HOWARD ROCK (1911-1976). Interview; 1976. .1 cu. ft.
Howard Rock was born in Point Hope, Alaska in 1911. He attended high school at White Mountain Vocational School, and studied at the University of Washington for three years. After college, he worked as an artist, carving in ivory until he was drafted during World War II; after the war he returned to his art work. He became involved in native affairs in 1961 when he returned to Point Hope and served as village spokesman in a dispute between the villagers and the Atomic Energy Commission over a proposed plan to build an underwater harbor by exploding five atomic bombs. That same year he was approached by the Arctic Slope Native Association to form a newspaper and in October, 1962, the Tundra Times was started with Rock as editor and publisher, a position he held until his death in 1976. Under his direction the paper grew to a circulation of over 3,500. In 1975, it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service. During his career Rock received many awards including being named "Alaskan of the Year," in 1974, and "49er of the Year," in 1975.
The collection consists of a tape and two transcripts of an interview of Howard Rock by Robert M. Fox in March, 1976. The interview was one of a series done for Leadership Programs and Alaska Native Perspectives: A Study to Promote University Awareness by Kathryn A. Hecht and Robert M. Fox.
The collection was presented to the archives by Roger Lang in 1980.