• Due to renovations to our vault, the majority of our collections are currently inaccessible. Rare Books and selected archival collections will be available by appointment between September 2023 and March 2024. Please contact us for more information.

New in the Archives: November – December 2023

Renovations

The renovation work continues. New tiling has been laid down in the aisle and sections that will not be covered up by the new shelving. The ductwork has been cleaned or replaced. The walls have been painted. We’re still waiting on some clarification about the sprinkler system which was apparently not designed for high density storage systems (or perhaps the code has changed since the space was constructed in 2002.) The shelving construction starts in January.

Newly described:

Valdez Theatre Conference programs; 1997-2019 EPH-0532 (Thanks to Gina of Access Services for her work on this one!)

Hazel Geraldine Kean photographs; circa 1941-1948. HMC-0995. Photographs of a woman who lived in Anchorage during the 1940s.

Wilbert S. Wilson slides and audiotape; 1964. HMC-1435-AHS. Slides and audio recording taken after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake.

USCGC Haida sailor photographs; undated, 1921. 0.01 cubic feet. hmc-1436-ahs. Photographs and postcards taken or collected by a sailor on the USCGC Haida.

Eklutna Power Plant NRHP nomination records; 1977-1978. EPH-0533. Records from the application to add the Eklutna Power Plant to the National Register of Historic Places.

Ralph and Ruth Thomas scrapbook; 1958.0.3 cubic feet. hmc-1439-ahs. Scrapbook documenting life in Fairbanks.

John F. Engel photograph album; 1940-1941. 0.3 cubic feet. hmc-1440. Photograph album of a member Company H, 4th Infantry Regiment, stationed at Fort Richardson in 1941.

Educational Specifications for Kenai Central High School handbook; circa 1971. EPH-0544. Handbook written by the Kenai Peninsula School board describing needs and desires for a new high school.

Kenai Junior High student handbook; circa 1971. EPH-0545. Handbook of student standards and rules.

Homer Winter Carnival programs; 1962, 1967. EPH-0546.

Homer Concert Association programs; 1964-1966. EPH-0547.

New online:

6 images from the Hazel Geraldine Kean photographs; circa 1941-1948.

146 images from the Wanda A. Wheeler slides; 1964.

Events:

UAA’s STEM Day 2023 was every bit as much fun as past years have been. Over 1600 people attended and we talked to a lot of them! We shared some old school technology in the form of stereoviews and carbon paper. Important note: all those stereoviews scattered across the table are not part of our archival collections but were donated specifically for use in outreach events. We have some commercial stereoviews in the Archives collection and have even digitized a few of them and put them up on the Alaska’s Digital Archives. The carbon paper wasn’t quite as popular as the flashy image cards, but still had a few kids entranced with the concept.

 

In November, Arlene participated in a panel discussion: Writers as Detectives: Celebrating Research and Writing in Alaska Native Culture & History. Co-sponsored by the Alaska Center for the Book and the Consortium Library, this event featured two of our longtime researchers: Dr. Holly Miowak Guise and Dr. Ian Hartman and was moderated by Dr. Maria Williams.

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