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"All roads lead to Rome, but no roads lead to Nome"

This is a general reading list of books that relate to the Nome area. If you cannot locate these books on Ebay or Amazon please ask your librarian to order it for you through Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan is a marvelous tool for those of you who have not tried it. Your library will locate the book from another library and call you when it is in. Charges vary, but my library charges around $5.00 to do this.
button A Long Way To Nome: The Serum Run '25 Expedition by Von E Martin
button Nome, City of the Golden Beaches (Alaska Geographic)
by Terrence Cole
Index Pages 1-15 Pages 16-27
Pages 28-41 Pages 42-55 Pages 56-71
Pages 72-85 Pages 86-91 Pages 92-97
Pages 98-107 Pages 108-113 Pages 114-129
Pages 130-149 Pages 150-159 Pages 160-171
Pages 172-183    
button Nome and Seward Peninsula
by Edward Sanford Harrison. Now online! An excellent source of information for the Nome Gold Rush. An index is under development.
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8
button The Race to Nome: The story of the heroic Alaskan dog teams that rushed diphtheria serum to stricken Nome in 1925
by Kenneth A Ungermann, The story of the heroic Alaskan dog teams that rushed diphtheria serum to stricken Nome in 1925
button Empire's Edge: American Society in Nome, Alaska, 1898-1934
by Preston Jones
button Roadhouse Tales: Or Nome In 1900
by M. Clark
button Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome by Bill Sherwonit and Jeff Schultz
button The Last Great Race by Tim Jones, 1982, Madrona Publishers, Seattle, List of the Iditarod mushers and finishing times 1973-1982
button Winterdance : the fine madness of running the Iditarod Paulsen, Gary. New York : Harcourt Brace, 1994. 256 p. Splendidly written account of grueling race (1180 miles from Anchorage to Nome) which the author ran in 1983 and 1985. ISBN0151262276. LC93-42096.
button Back of the Pack : An Iditarod Rookie Musher's Alaska Pilgrimage to Nome Bowers, Don. (Anchorage : Publication Consultants, 1998), 395 pp., paperback, ISBN1888125241, P.O. Box 221974, Anchorage, AK 99522-1974. With no mushing experience and little money, the author started from scratch to put together a dog team and run the Iditarod.
button Father of the Iditarod : The Joe Redington Story Freedman, Lew. (Fairbanks : Epicenter Press, 1999) 320 pp., paper, ISBN 9945397755, P.O. Box 82368, Kenmore WA 98028. Biography of the man who almost single-handedly rescued long-distance Alaska dog mushing from extinction.
button Flat and Iditarod 1993-1995 Oral History Interviews Buzzell, Rolfe G. (Anchorage: Bureau of Land Management and Department of Natural Resources, 1997), 288 pp., comb-bound, order from Office of History and Archaeology, 3601 C Street, Suite 1278, Anchorage, AK 99503-5921. wln98-096752. Summaries of interviews with seven individuals associated with these southwest Alaskan mining communities.
button Honest Dogs : A Story of Triumph and Regret from the World's Toughest Sled Dog Race O'Donoghue, Brian Patrick. (Kenmore, Wash. : Epicenter Press, 1999) 335 pp., paper,ISBN 094539778X, P.O. Box 82368, Kenmore WA 98028. A newspaper reporter tries his luck on the brutal Yukon Quest six years after finishing last in the Iditarod.
button Iditarod Memories : 25 years of Poster Art from the Last Great Race Van Zyle, Jon. Jon Van Zyle's/ [art by Jon Van Zyle] ; stories by Jona Van Zyle ([Seattle, WA ; Fairbanks, AK] : Epicenter Press, c2000), 64 pp., cloth, ISBN 0945397887, Box 82368, Kenmore, WA 98028. Creator of annual Iditarod posters reflects on meaning of Iditarod and his involvement of 25 years.
button Alaska Flying Expedition: The U.S. Army's 1920 New York to Nome Flight Cohen, Stan. (Missoula, MT : Pictorial Histories Publications, 1998), 112 pp., paper,ISBN157510041X, 713 South Third, Missoula, MT 59801. Tells the story of the three-month round-trip flight in a log of each leg, accompanied by surviving photographs of the journey.
button Alaska Gold: Life on the New Frontier, 1898-1906 McDaniel, Will. , edited by Jeff Kunkel, (San Francisco: California Historical Society and Scottwall Associates, 1997), 176 pp., cloth, ISBN 0942087143, order from Scottwall Associates, 95 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. wln97-354519. Letters and over 100 photographs by two San Jose ranchers who joined the gold rush to Nome.
button Alaska-Klondike Diary of Elizabeth Robins, 1900 Robins, Elizabeth. , edited with an introduction by Victoria Joan Moessner and Joanne E. Gates (Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, 1999) 370 pp., paper, ISBN 0912006994, P.O. Box 756240, Fairbanks AK 99775-6240. Joining the rush to Nome, London actress Elizabeth Robins looked for her brothers and recorded much about the transformation of the north.
button Beachlines: A Pocket History of Nome, Alaska Mendenhall, Nancy M. (Nome: George Sabo, 1997),96 pp., comb-bound, order from Nancy Mendenhall, Box 1141, Nome, AK 99762. wln97-318162. Brief overview of Nome and its history, a "crossroads of diverse ideas, cultures, and personalities."
button One Dog Short: The Odyssey and Collection of a Family in Alaska During the Gold Rush Years Krug, John W. and Caryl Sale Krug, (Juneau : Alaska Department of Education, Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, 1998), 204 pp., paper,distributed by Friends of the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier Street, Juneau, AK 99801-1718. Illustrated history of a family living in Dawson, Nome and Fairbanks ; includes color photographs of their extensive ivory artifact collection which was recently donated to the Alaska State Museum.
button Outside Passage: Memoir of an Alaskan Childhood Scully, Julia. (New York: Random House, 1998), 240 pp., cloth, ISBN0375500839, order from 400 Hahn Road, Westminster, MD 21157. A New York magazine editor remembers life with her sister and widowed mother in Nome and Fairbanks before and during World War II.
button Warplanes to Alaska Smith, Blake W. (Blaine, WA: Hancock House, 1998), 256 pp., cloth, order from Cook Inlet Book Company, 415 West Fifth Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Unofficial WWII history of a wilderness airway from Montana to Nome that linked remote communities and brought fortune seekers and entrepreneurs to the Yukon and Alaska, illustrated with historical photographs.
button Ublasaun = First Light : Inupiaq hunters and herders in the Early Twentieth Century, Northern Seward Peninsula, Alaska prepared by the Alaska System Support Office, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Alaska Field Area, Shared Beringian Heritage Program / Anchorage : National Park Service, Alaska System Support Office, Shared Beringian Heritage Program, 1996 / 143 p. paper, ISBN094155502X. wln97181510. Archaeological site between Shishmaref and Cape Espenberg is focal point of a long-term, integrated study of the human ecology, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, and historic architecture of early twentieth century Inupiaq reindeer herders.
button Arctic memories: living with the Inuit. Bruemmer, Fred. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1993. 160p. Writer and photographer recounts his visits and experiences in Arctic Native communities during the last 30 years; includes a chapter on Diomede Island. Many color photographs. ISBN1550134612. cn93-93759.
button Natives of the Far North: Alaska's vanishing culture in the eye of Edward Sheriff Curtis Lowry, Shannon. Mechanicsburg PA: Stackpole Books, 1994. 139p. Selected Curtis Images of Natives of Nunivak Island, King Island, Diomede Islands and Kingigan illustrate an overview of customs, ceremonies and legends of Yupik culture. ISBN0811711021. LC94-13657.
button World Apart : My Life Among the Eskimos of Alaska Corbin, Wilford. (Homer : Wizard Works, 2000), 274 pp., paper, ISBN 1890692034, P.O. Box 1125, Homer, AK 99603. A young North Carolina couple comes north to teach in Wales and Scammon Bay during the 1950s.
button Under the Arctic Sun : The Life and Times of Frank and Ada Degnan Degnan, Frances Ann. (Unalakleet: Cottonwood Bark, 1999), 365 pp., paper, ISBN 0966965000, P.O. Box 33, Unalakleet AK 99684-0033. Memories, interviews and photographs of the Unalakleet area.

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