Department Staff

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Angela Linn, M.A.
Senior Collections Manager
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 a Ph.D. Candidate in UAF's Interdisciplinary program, based in Arctic and Northern Studies, pursuing a project that investigates the past, present, and future of Alaska's museums.

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 Western Museums Association Board of Directors.


Student Employees & Volunteers (Winter 2020)

Shealyn Golden, Volunteer

Lynn Walker, Volunteer

Department History

Former Staff

The Ethnology & History collections have been a key part of the Univeristy of Alaska Museum of the North from its inception in 1926. With Otto Geist's first field collecting efforts on St. Lawrence Island and beyond, the material culture of Alaska's Indigenous peoples and non-Native settlers has been of interest to scholars and locals alike. The curation of the ethnology & history objects was originally overseen by people like Froelich Rainey, J.L. Giddings, and Ludwig Rowinski.

Dinah in 1979


Dinah Larsen, M.A.
Coordinator / Curator

Dinah (Wolfe) Larsen was the longest-term employee of the ethnology and history department at the UA Museum of the North. She received her M.A. at the Univeristy of California Los Angeles and used that training to develop many innovative programs at UAMN in collaboration with Alaska Native people across the state. She witnessed the increased professionalization of the museum and authored many articles and exhibits.

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Molly Lee, Ph.D.
Curator Emerita

Molly Lee 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.