The Alaska Film Archives has posted dozens of film clips from the Great Alaska Earthquake of March 27, 1964, including never-before-seen footage, on its YouTube channel.
The clips can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1gg1i4g. The archives, located in the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, compiled the films in commemoration of the earthquake’s 50th anniversary.
The films were shot by amateur and professional cameramen in the hours and days following the earthquake at locations such as Anchorage, Kodiak, Seward, Valdez, Chenega, Afognak and others.
The original films, from which the YouTube clips were produced, are housed in specially designed climate-controlled vaults at the Rasmuson Library. Thousands of DVD copies of films and videos related to the past 100 years of Alaska’s history are available for checkout locally at the media desk of the library and worldwide through interlibrary loan services.
The Alaska Film Archives is a unit of the library’s Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives. The archives hold substantial resources for the study of Alaska’s history, politics and culture, as well as significant international polar research materials. It serves the local, national and international research communities with more than 150,000 monograph and serial volumes, more than 11,000 rare books, rare maps, and manuscript maps, more than 20,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts, in excess of one million photographs, tens of thousands of historical films and videotapes, and more than 11,000 hours of oral history recordings.
ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Angela Schmidt, interim film archivist, Alaska Film Archives, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, 907-474-5357 or email@example.com.