Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scheduled maintenance Dec 17, 12:00-5:00 PM AKST

Due to scheduled network maintenance on December 17, 12:00-5:00 PM AKST (21:00-02:00 GMT), connections to the ANLA digital archive may experience temporary interruptions in service. We apologize for this inconvenience. Our online catalog will remain available during this time.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Limited hours: November 28 - December 7

Due to staffing issues the Archive will have limited hours between Wednesday, November 28 and Friday, December 7. During this time the reading room in Brooks 401 will be staffed during the following times:

Nov 288:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nov 298:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Nov 309:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Dec 38:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dec 48:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dec 58:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dec 68:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dec 79:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Our new office in Rasmuson 232 will be closed during these days. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the reduced hours. The online catalog will remain accessible during schedule closures.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Archive closed November 22 and 23

Due to university holiday the Archive will be closed November 22 and 23. The online catalog will remain accessible during this time.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Tone Isogloss Maps

A set of tone isogloss maps for the languages of the Alaska-Canada border region have been added to the archive as item CA976R2012. Compiled by John Ritter as part of the International Polar Year project Documenting Alaskan and Neighboring Languages, this set of eleven maps documents the extend of various prosodic features in the Athabaskan languages of the border region.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Wales Sea-Ice Dictionary

Just received two copies of the Wales Inupiaq Sea-Ice Dictionary (Kiŋikmi Sigum Qanuq Ilitaavut), compiled by Winton Weyapuk, Jr. and Igor Krupnik. The book contains beautiful color photographs of sea ice formations in the Wales region. Check it out at:

Friday, October 12, 2012

We're moving!

ANLA is moving to the Rasmuson Library. Over the next year the Archive will be transitioning from its current home in the Brooks Building to new space in the Rasmuson Library. We have already begun transferring archival documents and recordings to secure storage on the first floor of Rasmuson, and we have opened a new office on the second floor, adjacent to the Oral History Program and the Alaska and Polar Regions Archive. Over the next few months we'll be creating a public space next to the Alaska Collection on the second floor. This space will provide easy access to Alaska Native Language reference materials.

During the transition period our offline materials will be distributed between Rasmuson and Brooks, so be sure to check with ANLA staff if you have any questions or need assistance locating materials. Thanks for your patience during our move. Stay tuned for more information about our Grand Opening Celebration, scheduled for February 22, 2013.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Digital files offline October 13-14

Our archive file server will be offline for scheduled maintenance for a period of 36 hours during the weekend of October 13-14.

Start Time:   Saturday October 13, 2012 09:00 AKDT

End Time:     Sunday October 14, 2012 21:00 AKDT

During this time users will still be able to search and browse our online catalog, but digital files will not be available for download.

Monday, July 30, 2012

New digital version of Petitot's 1876 Gwich'in dictionary available

Thanks to the efforts of Chris Cannon a new scan of Emile Petitot's 1876 comparative Gwich'in - Hare - Dene Sųłine dictionary is now available. While this manuscript has been available digitally from other sources, the low resolution of those scans can make it difficult to read. This version is sufficiently high-resolution to make the material more legible.

Download ANLA item KU863P1876

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New version of Iñupiaq Dictionary available

The latest version of the North Slope Iñupiaq Dictionary, compiled by Edna Maclean, can be downloaded from the Archive as item IN(N)971M2011. This update includes a complete finderlist and also resolves font issues with previous versions.

Monday, May 14, 2012

New ANLA Logo

We are pleased to announce our new logo, created by UAF student Emily Kurpjuweit as part of a digital design class. The logo alludes to the well-known story of Raven stealing the sun. Recounted widely across many different Alaska Native languages, this story tells how Raven brought light to the world by stealing the sun in its beak.

Emily graduates from UAF this year. Congratulations!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sealaska Heritage Insitute provides digital access to dictionaries

A while back I mentioned the publication of several new dictionaries by Sealaska Heritage Institute. I'm now happy to report that SHI is making digital versions in PDF format available for free download.

Alutiiq Dictionary updates

Updates to the Alutiiq Dictionary have been posted at item SU972L2011. The updates are in a tagged lexical file format, consisting of three text files for main entries, postbases, and enclitcs. These are raw files which can be used to feed into lexical database software such as Toolbox, Fieldworks, or TshwaneLex. The files will eventually feed into production of a printed Alutiq dictionary as part of the IPY Documenting Alaskan and Neighboring Languages project.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Scheduled maintenance May 19-20

Due to an extended maintenance period at ARSC access to digital files will be unavailable from 8:00 AM May 19 through 8:00 PM May 20 (all times Alaska daylight time). Our online catalog will still be accessible during this time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Updated version of Eyak dictionary available

Sample page from dictionary
Work continues entering Michael Krauss' 1970 Eyak Dictionary into a lexical database. Guillaume Leduey has just provided a new pdf file (323 pages) of the typeset version of the dictionary, produced using TshwaneLex software. This remains a work-in-progress, funded in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Over the next couple years the entire dictionary will be available in this format, as well as in a searchable, online database format.

You can access the current version at ANLA:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Two new books from Sealaska Heritage Institute

ANLA just received two new publications from the Sealaska Heritage Institute.
  • Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, compiled by Tom Thornton, is a compilation of Tlingit place names, nearly 20 years in the making. 
  • The Alaskan Haida Phrasebook, by Emma Lawrence and Jordan Lachler, is the most comprehensive phrase book of any Alaskan language. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thanks and congratulations to Ed Alexandar

We'd like to express our thanks to Ed Alexander, Language Coordinator at the Yukon Flats School District, for assisting with the digitizing and cataloging of Gwich'in language materials. Ed volunteered his time while in Fairbanks awaiting the birth of child. His daughter Ch’eelil Emily Virginia Jyah Alexander was born April 8th. Congratulations Ed and Alisa!

Thanks to Ed's efforts you will now find even more Gwich'in materials available for download. Try using our search interface or viewing the Gwich'in container list.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Archive committee meeting Friday, April 13

The ANLA advisory committee will meet Friday, April 13 at 2:00 pm in Brooks 401. Tentative agenda as follows.

  1. Personnel updates*
  2. IT update*
  3. Cataloging update*
  4. Digitization update*
  5. Collaboration update*
  6. Rasmuson move scenarios
  7. Grant proposal ideas
  8. Annual Report
  9. Student support summer 2012
  10. Student support AY12-13
  11. Budget/expenditures (see anticipated expenses in “Update” document)
  12. Cataloging granularity (Jim); moving toward MPLP (more product, less process)
  13. Other issues?

*These items were summarized in the “Update” document earlier this week, so won’t be discussed in detail here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Digital file icons return

Thanks to the good folks at University of Alaska - Office of Information Technology - Application Services, the digital file icons () are working again. Search results will display this icon when digital files are available for download.

While we continue to work to make more materials available online, bear in mind that many resources are not yet available in digital form. If you require access to materials which do not have this icon, please contact archive staff for assistance.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

System update: Digital files offline for four hours Wednesday, April 11

Due to schedule maintenance, access to digital files will be unavailable between the hours of 8:00 AM AKDT and 12:00 PM AKDT (16:00-20:00 GMT).

Storage services are provided by the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Information about scheduled downtime for the BigDipper storage server can be found here.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

System update: Digital file access restored

Thanks for your patience during yesterday's planned storage server outage. As of 8:00 AM AKDT this morning access to digital files has been restored.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sytem Update: Digital files offline April 4

As of today, Wednesday, April 4 at 8:00 AM AKDT access to digital files at ANLA is unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on our storage server. Service will resume at 8:00 AM AKDT (16:00 GMT) Thursday, April 5. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Storage services are provided by the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. Information about scheduled downtime for the BigDipper storage server can be found here.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Catalog search issues resolved

Yesterday's problems with slow search response in our catalog have been resolved. However, users will now notice that the icon () indicating the presence of a digital file is no longer present in the search results. The digital file are still there; only the icon is missing. We are working to resolve this issue as well.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Catalog search running slowly

As of Noon Alaska time today our online system was running extremely slowly, causing delays to our catalog search engine. Please bear with us as we work with the university to resolve the problem.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Digital File Migration continues

Just a quick update to let you know that we are making progress migrating digital files to the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. As of this time not all files are accessible. That is, you may receive an error when you click to download a digital file. Thank you for your patience while we manage this transition. I'll post an update once the process is complete.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Digital file migration

We are currently in the process of migrating digital files to a new server at the Arctic Region Supercomputer Center. During this process some files may become inaccessible. Once the migration is complete we will be able to make even more media files available, thanks to vastly increased storage space. Thanks for your patience during this transition.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Library school scholarship for Native Americans

[Just received the following announcement from the American Indian Library Association]

In 2012, the American Indian Library Association (AILA) will provide a library school scholarship to a qualified American Indian individual in the amount of $2000 for the 2012-2013 academic school year. The scholarship has been named to honor Virginia Mathews, one of the original founders of AILA.

The purpose of the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship shall be to provide tuition to an American Indian individual who lives and works in the American Indian community, and who is enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a master's degree program at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association.

Further details and scholarship criteria, as well as application forms and instructions, are available at the AILA website at All applications, references, and other supporting materials must be received by May 1, 2012.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lower Tanana Athabascan Place Names

ANLA is pleased to announce the availability of a new online publication: Lower Tanana Athabascan Place Names. Edited by James Kari, this publication provides a comprehensive inventory of indigenous place names from the Lower Tanana region.

In addition to a listing of more than 1000 names with English glosses, this publication includes 3 full-color large-format wall maps in pdf format. A unique feature of this online place names publication is the inclusion of ArcGIS geodatabase files which allow Lower Tanana place names to be incorporated into other digital mapping projects.

All of the associated digital files can be accessed at ANLA Item TN981K2012.

Funding for this project was provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation Alaska EPSCoR Program.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Conor Daly papers on Alaska Russian

Thanks to Conor Daly we have just received a collection of papers on Alaska Russian. The collection can be accessed at:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Preparing for digital file migration

Just received word today that everything is now in place to transition live hosting of our digital files to the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center. While ARSC has been providing secure backup for some time now, a new server will now provided dedicated access. In the new system files which are not accessed often will be stored on tape backup, possibly creating a short delay for users. However, this procedure will essentially remove our capacity limit, solving the problems we ran into last fall which caused us to take most of our audio files offline.

Users should not be directly affected by this migration and will still access digital files from our catalog interface.

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Publication received

Thanks to Igor Krupnik of the Smithsonian Institution ANLA has just received a copy of Faces We Remember / Neqamiqegkaput by Igor Krupnik and Vera Kaneshiro. The book is a catalog of more than 140 historical photographs from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian which have been carefully annotated and identified. The photographs are striking, and the ethnographic information gives context and meaning to what were originally unidentified images.

The book has been cataloged as ANLA Item SY000K2011