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The Serum Run of 1925  -  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 DIPHTHERIA ALASKA or LEONHARD SEPPALA.

More Reading:

Coppock, Mike. "The Race to Save Nome." American History Magazine, Vol. 41, No. 3, Aug. 2006. Leesburg, VA: Weider History Group.

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.

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.

Seppala, Leonhard and Elizabeth Miller Ricker. Seppala, Alaskan Dog Driver. Boston: Little, Brown, and Co., 1930.

Thompson, Raymond. Seppala's Saga of the Sled Dog. Lynnwood, Wash.: R. Thompson, 1970-1979?

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.


Seppala dog yard, 1947-1952
A 49-second film clip, in color and silent, of Leonhard Seppala's dog yard in Chatanika. The man in the clip might be Seppala himself. Leonhard Seppala Film Collection, Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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. Seven sound cassettes. Santa Ana, Calif.: Books on Tape, 2003.

Archival Material:

Bachelder-Williams family photograph collection, Robert P. Williams; Alfred G. Simmer, 1900-1925. Alaska State Library. This collection includes views of the Bachelders and their friends, mining activities in the Nome area, Nome community activities, and scenics. Other photographers represented in the collection include Lomen Bros., A.G. Simmer, B.B. Dobbs, Goetz, and K.O. Butler. Bio/History: J.A. Bachelder moved from Brainerd, MN to Nome in 1907, where he worked as cashier, and later as assistant manager, for the Nome Bank and Trust Co. His wife, Dell Reilly Bachelder, and two-to-three-month old daughter, Marian Agnes, joined him in January 1908. Many of their friends in Nome were those who helped to shape Alaska: Jafet Lindeberg, Leonhard Seppala, Alaska legislator, Charles D. Jones, and the Lomen family. In October 1909, the family went back to Brainerd, Minnesota. However, they returned to Nome late in 1911, and J.A. Bachelder went to work as cashier for Miners & Merchants Bank and also as assistant secretary of the Blue Goose Mining Co. In late 1921, the family left Alaska. Marion Bachelder married Robert P. Williams.

Lomen Brothers photograph collection, 1903-1920. Alaska State Library. The Lomen Brothers collection, a major source of Alaskan history, covers northern Alaskan people and activities, including sled dogs and racing, Arctic explorers, Eskimo portraits, Eskimo hunters, Eskimo traditional activities, beach mining activities, Nome activities and businesses, reindeer and the reindeer industry, and views of various Alaska towns.

William Allen Moore photograph collection, 1915-1919. Alaska State Library. Most of the photographs in this collection were taken by Moore while he was stationed at the Fort Davis Army Post from 1915-1919, as a private in D Co., 14th Infantry. The images record the daily life of the soldiers, including their barracks and living areas, and people from Nome, Eskimos, primitive settlements, wildlife, ships and nature. Includes 21 views taken by Lomen Brothers.

Dr. Daniel S. Neuman photograph collection, 1911-1920. Alaska State Library. The collection portrays life in Nome, Alaska, during the early 1900's, including images of the sled dog races which began there. Original photographs from the Canadian Arctic Expedition, 1913-1918, identify Northwest Territory Inuit from Coronation Gulf, Cape Bathurst, Dolphin and Union Straits, and Bernard Harbor.

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