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Importance of Archives

Date Posted: February 15, 2019       Categories: 49 History News

In 2018, the Alaska Historical Society (AHS) made protecting our state’s archives its advocacy priority. As part of this effort, AHS launched the Archives Video Project to highlight how archive collections are the irreplaceable basic sources of historical research. By emphasizing how collections are used in research, these videos hope to bring attention to the rich resources in the state’s archives. Public support for archives is a continuing priority of the Alaska Historical Society.

The following video testimonials from researchers around the state emphasize the key role archives have played in their work:

Dr. William Schneider on the Importance of Archives
University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Emeritus Dr. William Schneider talks about researching and examining historical photographs in archives. Schneider’s book “The Tanana Chiefs: Native Rights and Western Law,” was published in 2018. This video (copyright Alaska Historical Society, 2018) was made possible through contributions of private individuals. For more information, please contact William Schneider: wsschneider@alaska.edu
with captions: https://youtu.be/Lx4CkvDyRbQ
without captions: https://youtu.be/CXeHcnqSJdI

Dr. Mary Ehrlander on the Importance of Archives
Dr. Mary F. Ehrlander, professor of History and co-director of Arctic and Northern Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, talks about her experience using archives to write her 2017 book “Walter Harper, Alaska Native Son.” The biography covers the life and story of Walter Harper, the son of a Koyukon-Athabascan mother and an Irish immigrant father, who in 1913 became the first person to reach the summit of Denali, North America’s highest mountain. This video (copyright Alaska Historical Society, 2018) was made possible through contributions of private individuals. For more information, please contact William Schneider: wsschneider@alaska.edu
with captions: https://youtu.be/D5g6JeK-uzE
without captions: https://youtu.be/fXXkyceNI4E

Professor Rob Prince on the Importance of Archives
Associate Professor Rob Prince of the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks talks about how his students have been using archives to delve into an ongoing mystery on campus. Archaeologist Otto Geist may have buried several mammoth tusks on the UAF campus during the 1930s. Where are those tusks today? Professor Prince and his students searched the archives for clues. This video (copyright Alaska Historical Society, 2018) was made possible through contributions of private individuals. For more information, please contact William Schneider: wsschneider@alaska.edu
with captions: https://youtu.be/cTos16–TkM
without captions: https://youtu.be/qHljBSLx6YQ

Dr. Jennifer Stone on the Importance of Archives
Dr. Jennifer Stone, Professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage, works with students at the UAA/APU Consortium Library’s Archives and Special Collections. Dr. Stone has integrated the archives into her curriculum in creative and innovative ways. Watch how her students have responded to this approach, and learn more about how the archives enrich the classroom experience of Alaska’s students. This video (copyright Alaska Historical Society, 2019) was made possible through contributions of private individuals and with the assistance of Ian Hartman, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Alaska Anchorage. For more information, please contact William Schneider: wsschneider@alaska.edu.
without captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvYbAxf5VQA
(for auto-generated captions, click on the cc button in the lower-right corner of the YouTube screen)





UAF Archives Open House

Date Posted: October 8, 2019       Categories: News





Archives Month at the National Archives

Date Posted: October 8, 2019       Categories: News

The National Archives is celebrating American Archives Month throughout October. Join us to learn more about how our staff make your history accessible to you! Follow us on social media and share your archives stories using the hashtag #ArchivesMonth.

Banner of selected images for American Archives Month

Pieces of History has a collection of blog posts highlighting the work of our staff, along with some special videos. On Instagram, Archives staff will take over and share photos of their day and the fascinating records they come across.

The National Archives will also be hosting our annual virtual Genealogy Fair on Wednesday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tune into YouTube as our experts discuss family history research in Federal records—and answer your questions in real time.

You can read more about American Archives Month resources on National Archives News.





Revised 2019 Conference Schedule

Date Posted: September 25, 2019       Categories: News

There have been last minute changes and revisions to the 2019 AHS Conference that were too late to be included in the printed program or on the joint conference website.

Click here to view the revised final conference schedule (as of September 25, 2019).





Conference Tours and Events

Date Posted: September 12, 2019       Categories: News

Going to Kodiak for the Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska Conference on September 25?

Thinking about attending one of the special events or going on one of the interesting tours?

Conference organizers ask that you sign up for these by September 15th. Go to the joint conference website to register.





2019 AHS Conference Schedule

Date Posted: September 6, 2019       Categories: News

Awauq or Refuge Rock, off the southern shore of Kodiak Island. Photo courtesy of Sven Haakanson, Jr.

The 2019 Alaska Historical Society/Museums Alaska conference on September 25-28 in Kodiak is rapidly approaching and the organizing committee is working hard to finalize details.

While the early bird registration deadline was August 31, we still encourage people to register and attend this great gathering of practitioners of Alaska history, museum work, and cultural studies. Visit the joint conference website to view the full program schedule, to see what special events and tours are being offered, to get travel advice, and to register.

Click here for the full program for the Alaska Historical Society portion of the 2019 joint conference