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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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