Historian Frances Field is working to help Alaskans discover and preserve the documents, photographs, letters and papers that make up the state’s archives.
“People tend to think more of objects when (thinking about) saving history,” Field said.
And for this reason, key parts of history often are neglected, she said.
As project coordinator for the Archives Rescue Corps (ARC), a State of Alaska project, Field is working to recruit volunteers and encourage people to register their archives with ARC. So far, Field has recruited 15 volunteers throughout the state and is looking for more. The only communities in Southeast with a volunteer are Juneau and Wrangell.
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