Guide to the Don Grybeck slides

Guide to the Don Grybeck slides

Collection number: HMC-1172.
Creator: Grybeck, D. J. (Donald J.)
Title: Don Grybeck slides.
Dates: 1955-2006.
Volume of collection: 7.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Slides of geological fieldwork, equipment, people, and locations.

Biographical note:
Don Grybeck joined the army in 1955 and served in the Korean War. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks beginning in 1957. Grybeck spent the summer of 1959 working as a surveyor for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska. Grybeck graduated from UAF in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science degree in geological engineering. He went on to earn his Ph.D in geological engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1969. He returned to Alaska in 1970 and taught economic geology, structural geology, mineralogy, field camp and geology of Alaska at UAF. In 1974, Grybeck left UAF for a job as geologist with the United States Geology Service (USGS) branch in Alaska. In 1975, Grybeck worked on the Tracy Arm – Fords Terror Wilderness mineral assessment and led a two-year regional assessment of the Brooks Range. As a geologist for both UAF and USGS, Grybeck travelled across Alaska for summer and winter fieldwork. In 1979, Grybeck moved to Reston, Virginia to serve as the Associate Chief of the USGS Mineral Resources Program. He was heavily involved in representing Alaska minerals interest during the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) debate and was Acting Chief for six months. In 1984, he returned to Alaska and later became Chief of the Branch of Alaskan Geology. During his tenure, Grybeck initiated a cooperative effort between the USGS and Russian Academy of Science, comparing mineral potential and regional geology of the Russian Far East and Alaska. In 1989, as part of an Alaska-Siberia joint project, Grybeck travelled to Siberia with USGS staff for summer fieldwork. In the late 1990s, he worked with the Alaska minerals community to acquire special appropriations for minerals information work, an outcome of which was the Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF).

Collection description:
The collection includes slides taken by Don Grybeck, while working for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and later the United States Geological Survey as a geologist. The slides cover geological fieldwork in Alaska, prospectors, mining equipment, towns near fieldwork sites, and rock formations. Also included in the collection are slides from Russia as part of an Alaska-Siberia partnership and a USGS drilling expedition in Saudi Arabia.

Arrangement: The slides in the collection are arranged in the order in which they arrived at the Archives. They are numerical within overlapping boxed groupings.

Digitized copies: This collection has been digitized. Some digital images have been placed online in the Alaska’s Digital Archives (search Don Grybeck). For information about obtaining access to digital copies that have not been placed online, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials created by Don Grybeck.

Preferred citation: Don Grybeck slides, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: “Donald J Grybeck (1936 – ) Obituary.” Newsminer. November 2, 2012. Accessed July 9, 2014.

Index: An index describing most of the slides was created by Mr. Grybeck and can be searched.

Acquisition note: The papers were given to the Archives by Mary and Michele Grybeck, Don’s daughters, in 2014.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jay Sylvestre in 2014. Further updates and editing of the slide index were completed by Arlene Schmuland in 2017. Scanning of the slides was completed by Consortium Library student workers in 2015-2016.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1 Slide numbers A-1 through 7919 1955-1977
2 Slide numbers 0537-5107 1958-1974
3 Slide numbers 3774-9215 1971-1979
4 Slide numbers 6400-10684 1975-1983
5 Slide numbers 10689-12784 1983-1989
6 Slide numbers 12785-14601 1989-2006
7 Slide numbers 3115-4665, and duplicate slides 1970-1973

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