Alaska’s libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about Will Rogers and Wiley Post, and other early adventurers in Alaska. Visit your local library or go online to see what’s available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:
- Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at http://sled.alaska.edu/library.html. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window.
- Go to the Keyword field, and type in WILEY POST or WILL ROGERS or ALASKA AVIATION HISTORY.
Bryan, Sterling B. and Sterling N. Frances. Will Rogers & Wiley Post: Death at Barrow. New York: M. Evans and Co., 1993.
Bryan, Sterling B. and Sterling N. Frances. Forgotten Eagle: Wiley Post, America’s Heroic Aviation Pioneer. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.
Collins, Reba Neighbors. Will Rogers & Wiley Post in Alaska. Claremore, OK: Will Rogers Heritage Press, 1984.
Gunston, Bill. Aviation: The First 100 Years. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Barron’s, 2002.Mohler, Stanley R. and Bobby H. Johnson.
Wiley Post, his Winnie Mae, and the World's First Pressure Suit. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1971.
Post, Wiley and Harold Gatty. Around the World in Eight Days: The Flight of the Winnie Mae. New York: Rand McNally & Co., 1931.
Hayman, LeRoy. Aces, Heroes, and Daredevils of the Air. New York: J. Messner, 1981.
Taylor, Richard L. The First Solo Flight around the World: The Story of Wiley Post and His Airplane, the Winnie Mae. New York: F. Watts: 1993.
On Wings of Courage. VHS (52 min.) Santa Monica, Calif.: Ferde Grofe Films, 1960-1987. Part 1: The Remarkable Howard Hughes; Part 2: Reaching for the Stars—Unique archival coverage of great planes including the Vega, Electra, Hudson, Flying Forts, F-80s, F-104s, U2 and SR-71 “Blackbird.” Features Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post, Kingsford-Smith, Howard Hughes, and Glenn Odekirk.
Will Rogers and Wiley Post in Fairbanks, August 1935. This 68-second black-and-white film clip is silent. It depicts the famous men with a group of unidentified people in Fairbanks. Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks:
Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial, 1964-1968. Title frame reads: “Aerial View of the Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial Marker.” The 34-second film clip is silent, in color, and shot at Barrow.
Alaska Film Archives, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Will Rogers’ U.S.A. James Whitmore as Will Rogers. Two sound cassettes (100 minutes). Auburn, Calif.: Audio Partners. New York: Manufactured by CBS Records, 1990-1991.
Alaska Transportation Museum Photograph Collection, John W. Klingbeil, 1905-1970. Alaska State Library. About 725 black-and-white photographs, including images of pilots, airplanes, airplane accidents, airports, airlines and railroads. The collection contains an image of Irene Ryan, first woman to solo in Alaska. Approximately 125 images are mounted on museum boards, as they were received, and are not numbered. Many images are not Alaskan. John W. Klingbeil photographed some of the images.
Lyman Brewster Photograph Collection, 1932-1934. Alaska State Library. This photograph collection of 241 black-and-white photographs includes an index of people, which also cross-references the Brewster letters, MS 53. The photographs show life around Nome and various Arctic communities, Eskimos, mining, whaling airplanes and transportation, including views of Will Rogers and Wiley Post and their fatal plane crash.
Del Sheriff Photograph Collection, 1921-1928. Alaska State Library. The collection contains approximately 1,600 black-and-white photographs including 350 small (13 x 34 cm) panoramas. Scenics from Fairbanks to Petersburg during the 1920s make up the bulk of the collection. Other subjects include the Douglas fire, airplanes, including the Detroit Arctic Expedition (Fokker), Wiley Post, the Fairbanks fire, Hotel Nordale (Fairbanks), Alaska Agricultural College, Mount Eccles. Many individuals from Juneau and other Alaska communities are identified. Locations include: Anchorage, Cordova, Douglas, Eklutna, Fairbanks, Haines, Ketchikan, LaTouche, Petersburg, Seward, Sitka, Skagway, Valdez, Wrangell.
J.C.P. Skottowe Photograph Collection, 1935-1936. Alaska State Library. Among the 90 black-and-white photoprints in this collection are images of Wiley Post and Will Rogers.
Lennie Robert Thompson Photograph Collection, 1938-1939. Alaska State Library. This small collection of 35 original black-and-white photographs primarily show Dutch Harbor and the Unalaska region. Contained in the collection are photographs of whale butchering, St. Lawrence Islanders in Savoonga and Gambell, King Island and King Islanders, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Shosco in Juneau, and a few photo postcards including the Post-Rogers airplane crash. Lennie Thompson was head of a Coast Guard Station, place unknown. He came to Alaska in 1938-1939 on the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Shosco possibly to investigate the crash of the Wiley Post-Will Rogers airplane in 1935. Thompson died in 1976 at age 70.
"Uncle Matt's" Photograph Album, 1940s. Alaska State Library. The album includes 133 black-and-white photographs of Fairbanks and Nenana areas, Eskimos, Will Rogers-Wiley Post plane wreck, Mary Hansen’s Siberian dog team, bears, and Army camps for road building. Also includes bridges in Alaska, Northwest Territory, and the Yukon. The album may have been assembled by an “Uncle Matt,” who is mentioned in poems inside the front and back covers of the album. No other provenance is available.