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Ernest Gruening, "Father of Alaska Statehood"  -  Related Materials
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Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about Ernest Gruening and his political devotion to 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 GRUENING.

More Reading:

Gruening, Ernest. The State of Alaska: A Definitive History of America's Northernmost Frontier. New York: Random House, 1954.

Gruening, Ernest. The Alaska Book: Story of Our Northern Treasureland. Chicago: L.G Ferguson, 1960.

Gruening, Ernest. An Alaska Reader, 1867-1967. New York: Meredith Press, 1st edition, 1966. Chicago: New Amsterdam Books, 2nd edition, 1966.

Gruening, Ernest. The Battle for Alaska Statehood. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press, 1967.

Gruening, Ernest. Many Battles: The Autobiography of Ernest Gruening. New York: Liveright, 1973.

Johnson, Robert David. Ernest Gruening and the American Dissenting Tradition. Boston: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Naske, Claus-M. Ernest Gruening: Alaska's Greatest Governor. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of.Alaska Press, 2004.

Archival Material:

Memorabilia concerning the unveiling of the Ernest Gruening statue in the National Statuary Hall, 1977. Ernest Gruening, Alaska State Library. Includes copy of Senate Con. Res. 25, 9/26/1977, accepting the statue of Senator Ernest Gruening and the program for the unveiling of the statue.

Papers of Helen D. Blair, 1938-1973. Helen D. Blair; George D. Blair; Marie Drake; Ernest Gruening; Isabelle Lee Braaten; Francis M. Menager. Alaska State Library. Collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, poems, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Joseph T. Flakne Papers, 1926-1999. University of Alaska, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. The papers of Joseph T. Flakne (1900-1999) consist of correspondence, clippings, photographs, journals, and personal papers documenting Flakne's long career in public service in Alaska and in federal agencies concerned with Alaska. His records as Alaska Chief of the Division of Territories with the Department of the Interior especially document federal involvement in such areas as education, transportation, medicine, and natural resource management in the territory of Alaska after World War II. Flakne's correspondents include many Alaskan notables such as Ernest Gruening, E.L. "Bob" Bartlett, Charles Bunnell, Terris and Katrina Moore, Ernest Patty, William Cashen, and Mardy Murie.

Records of the Office of Territories, RG 126. A selected file on Alaska relating to the United Congo Improvement Association. Ernest Gruening; Joe T. Thomas. 1970 University of Alaska, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. Correspondence relating to the efforts of the United Congo Improvement Association to establish an Afro-American colony on the Kenai Peninsula. Includes correspondence from Association director Dr. Joe T. Thomas and government representative Ernest Gruening.

Alaska territorial governors' photograph collection. 1912-1950s. Alaska State Library


Alaskans draw for terms, 1959. Alaska State Library. 2006. Transferred from 16 mm. film onto videocassette format by Alaska Film Archives, Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Includes Bartlett, Edward Lewis, 1904-1968; Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974; Rasmuson, Elmer E.; Pollock, Howard W., 1920- ; Egan, William A., 1914-; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994. Title from cassette label: "Alaskans draw for terms, 1959" from Telenews daily news film, 1959 titled: "Nixon swears in new Senators: Alaskans draw for terms."

JFSLUPC hearings, Washington D.C. Joint Federal-State Land Use Planning Commission for Alaska. 2005. Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, Alaska State Library. Including: Former Alaska Governor and Senator Ernest Gruening talks about his remembrances of the establishment of McKinley Park in 1917, and about the need for reconciliation between conservation and development interests. He mentions the proposed Rampart Dam project and says that the benefits of that project would have outweighed the drawbacks.

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