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Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about the Iditarod National Historic Trail, the gold rush town of Iditarod, and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 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 IDITAROD TRAIL, IDITAROD GOLD, or ALASKA DOG MUSHING.

More Reading:

Brown, Tricia, ed. The Iditarod Fact Book, 2nd edition. Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 2006.

Brown, Tricia and Jeff Schultz. Iditarod Country: Exploring the Route of the Last Great Race. Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 1998.

Cadwallader, Charles Lee. Reminiscences of the Iditarod Trail: Placer Mining Days in Alaska. 1900-1984?

Carter, Marilyn and Joe Redington. Iditarod Trail: The Old & the New. Palmer, Alaska: Aladdin Publishing, 1990.

Curtis, Allan. "Iditarod's Newspapers: Optimist, Nugget, Pioneer." The Alaska Journal, Vol. 6, No.2 , Spring 1976, pp. 78-83.

Freedman, Lew. Father of the Iditarod: The Joe Redington Story. Kenmore, WA: Epicenter Press, 1999.

Holzheimer, Frank W. Lode Mining Activity, Otter Creek, Iditarod District, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska: Alaska Territorial Dept. of Mines, 1926. Reports access, operations and status of mines and prospect in Yukon River Mining Region, Iditarod Quadrangle.

Iditarod National Historic Trail. Anchorage, Alaska: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of the Land Management, 2000.

The Iditarod. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Geographic Society, 2001.

Jones, Tim. The Last Great Race. Seattle: Madrona, 1982.

Littlepage, Dean. Gold Fever in the North: The Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush Era (Gold Rush Centennial Exhibition catalog). Anchorage, Alaska: Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Municipality of Anchorage, 1997.

Eakin, Henry M. The Iditarod-Ruby Region, Alaska. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1914.

Mackey, Billy E. Iditarod: Portrait of an Alaska Gold Rush Community. Ph.D. dissertation, Northern Arizona University, 1988.

Paulsen, Gary. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994, 1995.

Schultz, Jeff and Brian O'Donoghue. Iditarod Glory. Portland, Ore.: Graphic Arts Books, 2006.

Thompson, John M. America's Historic Trails. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001.


Iditarod: Trail to Gold. Delores Cannizzaro and John Tracy. VHS (75 min). Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Video Publications, Inc. 1988. The Iditarod history takes you back to the origins of the Iditarod Trail. Rare interviews with surviving mushers of that first of Iditarod runs and highlights of the race as it has matured through the years show why "The Last Great Race" is steeped in tradition. This selection also contains exclusive coverage of the 1988 Iditarod race.

Redington: The Man behind the Last Great Race. Andy Lockett. VHS (60 min). Anchorage, Alaska: 4th Avenue Theatre, 2000.

Iditarod XXXIV: Mother Nature's Turn to Dance. DVD video (93 min). Wasilla, Alaska: Iditarod Trail Committee, 2006. Follows the 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

The History of the Iditarod Trail. VHS (48 min). Fairbanks, Alaska: Education Media Services, 1980s.

Archival Materials:

Iditarod Trail Project Oral History Program
A guide to 22 audiotape interviews in the Alaska State Library, collected by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Iditarod National Historic Trail Project Office, in 1980-1981. Juneau, Alaska: Alaska Department of Education, Division of State Libraries and Museums, 1981.

Glassburn photograph collection, 1913-1921. Alice Glassburn and Basil Clemons. Alaska State Library. The collection contains images of miners and placer mining, residents and community celebrations in Ruby, Iditarod, Long, and Fairbanks, from about 1913 to 1921. Many of the photographs were taken by photographer Basil Clemons.

Basil Clemons photograph collection, 1911-1912. Alaska State Library. Includes scenes and residents of Flat, Ruby, and Iditarod, Alaska.

Harold and Leila Waffle photograph collection, 1912-1918.
Harold Waffle and Basil Clemons. Alaska State Library. Views of Ruby, Pedro Creek, Dikeman, Fairbanks, Chena, Dome Creek, Flat, Iditarod, Kaltag, Long City, Fort Discovery City, and St. Michael. Subjects also include dogsled racing, riverboats and gold mining operations in Alaska. Basil Clemons is the predominant photographer; other photographers are unidentified.

William "Buzz" Mitchell photograph collection, 1912-1918.
Buzz Mitchell and Basil Clemons. Alaska State Library. The collection contains photographs of Anchorage, Fort Liscum, Fairbanks, Iditarod, Ruby, mining activities and the Copper River Northwestern Railway, primarily by photographer Basil Clemons.

Roscoe "Dan" and Margaret P. Averill photograph collection, 1900-1961.
Alaska State Library. Many of the images were photographed in Ruby, Alaska, 1910-1911, including views of mining activities, community events, people, river boats, and travel by dog team. Miscellaneous postcards of other Alaskan towns (Fairbanks, Skagway, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Koyukuk River, Russian Mission, Flat, Iditarod, Louden, Tanana); steamboats on Yukon River; 1930s -1960s group photographs of Alaska-Yukon Club (California) activities are also included.

Papers of Lynn Smith, 1926-1933. University of Alaska Anchorage. The collection consists of reminiscences of Lynn Smith from his days as a prospector, his letters to family and friends relating to activities as a marshal and his travels, and obituaries and testimonials. Bio/History: Lynn Smith was born in Indiana. He moved to Dawson, Yukon Territory, by way of White Pass in 1898 and prospected for gold in Alaska at Rampart, Fairbanks, Hot Springs, Tanana, Ruby, and Iditarod. He operated a jewelry business in each camp to finance his efforts. Smith was an agent for the North American Transportation and Trading Company in Ruby, a deputy marshal in Flat, Iditarod, and Ruby, and a U.S. Marshal for the Fourth Judicial District (1926-1933). He died in Seattle in 1933.

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