Archiving AK episode 8: Jennifer Stone

In this episode of Archiving AK, archivist Gwen Higgins speaks with Dr. Jennifer Stone, a professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jennifer discusses her decision to incorporate archival research into her History of English Language course and what she has learned from having her students use archival sources for their projects. She also talks about her experiences using archives for her own research on language in Alaska.

Thanks for listening! You can find this and other episodes of the podcast right here on our website, on SoundCloud, and now, on iTunes.

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Archiving AK episode 7: Alaska State Archives

In the seventh episode of Archiving AK, archivist Veronica Denison interviews Chris Hieb and Leah Geibel – two archivists at the Alaska State Archives. In the episode Chris and Leah discuss their roles at the State Archives, the types of users they see, the material they have, and some of the difficulties of being an archives in a hard to reach area.

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Archiving AK episode 6: STEM

In episode 6 of Archiving AK, Arlene, Veronica, and Gwen talk about our preparations for participating in UAA’s STEM Day. We look at how science, technology, engineering and math materials appear in our collections and how they can be or have been used by researchers. We also talk about some of the issues that can crop up with describing and providing access to STEM materials, especially with medical research collections.

Here’s links to some of the organizations and items mentioned in the podcast:

Stereoviews and stereoscopes

3:30 Examples of stereoviews and information on stereoviewers

5:20 Carbon paper

5:30 A sample telegram

6:45 Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast

10:00 Charles Sawyer Wilson papers

12:30 Mildred Stratton Wilson papers

14:45 A list of our topic guides

16:00 American Society for Circumpolar Health and International Union for Circumpolar Health

16:25 William Mills papers

16:30 Frank Pauls papers

16:35 Christine Heller papers

16:50 Charles Lucier papers

18:15 HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

19:15 Society of American Archivists and the American Archivist journal

19:40 SAA’s Privacy and Confidentiality Section

19:45 Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences

22: 45 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count records

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Archiving AK episode 5: Anna the Intern interviews us

In episode 5 of Archiving AK, Anna, our grad intern over the summer, took some time out of her last week with us to interview us for the podcast. The discussion goes into topics like what we hope for/see for the future of the archives profession, what skills and knowledge we would like new professional archivists to have obtained in their archives classes, the role of professional associations in our work and development, and the types of things we wish people knew about our work.

Thanks to Anna for all her accomplishments over the summer, for putting together a fascinating set of questions for us, and ably handling discussion traffic control with three very verbal archivists!

Here’s links to some of the organizations and items mentioned in the podcast:

1:25 UCLA term positions letter

15:15 Newsbank (we use it a lot for access to obituaries and other news items when writing biographical notes for finding aids)

19:25 SAA: Society of American Archivists

21:50 Northwest Archivists

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Archiving AK episode 3a: interview with Justin Rawlins

This bonus July episode of Archiving AK is an interview with Dr. Justin Rawlins, whose academic research relates to perception studies. He’s been looking at how Alaska is portrayed in media in the past and present, from educational films to reality TV. Dr. Rawlins teaches media and film studies at the University of Tulsa. He was kind enough take the time to talk to me, Arlene, about his research topic, share some of his thoughts about conducting research, and sharing some advice for researchers interested in traveling to Alaska to do research.

Below is a listing with links to some of the things discussed during the podcast:

7:25 Motion Picture Academy Archive, the Margaret Herrick Library
10:00 the book mentioned is The Alaskan Melodrama, by J. A. Hellenthal, published in 1936
16:55 Dorms/residence halls at UAA: Summer Guest Housing
19:15 Hilary Hilscher’s Alaska telecommunications history project collection
20:50 White Alice system
21:10 Film by Western Electric: Land of White Alice
23:35 White Alice antennas that look like theatre screens

The White Alice site at Northeast Cape, St. Lawrence Island. https://bit.ly/2mkB5sq

32:15 A variety of research locations: Ransom Center at University of Texas, the Warner Brothers archives at the University of Southern California, the Film and Television Archive at the University of California Los Angeles, Wisconsin Historical Society, the Lilly Library at Indiana University
33:15 Histoire totale, Total history concept

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Archiving AK episode 3: tourism in Alaska

In the third episode of Archiving AK, archivists Gwen, Veronica, and Arlene discuss some of the tourism-related collections available here at the Archives. We look at how Alaska tourism has changed, what has remained the same, and how it is represented through the lens of the archival materials that have come to us.

Below, you can find explanations and links with further information regarding collections and people mentioned during the episode. They are arranged in the order in which they were mentioned in the podcast. We also have a topic guide of our collections which relate to tourism in Alaska.

Martin Itjen (left) and his street car, Skagway. Mannequin of Soapy Smith is on the right. From: Eby, Shelland, and Stark tourist papers, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage

Purgatory, AK and St. Nicholas. From: Eby, Shelland, and Stark tourist papers, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

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Archiving AK Episode 2: Interview with Pierce Bateman

In the second episode of Archiving AK, archivists Gwen and Veronica interview researcher Pierce Bateman. Pierce has been visiting the Archives as a researcher since 2015: first as an undergraduate student, and more recently as a graduate student writing his thesis. In the episode, they discuss Pierce’s background, current research topic, his general interests, and the various aspects of researching in archives from a researcher’s point of view.

Below, you can find explanations and further information regarding collections and people mentioned during the episode.

  • At 1:38, Pierce mentions researching in the Independence Mine records. The collection he is referencing is the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company records, housed here at Archives and Special Collections.
  • Pierce mentions Ernest Gruening at 3:44. Gruening was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939 until 1953, and a U.S. Senator from Alaska from 1959-1969. Gruening’s papers are held at the Alaska State Archives (RG101), as well as the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives (USUAF155). 
  • At 3:45, Bob Bartlett is mentioned. Bartlett was appointed as secretary of the Alaska Territory in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, served as a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Alaska Territory from 1945 to 1959, and also served as United States Senator from Alaska from 1959 to 1968. University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives holds the E.L. “Bob” Bartlett papers (Collection 53).
  • At 3:46, James Wickersham is also mentioned by Pierce. Wickersham was appointed as district judge for Alaska by President William McKinley in 1900, until he resigned his post in 1908 and elected as Alaska’s delegate to Congress, serving until 1917, and then again from 1931 to 1933. The James Wickersham papers are available at the Alaska State Library Historical Collections (MS 107, Wickersham State Historic Site Collection).
  • Bob Atwood is mentioned at 4:01. Atwood was editor and later publisher of the Anchorage Times from 1935-1989. The Atwood family papers are available at the UAA/APU Archives and Special Collections.
  • Pierce mentions a topic guide created by the Archives at 7:10. The guide, which is titled Steamship related collections, includes collections that contain materials related to steamships and steamship companies.

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