Guide to the Alaska Black Caucus records

Guide to the Alaska Black Caucus, Inc. records
1975-1993

Collection number: HMC-0003.
Creator: Alaska Black Caucus, Inc.
Title: Alaska Black Caucus, Inc. records.
Dates: 1975-1993.
Volume of collection: 12.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of an organization dedicated to advancing the well-being of the African-Americans in Alaska.

Organizational history:

The Alaska Black Caucus was founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization for the purpose of advancing the educational, cultural, political, and economic well-being of African-Americans in Alaska. It also acted as a liaison for minority groups and interests and provided information on relevant issues and concerns. The Caucus was incorporated in 1977, and its administration included a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, a board of directors, and other standing committees. The organization’s activities included developing position papers, publishing a newsletter, holding annual awards banquets, and operating a members’ lounge.

Collection description:

The records in the collection document the history and operation of the Alaska Black Caucus. The collection contains general administration records including articles of incorporation, constitution and bylaws, speeches of the director, and position papers. In addition, there are correspondence, workshop minutes, luncheons and awards programs, award plaques, newsletters, subject files, photographs, a reference file of publications, and other records.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into two series: Series I.  Materials acquired before 1989; and Series II. Materials acquired after 1992.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives & Special Collections does not hold copyright to the materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Alaska Black Caucus, Inc. records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was originally deposited at Archives & Special Collections by the Alaska Black Caucus, Inc. in 1981.  Additional material was deposited by the organization in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1994.

Processing information: This collection was originally arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1993 and Michelle Wellck in 1994.  The guide to this collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2010.

Container list:

Series I. Materials acquired before 1989.

Subseries 1.  General organization records; 1975-1984.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Articles of incorporation 1977, 1980
1/2 Constitution and bylaws 1975
1/3 Annual reports and corporate records 1979, 1984
1/4 Treasurer’s reports 1978
1/5 Election procedures and reports 1976, 1978-1980
1/6 Election results 1976, 1979

Subseries 2. Administrative records; 1977-1982, undated.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/7 Job descriptions undated
1/8 Speeches 1979-1982
1/9 Position papers 1979-1980, undated

Subseries 3. Resume Bank records; 1976-1985.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/10 Memberships 1976-1985

Subseries 4. Private sector correspondence; 1976-1985.

 

Box/Folder

Description Dates
1/11-19 Incoming correspondence 1979-1985
1/20-27 Outgoing correspondence 1977-1985

Subseries 5. Public sector and federal government correspondence; 1977-1985.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/28-36 Incoming correspondence, federal 1977-1985
1/37-43 Outgoing correspondence, federal 1977-1984
2/1-7 Incoming correspondence, Anchorage municipality 1976-1985
2/8-13 Outgoing correspondence, Anchorage municipality 1979-1984
2/14-23 Incoming correspondence, state 1976-1985
2/24-31 Outgoing correspondence, state 1976-1985

Subseries 6. Workshop records; 1976-1978.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/32 Notes and minutes 1976
2/33 Notes and minutes (smooth) 1977
2/34 Notes and minutes (rough) 1977
2/35 Notes and minutes 1978

Subseries 7. Luncheon agendas; 1977-1978.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/36 Agendas – General 1977-1978
2/37 Agendas – Fairview Community Center 1978

Subseries 8. Individual complaint records; 1979-1980, 1982.

Box/Folder Date
2/38 1979
2/39 1980
2/40 1982

Subseries 9. Event records; 1978-1988.

Box/Folder Description Date
2/41 Awards banquets 1978-1980, 1982-1986
2/42 Solidarity day events 1979-1980, 1983-1988
2/43 Other civic events 1980

Subseries 10. Grant funding records; undated.

Box/Folder Description Date
2/44 Information and applications undated

Subseries 11. Other pamphlets and reports; 1979, 1983.

Box/Folder Description Date
2/45 Reports from other agencies 1979, 1983

Subseries 12. Visitor and member sign-in books; 1976-1978.

Box/Folder Date
2/46 1976
2/47 1977
2/48 1978

Series II.  Materials acquired after 1992.

Subseries 1.  Administrative records; 1976-1991.

Box/Folder Description Date
3/1-2 Caucus Living Room – General records 1983-1991
3/3 Caucus Living Room – Business and liquor licenses 1985-1990
3/4 Caucus Living Room – Account book 1991
3/5 Caucus Living Room – Canceled checks 1991
3/6 Mailing list 1991
3/7 Permits 1981
3/8-9 Position papers 1979-1991
3/10 Administrative transition recommendations 1986
3/11 Tax information 1976-1984
3/12 Termination of lease at 1231 Gambell Street 1991
3/13-14 Correspondence, memoranda, financial records, and other administrative papers undated
3/15 Receipt books and receipts – Membership dues payments 1989

Subseries 2. Historical records; 1976-1987.

Box/Folder Description Date
3/16 Financial history 1980, 1984
3/17 General history 1976-1981
3/18 Meeting history 1979-1985
3/19 Membership history 1978-1987

Subseries 3. Award certificates; 1984, undated.

Box/Folder Description Date
9/1 “State of Alaska Executive Proclamation by Jay Hammond, Governor.” 1979 July 7
9/2 “U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Certificate of Appreciation,” for the Alaska Black Caucus for participation in the Community Service Program 1980
9/3 “Anchorage, Alaska, Office of the Mayor, George M. Sullivan,” proclamation of

Solidarity Week

1980 July 12-18
9/4-5 “The First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Anchorage, Alaska,” certificates of appreciation to Piper and Lori Overstreet for the Sunday School Christmas Pageant 1981 January 31
9/6 “The Alaska Legislature” honors the Alaska Black Caucus Awards 1943 March 4

Subseries 4. Solidarity Awards banquet and related event records; 1982-1991.
Oversize materials stored in Box 9.

Box/Folder Date
3/20 1982
3/21 1983
3/22 1984
3/23 1986
3/24 1987
3/25 1988
3/26 1989
3/27 1990
3/28 1991

Subseries 5. Award plaques; 1977-1989, undated.

Box Description Date
12 Business Participation Award recipients 1977-1988
12 Caucus Living Room Charter Members awards 1985
12 Caucus Member of the Year recipients 1980-1989
12 Community Service Award recipients 1977-1988
12 Media Service Award recipients 1977-1988
12 Outstanding Youth Award recipients 1979-1989
12 Pioneer Alaskans – Alaska Black Caucus undated
12 Political Awareness Award recipients 1977-1988
12 President’s Award recipients 1981-1989
12 Presented to the Alaska Black Caucus by the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Western Region 1987

Subseries 6. Event programs; 1975-1991.

Box/Folder Date
3/29 1975-1976
3/30 1977-1978
3/31 1979-1980
4/1 1981-1982
4/2 1983-1984
4/3 1985-1986
4/4 1987-1988
4/5 1989-1990
4/6 1990

Subseries 7. Press releases and newsletters; 1976-1985.

Box/Folder Description Date
4/7 Press releases 1978-1991
4/8 Newsletters 1976-1985

Subseries 8. Scrapbooks; 1975-1986.

Box Description Date
7 Scrapbook 1 1975 December- 1979 March
7 Scrapbook 2 1979
7 Scrapbook 3 1979
7 Scrapbook 4 1979-1981
7 Scrapbook 5 1979 July-January 1980
7 Scrapbook 6 1980 February-1981 March
7 Scrapbook 7 1981
7 Scrapbook 8 1981
7 Scrapbook 9 1981 July-1982 December
7 Scrapbook 10 1982
7 Scrapbook 11 1983-1984
7 Scrapbook 12 1985-1986

Subseries 9. Subject files; 1979-1991.

Box Description Date
4/9-11 Alaska Business Development League 1981-1982
4/12 Black Heritage Pageant 1981
4/13 Congressional Black Caucus reception 1991
4/14 Mitchell Task Force, Hearings in Anchorage to Examine Minority Participation in Federal Programs in Alaska 1980
4/15 National Conference on a Black Agenda for the 80’s 1980
4/16 National Conference on a Black Agenda for the 80’s, briefing book 1980
4/17 Shooting death of Phillip J. Moore 1979
4/18 Task Force for the Development of a Black Agenda of Concerns to be presented to the Mayor of Anchorage 1984
4/19 University of Alaska, Board of Regents, Dismissal of Dr. Ronald Smith 1985

Subseries 10. Newspapers and clippings; 1975-1993.

Box/Folder Description Date
4/20 Vox Populi 1978-1979
4/21 The New Horizon 1977-1979
Box 8 North Star Reporter 1982-1983
Box 9 Clippings about blacks 1988-1993
4/22-23, 5/1-2 Clippings about the Alaska Black Caucus 1975-1989
5/3-14 General news clippings 1975-1990

Subseries 11. Publications and reference materials; 1976-1992.

Box/Folder Description
Alaska-related publications; 1976-1992.
6/1 A New Beginning – 43rd Biennial and 86th Anniversary Convention – National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc. – July 31-August 6, 1982 – Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska.
6/2 A Tribute to Black Women by Kuumba, Inc.  Undated.  2 copies of program.
6/3 The African American Male: Mastering the ’90s: A Focus on Families and Health. The Alaska African American Male Conference; Jan. 10-12, 1992 (conference pocket folder).
Afro-American Heritage Library, Anchorage, Alaska; undated (catalog).
Alaska Alumna Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Annual Scholarship Ball, Saturday, Feb. 11, 1984, Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska Black Leadership Conference, Community Based Educational Enrichment Program (with agenda). Feb. 18, 1981.

6/4 Alaska Directory of State Officials. August 1992. Prepared by Legislative Affairs Agency.
6/5 Alaska Permanent Fund – 1992 Annual Report.

Alaska State Association of Colored Women’s Clubs: Second Biennial State Convention, June 3, 4 and 5, 1983, Anchorage Alaska.
Alaskan Blacks Salute the Bicentennial. Leake Temple A.M.E. Zion Church and Great Land Visuals; 1976.

6/6 Alaska’s Resource Challenge: The Next Five Years. Common Sense for Alaska, Inc.; 1983.
Anchorage Municipal Libraries, Spenard Community Branch Presents, Martha Gore, Artist of the Month; Nov. 1979 (announcement).
Bill Sykes, Anchorage Assembly; undated (2 copies of campaign flier).
Black Entrepreneurs Business Directory – 1989 [published in Anchorage]
6/7 Black on a Background of White: A Chronicle of Afro-Americans’ Involvement in America’s Last Frontier, Alaska. By Everett Louis Overstreet. Anchorage: Alaska Black Caucus; 1990.
6/8 Can I Speak for You Brother?: A One Man Play Depicting Black Leaders. By Phillip E. Walker M.F.A. with forward by Ethel Pitts Walker, Ph.D. Fairbanks: That New Publishing Co.; 1983.
6/9 The Challenge of Plenty: An Awareness Project on Alaska State Government Spending Policy. Common Sense For Alaska; December 13, 1980.  2 copies.
6/10 The Challenge of Plenty ’82: Theme: Fiscal State of the State – Common Sense for Alaska Inc., December 5, 1981.
6/11 Color Explosion. Sponsored by North to the Future, B.P.W. Club, and Muldoon-Tudor Lions Club; 1980 (program for Ebony Fashion Fair).
The Constitution of the State of Alaska. Legislative Affairs Agency; 1980.
Developing Leadership for the 21st Century: Training in Progress – NAACP Regional I Annual Leadership Training Conference – April 3-5, 1992 – Regal Alaskan Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska.
The Ethedra Davis Retirement Dinner; Oct. 25, 1980 (program).
Heritage: Quarterly Newsletter of the Office of History and Archaeology, Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. No. 45 July-September 1990.
In Memoriam: Soror Roberta Smith Hutchinson, Chapter Member, Alaska Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, 1950-1980 (program).
Map of Anchorage, Eagle River. Alaskan Hospitality & Relocation Services; 1985.
6/12 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Program, “Let Freedom Ring.” Egan Convention Center, Anchorage, Alaska; Sunday, Jan. 18, 1987.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commemoration, Anchorage Alaska, 1989 (2 copies).
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1992 Commemoration Birthday Celebration, Anchorage, Alaska.
6/13 Mastering the 90’s: Through Education – Flyer for the “2nd Annual APU/UAA and the Anchorage School District Black History Program” – Keynote Speaker: Representative Bettye J. Davis, Featured Soloist: Specialist Steven J. Richardson, U.S. Army; February 17, 1992.
Northwest Region, Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Twenty-fifth Biennial Convention, July 24-July 28, 1991, Anchorage, Alaska.

Old City Hall (Anchorage). Alaska Pacific Bank; undated (photographic history).
Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Alpha Alpha Chapter, Anchorage, Alaska: Second Annual Scholarship Benefit Dance. Sheraton Hotel; December 14, 1979 (program).
Opening Reception of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition, Field to Factory, Afro-American Migration 1915-1940. Anchorage Museum of History and Art; April 29, 1990 (2 copies).

6/14 “Racial Discrimination Study: Alaska’s Criminal Justice System” – Request for Proposal; 1979.
6/15 The 7th Annual Black Heritage Committee Presents the Black Heritage Ball and Ms. and Mr. Black Heritage Pageant. Feb. 14, 1982 (program).

Solidarity Day Address by Earl G. Graves – President, Earl G. Graves, Ltd. – Editor and Publisher, Black Enterprise Magazine – Before the Alaska Black Caucus – June 18, 1983.

6/16 Snow Loads in Alaska – Alaska Climate Center Technical Note No. 4 – 1987.
29th Anniversary: Greater Friendship Baptist Church. June 22, 1980 (program).
Voices of Black Women in Alaska. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Nov. 30-December 1, 1979.
 

National publications; 1976-1990.

6/17 About the Congressional Black Caucus: Working in Congress for the People; 1978 (brochure).
6/18 American Association of Blacks in Energy – Annual Convention Materials; 1983.
6/19 Black Americans in Congress: 1870-1977. 95th Congress, 1st Session, House Document 95-258; 1977 (2 copies).
6/20 Black Americans in Congress: 1870-1989. By Bruce A. Ragsdale and Joel D. Treese. Washington D.C.: USGPO; 1990 (2 copies).
6/21 Black Heritage. St. Louis: World Cities Ltd.; 1977 (prospectus).
The Black Leadership Family Plan for the Unity, Survival, and Progress of Black People. Congressional Black Caucus; Feb. 1982.
Blackbook International Reference Guide, 1985
6/22 The Capitol: A Pictorial History of the Capitol and of the Congress. Eighth Edition, 97th Congress. USGPO, 1981.
6/23 The Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Present the 11th Annual Fashion Show, Spirit! Phillip Morris Companies Inc., primary sponsors; 1987 (program).

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. Printed by the Phillips Petroleum Co.; 1976.
Equality and Excellence: The Educational Status of Black Americans. College Entrance Examination Board; 1985.
Fund Raising Reception and Dinner Program – The Committee to Re-Elect Sanford Bishop [from Georgia]; 1983.

6/24 Guide to Black Organizations – 1989-91 Edition – Published by Philip Morris Companies [includes Alaska Black Caucus].

Guide to Black Organizations – 1992-94 Edition – Published by Philip Morris Companies [includes Alaska Black Caucus].

6/25 Martin Luther King, Jr.: His Life and Dream: Elementary Level. By Christine King Farris. Lexington, Mass.: Ginn and Co.; 1986.
National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, Inc.’s Operation Big Vote: 8th Anniversary Celebration; June 2, 1984 (invitation).
The People’s Platform: National Black Coalition for 1984. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, Chairman, in cooperation with The National Black Leadership Roundtable, Congressman Walter E. Fauntroy, President; 1984.
6/26 Presidential Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business Ownership – Annual Report, 1982; Aug. 4, 1983.
Presidential Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business Ownership – Appendix to Annual Report, 1982; March 1, 1983.
6/27 The Social and Economic Status of the Black Population in the United States: An Historical View, 1790-1978. U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of the Census; 1978.
11/1 The State of Small Business: A Report of the President – Transmitted to the Congress March 1982. Together with The Annual Report on Small Business and Competition of the U.S. Small Business Administration. USGPO: Washington, 1982.
11/2 United Black Fund of Greater Washington, Inc. – 10th Annual Victory Luncheon – Workshop Theme: Energy and You – Thursday, June 24, 1982 – Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, D.C. (program).
Tips on Lobbying. AFL-CIO, Dept. of Legislation, Publication No. 173; Jan. 1987.
Periodicals; 1978-1988.
11/3 Black Enterprise; March 1978.
Jet; Feb. 15, 1979.
Ebony Fashion Fair Magazine; 1979-1980.
The Ring; Nov. 1980.
The Douglas Letter: A Publication of the Republican National Committee; Summer 1983.
11/4 National Black Monitor; Sep. 1983.
Tony Brown’s Journal; First Quarter, 1984.
Tony Brown’s Journal; 2nd Quarter, 1985.
Ebony Fashion Fair Magazine; 1986-1987.
1989 Calendar of Black Children; National Black Child Development Institute; 1988.

Subseries 12. Visual materials; 1975-1990.

Box/Folder Description Date
11/5 Photographs – General 1975-1980
11/6 Photographs and negatives – General 1981-1985
11/7 Photographs and negatives – General 1985-1990
11/8 Photographs – Black representatives in Congress circa 1980
Box 10 Videotapes – “Mickey Leland, Alaska Black Caucus Solidarity Banquet, Captain Cook Hotel, June, 1985.” 1985 June
Box 10 Videotapes – “Alaska Black Caucus Solidarity 1991.” 1991
Box 10 Videotapes – “Tony Brown’s Journal, Alaska Black Caucus, National Dist. Apr. 20, 1990.” Panelists were Sterling Taylor, Bettye Davis, and E. Louis Overstreet, 1990 April 20

Subseries 13. Artifacts; 1984-1986, undated.

Box/Folder Description Date
Box 10 Buttons and pins:

-“I Like Sykes for Assembly”

-“Re-Elect Bettye Davis, School Board”

-“Wild About Anchorage! Anchorage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau”

-“Jesse Jackson, Now is the Time, 1984.”

-“Sojourner Truth,” pin of U.S. Postal Service design (1986)

1984-1986, undated
10/1 Cardboard desk name plate for Joann Overstreet undated

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