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!”

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”

Nome Nugget Digitization: Update

Hello friends, Do you ever feel like sometimes things sometimes just don’t go right? Or that they take much longer than they should, and it’s a process of one step forward and two steps back? The ongoing re-shooting of the bound volumes of the Nome Nugget on the Bookeye scanner sure feels that way. JustContinue reading “Nome Nugget Digitization: Update”

Lights, Camera, Action! Moviemaking in Alaska Historical Newspapers

Greetings, all! With the plummeting temperatures and snow showers here in southeast Alaska, it’s that time of year to stay indoors, get warm, and watch movies. Millions of people around the world have only seen Alaska through movies. In its earliest days, silent films such as the groundbreaking 1922 documentary Nanook of the North and Charlie Chaplin’sContinue reading “Lights, Camera, Action! Moviemaking in Alaska Historical Newspapers”

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”

Greetings from the Alaska Anthropological Association Conference!

Last week, National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) director Anastasia Tarmann and project coordinator Janey Thompson attended the 45th Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association in Anchorage to spread the word about historic Alaska newspapers and progress on the project. In addition to a poster, we prepared brochures that provided a brief overview of theContinue reading “Greetings from the Alaska Anthropological Association Conference!”

On This Day In History: July 18

“Those who do not care for the natural beauties of the country may reasonably remain passive over the destruction of the forests, though people who have cast their lot here must certainly be alive not only to the destruction of timber but to the commercial value of strikingly beautiful scenery.” [cont.]

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.