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Cattle Ranching in the Subarctic  -  Related Materials
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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about the history of cattle ranching in Alaska. 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 CATTLE ALASKA.

More Reading:

Agroborealis Vol. 30, No. 1. "100 Years of Alaska Agriculture." Marking the centennial of experiment station work in Alaska, this review begins with Alaska's first experiment station in Sitka, covers development of the other experiment station sites, and includes stories on Charles Christian Georgeson and George T. Gasser, the development of strawberry cultivars in Alaska, Alaska's reindeer industry, and more.

Bear-Salmon and Cattle Controversy. Kodiak, Alaska: Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, 1950-1951.

Compton, Thomas Lee. Cattle Grazing Behavior in Relation to Management of a Subarctic Range. College, Alaska, 1969.

Eide, Sterling. The Nature of Brown Bear Predation on Cattle, Kodiak Island, Alaska. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 1965.

Georgeson, C. C. and W. T. White. Eradication of Tuberculosis in Cattle at the Kodiak Experiment Station. Sitka, Alaska: Alaska Agricultural Experiment Stations, 1924.

Georgeson, C. C. Brief History of Cattle Breeding in Alaska. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1929.

Shipka, Milan P. and Janice E. Rowell. Reproductive Management of Alaska Livestock. Fairbanks, Alaska: Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007. Discusses general reproductive management of bison, cattle, elk, goat, horse, musk ox, reindeer, sheep, swine, and yak.

Some Potentials and Problems of Cattle Ranching on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Corvallis, Oregon: C.W. Vrooman and Associates, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1956.

Sweetman, William J., Wallace R. Middleton, Fred Swingle. Raising Dairy Calves and Heifers in Alaska. Palmer, Alaska: Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, 1951.

Archival Materials:

H.D. Catron Photograph Collection, 1943-1949. Alaska State Library. Nine black-and-white photographs depict Mr. and Mrs. Catron's sheep ranch operation at Chernofski Harbor, Unalaska, in the Aleutian Islands in the 1940s. Collection includes views of the ranch operation, the Catron home, Mr. and Mrs. Catron, Aleut employees, cattle, and a panorama of Chernofski Harbor.

John Kill Photograph Collection
, 1898. Alaska State Library. Twenty-three black-and-white studio-mounted photographs were taken during a cattle drive from Skagway to Nome in 1898. Some of the views are by Skagway photographers Case & Draper and E.A. Hegg. Bio/History: John Kill and Jack McCarty drove a herd of cattle and sheep from Skagway to Nome in 1898. The meat and other supplies were sold at John Kill's Meat Market in Nome.

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