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Mary Joyce: Alaska's First Lady of Adventure  -  Related Materials
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Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about Mary Joyce and her times 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 MARY JOYCE ALASKA.

More Reading:

Baldwin, Bert P. Northern Highlights and Mary Joyce. 1977, 1976 1st edition.

Bell, Karen and Janet Shelfer. Taku: Four Amazing Individuals, Four Incredible Life Stories, and the Alaskan Wilderness Lodge that Brought Them Together. Birmingham, Ala.: Will Publishing, 2006.

DeVighne, Harry Carlos. The Time of My Life: A Frontier Doctor in Alaska. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1942.

Sumner, Sandi. Women Pilots of Alaska: 37 Interviews and Profiles. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2005.

Archival Material:

Mary Joyce Photographs and Papers, ca. 1899-1976. Alaska State Library. Collection includes three photograph albums and 773 black-and-white photographs. The Mary Joyce Collection contains personal photographs, documents, correspondence, and newspaper and magazine clippings spanning Mary Joyce's lifetime. This collection contains materials held in Joyce's possession during her lifetime. Additional materials were added by Mary Anne Greiner, Joyce's cousin, following Joyce's death in 1976. Most materials in the collection are directly related to key figures and event in Joyce's life, cover the Alaskan regions of Juneau, Taku River, Fairbanks, and are of related interest to the history of Alaskan aeronautics, dog sledding, film-making, glaciology, politics, and art.

Shell Simmons Photograph Collection, 1929-1996. Alaska State Library. 2,104 color and black-and-white photographs, plus three 8mm films, 1 videocassette, stereo slides and viewer. The images cover Alaska aeronautics, the history of Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Transport, Inc., Bush pilots of Alaska, and aircraft accidents. There are files on Shell Simmons, Bee Reidel Simmons, Mary Joyce, W. Bergstrand, and Gordon Graham. Places include Cordova, Hasselborg Lake, Haines, Atlin (B.C.), Juneau, Ketchikan, King Salmon Lake, Kluane Lake (Y.T.), Telegraph Creek (B.C.), and Tulsequah.

Lloyd Jarman Photograph Collection, 1929-1980s. Alaska State Library. About 1,200 black-and-white photographs in 12 albums, and two videocassettes (VHS and beta). Includes photos of Mary Joyce. Most incidents and events from Alaska's aviation history between 1929 and 1940 are covered in Jarman's images. His detailed annotations include names of commercial and bush pilots and bush planes, World War II bombers, famous pilots and flights, passengers, detailed aircraft information, airplane crashes, airlines, airports and hangars mainly around Southeast and remote Alaska but also in Washington State and Africa.

Harry T. Becker Photograph Collection, 1932-1945. Alaska State Library. Collection includes 241 black-and-white photoprints. Includes photographs of Will Rogers, Wiley Post, Mary Joyce, and Carl Benjamin Eielson, also moose, bear, red fox, seals, northern lights, winter sunrises (timed exposure), sled dogs and dog teams, scenics, hunting, fishing, mining, gold nuggets, airplanes and pilots, transportation, Alaska and non-Alaskan Natives, and communities, ca. 1932-1945.

Maxcine Williams Photograph Collection, 1929-1983. Alaska State Library. 1,716 color slides, 117 color and black-and-white photographs in three photo albums. The collection contains many images of flowers, most identified by their botanical name. In addition are images of the places in Alaska that Maxcine traveled to collecting flower specimens. The collection includes images of Ann Coleman, Ada "Bob" White Sharples, Lydia Fohn-Hanson, Dr. J.P. Anderson, Mary Joyce.


Orphans of the North. Norman O. Dawn, Bob Webster, Ann Henning, Eleanor Phillips, John Pool, Mary Joyce. 1940. VHS videocassette (56 minutes, black and white). Two orphaned bear cubs, an orphaned girl and a sourdough miner experience adventure in Alaska.

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