Project Jukebox

Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program

About Us

Project Jukebox is the digital branch of the Oral History Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Project Jukebox was originally developed using Hypercard in 1988, with initial support from Apple Computer's Apple Library of Tomorrow program, and is a way to integrate oral history recordings with associated photographs, maps, and text. We have over 50 projects from throughout Alaska, each specific to a topic or an area and we are constantly creating more. We eventually hope to make all the recordings in our oral history collection digitally available. Permission and ethical issues about making people's recordings so widely accessible have slowed the process of putting more projects online.

Contact Leslie McCartney, the Curator of Oral History, at lmccartney@alaska.edu for more information about the Project Jukebox.

The Oral History Program is part of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections of the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The program was established in 1981 to collect and curate audio and video recordings that relate to various aspects of Alaska's history and the people who have contributed to its rich heritage. The collection contains over 11,200 individual recordings, including interviews with politicians, pioneers, and Native elders. Key collections include "Alaska Native Songs and Legends" by the Alaska Library Association (searchable index located on ANKN site), "Early Day Alaskans" by the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society, "The Alaska Native Elders-In-Residence Program" by the UAF Alaska Native Studies Department, and "On the Road Recordings with Old Timers" funded by British Petroleum Corporation. Contact Leslie McCartney, the Curator of Oral History, at lmccartney@alaska.edu or Robyn Russell, the Collection Manager, at rlrussell@alaska.edu for more details about the Oral History Collection.