NN Cannery History Project Jukebox is Live

The collaborative partnership between the NN Cannery History Project and the University of Alaska Fairbanks aims to preserve stories about canneries and cannery work.


FAIRBANKS, AK – The NN Cannery History Project in collaboration with The University of Alaska Fairbanks produced ten interviews that best speak to work activities associated with the cannery’s historic structures to create a “Histories of Fisheries and Canneries in Alaska” Project Jukebox. 

This joint effort to archive stories of cannery people and how their distinct relationship to work, place of origin, and the salmon themselves, connected the land-based operation to the Pacific waterscape and created a web of cannery culture. TheNN Cannery History Project team traveled to Bristol Bay, western Washington and San Francisco to conduct interviews with former NN Cannery people in 2018.

Thanks to an NPS Maritime Heritage Grant, all material collected and recorded in this project will be archived in the Oral History Collection in the Alaska Polar Regions Collections and Archives at Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at UAF to ensure that the information will be preserved and accessible so that cannery peoples’ lives will be better understood and valued.

LaRece Egli