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Togo and Balto, Dog Heroes  -  Related Material
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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about the Serum Run of 1925, Leonhard Seppala, and the famous dogs. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window. Go to the Keyword field, and type in TOGO, BALTO or LEONHARD SEPPALA.

More Reading:

Salisbury, Gay and Laney Salisbury. The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race against an Epidemic. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2005.

The Siberian Husky, Arnett and Hills, eds. Estacada, Ore.: International Siberian Husky Club, 2nd edition, 1977. Out-of-print booklet contains these articles on pages 1-15: "Norwegian from Alaska" by Linda Arnett, D. McLeod and Peggy Olsen; "A Personal Glimpse: Notes from Leonhard Seppala and His Daughter," by Sigrid Seppala Hanks; "Remembrances," by Leonhard Seppala.

The Siberian Husky, Thomas, Stead, and Wolfe, eds. Elkhorn, WI: International Siberian Husky Club, Inc., 1994. History section, pages 3-32, includes these articles: "Eighty-five Years Ago," by Louise Foley; "The Siberian Dog," by Irving Reed; "The Serum Run of 1925-Togo and Balto," by Bob Thomas; "Seppala Arrvies in New England," by Bob Thomas; "Seppala/Ricker Kennel, 1927-1931," by Bob Thomas.

Seppala, Leonhard and Elizabeth Miller Ricker. Seppala, Alaskan Dog Driver. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1930; reprinted 1981, Arvada, Colo.: Hoflin Publishing, Ltd.

Seppala, Leonhard with Raymond Thompson. Early Sled Dog Racing in Maine: A Frying Pan of Hot Meat Wrecked my Chances in the First Race. Lynnwood, Wash.: Raymond Thompson Press, 197-.

Walden, Arthur T. A Dog Puncher on the Yukon. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1928.

For Juvenile Readers:

Blake, Robert J. Togo. New York: Philomel, 2002.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody and Nora Koerber. Balto and the Great Race. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2005.

Miller, Debbie S. and Jon Van Zyle. The Great Serum Run: Blazing the Iditarod Trail. New York: Walker & Company, 2002

Standiford, Natalie. Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto. New York: Random House, 1989.

Archival Material:

Darling, Esther Birdsall. The Great Dog Races of Nome Held under the Auspices of the Nome Kennel Club, Nome, Alaska: Official Souvenir History. Nome, Alaska: Nome Kennel Club, 1916.

Official Diary of the Sweet-Wilson Expedition into the Frozen Tundra of the Far North, Bruce A. Wilson, Merilynn A. Wilson, and Ozzie Sweet, 1946. Alaska State Library. Diary of a trip to Alaska, April 27-August 31, 1946, with Ozzie Sweet, a friend and magazine photographer from Connecticut. They sought "real Alaskan" stories and opinions on issues facing post-war Alaska; includes an interview with Leonhard Seppala. The diary's purpose was to gather notes for later writing. Records many interviews with Alaskans met during the trip, including World War II veterans. In July, the two were joined by their wives, who contributed background notes to the manuscript. Sweet's photography notes are at the end. Handwritten index by Wilson is at the beginning.


Leonhard and Constance Seppala with puppies, 1947-1952, perhaps in Chatanika, Alaska (48 seconds/color/silent). Alaska Digital Archives:

The Serum Race to Nome. Larry Beck and Tom Highes, 1985. VHS (30 min). Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Heritage Review. Larry Beck narrates the story of the dog mushing relay race to Nome with serum for the diphtheria epidemic.


Salisbury, Gay and Laney Salisbury. The Cruelest Miles: The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race against an Epidemic. Read by Barrett Whitener. 7 sound cassettes. Santa Ana, Calif.: Books on Tape, 2003.

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