PALMER — What is thought to be the largest private collection of books about Alaska has been sold to an Anchorage collector.

The collection, first owned by Eugene Short, has been housed in an old  hatchery building from the 1935 Matanuska Colony Project on Denali Street in Palmer since December 2000. For 26 years before that, Short sold books from his collection at a bright green house on Arctic Avenue in Anchorage.

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