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Nancy Lesh papers

Guide to the Nancy Lesh papers

Collection number: HMC-0160.
Creator: Lesh, Nancy.
Title: Nancy Lesh papers.
Dates: 1959-2001.
Volume of collection: 5.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of a longtime Anchorage resident and librarian.

Biographical note:
Nancy Lesh was born in Anchorage, Alaska. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Willamette University in Oregon and her Masters Degree in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She began work in the Library at Anchorage Community College in 1968 and soon became head of that unit. In 1973, she joined the staff of the newly completed library at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She served on many statewide committees including the Governor’s Advisory Council on Libraries, the Alaska Historical Society Board, the University of Alaska Press Editorial Board, and the Alaska Historical Commission. She was also a stockholder in the Alaska Pacific Bancorporation.

Collection description:
The collection consists of papers created or collected by Nancy Lesh during her years of service at Anchorage Community College and the University of Alaska Anchorage. The papers concern the development and activities of the ACC and UAA libraries as well as the history and development of both institutions. Included are correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, statistics, bond and architectural information, newspaper clippings, photographs, class schedules, and other materials. Also included are records concerning general university policies and procedures. The collection also includes materials from her service on statewide organizations including agendas, correspondence, and reference materials.

Arrangement: Collection contents are generally grouped by the organization to which they pertain.

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

Rights note: The Archives does not hold copyright to most materials in the collection.

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

Inventory: An extended inventory of some of the collection materials is available. Please contact the Archives for more information.

Acquisition note: The collection was initially given to the Archives in 1980. Several additions have been made since.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1998. The guide was updated to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2018 and collection additions were incorporated into the description at that time.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1-23 Anchorage Community College Library records: annual reports; correspondence between the library and various public and private individuals and vendors concerning patron requests, book orders, library activities, circulation, and other subjects; library statistics; memoranda; records concerning library open houses, luncheons, and teas; and other records 1959-1974
1/24-54 UAA/APU Consortium Library records: annual report; correspondence; memoranda; minutes of professional, technical, and administrative staff meetings; minutes of Library Advisory Committee meetings; minutes of Municipal and University Librarians Roundtable meetings; reports; Library bond and architect’s information; and other records 1969-1988
2/1-9 University of Alaska Anchorage policies and procedures: records relating to policies and procedures at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Subjects include faculty and classified staff evaluations, faculty retention, faculty status for librarians, leave without pay, salary schedules and procedures, and the university computer network. 1968-1986
2/10-16 Historic Landmark Preservation Committee records: records relating to Nancy Lesh’s involvement in the Historic Landmark Preservation Committee for the Anchorage Area. Included are general meeting minutes, notes and reports on committee activities, records of the Youth Hostel Committee, records of Historic Anchorage, Inc., and a National Register of Historic Places nomination report for Portage Pass 1982-1984
2/17-64 Newspaper clippings from the Anchorage Times and the Anchorage Daily News concerning Anchorage Community College, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Alaska Methodist University; the Anchorage Community Chorus; other musical groups and events in Anchorage; and other related subjects 1963-1973
2/65 Anchorage Community College class schedules: class schedules for Anchorage Community College taken from the Anchorage Times and the Anchorage Daily News 1964-1972
3/1-2 Photographs:  photographs of classroom and instruction activities at Anchorage Community College and activities of the ACC library and UAA/APU Consortium Library 1967-1970, 1999-2001
3/3-4 Alaska Pacific Bancorporation records: annual reports, shareholder annual meeting notices, press releases, and other papers issued to shareholders of Alaska Pacific Bancorporation 1975-1984
3/5 Other materials: publications and other records relating to Anchorage Community College, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Included are programs from the ACC building dedication, general publications, conference and workshop schedules, a UAA history, a museum program proposal, and a list of microfilm holdings at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks Undated
3/6-10 Governor’s Advisory Council on Libraries correspondence, agendas and reference materials 1990-1992
3/11-13 Alaska Historical Society Board correspondence, agendas, and reference materials 1986-1992
3/14-4/3 University of Alaska Press Editorial Board correspondence, agendas and reference materials 1986-1992
4/4-5/14 Alaska Historical Commission correspondence, agendas and reference materials 1993-1999
5/15-29 Archival methods reference files Undated, 1990


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