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PUBLISHED: 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Library gets Wickersham's diaries

Photo courtesy of the Alaska State Library
  Gladi Kulp, Acting Head of the Alaska State Library's Historical Collections, together with Dr. Edmund Schuster, who recently donated his transcripts of Judge James Wickersham's diaries to the library.
The Alaska State Library recently received transcriptions of Judge James Wickersham's diaries from 1901-1933, some of Wickersham's correspondence, and an index of names contained therein.

The donor, Dr. Edmund Schuster, retired UAA Professor of Sociology, saw an article from the Juneau Empire that was picked up by the Anchorage Daily News regarding the Alaska State Library's transcription and digitization of Wickersham's diaries for the Alaska Digital Archives internet project.

Dr. Schuster called the Alaska State Library with the surprising news that he had already transcribed 32 years of Wickersham's daily journals and many of his letters. He also created a name index for the correspondence. Dr. Schuster worked on the transcript from 1975-1983; he estimates that he transcribed for approximately 1000 hours on a Selectric typewriter. He was planning to write a biography of Judge Wickersham but gave up the project when he realized Evangeline Atwood's biography of Wickersham was published.

Upon hearing of the Alaska State Library's project he decided to donate his transcriptions. The typewritten pages will be scanned into the Alaska Digital Archives. Previous transcriptions of Wickersham's diaries and the original holograph diaries may be found on the web at: vilda.alaska.edu.


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