Pioneer Aviators Jukebox Project

photo of an airplane on a runwayThis Project Jukebox highlights stories related to the history of aviation in Alaska and the role aviation has played in changing our state's economy and transportation system. While there are many well-known pioneers in Alaskan aviation, we selected stories from some of the lesser known figures who also have left a legacy and who might otherwise go unheard. photo of a woman starting a heater under an airplane

This project includes recordings from the Oral History Collection at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as historic photographs and film clips from our collections, from other Alaska institutions, and from personal family collections.

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This project was completed in June 2009 by the staff of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Karen Brewster, Marla Statscewich, and Stacey Carkhuff of Project Jukebox; William Schneider, Curator of Oral History; Robyn Russell, collection manager of the Oral History Collection; Dirk Tordoff and Michael Knavel of the Alaska Film Archives; Caroline-Atuk Derrick and Anne Foster of the UAF Archives; Marge Thompson of the Rasmuson Library photo lab; and Bob Forshaw, Paul Adasiak and Ulyana Korotkova of Alaska's Digital Archives). Thanks also go to Bob Jansen of Turtlelane Studios, Sydney, Australia and Mark Morlino of Rasmuson Library's IT staff for their technical expertise.

Thanks also go to the individuals interviewed and their families for contributing photographs and assisting with transcript review.logo for Institute of Library and Museum Services

This project is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library.

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Click here for a list of all the material relating to aviation available within the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Rasmuson Library Catalog [once there, refine your search using the box that appears on the bottom of the page].

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