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Three Books on Big Delta

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

Big Delta is located at the junction of the Delta and Tanana Rivers, 73 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. The community lies at approximately 64.152500° North Latitude and -145.842220° West Longitude. (Sec. 08, T009S, R010E, Fairbanks Meridian.) Big Delta is located in the Fairbanks Recording District. This area of Interior Alaska experiences seasonal extremes. The average low temperature in January is -11 °F. The average high temperature during July is 69 °F. Temperature extremes, ranging from a low of -63 to a high of 92 °F, have been recorded. The average annual liquid equivalent precipitation is 11 inches, and the average annual snowfall is 37 inches.

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

Ferguson, Judy. 2002. Parallel destinies. Big Delta, Alaska: Glas Publishing Company.

Moss, H. P. 1997. One Alaskan’s potpourri. Eagle River, Alaska: Eagle River Type & Graphics.

United States. 1961. Providing for the withdrawal from the public domain of certain lands in the Big Delta area, Alaska, for continued use by the Department of the Army at Fort Greely report (to accompany H.R. 2283). Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O.

The last item on this list, a US House report, serves as a teachable moment. It’s listed as being held by only two libraries — A library in San Diego and a library in Oklahoma. If this strikes you as odd for a Congressional report about Alaska, it should. This report and many other Congressional publications like it are part of a group publication called the US Serial Set. A decent definition and description of the Serial Set can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Set.  A more detailed presentation is available from the Government Printing Office.

This is also a good moment to know that while a catalog like Worldcat.org is a great thing to have, a catalog plus a trained librarian can often be better. I won’t lie. Not always better. But often better. Here ends the bibliographic instruction.

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

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