New in the Archives, June 2019

For a month in which all but 2 days had at least one of us gone, we were pretty busy!

New up on the Alaska’s Digital Archives

20 images from the Christine McClain papers

205 images from the Bill Bacon photographs (Thanks to Keelin, a Library Access Services employee who has been doing some work for us)

6 Alaskan restaurant menus (Also placed in an online exhibit in Omeka.)

32 images from P. Gordon Gould papers

Processing (housing, gaining intellectual control over, and describing) collections:

Ephemera collections:

  • EPH-0070-AHS: Pacific Northern Airlines stickers, undated
  • EPH-0423: Anchorage Musicians Association jazz concert program, undated
  • EPH-0424: Hunting guide flyers, undated
  • EPH-0425: Alaska Game Commission beaver trap instructions, 1931
  • EPH-0426: Cordova tourist pamphlets, undated, 1930.

Archival collections:

University records collections:

We also completed a shelf-read of the oversize box shelving area. This was the first shelf-read of the area in over 17 years and that time includes when we moved into our space. So as you might expect, over 17 years and with a massive collection move, and add to that a change in shelf numbering systems about 10 years ago, things weren’t always quite where we thought they should be. But that’s all fixed now.

Outreach and advocacy:

The Alaska Historical Society, with support from many other Alaskan organizations, has been working on advocacy efforts on behalf of Alaskan archives. Dr. Ian Hartman, of AHS and the UAA History Department, has had students creating some videos showing the importance of archives to research. The first one features Dr. Jennifer Stone and students in her History of English Language class from the fall 2018 semester at UAA. We encourage you to give it a watch. Our students are doing some amazing research and listening to them talk about what it means to them is truly special.

For our June ArchivingAK podcast, Arlene interviewed Sara Pace from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council about their archival holdings housed at the Alaska Resources Library and Information Service. It’s a fascinating look at a research collection that many people don’t know exists.

The second week in June we put up an exhibit for Pride Month. The exhibit cases in the Great Room of the Consortium Library have photographs, documents, and memorabilia relating to LGBTQ+ Anchorage history. Since our collections include at least 2 banners from prior PrideFest parades and those didn’t fit in the exhibit cases, for now they’re hanging in the windows of the Archives on the third floor of the library.

And… We had a booth at PrideFest on 6/29 too. Always a wonderful chance to get out into the community and let people know that we’re interested in making sure our collections represent our community as much as possible!

Our booth at the Pridefest celebration on Saturday, June 29.

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How to Contact Legislators


How to contact Legislators:

Public Opinion Messaging

From this website you can select specific committees.

Select Finance and Education Standing Committees and University Subcommittees
Or Select specific legislators who serve on these committees

Or send emails from the Senate or House website.

Senate Finance

Senate Finance UA subcommittee

House Finance

House Finance UA subcommittee

Archiving AK: interview with Sarah Pace

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene interviews Sarah Pace, a cataloging librarian with the Alaska Resources Library and Information Service (ARLIS), and more specifically, with the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees Council.

Here’s links to a few things mentioned in the podcast:

Alaska Resources Library and Information Service, their page includes a search box for the Alaska Library Catalog

The Smithsonian article on ARLIS

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustees Council

American Library Association

Society of American Archivists

Alaska State Archives



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Alaskan archives and advocacy

You might not know this, but these are pretty trying times for Alaskan archives and those who research in them. A lot of the Alaskan archives have cut access hours, are under hiring freezes, are facing additional budget cuts. We’re grateful for our friends and colleagues who are part of the advocacy effort on behalf of Alaskan archives started by the Alaska Historical Society recently. One of the ideas they’ve been working on is to produce short video interviews with users of archives on what archives have meant for them.

Just recently, students at the University of Alaska Anchorage have finished one of those videos about students in the UAA ENGL A476: History of English Language class. We’re incredibly thankful for their efforts on our behalf. Thanks to Dr. Ian Hartman, Erika Coker, and Joseph Longuevan for creating the video. Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Stone, Rose Kruger, and Hollis Reddington for sharing about their experiences with archival research. Working with the students in this class over the past several years has been a complete joy for us and we’re glad to see that the feeling is returned!

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SLED for all Alaskans

SLED, Alaska’s Information Dividend, is a free resource available to all Alaska residents. Paid for by the University of Alaska and the Alaska State Library, SLED (Statewide Library Electronic Doorway) offers access to a plethora of databases and other sources covering many different topics.

Here’s just a sample:
Live Homework Help (tutors available to help students with a variety of subjects)
Learning Express (practice tests, career prep, and info for more than 4,000 schools)
Heritage Quest Online (genealogy resources)
Alaska’s Digital Archives (historical photos and more from AK museums and libraries)
Auto Repair, Hobbies & Crafts, Home Improvement, Small Engine Repair (DIY resources)


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New in the Archives: May 2019

This month was quite busy between receiving and describing new collections, preparing grant items for shipping to our vendor, editing and uploading two podcasts, and continuing to work on our electronic records.

Collections described:

William D. Workman papers; 1965-2005. HMC-1302. 6.5 cubic foot addition.
William Workman is an archeologist who has worked in a variety of Alaskan locations, primarily in southcentral Alaska. He worked as a professor of anthropology at Alaska Methodist University from 1969 to 1976 and at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1977 on. Between 1970 and 1976 he was contracted by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company to do archeological surveys and expeditions along the proposed Trans-Alaska Pipeline route. The collection is primarily comprised of Dr. Workman’s professional and academic records. The collection includes field notes, notes, correspondence, reports, writings, class notes, and project records.

George Glotzbach papers; 1952, 1957-1957. HMC-1236-AHS. 0.1 cubic foot addition.
George Glotzbach was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base from 1956-1957. He was the Officer-in-Charge of the Alaskan Air Command’s Anchorage Courier Transfer Station. Glotzbach was a first lieutenant during his time in Alaska, and traveled to Nome, Fairbanks, St. Lawrence Island, and Unalakleet. The addition contained photographs, mostly taken in and around Anchorage.

Lanie Fleischer papers; 1970-2012. HMC-1326.
In 1973, Lanie, along with the Bike Committee succeeded in getting a bond issue passed to construct the Chester Creek Trail. Fleischer has continued to be active in civic and outdoor recreation organizations. She served as president of the Parks and Recreation Council of Anchorage and on the board of directors of the Performing Arts Center. Fleischer helped organize the Federation of Community Councils and the eight Community Councils in Anchorage, and she served as president of the South Addition Community Council. She was a member of the citizens committee to develop the master plan for the Park Strip in Downtown Anchorage and served on the Anchorage Veterans’ Memorial Committee. Governor Tony Knowles appointed Fleischer to the Trails and Recreational Access for Alaskans Board and appointed her chair in 1995. In 1994, the Chester Creek Trail was named the Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail in her honor. The collection consists of materials related to the various causes and organizations that Lanie Fleischer has been involved with in Alaska, such as notes, meeting minutes, membership lists, publicity information, plans, and reports.

Bike Routes sign


John Aho slides; 1971, 1994-2000. HMC-1325.
John Aho was born in Alaska. He received his PhD in aerospace engineering from Cornell University and was the vice president and principal project manager at CH2M in Anchorage, AK. Aho established the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, which launched in 2002, and served on Anchorage’s Geotechnical Commission. The collection contains photographic slides depicting various buildings and houses, some of which were taken during construction, in Anchorage. The slides also depict Anchorage street scenes and aerial photographs of Downtown Anchorage.

Irish Club of Alaska records; 1988-2006, 2011, 2019. HMC-1324.
The Irish Club of Alaska is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Alaskans with quality learning opportunities in Irish and Irish-American arts, language, music, and literature. A majority of this collection contains newsletters and member correspondence.

EPH-0417: Anchorage Celtic community posters and signs; 2004-2018.

Alaska’s Digital Archives

We added 263 photographs, three films, and one audio recording to Alaska’s Digital Archives. The Digital Archives’ records for the audio recording and films link to our new YouTube channel: UAA/APU Archives and Special Collections. Adding the films and audio recording was a test run as we prepare to receive our first batch of digitized audio, video, and film from our vendor, which we were able to have digitized with funding provided by the Atwood Foundation.

73 images from HMC-1092: Sleeper family papers. 

85 images from HMC-0761: Helen Stevens papers.

Helen M. Stevens & Earl Ohmer at Petersburg, Alaska.

57 images from HMC-0991: Bill Bacon photograph files.

Aloha massage and sauna.

48 images from HMC-0792: Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers.

1 film from HMC-0792: Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers: “Alaska 1954”.

2 films from HMC-0422: Dorothy and Grenold Collins papers: “Oldest films” and “Bristol Bay Fishing”.

Statewide libguides

We completed two more multi-institutional libguides: Performing arts and Health and medicine in Alaska. These two guides, as well as 11 others were completed with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library. All of these guides are available on the SLED website. Stay tuned for Gwen’s blog post in the upcoming weeks regarding this project.

Podcast and other outreach

Veronica met with the Irish Club of Alaska for a donation party and tour of the Archives and Special Collections.

We also have two new podcasts available, one with researcher Dylan Harris and the other with archivist Becky Butler.

Dylan Harris is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Becky Butler is an archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives.

Other updates

HMC-0076: Brooks Range Trust records: reduced by 0.9 cubic feet by rehousing and removal of duplicate items.

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Archiving AK Episode 15: Interview with Becky Butler

In this episode of Archiving AK, Gwen interviews Becky Butler, an archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives. The collections that she mentions in the interview, including the Ernest Gruening papers and the The Fabian Carey Collection of Fairbanks Red Light District Photographs, can be found by searching UAF’s Archives Catalog. Thanks for listening!

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Archiving AK episode 14a: Interview with Dylan Harris

In this bonus episode of Archiving AK, archivist Veronica Denison interviews researcher Dylan Harris, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. His research topic surrounds climate change and the way we talk about it. In this episode, we discuss his research, experiences in different archives in Alaska and the lower 48, as well as the collections he used.



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New in the Archives: April 2019

Happy May, everyone! Last month, we described 10 collections, or additions to existing collections. This included adding 217 GB of videos and photographs to the Rage City Rollergirls records, which had not been possible without our new digital storage system. To celebrate National Poetry Month, our podcast featured poems from our collection and other Alaskan Archives. Finally, Veronica’s hard work writing grants over the past several months paid off, and she was awarded a total of $29,002 from the Atwood Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Collections described:

PFLAG Anchorage posters; undated 1997, 2002. EPH-0421.

Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance’s Perspective newsletter; 1992 May. EPH-0422.

Identity, Inc. records; 1977-2013. HMC-1143. 0.5 cubic foot addition. Records of a non-profit organization that provides programs supporting equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and its allies.

Guide to the Rage City Rollergirls records; 2009-2015. HMC-1193. 217 GB addition. Videos and photographs from a roller derby league in Anchorage.

Rage City bout, 2010

Rage City bout, 2010

Alaska tourist photographs; 1965. HMC-1312-AHS. Snapshots of a tourist who traveled through Alaska and the Yukon, including to Barrow, Nome, and Kodiak.

Nome photograph album; 1900. HMC-1313-AHS. Photos of Nome and mining in 1900.

Linda McClelland photographs; 1966. HMC-1321-AHS. Photos from the 1966 Fur Rondy.

Klondyke Kontact records; 1977-2002. HMC-1322. Records of a lesbian newsletter in Anchorage.

Dude Obert slides; 1959-1964. HMC-1323. Photographic slides depicting various locations in Alaska.

Dude Obert in Seward, 1962.

Dude Obert in Seward, 1962.

UAA. Chancellor outgoing correspondence; 1980-1981. UAA-0136.

Items added to Alaska’s Digital Archives

1 photograph of a howitzer shell that was part of the official Alaska statehood celebrations, from the Atwood family papers, 1906-2003. UAA-HMC-0989.

Statehood howitzer shell

Engraved howitzer shell that was used in Alaska statehood celebration.

35 photographs  from the Sleeper Family papers; 1918-2017, bulk 1947-1984. HMC-1092. Includes photographs of Red Cross workers in Anchorage and the Alaska Insect Control Project.

29 photographs McGlashan and Monsen family photographs; circa 1880-1974. HMC-1278. Photographs primarily taken in Naknek and Akutan.


Grants received:

$10,000 from the Atwood Foundation to digitize Anchorage related audio, video, and film. These materials include UAA and APU sporting events, promotional events, and programs; audio recordings of the Anchorage Civic Opera, interviews and news reports of the 1964 Earthquake, Margaret Mielke’s poetry, Alaska Repertory Theatre and Anchorage Symphony League PSA’s, and radio spots and debates of Anchorage legislators.

$19,002 from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program to digitize materials related to public health history in Alaska. These materials encompass different facets of health and social science research, which are of interest to current public health physicians and those studying the practice and establishment of health programs and institutions in Alaska.


Archiving AK episode 14: National Poetry Month. In this episode we share poetry from our collections and other Alaskan archives, read by us, along with some special guest readers.

Two Days in April poem

“Two Days in April,” a poem from the Margaret G. Mielke papers, featured on this month’s podcast.


One hour webinar on the Alaska’s Digital Archives for the Alaska State Library’s Digital Stewardship course.



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