Working Class Advocacy of the 1910s: The Socialist Press Newspaper

The Socialist Press is a weekly newspaper that was published out of Fairbanks in the 1910s. Its earliest issue is dated June 20th, 19142, and the paper’s editor was George Hinton Henry, formerly of the Yukon Press (Tanana). Mr. Henry was bold in his editorial assertions, which evidently caused quite the stir among the FairbanksContinue reading “Working Class Advocacy of the 1910s: The Socialist Press Newspaper”

23 Years of Kodiak News History going Digital this Year

The two-year grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2018 is still paving the way for more digitization of Alaskan newspapers. Patrons may now expect to see, among the newspaper titles going live on the Library of Congress website later this year, a span of 23 years of the Kodiak Mirror—from 1940Continue reading “23 Years of Kodiak News History going Digital this Year”

Historic Anchorage Newspapers to be Digitized

The following is a brief overview of early Anchorage-based newspaper titles, to be digitized in the current season of the Alaska National Digital Newspaper Project. A more complete summary of this history will be transmitted for inclusion in the Chronicling America newspaper directory in 2020. According to early reports, a New Zealand native by theContinue reading “Historic Anchorage Newspapers to be Digitized”

Aviatrices in Alaska!

Marvel Crosson, although perhaps Alaska’s most famous, was not the only female pilot to get her license or fly in Alaska in the early years of aviation history. In fact, women pilots in Alaska were more plentiful than history books let on. Those exposed to aviation were longing to fly, and women especially were inspiredContinue reading “Aviatrices in Alaska!”

Alaskan Historic News Titles Arriving Soon

This month the Alaska National Digital Newspaper Project will be digitizing microfilm newsreels from multiple early 20th century Ketchikan news sources. In addition, the early and middle years of the 20th century Nome Daily Nugget will be brought to text-searchable format for the first time, as well. Among the recurring themes represented in the firstContinue reading “Alaskan Historic News Titles Arriving Soon”

Tales of Search and Rescue from Ketchikan

The Ketchikan Daily News (1947–Present), not to be confused with the Ketchikan Daily News (1922–1923), is a Ketchikan-based publication and continuation of the earlier Ketchikan-based Alaska Fishing News (1934–1945) and the Ketchikan Daily Alaska Fishing News (1945–1947). Note that the Alaska Fishing News (1934–1945) of Ketchikan is distinct from the similarly-titled Alaska Fisherman (1923-1932), the latter title beingContinue reading “Tales of Search and Rescue from Ketchikan”

Newspaper Project Director to Visit Kodiak This Week

National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP) program director Anastasia Tarmann will be visiting Kodiak this week to give a presentation on the upcoming season of the NDNP project. Included among the 30 Alaskan newspaper titles to be digitized this year are two titles from Kodiak, the Kodiak Mirror and the Orphanage News Letter. The Kodiak Mirror is a newspaperContinue reading “Newspaper Project Director to Visit Kodiak This Week”

On Constitution Day

September 17 of each year is an opportunity to remind others and ourselves about the story of the signing of the US Constitution in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. A search on the Chronicling America website uncovered the following August 27, 1919 news article describing the origin of this federal observance for Alaskans,Continue reading “On Constitution Day”

Nome Nugget Digitization- All Done!

Exciting news, all! For the past two years, our team at the Alaska State Library has been re-shooting bound volumes of the Nome Nugget to include on Chronicling America. The process has had its share of difficulties, but I’m pleased to announced that we have finished filming the Nome Nugget from 1911-1917 to replace currentContinue reading “Nome Nugget Digitization- All Done!”

A Look at the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s Historic Newspapers

June 26th is Canoe Day, a time when many of us head to a lake or a beach and soak up the sun during the afterglow of the Summer solstice. Recently, I paid a visit to one of my favorite places in Juneau, the iconic Mendenhall Glacier. This time, I kayaked across Lake Mendenhall toContinue reading “A Look at the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska’s Historic Newspapers”

The Mighty Musk Ox: A Celebration of Alaska’s Prehistoric Megafauna

Quick question: what Alaskan animal from the Pleistocene era has the softest hair? The answer may surprise you, but it’s none other than the humble musk ox. This iconic animal left over from the ice age provides qiviut, or a downy undercoat, that is knitted into warm weather clothing, without the itchiness of sheep’s wool.Continue reading “The Mighty Musk Ox: A Celebration of Alaska’s Prehistoric Megafauna”

Play Ball!

Greetings from Anchorage, readers! While baseball season is well underway in the Lower 48, with March 28 marking Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, June 6 marked opening day of the Alaska Baseball League. The Alaska Baseball League has a rich history: 1906 saw the first annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game, held on the summer solstice beginning atContinue reading “Play Ball!”