Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives

IN 1912 the Assistant Surgeon General of Alaska, R.A. Kearney, wrote that “Unless some ways are used to check tuberculosis among the native Indians of Alaska the race will become extinct there in sixty or seventy years.” In 1918 the threat from Tuberculosis was still critical, indicated by a front page article in The CordovaContinue reading “Different Outbreaks but Familiar Threats for Alaskan Natives”

Public Library Week: Newspapers on Microfilm at Your Local Library

Greetings, all! This week marks Public Library Appreciation Week, and a great opportunity to shed light on opportunities to access newspapers through your local library. The State Library of Alaska may be a government library, but we share in the mission of public libraries everywhere to make newspapers available to the public. While many publicContinue reading “Public Library Week: Newspapers on Microfilm at Your Local Library”

New Title on Chronicling America: Seward gateway daily edition and the Alaska weekly post

Hello all, This week, Chronicling America updated their list of Alaska newspaper titles and added one more: The Seward gateway daily edition and the Alaska weekly post Throughout its publication, the Seward gateway changed title and frequency, offering both daily and weekly issues. For this paper, we had access to one issue of the SewardContinue reading “New Title on Chronicling America: Seward gateway daily edition and the Alaska weekly post”

Project Update: Funding Approved!

Hello all, Exciting news on the project front: a representative from the National Endowment for the Humanities contacted the Alaska State Library to notify us that we have been approved for an additional funding cycle from 2018 through 2020. This means that we can continue to produce content for Chronicling America and make historic AlaskaContinue reading “Project Update: Funding Approved!”

Update: 4 New Alaska Newspapers Available to View on Chronicling America!

Greetings all, Exciting news! As of this week, Chronicling America has made available 4 new Alaska newspapers, available here: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/?state=Alaska&ethnicity=&language=. These include: –The Cordova daily times: October 1, 1920 – April 14, 1923 –The Alaska citizen: April 9, 1910 – October 1, 1917 –The Weekly Alaska citizen: October 8, 1917 – December 31, 1917 –TheContinue reading “Update: 4 New Alaska Newspapers Available to View on Chronicling America!”

Newsprint as a Preservation Priority

Greetings, all! The nature of newsprint preservation is a race against time. Like nearly all historic documents, decay is inevitable, but with newsprint, that threat comes faster. Why is this? The answer comes in the way in which it is processed. Inherent Vice Not just the title of a Thomas Pynchon novel, the term “inherentContinue reading “Newsprint as a Preservation Priority”

Microfilm Quality Control: Or, What Can Possibly Go Wrong?

Greetings, all! Last week, we provided an update on the re-filming the Nome Nugget. To delve a bit deeper in the topic, I’d like to share some background on the process of filming newspaper- specifically, what we look for in controlling the quality of newspaper images. Human Error When looking through microfilm, an occasional, unexpectedContinue reading “Microfilm Quality Control: Or, What Can Possibly Go Wrong?”

Re-Filming the Nome Nugget

Greetings, all! Even though production has ended on the 2016-2018 National Digital Newspaper Program cycle, we are still hard at work. One particular area of focus is on the venerable Nome Nugget, the oldest continually published newspaper in Alaska. Our Micrographics department is busy re-filming bound volumes of the Nome Nugget from 1911-1924 to include onContinue reading “Re-Filming the Nome Nugget”

What is the National Digital Newspaper Program?

Part I
There are two main principles behind the National Digital Newspaper Program which are also cornerstones of library and archival science, ACCESS and PRESERVATION.