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Charlotte E. Mauk slides

Guide to the Charlotte E. Mauk slides

Collection number: HMC-0752.
Mauk, Charlotte E.
Hankins, Joe.
Murie, Olaus Johan, 1889-1963.
Varian, Russell Harrison, 1898-1959
Title: Charlotte E. Mauk slides.
Dates: 1944-1972.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Slides taken by an officer of the Sierra Club during her travels in Alaska from 1944-1963.

Biographical note:
Charlotte E. Mauk was the Secretary of the Sierra Club from 1959 to 1963. In 1948, she edited the book, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, which included photographs by Ansel Adams and text by John Muir. Charlotte Mauk visited Alaska in 1944, 1945, 1955, 1961, and 1963. Her 1961 trip included a summer camping trip to Lobo Lake on the Sheenjek River with naturalists Olaus J. Murie and Margaret E. “Mardy” Murie, and a stay at Camp Denali in Mount McKinley National Park.

Collection description:
The collection consists of color slides, primarily taken by Charlotte E. Mauk during her travels in Alaska, 1944-1963.  There is also a list of slide numbers for a slide show given by Mauk on September 13, 1961, and some cards with notes on birds and other animals. Most of the slides are numbered and identified.  Slides of her early travels in Alaska in 1944, 1945, and 1955 depict the Ketchikan and Matanuska Valley areas. The slides from Mauk’s trip to Alaska in 1961 include images of Fairbanks, Fort Yukon, the Sheenjek River, camping at Lobo Lake with Olaus and Margaret Murie, Mount McKinley National Park, Camp Denali, and various other landscape views and wildflowers. There are also slides from Mauk’s 1963 trip to Alaska, which include images of the Mendenhall, Lamplugh, Grand Pacific, and Reid Glaciers. There are also some undated slides depicting a trip to Fairbanks, Mount McKinley National Park, and the Palmer area, as well as slides from 1955 taken on a trip to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and slides taken at an unidentified location in 1972.  The collection also contains slides by other photographers, including Joe Hankins and Russell H. Varian, which depict Alaska wildlife and glaciers, as well as slides of wildlife drawings by Olaus J. Murie.

Arrangement: Slides in this collection are arranged by the year in which they were taken.

Digitized copies: Selected slides in this collection have been digitized and are available online from Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not hold copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Charlotte E. Mauk slides, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Custodial history: An addition to the collection was purchased by John C. Snelling on eBay and donated to the Atwood Resource Center at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center in April 2016. The slides were transferred to the Archives in July 2016.

Acquisition note: This collection was purchased by the Archives at internet auction in 2005. Additional slides were transferred to the Archives by the Anchorage Museum in 2016.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 2005.  The guide to this collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2010. Additional slides were added to the collection by Gwen Sieja in 2016.

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