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I'm head of Archives & Special Collections at the Consortium Library. I've been with A&SC since 2002, first as reference archivist, now as head of the department.

New in the Archives, July 2019

July was a busy month for us, with a bunch of new special collections, university records, and ephemera being processed and described. We added our first batch of digitized audio and video from Veronica’s Atwood Foundation grant to Alaska’s Digital Archives. If you would like to learn more about our grant projects, we have a blog post and podcast about our project to create multi-institution topic guides, as well as a podcast episode about the two grants Veronica got to digitize audiovisual materials in our holdings. The blog post and podcasts are linked below. Thanks for reading!

Newly described collections

Special collections:

HMC-0029: Alaska State AFL-CIO records; 1943-1989. 0.2 cubic foot addition. Records of a union organization in Alaska.

HMC-0028: Alaska Repertory Theatre records; 1969-1989. 6.25 cubic foot addition. Photographs and set designs of a theatre company in Anchorage, Alaska.

HMC-0221: Lorena Showers papers; 1922-1997. 3.8 cubic feet. Anchorage labor activist and senior citizens advocate. 3 cubic foot addition to original collection, additionally separated out 2 other collections from this collection (HMC-1335, HMC-1336).

HMC-0470: Juneau resident slides; undated, 1942-1986. 0.2 cubic feet. Images of Alaska, primarily in the vicinity of Juneau, including outdoor activities and parades.

Walking on Mendenhall Glacier

Walking on Mendenhall Glacier. Juneau resident photographs, HMC-0740.

HMC-0547: John R. “Jack” Roderick papers: 1900-2016. 0.6 cubic foot addition. Materials relating to Roderick’s book about the oil industry in Alaska, Crude Dreams.

HMC-0643: Unidentified soldier photographs; undated. 0.01 cubic feet. Photos from a soldier stationed on Attu during World War II.

HMC-0737: Unidentified soldier photographs; 1944-1946. 0.01 cubic feet. Photos from a soldier stationed on Attu during World War II.

HMC-1044-AHS: Jellybean radio show fan mail; 1954-1955. 0.02 cubic feet.  Letters to a host of an Alaskan children’s radio show.

Letter to Jellybean.

Letter to Jellybean, from Jellybean radio show letters, HMC-1044-AHS

HMC-1150: Cyrano’s Theatre Company records; 1987-2013. 40.9 GB addition. Records of a community theater in Anchorage. Digital files were removed from unstable and difficult to access storage media, such as zip disks, floppy disks, and CDs and moved to our digital storage system. Additional description was provided for the files.

HMC-1253: Alaska World Affairs Council records; 1965-2017. 14.6 cubic feet and 2.53 MB. Records of an Alaska non-profit organization focused on education to improve the public’s understanding of world affairs and U.S. foreign policy. Most description done by Keith Thompson and Lauren Caraghar, UAA History Department student interns.

HMC-1314-AHS: Thomas and Virginia Milligan papers; 1946-1948. Primarily photographs from Anchorage residents.

HMC-1315-AHS: Charles Parson journal; 1899. 0.1 cubic feet. Diary of a gold rush miner in Alaska.

HMC-1316-AHS: Lena Smith letters; 1964. 0.01 cubic feet. Letters written about the 1964 Alaska earthquake.

HMC-1330: Matthew Meyer photographs; 2019. 535 MB. Photographs taken at peaceful protest rallies in Anchorage.

Save Our State Rally

View from the entrance of the Save Our State Rally, July 2019. From Matthew Meyer photographs, HMC-1330.

HMC-1334-AHS: Rose Kerfoot photographs; 1959-1964. 0.01 cubic feet. Photographs of Anchorage and 1964 earthquake damage.

HMC-1335: Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union. Local 878 records; 1942-1997. 1.0 cubic feet. Records of a local Anchorage labor union.

HMC-1336: Anchorage Senior Citizens Drop-In Center records; 1975-1995. 1.0 cubic feet.  Records related to a weekly Anchorage gathering for senior citizens.

HMC-1337-AHS: Will F. Speers papers; 1943-1944. Letters from a doctor working at Funter Bay internment camp and at St. Paul, Pribilof Islands.

UAA records:

UAA. Chancellor’s Office. Child Care Review Committee records, 1974-1985. UAA-0142 0.4 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office. Executive Council minutes, 1981-1987. UAA-0143. 2.0 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office special event files, 1983-1993. UAA-0144. 2.4 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office. Title IX Review Committee files, 1978-1988. UAA-0145. 2.6 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office. Academic Development Plan Committee records, 1980-1982. UAA-0146. 0.4 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office academic development plans, 1978-1983. UAA-0147. 0.2 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office program and school proposals, 1970-1972, 1983. UAA-0148. 0.2 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office area plans and maps, 1973-1984. UAA-0149. 3.4 cubic feet.

UAA. Chancellor’s Office. Academic Council records, 1967-1977. UAA-0150. 0.6 cubic feet.

Southcentral Regional Center administrators manual, 1974-1975. UAA-0151. 0.1 cubic feet.

Ephemera collections:

EPH-0087: Postcard collection; undated. Addition.

EPH-0175: Alaskan political memorabilia; 1970-2019.

EPH-0427: Alaskan music recordings; 1977, 1991.

EPH-0428: Chugiak-Eagle River Bicentennial Commission pamphlet; 1976.

EPH-0429-AHS: Farthest north roller rink sticker; undated.

Farthest North Roller Rink sticker

Farthest north roller rink sticker, EPH-0429

EPH-0430-AHS: U.S. Commissioner’s office forms; 1901-1908.

EPH-0431-AHS: Simeon Oliver biography; undated.

EPH-0432: Exxon Valdez Operations Team Alaska ’89 patch

EPH-0433-AHS: Alaska Historical Society map collection; undated.

EPH-0434: A birthday tribute to Robert B. Atwood program; 1967.

EPH-0435: National Bank of Alaska News Cache special edition; 1991.

EPH-0436: Alaska Outdoor Council News; 2000.

EPH-0437: Anchorage Lodge No. 1351; 1979.

EPH-0438: Alaska Labor Log newsletters; 1970-1971.

EPH-0439: Local 878 Review newsletter; 1964-1983.

EPH-0440: Views and News, Up to Date with 878 newsletter; 1977, 1979.

EPH-0441: Alaska Labor News; 1956-1961.

EPH-0442: Alaska “Cope” Reporter; 1963-1969.

EPH-0443: Alaska Federationist; 1947-1948, 1953-1954.

EPH-0444: David G. Jackson, Jr. World War II memorabilia; 1941-1945.

EPH-0445: Alaska Historical Society tourist pamphlets; 1984-1997.

EPH-0446: Princess Cruises, Inc. cruise memorabilia; 1985.

EPH-0447: Iditarod Fourth of July celebration prize list; undated.

Alaska’s Digital Archives

8 films and videos from UAA-0079: UAA. Athletics moving images. These include hockey highlights, and volleyball practices and games.

12 audio recordings and videos from HMC-0049: Anchorage Civic Opera Association records. The audio recordings and videos include rehearsals, performances, and advertisements for shows.

5 films from HMC-1058: Donald T. Griffith family films. Films depicting various seasons in Alaska, fishing, hunting, and Anchorage.

29 audio recordings from HMC-0084: Genie Chance papers. Radio broadcasts relating to the 1964 Earthquake.

Blog

Introducing multi-institution topic guides on SLED. This post highlights our recently completed, grant funded project to create a series of guides to finding collections on selected topics held by libraries, archives, and museums across the state.

Podcast

This month we have two episodes of our podcast, Archiving AK:

Archiving AK Episode 17a: Gwen and Grants. In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene and Gwen have a conversation about a recent grant project Gwen has managed for the Archives. This grant project was about creating a series of guides to popular Alaskan research topics and where primary sources about those topics can be found.

Archiving AK Episode 17b: Veronica and Grants. In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene and Veronica discuss Veronica’s recent grant projects. Her projects involve digitizing obsolete audiovisual media in our holdings.

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Archiving AK episode 17b: Veronica and grants

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene and Veronica discuss Veronica’s recent grant projects. Her projects involve digitizing obsolete audiovisual media in our holdings.

Here’s links to some of what is mentioned in the podcast:
Atwood Foundation
CLIR Recordings at Risk program
And Veronica mentioned a lot of collections! Descriptions of those collections can be found on our website by searching the name of the individual or organization. Use the search box in the upper right hand corner of the page.

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Archiving AK episode 17a: Gwen and grants

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene and Gwen have a conversation about a recent grant project Gwen has managed for the Archives. This grant project was about creating a series of guides to popular Alaskan research topics and where primary sources about those topics can be found.

Here’s links to some of what is mentioned in the podcast:
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Alaska State Library Interlibrary Cooperation Grants
SLED: State Library Electronic Doorway
SLED guides to primary sources
Alaska State Library, Archives & Museums Friday Bulletin
Gwen’s blog post on our site about the project
Gwen’s blog post on the Northwest Archivists site about the project

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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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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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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.

Podcast:

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.

Other:

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

 

 

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Archiving AK episode 14: National Poetry Month

In this episode of our podcast, Arlene emcees a selection of poetry writings from archival collections in Alaska.

First of all, thank you so much! to the people who volunteered to read poetry for us or who selected materials from their archives to be included in the podcast. Those wonderful people include: Becky Butler, Rose Speranza, and Robyn Russell from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, Sara Piasecki of the Anchorage Museum library and archives, Faith Revell (pronounced like Ravel the composer, not like how Arlene says it in the recording, sorry Faith!) of Valdez, Corrie Whitmore of the University of Alaska Anchorage, the Consortium Library’s own Lorelei Sterling, Jennifer McKay, Matthew Meyer, Dawn Berg, and of course Gwen, Veronica, and Arlene, the archivists here at the Consortium Library.

Below are some links to collections and institutions mentioned in the podcast.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives provided selections from Mary Tallmountain, William Wood, and John Haines.

The Anchorage Museum provided selections from Louise Gallop.

The Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association provided the clip from Jay Hammond (more poetry from Governor Hammond can be found at Archives & Special Collections in his papers.)

And from our own holdings, we selected items from:

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Archiving AK Episode 13: Women’s History Month

In this episode of Archiving AK, archivists Gwen Higgins, Veronica Denison, and Arlene Schmuland share some documents from our holdings written by Alaskan women.

The links below are to the guides to each of the collections featured in this podcast.
Thelma Caulkins papers; 1936-1975
Alaska Nurses’ Association collection; 1887-1995
Barb Manz papers; 1970-1976

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Archiving AK episode 10: Anchorage Museum Library and Archives

In this episode of Archiving AK, Arlene interviews Zane Treesh, the head of the Anchorage Museum’s Library and Archives. Zane splits his work between being a librarian and being an archivist for the Anchorage Museum. He talks about the kinds of materials they have, who their users are, and the types of work he does.

Here’s some additional information on a few things mentioned in the podcast.

At minute 5:35: the Steve McCutcheon collection

6:10 Ward Wells collection (online guide coming soon)

7:50 Randy Brandon collection

8:00 Fran Durner collection

8:55 Alaska Railroad/Alaskan Engineering Commission records

9:50 Wien collection

10:20 Herb Hilscher collection (online guide coming soon)

10:50 Vern Brickley collection

11:50 Adak Historical Society collection

12: 53 Boyer photography collection

14:05 Lu Liston collection (online guide coming soon)

16:20 Fourth Avenue Theatre collection (online guide coming soon)

18:45 Alaska Library Catalog (available from the home pages of many libraries in Alaska, including the Anchorage Museum’s library.

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