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Anchorage Ski Club records

Guide to the Anchorage Ski Club records

Collection number: HMC-0055.
Creator: Anchorage Ski Club.
Title: Anchorage Ski Club records.
Dates: 1937-1966.
Volume of collection: 0.6 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Records of an organization founded to support skiing in Anchorage.

Organizational history:
The Anchorage Ski Club was organized in 1937 to promote interest and participation in skiing and to provide and maintain facilities necessary for that sport. It began with 35 members and by the early 1960s had grown to over 400. The club was governed by a ten member executive committee. The club sponsored or managed various activities including ski trips, annual downhill and ski jumping competitions, and the ski competition at the annual Fur Rendezvous. It also published a monthly newsletter, Swish, which was renamed Ski Heil in 1956. In the early 1950s, the club began to work in conjunction with the military to develop a downhill skiing facility at Arctic Valley near Anchorage. The facility eventually included a lodge, chair lifts, rope tows, a cafeteria, and a ski school. The Arctic Valley facility was operated by the Anchorage Ski Club into the late 1980s.

Collection description:
The collection consists of records relating to the administration, membership, and activities of the Anchorage Ski Club. Included are bylaws, minutes of executive committee and general membership meetings, membership lists, correspondence, and copies of the newsletter. There are also photographs of club activities during the early 1940s, a ski club promotional flier, clippings, and some ski club patches.

Arrangement: Records in the collection have been grouped into series by record type.

Digitized copies: A few images and patches from the collection have been digitized and placed on the Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Copyright to materials in the collection may be retained by the creator.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Ski Club records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: Photographs and other materials related to Ski Club activities may be found in the Russell Dow papers, HMC-0396.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Walter Wallenstein and Russell Dow in 1990.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1998. Clippings were copied onto acid free paper and the collection finding aid was updated by Arlene Schmuland in 2010.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Bylaws. 1961
1/2 Meeting minutes. 1937-1939
1/3 Meeting minutes. 1940-1944
1/4 Meeting minutes. 1944-1946
1/5 Meeting minutes. 1952-1954
1/6 Meeting minutes. 1955-1956
1/7 Meeting minutes. 1957-1958
1/8 Meeting minutes. 1959-1960
1/9 Meeting minutes. 1961-1963
1/10 Membership lists. Undated, 1940-1941, 1959-1966
1/11 Lifetime membership refund records. 1964-1965
1/12 Correspondence. 1956, 1988
1/13 Newsletter Ski Heil. 1955-1956
1/14 Photographs: ski trips and other club activities including the Ski train, Curry Hotel, dances and ski jumping. 1941-1944
1/15 Anchorage Ski Club and National Ski Patrol patches. Undated

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