides. There are also slides from Mauk’s 1963 trip to Alaska, which include images of the Mendenhall, Lamplugh, Grand Pacific, and Reid Glaciers, as well as slides of her earlier travels in Alaska in 1944, 1945, and 1955 that depict the Ketchikan  and Matanuska Valley areas.  The collection also contains slides by other photographers, including Joe Hankins and Russell H. Varian, which depict Alaska wildlife and glaciers, as well as slides of wildlife drawings by Olaus J. Murie.

Arrangement: Slides in this collection are arranged by the year in which they were taken.

Digitized copies: Selected slides in this collection have been digitized and are available online in the Alaska's Digital Archives (; search for "Mauk"). For information about obtaining digital copies, contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Charlotte E. Mauk slides, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was purchased by the Archives at internet auction in 2005.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 2005.