The purpose of this project was two-fold. First, we believe that the younger generation may not be aware of how important dog teams and dog mushing have been to our state's history, so we wanted to bring that story alive in visual and oral form. Second, our goal was to enhance the on-line presence of Alaskan dog mushing materials housed in the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and to provide multiple links to these sources. We have done this by creating an enhanced Project Jukebox that features access to oral histories, transcripts, and historic photographs and films.
Historic photographs have been included from collections at: The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks; the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center; and other institutions with material in the Alaska Digital Archives. Historic film clips have been included from collections at the Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Images and film clips are also available on Alaska's Digital Archives website.
This project was completed in September of 2011 by the staff of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Karen Brewster, Marla Statscewich, and Jeannine Haney of Project Jukebox; William Schneider, Curator of Oral History; Robert Drozda and Katrin Simon-Sakurai of the UAF Archives; Joann Henszey and Robyn Russell of the Oral History Collection; Dirk Tordoff, Michael Knavel, and Angela Schmidt of the Alaska Film Archives; Bridget Burke, Peg Asbury, and Rachel Seale of the UAF Archives; Marge Thompson of the Rasmuson Library photo lab; and Paul Adasiak, Ulyana Korotkova, and Emily Hemenway-Rice of Alaska's Digital Archives). The project was updated into Drupal 7 format in 2015 by Lisa Krynicki and Karen Brewster of Project Jukebox. Thanks go to Mark Morlino and Walker Wheeler of Rasmuson Library's IT staff for their initial technical assistance. Thanks also go to the individuals interviewed and their families for contributing photographs.
This project was supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Alaska State Library.