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Al Larson audio tapes

Guide to the Al Larson audio tapes

Collection number: HMC-1387.
Creator: Larson, Al.
Title: Al Larson audio tapes.
Dates: 1966-1967.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: The materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Two reel-to-reel audio tape recordings of the 1966 and 1967 North American Championships sled dog races in Fairbanks.

Biographical note:
Al Larson was a resident of Fairbanks and recorded the 1966 and 1967 North American Championships sled dog races.

The North American Championships sled dog races, sponsored by the Alaska Dog Mushers Association (ADMA), have been held by the in Fairbanks since 1946. The race is held over three days, with teams of at least five dogs racing twenty miles each of the first two days and thirty miles on the final day. Beginning in 1975, ADMA introduced a number of Limited North American Championships races for teams with specific numbers of dogs, as well as skijoring, and the original race became known as the Open North American Championships.

Collection description:
The collection consists of two 7-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes containing recordings of the 1966 and 1967 North American Championships sled dog races made by Al Larson of Fairbanks, Alaska. The 1966 tape contains a recording of the 30-mile race on the third day of the event, and is labeled as being 120 minutes.

Arrangement: The tapes are arranged in chronological order.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Due to preservation concerns, the Archives is unable to provide access to the tapes in their current format, and additional costs are associated with digitizing these materials. Please contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

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

Preferred citation: Al Larson audio tapes, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:

Alaska Dog Mushers Association. “About ADMA.” alaskadogmushers.com/about

Alaska Dog Mushers Association. “Alaska Dog Mushers Association Race Rules.” Revised 2012. https://alaskadogmushers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ADMA-Race-Rules-Procedures-Revised-Dec.-2012.pdf

Related materials: For additional collections related to dog mushing in Alaska, please visit our guides to Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race related collections  and Fur Rendezvous related collections.

Acquisition note: The tapes were donated to Archives and Special Collections by Connor Scher in 2021.

Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2021.

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