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.