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Visit the library for more information:

Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about Fred Machetanz, the gold rushes he followed, and the early years of Anchorage. 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 FRED MACHETANZ or ALASKA ART.

A selection of Machetanz taped oral histories and speeches were donated to the University of Alaska Anchorage Archives by Matanuska-Susitna College in 1995. Access the collection folder at

Also, selected film clips by Fred and Sara Machetanz are part of the Alaska Film Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The images may be accessed through the Alaska Digital Archives at Click on the "Advanced Search" button and type in "Machetanz" in the search field.

More Reading:


Machetanz, Fred. The Alaskan Paintings of Fred Machetanz. New York: Peacock Press / Bantam Books, 1997.

Machetanz, Fred and Sara Machetanz. The Oil Paintings of Fred Machetanz. Leigh-on-Sea [Essex]: F. Lewis, 1980.

Machetanz, Fred and Sara Machetanz. The 50 Stone Lithographs of Fred Machetanz. Venice, FL: Mill Pond Press, 1981.

Woodward, Kesler E. and Fred Machetanz. A Northern Adventure: The Art of Fred Machetanz. Augusta, GA: Morris Communications Co., 2004 .

Alaska Books:

Machetanz, Fred. On Arctic Ice. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1940.

Machetanz, Sara and Fred Machetanz. Where Else but Alaska? New York: Scribner, 1954.

Machetanz, Sara and Fred Machetanz. The Howl of the Malemute: The Story of an Alaskan Winter. New York: W. Sloane Associates, 1961.

Nef, Evelyn Stefansson and Fred Machetanz. Here is Alaska. New York: Scribner, 1943.

For Juvenile Readers:

Machetanz, Fred. Panuck: Eskimo Sled Dog. New York, Scribner, 1939.

Machetanz, Sara and Fred Machetanz. Barney Hits the Trail. New York, Scribner, 1950.

Machetanz, Sara and Fred Machetanz. A Puppy Named Gih. New York, Scribner, 1957.

Machetanz, Sara and Fred Machetanz. Robbie and the Sled Dog Race. New York, Scribner, 1964.

Renick, James and Marion Renick, Fred Machetanz. Tommy Carries the Ball. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1940.

Renick, James and Marion Renick, Fred Machetanz. Steady: A Baseball Story. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1942.

Film and Video:

Masterpieces in Motion: the Early Alaskan Films of Artist Fred Machetanz.
Laura Bliss Spaan; Russ Weston; Jerry Brigham; Fred Machetanz; Sara Machetanz
English Visual Material : Videorecording : VHS tape 1 videocassette (ca. 60 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
[Alaska] : The Association.
Experience what Alaska was like nearly half a century ago, from everyday life in an Eskimo village to the spontaneous celebrations that broke out in the cities when the Territory became the 49th state. Join Fred and Sara Machetanz as they recall their adventures while capturing the last frontier with a film camera.

Jay Hammond's Alaska.
Volume 9
Jay S Hammond; Larry Holmstrom; Joan Ray; Richard Taylor
English Visual Material : Videorecording : VHS tape 1 videocassette (VHS) [40 min.] : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Fairbanks, AK : RTR Television.
Former Alaskan governor Jay Hammond interviews Alaskans from differing backgrounds. Includes Fred and Sara Machetanz, the Reeve Family, Steve Pradell and a look at Unalakleet, Unalaska, and Dutch Harbor.

The Heritage of Alaska
Elmer E Rasmuson; Roger G Laube
English Visual Material : Videorecording : DVD video 1 videodisc (23 min., 37 sec.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Elmer Rasmuson and Roger Laube host this weekly series presented by the National Bank of Alaska. Segments show the musk ox farm at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, artist Fred Machetanz, the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, Attu baskets woven by Aleut women, maps of the discovery and exploration of Alaska, and Alaskan writer Elsa Pedersen.

Machetanz: an Artist's Journey.
Kristine Samuelson
English Visual Material : Motion picture : Film 1 film reel (27 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.
[Fairbanks] : University of Alaska Foundation.
Examines the life and works of Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz.

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