Guide to the Ann Chandonnet papers

Guide to the Ann Chandonnet papers
1942-2007

Collection number: HMC-0085.
Creator: Chandonnet, Ann.
Title: Ann Chandonnet papers.
Dates: 1942-2007.
Volume of collection: 8.75 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Personal papers, writings, and research files of an Alaskan poet, author, and journalist.

Biographical note:
Ann Fox Chandonnet was born in Massachusetts in 1943.  She obtained her B.S. from Lowell University in 1964 and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin in 1965.  After graduating, she taught English at Kodiak High School in Alaska from 1965-1966 and then at Lowell State College in Massachusetts from 1966-1969.  Ann returned to Alaska in 1973.  She has since become a poet and author who has published a number of poetry collections including The Wife and Other Poems, At the Fruit Tree’s Mossy Root, Ptarmigan Valley, and Canoeing in the Rain: Poems for My Aleut-Athabascan Son.  She has also written several cookbooks, including Gold Rush Grub: From Turpentine Stew to Hoochino and The Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook, children’s books, and two histories of Eklutna Village, among many other titles.  Chandonnet wrote for the Anchorage Times newspaper as a full-time reporter from 1982 to 1992.   She was also a food editor and children’s book reviewer for the Anchorage Daily News.  She was the founder of the Literary Artists Guild, an organization for Alaskan authors and poets.

In 1966, Ann married Fernand “Fern” L. Chandonnet (b. 1942).  The couple adopted two sons, Yves and Alexandre. From 1973 to 1998, Fern was a radio announcer and programmer at KHAR and KENI in Anchorage.  He worked for the Anchorage Times newspaper as a copy editor from 1989 to 1992, when it ceased publication.  In 1988, Fern ran for the Alaska state senate as a Democrat but was not elected.  Ann and Fern moved to Juneau in 1999, and from 1999-2002, Fern worked at Juneau Empire newspaper as editor and Ann as a police and courts reporter.

Collection description:
The bulk of the collection contains Ann Chandonnet’s personal papers, most significantly her personal and professional correspondence from 1962-2007.  Prominent correspondents include Chandonnet’s mother, Barbara Curran (b. 1923), her mother’s cousin, Mary Colburn (b. 1927), poets Joanne Townsend and Will Inman, and other writers and family members.  Chandonnet’s personal papers also contain a scrapbook that she kept in 1965-1966 while she was teaching at Kodiak High School on Kodiak Island, family photographs, advertisements for and reviews of her books, newspaper clippings about her, legal papers, and papers related to the Literary Artists Guild, among other materials.

The collection also contains drafts and published copies of Chandonnet’s writing, including news, arts, and human interest features that she wrote for various Alaska magazines and newspapers, including the Anchorage Times and the Anchorage Daily News, manuscript drafts of and book proposals for some of her books, poetry, food writing, fiction, and drafts of interviews and speeches.  There are also photocopies of research material from various archives and books that Chandonnet use to write several books, including materials on the history of Eklutna, and papers relating to Fern Chandonnet, including his own photographs, writing, and newspaper clippings, speeches, and other papers relating to his 1988 Alaska state senate campaign.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into four series: personal papers, writing, research files, and Fernand L. Chandonnet papers.

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

Use restrictions: Permission to quote from a literary work or any part thereon must be obtained from the author in writing.

Rights note: The donor retains the literary property rights and copyright to all literary works of her authorship such as books, essays, articles, and poetry, including drafts but not including correspondence and other papers.

Preferred citation: Ann Chandonnet papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Published books and literary journals were separated from the archival collection in 2010 and added to the Consortium Library Rare Books collection.

Acquisition note: This collection was originally donated to Archives and Special Collections by Ann Chandonnet in 1982.  Thirteen additions to the collection were donated by Chandonnet between 1984-2007.

Processing information: This collection was originally arranged and described prior to 1991.  The guide was revised and updated by Megan K. Friedel in 2010.

Container list:

Series 1.  Personal papers, 1942-2007.  5.35 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box/Folder Description Date
1/1 Advertisements and press releases for books by Ann Chandonnet 1972-2005
1/2 Advertisements and programs for appearances by Ann Chandonnet 1984-2005
1/3 Advertisements and programs for other events 1979-1999
1/4 Alaska Center for the Book meeting minutes 1992
1/5 Anchorage Times papers relating to closing of newspaper operations 1992
1/6, 20/1 Articles and newspaper clippings about Ann Chandonnet 1978-2005
1/7 Articles and newspaper clippings by and about other authors 1974-1981
1/8 Awards and certificates 1958-1983
1/9 Biographical information and resumes 1974-2008
1/10 Contracts and other legal papers 1972-1998
1/11 Correspondence undated
1/12 Correspondence – Letters to Juliana Wells 1962-1963
1/13 Correspondence 1963-1965
1/14 Correspondence 1968-1972
1/15 Correspondence – Letters of recommendation 1968-1982
1/16 Correspondence 1973
1/17 Correspondence 1974-1976
1/18 Correspondence regarding adoption tax deduction 1976-1980
2/1 – 2/2 Correspondence regarding Eklutna research 1976-1982
2/3 – 2/7 Correspondence with Katherine Jensen 1976-1990
2/8 Correspondence 1977
2/9 Correspondence 1978
2/10 Correspondence 1979
2/11 Correspondence 1980
3/1 Correspondence 1981
3/2 – 3/3 Correspondence 1982
3/4 – 3/5 Correspondence 1983
3/6 – 4/1 Correspondence 1984
4/2 Correspondence 1985
4/3 – 4/4 Correspondence 1986
4/5 – 4/6 Correspondence 1987
4/7 – 5/1 Correspondence 1988
5/2 – 5/4 Correspondence 1989
5/5 – 5/8 Correspondence 1990
6/1 – 6/7 Correspondence 1991
7/1 – 7/2 Correspondence 1992
7/3 Correspondence 1993
7/4 Correspondence 1994
7/5 Correspondence 1995
7/6 Correspondence 1996
8/1 – 8/2 Correspondence 1997
8/3 Correspondence 1998
8/4 Correspondence 1999
8/5 Correspondence 2000
8/6 Correspondence 2001
8/7 – 8/8 Correspondence 2002
9/1 – 9/3 Correspondence 2003
9/4 – 9/7 Correspondence 2004
10/1 Correspondence 2005
10/2 Correspondence 2006
10/3 – 10/4 Correspondence 2007
10/5 Financial records 1979-2007
10/6 Fox family genealogical papers 1991-2007
10/7 Grant and award applications 1998-2003
10/8 Juneau Writer Club contact list 2005
10/9 Literary Artists Guild correspondence, bylaws, and minutes 1980-1982
10/10 Literary Artists Guild newsletter, The Upstart Crow 1982
10/11 Notes and other papers on marketing writing circa 1977-1983
11/1 Photographs.  Includes one compact disc of digital photographs taken at the Alaska Book Festival in 2007. 1942-2007
11/2 Poetry and stories by other authors.  Includes poems by Joanne Townsend, Arlitia Jones, Elizabeth Cuadra, Will Inman 1978-2005
11/3 Reading lists undated
11/4 Reviews of books written by Chandonnet 1974-1985
Box 19 Scrapbook kept by Ann Chandonnet documenting her time teaching English at Kodiak High School.  Includes photographs, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, and letters to her grandmother, Ethel B. Fox 1965-1966
11/5 Sound recording of “Return of the Great Round: A Musical by Eleanor Limmer.”  1 compact disc with a typescript synopsis. 1993
11/6 Teaching papers 1992-2005
11/7 Video recording of “Alaska: A Place for Poets,” Parts I and II.  1 VHS videocassette. 1986
11/8A Rough-cut DVD recording of “Eating Alaska” (documentary by Frankenstein Productions) 2007 September 23

Series 2.  Writing, 1965-2007.  2.65 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by format.

Box/Folder Description Date
11/8 Articles – Drafts for Alaska Journal magazine 1978
11/9 Articles – Drafts for Alaska Press Women’s Bicentennial Series 1976-1978
11/10 Articles – Drafts for Alaskana magazine 1973-1981
11/11 Articles – Drafts for the Anchorage Times newspaper 1983-1986
11/12 Articles – Drafts for other publications 1976-1986
12/1, 20/2 Articles – Clippings of articles published in various Alaska newspapers and magazines 1981-2004
12/2 – 12/3 Book review drafts – Children’s books 1978-1982
12/4 – 12/5 Book review drafts – Other books 1978-1984
12/6, 20/3 Book reviews of children’s books published in the Anchorage Daily News and other publications 1978-1997
12/7 Book reviews published in The Delta Paper 1979-1982
13/1 Book reviews published in The Small Press Review 1979-1982
13/2, 20/4 Book reviews published in other publications 1978-1998
13/3 Graduate school essays 1965
13/4 Fiction – Chief Stephen’s Parky manuscript 1984
13/5 Fiction – Short story drafts 1962-1964
13/6 Food writing – Drafts 1980-1982
13/7 Food writing – LifeDiet manuscript and book proposal 1986
13/8, 20/5 Food writing – Published 1974-1997
14/1 Interviews and speeches – Drafts 1978-1984
14/2 Non-fiction – “Eklutna manuscript” circa 1984
14/3 Non-fiction – Essays on writing and publishing 1983-1993
14/4 Non-fiction – An Introduction to Cook Inlet manuscript 1989 December
14/5 – 15/1 Non-fiction – On the Trail of Eklutna drafts 1984
15/2 Non-fiction – The Once & Future Village of Ikluat/Eklutna draft 1979
15/3 – 15/4 Non-fiction – Two Hearts: A Mother’s Tale of Fetal Alcohol book proposal.  Versions 1 and 2. circa 2003
15/5 – 15/11 Poetry – Drafts 1960-2005, undated
16/1 – 16/4 Poetry – Published clippings 1959-2007, undated
16/5 Poetry – Canoeing in the Rain manuscript with related correspondence 1988-1990
16/6 Poetry – Paying Attention manuscript 1989
16/7 Poetry – Pretty Rooms: A Sonnet Sequence manuscript 1963-1964
16/8 Poetry – Ptarmigan Valley galley proof 1980
16/9 Poetry – The Wife, Part 2 draft undated
16/10 Poetry – The Wife, Part 2 camera-ready copy undated
16/11 Poetry – Voice Lessons: Poems About Poetry manuscript
16/12 Poetry – Sound recording of “Shadows,” with music by Philip Munger and poetry by Ann Fox Chandonnet.   1 compact disc. 1993

Series 3.  Research papers, 1975-1998.  0.5 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box/Folder Description Date
17/1 “10 Anchorage Artists” newspaper clippings and notes 1979
17/2 Alaska totem poles 1998
17/3 “Chief Stephen’s Parky” research materials and notes undated
17/4 – 17/7 Eklutna history project research material 1975-1981

Series 4.  Fernand L. Chandonnet papers, 1948-2006.  0.25 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Date
18/1 Personal papers 1948, 1985-2004
18/2 Papers related to state senate campaign 1988
18/3 Newspaper articles about Fern Chandonnet 1984-1985
18/4 Drafts of writing 2005, undated
18/5 Published writing 1990
18/6 Juneau Empire spoof newspapers 2003-2006
18/7 Photographs 1998

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