Guest Blogger David Ramseur | Melting the Ice Curtain

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  Melting the Ice Curtain: The Extraordinary Story of Citizen Diplomacy on the Russia-Alaska Frontier I can still see the smiling man with the movie star tan waving from the back seat of a white convertible as the crowd thundered: “Ken-a-DEE, Ken-a-DEE.” My mother had pulled me from first grade for my first campaign rally: Senator John F. Kennedy’s 1960 … Read More

Kathi Diamant | Dispatch from Berlin: You’ve Got To Be There

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Kathia Diamant is visiting Anchorage Sept. 24 – 28, 2016 through an author exchange program sponsored by Adventures by the Book. In partnership with the Alaska Writers Guild, 49 Writers is featuring these visiting authors in workshops at the AWG conference on Saturday, Sept. 24 and also at a members-only salon event on Sunday, Sept. 25 (details here).   Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, 20 September 2016 … Read More

49 Writers: Guest Blogger Mary Catharine Martin | On Research, Berries, and Living a Writerly Life

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Mary Catharine Martin cooks dinner along the Nisutlin River in the Yukon in September 2014. (Photo: Bjorn Dihle) Six years ago this summer, I hiked up Juneau’s Granite Creek Basin with my partner Bjorn, looking for berries. It was my first season of gathering in Alaska, and everything about it was thrilling. Red, yellow, and melon-colored berries named for a … Read More

Lawrence David Weiss: The Navajo Rug Mystery

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  In the first half of the 1800s hand-woven Navajo blankets were typically coarsely woven and very plain. They featured the natural color of sheep wool with perhaps a contrasting stripe or two at the edges. During the last half of the 1800s Navajo weavings (increasingly smaller carpets rather than blankets) were frequently high quality, multicolored, and complex in design. … Read More

Erin Wahl: The Questions We Ask in an Archives

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I processed the last half of the LaVerne Harrell Clark Photographic Collection during my last term of graduate school in library science. LaVerne took photographs of authors and her collection was donated to the University of Arizona Poetry Center after she passed. Collections of writers’ personal papers and manuscripts are often found in archives.  In the fourth of a series … Read More

Erin Wahl: Finding What You Want

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In the second of a series of six posts to help writers make good use of archival materials, Erin Wahl explains how to find what you want in an archives.  Archives and special collections can be confusing places for researchers. We do things a bit differently than a “normal” library. We have a different set of rules and different ways … Read More