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Sally Monserud papers

Guide to the Sally Monserud papers

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Collection number: HMC-0179.
Creator: Monserud, Sally.
Title: Sally Monserud papers.
Dates: 1907-1990.
Volume of collection: 1.3 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of an Anchorage teacher.

Biographical note:
Sarah Martha Louise “Sally” Monserud was born in Iowa in 1907. In 1908, her family moved to South Dakota. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Augustana College in 1929 and a master’s degree from Washington State University in 1934. She moved to Alaska to teach at Anchorage High School (now West Anchorage High School). She was one of the original faculty at Anchorage Community College (ACC) where she taught English from 1954 to the mid 1970s. She also worked as a manager of a local book store, a public relations specialist for Elmendorf Air Force Base, and an executive secretary. She helped establish an instructional aid program to train native teachers. In 1972, she received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Alaska. Building B on the Anchorage Community College campus was named the Sally Monserud Building in her honor. Sally Monserud died in 1991.

Collection description:
This collection consists of materials relating to Sally Monserud’s life and to the history of Anchorage Community College. Included are personal, legal, and education documents; catalogs, programs, and other papers relating to ACC; honors from ACC and the University of Alaska; subject files; and artifacts. The ACC file contains the first three ACC catalogs and the first ten ACC commencement programs. The artifacts include her academic robes and hoods for her masters and honorary degrees.

Arrangement: Collection materials are generally arranged by document type or topic.

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

Rights note: The Archives holds copyright to collection materials authored by Sally Monserud.

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

Separated materials: University publications have been removed and placed in University records.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Sally Monserud in 1983. Additional papers were given to the Archives by Martha Lee in 1992.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described prior to 1993. The guide was reformatted to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2018. Published materials and university records were removed from the collection at that time.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Birth and baptism records 1907, 1953
1/2 Passports, passport data and photographs 1976, 1988
1/3 Diploma, thesis, commencement program and clipping from Masters degree award in English, State College of Washington 1934
1/4 Commencement speech by Mary Hale 1983
1/5 Notes on Anchorage Community College and other collection materials 1983
1/6 University of Alaska honorary Doctor of Humanities degree award correspondence 1971-1972
2 University of Alaska honorary doctorate degree, commencement programs, and citation 1972
1/7 University of Alaska Alumni Office correspondence 1972
1/8 Anchorage Community College, Sally Monserud Building naming, congratulatory letters 1972
1/9 Alaska Northern Lights Quarterly correspondence, notes and draft of story regarding Mrs. Nettie Erhart of Tanana 1967-1968
1/10 Anchorage Community College reminiscences, poems, and evaluation 1960, 1967
1/11 Anchorage School District teacher’s certificates, correspondence, and clippings 1939-1990
1/12 Book club notes and book lists 1981
1/13 Sheila Clark correspondence and summary of “Anna Amarok—a ballet in three acts.” 1966
1/14 Alfred Mongin correspondence regarding Russian Orthodox Church architecture 1979-1980
1/15 Monserud family genealogical records 1939-1985
1/16 National League of American Pen Women correspondence 1978
1/17 Ethel Oliver correspondence 1982
1/18 Sylvia Short correspondence 1990
1/19 Wien Air Alaska Arctic Circle crossing certificate 1977
1/20 Writings sent to Sally Monserud 1984
2 Academic regalia and eyeglasses 1934, 1972



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