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Ward T. Sims Papers

Guide to the Ward T. Sims papers

Collection number: HMC-0222.
Creator: Sims, Ward T.
Title: Ward T. Sims papers.
Dates: 1964.
Volume of collection: 0.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Associated Press wire copies documenting the 1964 Alaska earthquake.

Biographical note:
Ward T. Sims was the Bureau Chief for the Associated Press in Juneau at the time of the 1964 earthquake in Alaska. Following the earthquake, he relayed damage reports and other information from state officials to the Associated Press in Seattle, and he also traveled to various communities to provide additional reports of damage and casualties.

Collection description:
The collection consists of original Associated Press wire copies covering the 1964 earthquake in Alaska. The wire copies cover a period of four days, from late Friday, March 27 to Tuesday, March 31, 1964 and include messages from various stations in Alaska including Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. There is also a booklet entitled “Earthquake in Alaska,” giving the story of the Associated Press coverage of the Earthquake.

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

Rights note: Archives may not own copyright to the materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Ward T. Sims papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For other archival materials at Archives and Special Collections relating to the 1964 Alaska earthquake, refer to the Research Guide to 1964 Alaska earthquake collections.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the archives by Ward T. Sims in 1984 and 1985.  A deed was signed by Sims in 1986.

Processing information: This guide to this collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2011.

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