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School in Rural Alaska

School children gather to celebrate a birthday, from the Butler-Dale Collection

The Schools in Rural Alaska Exhibit is a collections of 20 photographs selected from the following collections

The Butler-Dale Collection (PCA 306)

  • George Dale and Evelyn Butler, educators working for the Alaska Native Service, documented Native cultural activities and rural village life in Alaska from ca.1934-1950

Records of Alaska Schools (MS 146)

  • A survey of rural Alaska schools completed by local school personnel between 1931 and 1951

Above: Gulkana Territorial School 1946, Alex Sinyou’s birthday. ASL-MS146-03-17C


This exhibition is the culmination of a collaboration between the Historical Collection and the Friends of the Alaska State Museum.

The Exhibition was open January 5th - March 23, 2007. The store hours are 11:30am to 6:30pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

You are welcome to view these and other collections in the Alaska Historical Collection.

Many images are also digitized. Please visit our online photograph collections in Alaska’s Digital Archives

Thumbnails of Entire Exhibit

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Andrew Roberts helps build

Aleut school girls in clothing class

Eskimo school boy drilling ivory

First time school. Fishhook

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Hooper Bay school shop

Point Hope school room

USIO School - Valdez

Wainwright school office

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White Mountain School

Alex Sinyou's Birthday

Fortuna Ledge class portrait

Galena School class portrait

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Healy - End of School Picnic

Homer Heights Territorial

Katalla Territorial School

Larsen's Bay

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Palmer. Girl and school bus

Pupils and school exhibit

School at Ft. Yukon

Tee Harbor

Page last updated 04/26/2018