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bill schneider and dan o'neill
Bill Schneider and Dan O'Neill did most of the interviews included in this collection in the early 90's.
        The 36 interviews that comprise Project Jukebox were conducted in 1991. The original recordings are housed at the Oral History Program in the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Copies of these tapes are in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve collection at the Preserve headquarters in Fairbanks.  The individuals interviewed for the project come from a wide range of backgrounds. The common denominator is that they all have something to do with Yukon-Charley National Preserve. Some are long-time residents of the Preserve or the local area, specifically Eagle, Circle, and Central, Alaska. Others lived within the Preserve boundaries during what has been labeled the "River People" era (1960s through the 1970s). Still others hunt, trap, fish or mined within the Preserve. In addition, NPS administrators and researchers were interviewed as part of the project.

       The original intent of Project Jukebox was to collect oral histories of people involved with, or impacted by the creation of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in east-central Alaska. The narrators include men, women, trappers, miners, educators, historians, archeologists, biologists and government bureaucrats. Some had been associated with the upper Yukon for entire lifetimes while others were relative newcomers to the region.

       The interviews were conducted in Eagle, Circle and Fairbanks, Alaska as well as Vail, Colorado. Subject matter varies from narrator to narrator and includes Alaska Natives, trapping, mining, subsistence living, historical personalities who lived on the river, lifestyles, gender division of work in the Alaskan bush, transportation, dog teams, airplanes, and of course the Yukon River as a force that shaped society along its banks.

       PLEASE NOTE:This Jukebox Project was updated in 2004 by Amie Kortt from the Oral History Program, but most of the information in this project was taken from the orginal hypercard Jukebox created in 1992.

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