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People’s Vote Must Count Committee records

Guide to the People’s Vote Must Count Committee records
1959-1981, bulk 1981

Collection number: HMC-0198.
Creator: People’s Vote Must Count Committee.
Title: People’s Vote Must Count Committee records.
Dates: 1959-1981, bulk 1981.
Volume of collection: 0.81 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Records of a committee that supported the creation of a park on block 42 of Downtown Anchorage, instead of a convention center.

Organizational history:
The People’s Vote Must Count Committee was organized by a group of Anchorage residents in 1981 to oppose the construction of a convention center on Block 42 in Downtown Anchorage and to uphold the 1965 Anchorage initiative, which dedicated that block to become a park. Members of the committee included Ruth Moulton, Avis Cupples, Lanie Fleischer, and Tom Leddy. The activities of the committee included circulating petitions, organizing fund raising and support meetings, and testifying before the Anchorage Assembly. The committee was also instrumental in getting Proposition 10, which supported the construction of a park on Block 42, placed on the ballot in 1981.

Collection description:
The collection consists of records of the People’s Vote Must Count Committee, including correspondence, speeches, notes, handouts, petitions, and plans, concerning Proposition 10 and the proposed convention center. Also included are documents related to lawsuits brought by members of the committee against the Municipality of Anchorage concerning the construction of the convention center.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by type of document.

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

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to the collection.

Preferred citation: People’s Vote Must Count Committee records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Publications have been removed from the collection and selected items placed in the Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection. Please consult an archivist for more information.

Acquisition note: The collection was placed on deposit in Archives and Special Collections by Lanie Fleischer in 1982.

Processing information: This collection was described by prior to 1991. The guide to the collection was converted to current by Gwen Higgins in 2018.

Container list:
Original folder titles have been retained where applicable.



Description Date
1/1 Correspondence 1965, 1981
1/2 Chronological material and notes 1981
1/3 Notes for speeches, testimonials, public appearances undated, 1981
1/4 Handbills 1981
1/5 Survey circa 1981
1/6 Lists of volunteers, supporters, etc. undated, 1981
1/8 Petition-originals 1981
1/9 Petition-copies 1981
1/10 Signatures for Yes on 10 ad original 1981
1/11 Signatures for Yes on 10 copies 1981
1/12 Press releases 1981
1/13 Project 80s-Now: anti 10 material 1981
1/14 Bills-financial matters (also contains two plans of Downtown Anchorage) 1981
1/15 Architectural facts & information-notes circa 1981
OSF Oversize plans of Downtown Anchorage undated, 1959
1/16-2/3 Ruth Moulton et al. vs. Municipality of Anchorage court documents research files, and notes 1979-1981
2/4-5 Grace Abbas et al. vs. Municipality of Anchorage court documents, research files, and notes 1981


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