Alaska Film Archives

[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 2]
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 2]
Footage includes images of ALCAN travel in 1946 (?) and the 1946 Fairbanks Ice Carnival.
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 3]
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 3]
Footage includes the Maclaren River Lodge on the Denali Highway as well as a parade and sled dog races in Fairbanks.
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 4]
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 4]
Footage includes the Fairbanks Ice Carnival (Winter Carnival) in 1947, the ice carnival parade, sled dog races, the 1947 Chena River break-up and flooding (possibly 1948), snowshoe baseball, and Jeff Studdert with a 37-dog team in 1957.
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 5]
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 5]
Footage features ALCAN travel in 1946 (?) and the 1946 Fairbanks Ice Carnival.
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 6]
[Lou and Ruth McCoy collection 6]
Footage includes the Maclaren River Lodge on the Denali Highway as well as a parade and sled dog races in Fairbanks.
[Lounsbury film collection 1]
[Lounsbury film collection 1]
Footage includes children, rotary snow plow, men outside F.E. company building, downtown Fairbanks, a dredge, Pacific Alaskan Airways (PAA) hangar and people leaving, the Cleary City Post Office, people posing, Billy Roots bus (?), Cleary Summit roadhouse, men with a caterpillar tractor, small cat train in front of Service motors, Fairbanks streets, Jimmie Mattern signing autographs at PAA Hangar at Weeks Field, Mattern's airplane “Texan” and Russian flying boat at Weeks Field during search for Sigismund Levanevsky, people departing Fairbanks on Alaska Railroad (ARR), Richardson Highway Transportation Company bus, steamship travel in Southeast, a gold dredge and thaw field, MST Company bus , boys at Fox, woman with a horse at Cleary Summit roadhouse, a boy with shovel, Chena River spring break-up, dog races, Sigrid Seppala wearing parka, Winter Carnival Parade, and dog races.
[Lounsbury film collection 3]
[Lounsbury film collection 3]
This footage includes travel outside of Alaska including a Rose Bowl parade. Alaska footage features railroad travel, a tent camp in Mt. McKinley National Park and activity at camp, sled dog races on the Chena River, sled dog demonstrations, a Fairchild 71 on skis and pilot Ed Young, Russian Junkers arriving in Fairbanks March 1931 carrying the body of Ben Eielson, a funeral procession in Fairbanks carrying the body of Ben Eielson to the Railroad Depot, road travel, a chained bear, bison and sheep at the University of Alaska, a hydraulic giant, a bi-plane in Fairbanks with pilot A.A. Bennett (?), aerial views of Fairbanks, Alaska railroad train travel, a sternwheeler in Nenana, U.S. Army Pilot Captain Hoyt in Fairbanks and hand-propping an airplane, riverboat travel, houses and yards in Fairbanks, and a summer parade in Fairbanks at which Mayor Rothenburg of Fairbanks hands flowers to George Lounsbury's mother Fay Jennings. Additional footage (from Johnny Repo) includes a canoe, a small mining operation and a cabin, moving mining equipment by barges marked as Florence and Alyum Mining Co., moving a dragline, a group of men outside the roadhouse in Wiseman with a man getting a haircut, people crossing the mouth of Wiseman Creek in boats during break-up on the Koyukuk, rowing and paddling on a river, cutting wood, a Wien Alaska Pilgrim airplane at a landing strip, a Wien airplane on a landing strip with pilot Tony Schultz, cabins at a creek, assembling dredge, flying boat Sikorsky S-42 (?), Glass Flying Service in Valdez, Ford Tri-Motor taking off from Valdez, a winter storm in Valdez, airplanes in Valdez from different companies including Lyle, Mirow and Reeve, a Pilgrim airplane on skis taking off, aerial views of mountains and a gold camp, a J-2 (?) Piper taking off, a Jim Dodson aircraft, break-up on an unidentified river, Wiseman (?), a man sawing firewood, men building a cabin, men whipsawing lumber, a mining operation with a dragline and hydraulic giants, a large dead bull moose being hauled off, a caterpillar pulling a small building, an aircraft, and aerial views of Fairbanks and mining operation. According to George Lounsbury in 2014, AAF-9547 begins with films shot by George Lounsbury's grandfather, Mr. Jennings, on a trip out of Alaska to buy a new Buick automobile. At approximately 7 minutes into the reel is a scene of Alice Nordale with Cap Lathrop, who wore a bill cap. About 20 minutes into the reel, there are scenes of a canoe and mining operations, and those films were shot by Johnny Repo (sp?). Scenes of airplanes in Valdez came from film obtained by the Lounsbury family through Bob Reeves. The final part of the reel, beginning with aerial views and then a color shot of the Ophir area, are films from Johnny Repo (sp?).
[Lounsbury film collection 4]
[Lounsbury film collection 4]
AAF-10856 includes aerial views of Nome, the Nome waterfront, aerial views of the Seward peninsula, a mining operation, a truck pulling a long length of pipe, Mirow Air Service Loening flying boat airplane, a dredge operating on the Seward peninsula, a Pacific Alaska Airways Lockheed Electra, a Caterpillar and power shovel working at a placer gold mining operation, men cleaning up gold in a sluice box, various views of placer mining operations, a small riverboat, brief views of Palmer, a hard rock mining operation in Hatcher Pass, an aerial tramway operating, an Alaska Railroad bus on rails, aerial views of Copper Center (?), aerial views of Fairbanks, a Northern Commercial Caterpillar shop on Second Avenue in Fairbanks, the interior of an office, railroad travel and family scenes, Ice Carnival Parades in Fairbanks, Ice Carnival dog races and activities on the Chena River (during 1940, 1946, and 1950), a barge trip with the riverboats Idler and Mudhen taking barges with Caterpillars and other equipment, and a Cat train during winter hauling freight through a wooded area and cross country to Wiseman. Additional film has suffered water damage. Footage includes Lounsbury boys, a village along the ocean, family and farm scenes taken outside of Alaska, winter scenes in Fairbanks, boys shoveling off a roof and playing in snow, and a family posing for photos. According to George Lounsbury, approximately the first 30 minutes are Dan Lhamon and Rod Wolff films ending with the parade sequence. The next approximately 15 minutes are Johnny Repo (sp?) and Walter Rasmussen (sp?) films beginning with the boat sequence and ending with views of the Third Rail at Wiseman. The remainder of the reel is Lounsbury family films beginning with footage of a mine at Ester Dome and scenes at Kotzebue followed by a family visit to Iowa.
[Lounsbury film collection 5]
[Lounsbury film collection 5]
AAF-10857 footage includes people on Fairbanks streets including Joe Croon with a bowtie, people on a bus, a bus trip on Steese Highway during winter, children on a street, men outside of the F.E. Company building, a rotary snowplow in operation, Ice Carnival or Winter Carnival parade floats, winter bus travel, Fairbanks street scenes, a woman with puppies, men outside a building, a woman with a baby, men with a dead wolf, men outside of Billy Root's Transportation Company office in Chatanika (?), people standing next to a bus, men pushing a car at a gas station, cars and trucks along a road, men outside of the F.E. Company building, people posing on Fairbanks streets, trucks travelling along a road during winter, a crowd lining Cushman Street and sled dog teams, Leonhard Seppala, and a Caterpillar plowing a road. According to George Lounsbury, these are Dan Lhamon and Rod Wolff films.
[Lounsbury film collection 6]
[Lounsbury film collection 6]
Footage includes Earl Pilgrim's Stampede Mine, Alaskan animals, men feeding Susie the black bear, Hughes, Bettles, Ester, Summit Lake Lodge, and a brief glimpse of an albino moose.
[Lounsbury film collection 7]
[Lounsbury film collection 7]
Footage includes aerial views of Nome; the Nome waterfront; aerial views of Seward peninsula; a mining operation; a truck pulling a long length of pipe; a Mirow Air Service Loening flying boat airplane; a dredge operating on Seward peninsula; a Pacific Alaska Airways Lockheed Electra; a Caterpillar and power shovel working at a placer gold mining operation; men cleaning up gold in a sluice box; various views of a working placer mining operation; a small riverboat; brief views of Palmer; a hard rock mining operation in Hatcher Pass; an aerial tramway operating; an Alaska Railroad bus on rails; aerial views of Copper Center (?); aerial views of Fairbanks; a Northern Commercial Caterpillar shop on Second Avenue in Fairbanks; the interior of an office; railroad travel and family scenes; Ice Carnival parades in Fairbanks; Ice Carnival dog races and activities on the Chena River in 1940, 1946, and 1950; a barge trip with the riverboats Idler and Mudhen taking barges with Caterpillars and other equipment; and Cat train hauling freight through a wooded area and cross country to Wiseman in winter. Additional film has suffered water damage: footage includes the Lounsbury boys, a village along the ocean, a family and farm scenes from outside of Alaska, winter scenes in Fairbanks, boys shoveling off roof and playing in snow, and a family posing for photos.
[Lounsbury film collection 8]
[Lounsbury film collection 8]
Footage includes people on Fairbanks streets (including Joe Crosson with a bowtie), people on a bus, a bus trip on Steese Highway in the winter, children on a street, men outside of the F.E. Company building, a rotary snowplow in operation, Ice Carnival or Winter Carnival parade floats, winter bus travel, Fairbanks street scenes, a woman with puppies, men outside of a building, a woman with a baby, men with a dead wolf, men outside of Billy Root's Transportation Company in Chatanika (?), people standing next to a bus, men pushing a car at a gas station, cars and trucks along a road, men outside of the F.E. Company building, people posing on Fairbanks streets, trucks travelling along a road during winter, a crowd lining Cushman Street, sled dog teams, Leonhard Seppala, and a Caterpillar plowing a road.
[Machetanz-Johanson collection films]
[Machetanz-Johanson collection films]
AAF-16401 is a 16mm color/silent film labeled “Personal, Family, Kenton.” The film is circa 1948, and it contains scenes of men and women visiting inside a house, Sara (Dunn) Machetanz with a white dog, Sara Machetanz working at a desk, Sara and Fred Machetanz posing next to a car, a brick home outside Alaska [possibly Kenton, Ohio, where Fred Machetanz had been born in 1908], three unidentified elderly women posing for the camera, and a man in overalls posing for the camera.
[Machetanz original]
[Machetanz original]
Footage features close-up images of animals and human subjects in Machetanz paintings.
[Machetanz paintings]
[Machetanz paintings]
Film contains close-up images of animals and human subjects in Machetanz paintings, including paintings from 1967 and 1970
A Man for the '70s
A Man for the '70s
This is a 1968 campaign film about the background and political vision of Mike Gravel prior to his election to the U.S. Senate. Bob Bartlett, Hubert Humphrey, and Ted Kennedy are briefly seen. The film covers the topics of campaign stresses, the development of oil fields in Alaska, and the need to create jobs in Alaska. The film reviews Gravel's childhood in Springfield, Massachusetts, his years in the military, and his family life in Anchorage and Washington D.C. Scenes in Alaska include Alaska Railroad travel, statehood activity in Anchorage and Juneau, a trailer park or mobile home park, building construction, Juneau, Nome ?, union halls, Sitka, and other unidentified scenes.
[Mayor H.A. "Red" Boucher interview about the 1967 Fairbanks flood]
[Mayor H.A. "Red" Boucher interview about the 1967 Fairbanks flood]
Fairbanks Mayor H.A. "Red" Boucher is interviewed by an Anchorage television news reporter at the Anchorage airport about conditions in Fairbanks as water recedes from the August 1967 flood.
McCall Glacier Project
McCall Glacier Project
AAF-20835: “McCall Glacier Project,” copyright 1974 by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska, was presented as a contribution to the International Hydrological Decade. The film covers scientific studies on the McCall Glacier, and includes detailed explanations of scientists’ activities, equipment used, and data analyzed. Director of photography and editing is Milan J. Alexander. Narration by William Huhn. Sound by Steve Browne. Music by David J. Rychetnik and Gary Westcott. Studies on McCall Glacier were supported by grants from the Atmospheric Science Section, National Science Foundation. Senior Scientists were Gerd Wendler and Carl Benson. One title screen reads as follows: "We express our appreciation to the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory, Point Barrow, for logistic support, the Air National Guard for two excellently executed air drops, and the skillful Alaskan Bush pilots Chuck Meggill, Lowell Thomas Jr., Mike Van Hutten, Merrill Wien, Richard Wien and Al Wright.” According to Dr. Carl Benson in 2016, the film includes scenes of departure from Fairbanks and a flight to the Romanzof Mountains in the Brooks Range, the McCall Glacier on Mount Hubley, and scientists – including University of Alaska Fairbanks professors Will Harrison and Gerd Wendler, graduate students Dennis Trabant and Charlie Fahl, Yuji Kodama of the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo, and scientists from the Institute of Low Temperature Science at Hokkaido University in Japan – using instruments to study weather conditions and glacier depths.
[McKinley Park Hotel, Curry Hotel, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage]
[McKinley Park Hotel, Curry Hotel, Alaska Railroad, Anchorage]
This film features footage the interior of a hotel lobby, exterior footage of the Denali Park Hotel, an Alaska Railroad train departing a station, the Healy train station and hotel, fall colors, a footbridge over a river to a red building, interior black-and-white views of people playing cards at a table and man hand propping a Piper Cub airplane on skis, an airplane taking off and landing on snow, a bear on a hillside, people in a hotel lobby, scenic sky and mountain views, Mt. McKinley, a rainbow, Denali Park caribou and bears and a porcupine, the Curry Hotel with many skis in snow in front of the hotel, people posing for the camera, a boy climbing tree, a boy and woman walking through tall ferns, a lake and wildlife, a dog or wolf pup tied up, a fox, scenic views of mountains in Denali Park, a woman feeding an arctic ground squirrel, people sitting on a porch in front of a building labeled "Dining Room," views from a train, women and men posing for the camera, Denali Park Hotel, a Beech 18 airplane taking off, a flower garden, a woman and children on horseback, several horses, women and children posing for the camera, a squirrel eating a pancake, wildlife, a family posing and waving, children feeding arctic ground squirrels, a fox, people posing in front of a log cabin, views of Mt. McKinley and a park road, wildlife in the distance, bears, Mt. McKinley, a bear on a park road, Dall sheep, caribou, more views of mountains including Mt. McKinley, more people posing for the camera, women in a garden, men in military uniforms posing in front of a military airplane (c-45?), a man wearing a parachute(?) in front of a military aircraft, aerial views of Anchorage, crowds of people and photographers gathering around an Alaska Railroad engine and train, a train car labeled "The Aurora," people standing on a rooftop (of a train station in Anchorage?) to watch a train, a train pulling away from a station, military airplanes flying in formation overhead, an older steam engine on tracks (Alaska Railroad Engine No. ?), children in costume for a parade, military bands and soldiers in a parade in Anchorage, floats in a parade, children's races, a short bit of a parade in a large city (possibly New York City??), an airshow in Alaska with several aircraft and a helicopter (Sikorsky H-5?), a parade with military from several branches, military airplanes flying low over the parade, more airshow scenes, more Anchorage parade scenes with military vehicles and aircraft, a family posing, girls posing at a school graduation, a family posing in front of a car, more airshow scenes of a helicopter, a family in a car, children in a parade, girls posing with a doll, a family and a dog at home, a large dam outside of Alaska, women with a horse, a young baton twirler leading a parade in an unknown location, family scenes at unknown locations (one of which includes Quonset huts in the background), and wildlife (in Denali Park?). The reel is made up of 13 smaller reels of film. Handwritten notes on the original cans, boxes, and film leaders include the following: 1) #2 Mt. McKinley, fox, bear, moose, Curry and McKinley Hotel, airplane. 2) #1 Moose, [??], McKinley, trail ride, Curry[?], McKinley Park - Eklutna Flats, McKinley Park Hotel and Flowers. 3) #1A McKinley Park, airplane (Dad), 4th Parade, Elks Parade - July 4, 1947 Anchorage, Mac at McKinley in Beechcraft and Anchorage from air. 4) #1B Air show 1948 – starts with helicopter. 5) #2 1950 Armed Forces Day Parade and air show – starts with downtown parade. 6) #3 1950 Armed Forces Day – Kastermans and us with Bos’n. 7) #4 Kay’s 8th grade graduation, Ted[?] and family and air show – starts with back porch. 8) #7 July 1950 – 1950 Peters Creek, 4th of July, Swifts – starts with dark hair person in red in woods. 9) #8 April 1951 – starts with woman in red tailored suit, white house with picket fence – Kay before she left for Holy Names, Gram and her new hair-do. 10) #9 October 8, 1951 – starts with blue lake and mostly unforested hills. 11) #10 October 8, 1951 – starts with baton twirler in parade. 12) #13 July 24, 1952 – Kathy Kay, Ray and Peg in Anchorage - starts in a garden, women in dress and straw hat, woven brown fence. 13) [Unlabeled and mostly very dark – only useable parts maintained].
[Merton Attwood Collection 1]
[Merton Attwood Collection 1]
Footage includes ALCAN travel, a C-47 Wien flight from Fairbanks and a Cessna 180 flight from Bettles, men prospecting with a steam boiler and windlass, people gold mining with a hydraulic giant and heavy equipment, mining activities, a Pan American World Airways (PAN AM) Boeing 377 Stratocruiser arriving in Fairbanks, a Golden Days Parade in Fairbanks, the F.E. gold dredge in operation, a UAF building, placer gold mining activity, pans with gold, aerial views of Northern Alaska, a PAN AM airplane, people building up land on a lake or inlet, graduation activities and a parade, various family activities outside of Alaska, a PAN AM 707, a Wien C-46, a helicopter, a black bear in garbage, mining camp activities including construction and helicopter operations, people unloading a Beaver airplane, village activity, people building a metal structure on Nodwell, children in a village catching fish and playing, men working on equipment, a badminton game, a black bear, and men taking core samples with a drill.
[Merton Attwood Collection 2]
[Merton Attwood Collection 2]
Footage includes children playing in snow outside a cabin, children walking with their mother, a Wien airplane landing, a moose, a group of Eskimos in an outboard powered riverboat arriving at a fish camp on the shore, dead caribou being unloaded from a Nodwell tracked vehicle, caribou, a view of a mining camp in winter, a dogsled, spring break-up on a river, a mining camp, a man feeding a black bear, a camp with a Telache Oil and Mining sign on the building, Christmas and other domestic family scenes, a mock wedding, and real married couple departing in a decorated car. Additional footage includes a man unloading a light airplane that flipped during landing, a helicopter arriving, a dog sled, a helicopter hauling a barrel of fuel, getting a camp water with a Nodwell, and camp activities. Additional footage includes a family Christmas, someone hauling freight in a small truck, children playing and working in a Kobuk school, Kobuck village scenes, and an aircraft departing. Additional footage features airplanes in Palm Springs, aerial views of Interior Alaska in winter, a river break-up, aerial and ground views of a mining camp, an ATCO building at a camp, a Wien C-46, a Caterpillar clearing snow, a light airplane landing, mining activity with heavy equipment, airplanes, men building a log cabin, a Cessna 180 on skis departing, a C-82 cargo airplane landing and departing, a Caterpillar clearing snow, sled dog races, and Yukon 800 boat races. Additional footage includes Santa Claus at a Christmas party in a village, Tanana Winter Carnival dog races, a supply barge on the Yukon River, and a water skier on the Yukon River.
[Mining activities, winter carnival parade]
[Mining activities, winter carnival parade]
This film contains footage of a moose in the woods, a large warehouse, Williams Equipment Company, people in the woods, a field, cars racing around a dirt track, mining activities including digging out dirt, a sluicebox, men operating mining equipment, scenic views of the landscape, a sunset, a fishwheel, a small boat on the river, scenic views of the river, several draglines in operation mining and dredging gravel out of a pit, men working on mining activities, the outside of a red house in the winter, a winter parade with floats, the Ladd Air Force Base marching band, SS Lathrop float, military men marching, fire trucks, marching bands, Santa Claus North Pole float, Uncle Panch KFAR-TV cart, dog mushing, airplanes in the sky including a T-33 Shooting Star and/or Northrop F-89 Scorpion, people dancing indoors, the Chicken Roadhouse and other buildings, a person walking in snow, people coming out of a cabin, a sign for Sadie and Gertie and Myrtle, people in parkas, a winter landscape, people playing with a dog outside in the snow, a winter parade with floats, women in white fur parkas with red hearts on sleeves, a military band, troops in arctic gear, white and black camouflaged tanks, Pioneers of Alaska float with "then and now" design, fire trucks including the College Community Fire Department trucks, Randy Acord flying over in a v-tailed Bonanza airplane with "KFAR" and "Acord" written on the wings and side of aircraft.
[Mining, Fairbanks parades]
[Mining, Fairbanks parades]
This film contains footage of a two little girls in dresses in front of a big piece of equipment, a man and woman holding babies, men camping out of the back of a truck, men spear fishing, piglets, a rosebush, two people playing with dogs, people gold panning, a woman with a large gold nugget, two people showing off fish they caught, people fishing in a river, overview of a mining camp or town, a man cutting firewood in front of a cabin with a double-bladed axe, a parade in winter with troops marching and an "iceworm" float, Fairview Hotel visible in background of the parade, people in parkas, a blanket toss, a man parachuting, cars racing around track, a large structure on fire, a man standing in front of a small airplane in a field next to a church, the Mines Building at the University of Alaska under construction, a Felix Pedro monument, scenic views of a small town in winter, a man chipping snow and ice off a roof, a parade in winter including large floats and horses and women marching, businesses along Cushman Street in Fairbanks, airplanes parked in a field, people wading in a river, people gold panning, a small airplane landing in a field, a winter celebration with a blanket toss and Alaska Native dancing and dog mushing, a banner for North American Grand Champion Sled Dog Derby, a man digging a small airplane out of snow, four men walking past Alaska Railroad cars, the Nenana Bridge over the Tanana River, and abuilding with "Nenana" on roof.
[Mining operations]
[Mining operations]
This film contains images of a mining operation, a bulldozer pushing muck, sluice box cleanup, a snowy landscape, children playing, a truck loaded with logs, a man operating a hydraulic giant, Wien aircraft, a parade and other travel scenes outside Alaska, a Boeing VC-137B Air Force One aircraft painted in white-and-red color scheme at an airport outside Alaska.
[Miscellaneous Alaska scenes]
[Miscellaneous Alaska scenes]
The donor’s original number and title for AAF-20844 are: “RW 109. Travel Scenes, St. Moritz, Skiing.” This film features scenes outside Alaska, which include a road trip in the United States and skiers at St. Moritz in Switzerland. Scenes in Alaska include the Russian Orthodox Church and Spirit Houses at Eklutna, Skagway street scenes, Skagway Inn, Kirmses Curios shop, White Pass & Yukon Railroad train trip, men at a fancy dinner, aerial views of mountains, a boat trip to a glacier, competitive downhill skiing, people eating and huddling around newspapers, men being served an extravagant meal including wine and caviar on an airplane, a series of historic black and white photographs, a group of Alaska Native children eating, William Egan meeting with people, entertainer Burl Ives at Alaskaland, cabins and carnival rides and games at Alaskaland (also known as A-67 or Alaska 67 Centennial Exposition), and Alaska Native people dancing with masks. This is followed by scenes of a lighted sign for Alaska Airlines Golden Nugget Jets followed by "Golden Samovar Service" aboard a Boeing 727 Golden Nugget Jet. Passengers are served an extravagant meal that includes hors d’oeurves, wine, caviar, soup and a main course. Alaska Airlines introduced “Golden Nugget Service” in the early 1960s as a tribute to the 1890s gold rush era. Passenger planes were decorated in red and gold wallpaper and plush red seats. In the early 1970s, Alaska Airlines added the extravagant samovar service to highlight the fact that it had recently begun offering charters to the Soviet Union. This is followed by black-and-white scenes (striations indicate this may be Kodacolor film) of an Alaska town (possibly Rampart?) and flowers, well-dressed people at a conference or meeting, soldiers fighting in Vietnam, William Egan and Henry "Red" Boucher talking to men and women at a dinner, “Egan for Governor” sign, a map of the Bay of Bengal, a moose, the Santa Claus House in North Pole, people on go karts on a track in downtown Fairbanks, Woolworths Building in the background of the track, a log cabin visitors center in Fairbanks, an airplane taking off in Fairbanks and landing at Umiat, a Wien airplane, and a small totem pole.
[My Hometown – Fairbanks, Alaska]
[My Hometown – Fairbanks, Alaska]
This reel was made by combining two smaller reels. The original cans and reels are labeled: “Fairbanks U of A Exp.” and “Fairbanks High School.” Footage includes: a title screen reading “My Home Town Fairbanks Alaska;” a panoramic view of downtown Fairbanks, likely shot from the top of the Polaris Building, including views of the Cushman Street bridge, Samson’s Hardware, The Big I building, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the coal bunkers, Slaterville homes, Griffin Park ball field and ice rink, the Wendell Street bridge, downtown Fairbanks homes, the Northward Building, downtown Fairbanks looking south, the Wendell Street bridge again, and the buildings and power plant at Ladd Air Force Base (now Fort Wainwright); Fairbanks homes and flowers; the Travelers Inn sign and building; views of downtown from the Cushman Street bridge; the Fairbanks Golf and Country Club building, golfers, and archers with bows and arrows on the golf course; a downtown Fairbanks house in flames, Fairbanks Fire Department fighting the fire, and many people watching the large blaze; a large building; a person in a chef hat; children playing with a baby moose; cows at Creamer’s Dairy in Fairbanks; the University of Alaska sign and buildings, including the Geophysical Institute, Constitution Hall, campus housing, Wickersham Hall, the Brooks Building, Harriet Hess Hall, the Eielson Memorial Building, the Patty Gym, and others; more Fairbanks homes and yards; the Polaris Building and Northward Building in downtown Fairbanks; an Island Homes sign and homes and gardens; a sign for Vegetable Variety Trials (the experimental gardens at the university?), and a garden with cabbages, kohlrabi, rutabagas, corn, squash, lettuce, zucchini, peas, and grains; farm fields, people harvesting potatoes, men posing next to bags of potatoes, a man driving a tractor in a farm field, and more views of potato harvesting and fields; a summer parade in downtown Fairbanks with several marching bands; an airshow with people looking at military aircraft on display, military groups marching in formation, and military aircraft in flight; and scenes of downhill skiing.
[Nome airfield and ATG, Eskimo villages and ATG, Anchorage and fishing, Family film, land clearing, Cemetery, Eskimo activity]
[Nome airfield and ATG, Eskimo villages and ATG, Anchorage and fishing, Family film, land clearing, Cemetery, Eskimo activity]
Part 1 (AAF-1523) footage includes Eskimo people pulling nets containing fish onto shore, a snow-blower, Lend-Lease bombers with Russian identification at Nome airfield, Governor Dewey of New York during a visit, Quonset huts, Eskimo hunters on an icepack, a wolf chained in a dogyard, a reindeer herd and harnessed reindeer, a Jeep with "Follow Me" in English and Russian, Alaska Territorial Guard (ATG) troops drilling, a village, Eskimos landing umiaks, Jack Jefford standing next to a DC-3 with "King Chris" painted on the nose, whaling festival activity, and a small sternwheeler. Part 2 (AAF-1524) footage includes Eskimos with dog teams and in boats, military aircraft, village activity, men building a log structure, a group of Eskimos, children on a teeter-totter, a bear cub, an aircraft buried in snow, military officers looking at an Alaska map, boys in a pie-eating contest, ATG troops training, a man with a net catching birds (?), a fishwheel, ice fishing, and village scenes.
[Nome, umiak travel]
[Nome, umiak travel]
The filmmaker's original labeling scheme has AAF-20052 numbered as Bacon 11-06 and titled “Nome, Oomiak, Eskimo, Eggel Island.” Reed Bovee interviewed filmmaker Bill Bacon in 2010, and the following information about the group of films that includes this film is based on Bovee's notes from that interview: “Chilkat dancers, carving on the largest totem pole - The Japanese were having a World’s Fair and they wanted to have the largest totem pole so they went to Haines to have it carved; it was huge - Inuit Circumpolar Conference meeting in Nuke, Greenland in 1980, beluga hunting in Kotzebue - In the evening when the hunters bring in the whales they cut them up and hang them to dry - Nome inside shots of Omiak - When he went to Egg Island, big Omiak Eskimos climbed up the cliffs and got the bird eggs, puffin and seagull eggs - They get up there and drop the eggs down to a guy that catches them, and then he gives them to a guy in a boat where he has a basket with grass in it and they fill up the baskets - Bill got up the hill and it was so slippery from bird droppings that he kept slipping so he could not get down - They had to go around and climb up to the top and drop a rope down to him and pull him up - Says it was really embarrassing.” Notes on the film box are as follows: “Barrow Nulakatuk, ICC Meeting Inuvik NWT Canada 1960, ICC meeting Nuuk Greenland July 1, 1980, Eskimos going to ECC Island out from Nome 1950, Kotzebue beluga hunters return at night 1950” and “Reel 6: Eskimo Omiak, Eggel Island standing on its shore, inside shot of Omiak with people underway.” In 2019, an elder from Nome identified Sledge Island, off the coast of Nome, in the film.
[North American Sled Dog Races in 1976]
[North American Sled Dog Races in 1976]
This footage features dog mushers and spectators at a dog mushing race, an interview with a musher, more views of spectators, and views of mushers (title of segment is "Women's N.A.") (aired March 22, 1976) (silent and sound).
North of the Arctic Circle: Human Values and the Land
North of the Arctic Circle: Human Values and the Land
AAF-13935 is a program about changes in the communities of Point Hope, Kaktovik, Arctic Village and Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska, due to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Filmed and written by Billie and Sam Wright. Film made possible by the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Tasseraluk Institute of Brooks Range, Alaska., In 1968, Samuel A. and Billie Wright moved to Alaska’s Brooks Range, where they built a cabin they named “Koviashuvik” at the edge of Bob Johnson Lake north of Bettles. That same year, they founded the non-profit Tasseraluk Institute, headquartered in the Brooks Range, for “educational, religious, scientific and literary research and development in social and human values.” The Wrights made films about wilderness life, continued Robert Marshall’s research on northern white spruce migration, published a journal titled “View from the Top of the World,” authored several books, and produced a report and documentary film titled “North of the Arctic Circle: Human Values and the Land.” Both were ordained Unitarian Universalist clergy, and Sam was a minister for congregations throughout the United States, including Anchorage, Alaska, from 1970 to 1974.