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New in the Archives, July-August 2021

This month marks the end of the 2020-2021 academic year and the start of the 2021-2022 year. In the “invisible labor” category, Gwen has been working diligently on her 4th year comprehensive faculty review file, as well as continuing her ongoing inventory of audiovisual material in our collections. Arlene finished off a legacy metadata project with our materials in the Alaska’s Digital Archives that involved edits to over 20,000 records.

Research Services

During July and August we provided approximately 190 hours of research services. This includes 156 (!) hours of onsite research appointments, plus virtual appointments, email and phone interactions, and duplication/digitization services.


Alma Davis Edington papers; undated, 1938-1942.  hmc-1372-ahs. Photograph albums and documents of a Sitka resident.

Alma Davis Edington with dogs

Alma Davis Edington with dogs

Unidentified family photographs, 1957-1969. hmc-1373-ahs. Photographs of a family who spent time in California, Washington, and Alaska.

Lavin family photographs, 1931-2016. hmc-1374. Family photographs from southcentral Alaska.

Frederick Henry Hahn IV family papers; 1833-2017. hmc-1370. The papers of a family who homesteaded in Eagle River, Alaska.

Chuck Woodward photographs; 1972-1980. hmc-1371-ahs. Photographs from a pilot who traveled to Alaska.

U. S. Army Air Forces serviceman photographs; circa 1942-1947. hmc-0980. Photographs taken or collected by a serviceman in the Army Air Forces.

Alaska Center for the Environment; 1909-2013. hmc-0005. Addition of 6 cubic feet of hard copy materials and 24.2 GB of electronic records.

CRASH (Concerned Residents Against Safety Hazards) newsletter; 1977. EPH-0461

Oceanview Homeowners Association newsletter; 1977. EPH-0462

Alaska Federation of Natives convention posters and program; 1977. EPH-0463

Alaska Native Arts and Crafts silver hand logo documents; circa 1972. EPH-0464

Election Observer newsletter; 1972, 1976. EPH-0465

House Democratic Minority Caucus Legislative Review newsletter; 1973. EPH-0466

Alaskan political memorabilia . EPH-0175. About 1 cubic foot addition.

Kuspuk School District yearbook; 1978-1979. EPH-0467

New subject guides:

Hatcher Pass area collections. A guide to archival collections related to the Hatcher Pass region, including Independence Mine and the Willow Creek Mining District.

Alaska Library Cataloging project:

With help from Technical Services faculty and staff, we finally got started on our portion of a project to add our collections into the Alaska Library Catalog. This will add an additional point of access for researchers to find our collections. Thanks to Angela Insaurralde’s hard work, bibliographic records for most of our collections have already been created, and we are now adding subject terms to the records. Rebecca Moorman and Lauren Wallace provided excellent written instructions and in-person training to help us get started, and have been great about answering questions as they have come up. So far, we have handed 20 records off to Lauren to check over and add to the catalog.


Gwen Higgins wrote a post on virtual instruction during the pandemic for the Northwest Archivists, Inc. blog.

In August, Gwen worked the library’s table at campus kickoff, along with Christie Ericson.

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