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An Alaskan Take on African American History Month

While Alaska has a national reputation for being a lily-white state with some Native Americans mixed in, African Americans have long played a part in Alaska’s history. Some of the resources that tell this history are housed at the University of Alaska at Anchorage Archives and Special Collections. In honor of African-American History Month, they have decided to blog about their collections. So far their posts include:

African American History in the Archives: Part 1

African American History in the Archives: Part 2

These blog entries talk about several collections at UAA including the George Harper Blacks in Alaska History Project records, the Willard L. Bowman papers and the E. Louis Overstreet papers. I don’t want to steal the archivists’ thunder by summarizing their postings, just go check them out yourself. Along the way you’ll learn why a lot of these resources cannot yet be digitized for the benefit of African-American history researchers everywhere. And it’s not about the money.

The series of posts looks like it might be complete, but if they add extra entries, I’ll update this post.

3/14/2010 UPDATE

As Arlene stated in comments, there were two more posts. Here are the links:

African American History in the Archives: Part 3

African American History in the Archives: Part 4


2 Responses

  1. We have two more posts coming. One a week through February. Thanks for paying attention!

  2. Hi Arlene, Thanks for stopping by! I’ll keep this entry updated. I *love* your blog. Learn something new with almost every entry.

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