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Three Books on Atka

This week our “Three Books on …” series takes us to Atka. Here is a description of Atka’s location and climate from the Alaska Communities Database:

Atka is located on Atka Island, 1,200 air miles southwest from Anchorage and 350 miles west of Unalaska. The community lies at approximately 52.196110° North Latitude and -174.200560° West Longitude. (Sec. 22, T092S, R176W, Seward Meridian.) Atka is located in the Aleutian Islands Recording District. The area encompasses 8.7 sq. miles of land and 27.4 sq. miles of water. Atka lies in the maritime climate zone. Temperatures range from 20 to 60 °F. Precipitation averages 60 inches per year, and snowfall averages 61 inches per year. There are frequent winds and severe storms in the winter and calm, foggy weather in summer.

Looking through WorldCat, we find these three books with Atka as a subject, among others:

Berge, Anna, and Moses Dirks. 2008. Niiĝuĝis Mataliin Tunux̂tazangis = How the Atkans talk: a conversational grammar. [Fairbanks]: Alaska Native Language Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Native Village of Atka, Alaska (Association). 1940. Corporate charter of the Native Village of Atka, Alaska: ratified May 23, 1939. Washington: U.S. G.P.O.

Rossiĭsko-amerikanskai︠a︡ kompanii︠a︡. 1824. Letters concerning the Atka Division of the Russian-American Company. [In Russian]

People with some familiarity of Alaskan or World War II history will know that Atka was one of the battlefields of the Aleutian campaign. I didn’t select books on Atka during World War II because I wanted to highlight materials about Atka itself.

Join us next week as our trek through WorldCat takes us to Atmautluak.

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