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Angela stands next to the Kolmakovsky blockhouse on the UAF campus. Photo by Theresa Bakker

Angela Linn, M.A.
Senior Collections Manager
Email: ajlinn@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

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Angela has been the collections manager of Ethnology and History since 1999, after spending 3 years in the department working as a Graduate Student and Curatorial Assistant. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from George Washington University. Angela is currently enrolled in UAF's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, pursuing a project in Museum Studies that investigates the past, present, and future of Alaska's museums, with a special emphasis on how Alaska's museums are changing the way we serve our communities.

Angela is an advocate for increased professionalism in the museum field and takes an active role in improving her knowledge and skills in museology. She is a member of several museum and anthropological professional committees and currently serves on the Museums Alaska Board of Directors, the Western Museums Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Historic Preservation Commission.

Mahriena installing her exhibit at the UAF Rasmuson Library. UAMN Photo

Mahriena Ellanna
Curatorial Student Assistant

Email: mrellanna@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

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Mahriena has lived in Fairbanks since she was 5 years old. She started working as Student Assistant in the Ethnology and History department at UAMN in October of 2012. She is currently working on B.A. in Art and a B.A. in English. She has the intention of achieving a Ph.D. in Art History, as well as a certificate in Museum Studies. Mahriena is interested in indigenous art, the interrelationship of art and culture, and preservation. Her preferred mediums are pencil and charcoal. Mahriena has experience in cataloging, working hands-on with objects, guiding tours and processing loans.

Mackenzie working with Russian lacquer boxes in the lab. UAMN Photo

Mackenzie Stamey
Curatorial Student Assistant

Email: mrstamey@alaska.edu
Ph: 907-474-1828

Mackenzie has lived in Fairbanks for eight years and has been working as a student assistant at the Museum since Spring of 2013 and in the Ethnology and History department since Fall of 2014. She is studying Biology and getting a minor in both Natural Resources Management and Art. While her studies are focused in the biological sciences, she is very interested in art and cultural history as well as museum studies and art conservation. She has enjoyed working on a museum collection of Russian Lacquer boxes and has experience in cataloging, processing loans and working with a variety of museum objects.

Molly picks grass in Platinum, with Cup'ig basketmaker, Irene Davis. Photo by Barry McWayne.

Molly Lee, Ph.D.
Curator Emerita
Email: mclee@alaska.edu

Molly Lee holds a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She completed her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, under Nelson Graburn. She has spent much of her academic career investigating the basketry of Alaskan Native groups. Though she could probably make a basket if she really had to, her interest is in reconstructing the history of basket traditions and in how cultural change can be inferred from changes in material objects including baskets rather than in construction techniques. She has conducted over 20 years of research, and published extensively on the baleen baskets of the Inupiaq people of Northern Alaska, the grass baskets of the Yup'ik people of Southwestern Alaska, as well as the basketry of the Tlingit and Alutiiq people of coastal Alaska. Dr. Lee retired from UAF and UAMN in May 2008, though she continues to play an active role at the Museum and in the research community.

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