Author Albanese donates papers to Rasmuson Library

2013 Albanese head shot
Suzanne Bishop

Author and alumna Mary Albanese recently donated a collection of her personal papers to the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.

The papers feature material she used while writing her book “Midnight Sun, Arctic Moon: Mapping the Wild Heart of Alaska,” as well as other manuscripts, screenplay drafts, publications, photographs, films she has written, TV pilot episodes and sound recordings.

Albanese said she is pleased to give the materials to the Rasmuson Library.

“I want to be sure the information I gathered while researching my book, and some of my many memories from my time in Alaska, are preserved for Alaskans and other writers and researchers,” she said. “It is great to have a place where all my published and  unpublished works can reside, and I am especially pleased that place is UAF where I have so many fond memories.”

Bella Karr Gerlich, UAF dean of libraries, said, “Mary’s collection gives valuable insight to the natural history of interior and northern Alaska, and her personal reflections greatly enhance that material.”

During Albanese’s recent visit to the state she gave a lecture on life writing at Rasmuson Library and joined a UAF Department of Geology and Geophysics research project in the Brooks Range.

For information about the collection, contact the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at 907-474-2791, or

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Rachel Seale, associate archivist and associate curator, 907-474-5590 or