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Alaska Film Archives

Thinking Cold, 1970s

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This is the story of the first full scale exploration for hydrocarbons on one of the most foreboding corners of our planet…” So begins the 1970s promotional film THINKING COLD, presented...

Fish wheel construction on the Tanana River, 1950s

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Men at fish camp construct a fish wheel along the Tanana River in Interior Alaska during the 1950s. Children assist with the assembly of the fish wheel, and watch as the men cut salmon into...

The Balloonatics, 1982

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This 1982 program covers the history of balloon flight and hot-air ballooning in general, and then focuses on Fairbanks-area balloon pilot Stan Zielinski. Zielinski talks about piloting a balloon...

Alaska Railroad narrow gauge train

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Clip of an Alaska Railroad narrow gauge train on the original track of the Tanana Valley Railroad at Chatanika, Alaska, circa 1927 to 1930. This high resolution digital scan made possible in...

Snowy travel in Alaska, 1950s

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Alaska artist and filmmaker Fred Machetanz and his wife, author Sara Machetanz, travel in their car along narrow, snowy roads from their log home to nearby Palmer, Alaska, during winter in...

Legacy of Alaska filmmaker Bill Bacon

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Legendary Alaska filmmaker Bill Bacon passed away in October 2017. These scenes, filmed in Alaska and in Canada's Johnstone Strait between 1947 and 2004, are but a few of the many thousands...

Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival, 1970s

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Scenes include highlights from the annual Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival parade during the 1970s. The Festival was held as a Talkeetna Historical Society fundraiser from 1972 to 2009 (www.talkee...

Harvesting vegetables in Alaska

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Alaskans show off the bounty of their garden harvest, including piles of carrots and potatoes, which they wash in nearby Gold Creek. According to filmmaker John Baker, Gold Creek is about 30...

Old Valdez

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A visitor explores the old town of Valdez, Alaska, and examines the devastation caused by the 1964 Good Friday earthquake. Structures include the Pioneer Hall, the Pacific Whaling Company building,...

Drift fishing in the 1960s

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Fisherman Roy Koshney of Alaska mends fishing nets, sails out in his old cannery boat (the PG 78) on the Kasilof or Kenai River, runs out nets, pulls in fish, uses a peugh to move fish out...

Placer mining operations, 1960s

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Miner Bob Young pans for gold at his placer mine in Southcentral Alaska during the late 1960s or early 1970s. He pans for gold, pushes soil into a sluice box with his D9 Caterpillar bulldozer,...

Baking bread at Talkeetna Roadhouse

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Scenes include images of the Talkeetna Roadhouse in Talkeetna, Alaska, with Carroll and Verna Close baking bread. John Baker filmed this sequence during the late 1960s and added narration in...

Fur Rendezvous scenes

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Scenes from Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage, Alaska, during the late 1960s include dog mushers hooking up their teams on 4th Avenue, racing along trails, and crossing the finish line. Mushers include...

Airplanes in winter storm

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John Baker pulls his dog Queenie on a sled, checks out his Aeronca Champion airplane during a winter wind storm in Southcentral Alaska, digs the airplane out of the snow after the storm, and...

Flying with Queenie

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John Baker prepares his 1958 Piper PA-18 Super Cub airplane to fly in cold weather in Southcentral Alaska. He briefly mentions Queenie-the-dog's story of having survived an 800-foot fall from...

Snowshoeing in deep snow country

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John Baker demonstrates why snowshoes are necessary in deep snow country in Southcentral Alaska, while his dog Queenie follows along. John Baker filmed the sequence during the late 1960s and...

Building an Alaskan log cabin

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John Baker narrates a film in which he builds a log cabin from the ground up in the northern Southcentral region of Alaska. He and his trapping partner Gene Lanzaro clear a site for the cabin,...

Alaska poet John Haines

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Susan McInnis interviews Alaska poet John Haines about his life and his work. This segment of "Conversations" was recorded April 14, 1995, at KUAC-TV studios in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Color/Sound/VHS...

Calista (1978)

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Excerpt from Alaska Review 11. In this segment, Alaska Review examines the development of Alaska's Native Corporations and explores some of the growing pains and management troubles experienced...

Thawing ground with steam points

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Clip of miners preparing frozen ground for dredging by thawing it with steam points. (Color/Silent/16mm film). This film sequence is an excerpt of AAF-5150 from the Raabe Collection held by...

Boys demonstrate dance skills, circa 1950s

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Silent film circa 1950s shows families in Northern Alaska, and boys demonstrating traditional Alaska Native dance. (Color/Silent/16mm film). This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-20709...