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Bean’s Café appeal letter and proposal

Guide to the Bean’s Café appeal letter and proposal

Collection number: HMC-0170.
Creator: Bean’s Café.
Title: Bean’s Café appeal letter and proposal.
Date: 1979.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Appeal letter and proposal for a free restaurant, day shelter, and social center in Downtown Anchorage.

Organizational history:
Bean’s Cafe, a free restaurant, day shelter, and social center for the homeless in Anchorage, Alaska, was founded by Lynne Ballew in 1979. Bean’s Cafe was first located in a warehouse building across from the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Anchorage. In 1985, Bean’s Cafe moved into a larger building on East Third Avenue.

Collection description:
The collection consists of an appeal letter for contributions, related attachments, and a copy of the original proposal for Bean’s Cafe. The letter, dated July 5, 1979, is from Bean’s Cafe Manager, Lynne Ballew, to Frank Reed of the Alaska Bank of Commerce. Attached with the letter are lists of business contributors and members of the board of directors, and a general appeal letter for support. The proposal, entitled, “A Proposal for a Storefront Social Center/Soup Kitchen in Downtown Anchorage,” includes sections for purpose, methods (staff and board of directors), operations, funding, and proposed budget. The proposal also has the following nine appendixes: letters of support; articles of incorporation; resumes of candidates for coordinators; resumes of members of the board of directors; lists of community contacts; information on similar institutions; pertinent newspaper articles; personnel policies for staff and volunteers; and “The Fourth Avenue Study: A Descriptive Analysis of the Downtown Anchorage Skid Row Population,” prepared by the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, University of Alaska, Anchorage (April 30, 1978).

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order it arrived at the Archives.

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

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

Preferred citation: Bean’s Café appeal letter and proposal, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: The collection was separated from the Frank Reed, Sr. papers in 2004.

Related materials: Frank Reed, Sr. papers, HMC-0206.

Acquisition note: The collection arrived at the Archives as part of the Frank Reed, Sr. papers in 1982.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004. The guide to this collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

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