Guide to the Thirteenth Regional Corporation records
Collection number: HMC-0390.
Creator: 13th Regional Corporation (Seattle, Wash.)
Title: Thirteenth Regional Corporation records.
Volume of collection: 8.3 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: The records of a regional corporation for Alaska Natives living outside of Alaska.
The Thirteenth Regional Corporation was the last of the regional corporations formed by Alaska Natives as a result of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, Public Law 92-203. The Thirteenth Region encompasses all other places except Alaska, which is location of the other twelve regional corporations. Each Alaska Native not living in Alaska at the time of the ANCSA enrollment, or during the later opt-in/opt-out election, had the option of joining either the most appropriate regional corporation in Alaska or the Thirteenth Regional Corporation. The articles of incorporation were filed in 1975 and the first Board of Directors was elected by the shareholders in 1976. Early investments of the corporation included a fishing fleet; real estate in Seattle; and land in Cold Bay, Alaska. The corporation created numerous subsidiaries in the course of pursuing business opportunities. The corporation also mounted a major campaign to obtain a land grant in Alaska (which the other twelve regional corporations had received as a part of the ANCSA settlement) and started a non-profit subsidiary, Al-Ind-Esk-A.
The collection consists of records relating to the administration and operation of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation. Included are records relating to the board, the shareholders, the management of the corporation, corporate finances, subsidiaries and business ventures, law cases, corporate land claims, and corporate publications. Among these are articles of incorporation, minutes, election materials, corporate reports, correspondence, shareholder lists, records of the general manager, legal documents, congressional legislation, corporate newsletters, newspaper clippings, photographs, and videotapes.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and founding records; 1975-1981
Series 2: Board of Directors meeting records; 1973-1991
Series 3: Annual meeting and election records; 1975-1997
Series 4: Reports to shareholders; 1976-1985
Series 5: Correspondence; 1973-1997
Series 6: Reports to the Board of Directors; 1978-1980
Series 7: Shareholder records; 1976-1984
Series 8: General Manager records; 1981-1984
Series 9: Executive Committee and management meeting records; 1976-1987
Series 10: Administrative records; 1972-1987
Series 11: Financial reports for internal use; 1976-1996
Series 12: Budgets; 1981-1988
Series 13: Loan records; 1977-1983
Series 14: Management financial records; 1976-1981
Series 15: Transalaska Fisheries Corp. and Fishing Ventures records; 1977-1986
Series 16: Subsidiary and real estate venture records; 1976-1988
Series 17: Legal case files; 1976-1984
Series 18: Legal subject files; 1971-1976
Series 19: Lobbying and outreach records; 1975-1983
Series 20: Publications; 1976-1997
Series 21: Photographs; undated, 1982
Series 22: Audiovisual materials; 1976-1982
Alternative formats: Microfilm copies of the “Alaska Native Times” newsletter are available through several libraries in Alaska.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Access restrictions: The Fairchild MoviePak film in the audiovisual materials is in a format that is currently inaccessible. The shareholder lists in series save contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information and may require redaction prior to access. Please consult an archivist well in advance of your research visit regarding access to these materials.
Rights note: Collection contents may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.
Preferred citation: Thirteenth Regional Corporation records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
HMC-0384: Billy Blackjack Johnson papers includes materials related to the founding and administration of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation.
HMC-0472: Alaska Federation of Natives, International records are the records of an advocacy organization that was involved in the formation of the Thirteenth Regional Corporation.
Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Billy Blackjack Johnson in 1992 and 1997.
Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1997. The guide to the collection was updated to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2018. Duplicates were removed at that time.
Series 1: Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and founding records; 1975-1981. 0.2 cubic feet.
This series consists of the corporation’s basic legal documents as well as the corporate logo, minutes of the incorporators meetings, corporate histories, and organizational charts.
|1/1||Articles of Incorporation||1975|
|1/2||Bylaws||undated, 1975, 1980|
|1/5||Histories of the 13th Regional Corp.||1976-1982|
|1/7||Organizational charts||undated, 1981|
Series 2: Board of Directors meeting records; 1973-1991. 0.6 cubic feet.
|1/8||Appointments to the Board of Directors||undated, 1982|
|1/9||Board of Directors, rosters||undated, 1982-1983|
|1/10||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1976|
|1/11||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1977|
|1/12||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1978|
|1/13||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1979|
|1/14||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1980|
|1/15||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1981|
|1/16||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1982|
|1/17||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1983|
|1/18||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1984|
|1/19||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1985|
|1/20||Board of Directors meeting, minutes, agendas, and notes||1991|
|1/21||Board of Directors resolutions||1976-1983|
|1/22||Board meetings (13th Regional Corp. and Subsidiaries), list of agenda items and supporting documentation||October 1980-April 1981?|
Series 3: Annual meeting and election records; 1975-1997. 0.45 cubic feet.
|1/23||Election of incorporators: mailings||1975|
|1/24||Annual meeting and election||1976|
|1/25||Annual meeting and election: audiocassette recording of informational meeting to meet candidates nominated by the interim board and audiocassette recordings of the Salt Lake City, Utah meeting||1976|
|1/26, PB1||Annual meeting and election: phonograph record, “Your questions answered by the interim board regarding the 13th Regional Corporation slate”|
|1/27||Annual meeting and election: 13th Region Election Committee mailings||1976|
|1/28||Annual meeting and election: 13th Regional Opposition slate mailings||1976|
|1/29||Annual meeting and election: 13th Regional Opposition slate artwork||1976|
|1/30||Annual meeting and election: 13th Regional Opposition slate Billy B. Johnson’s notes||1976|
|1/31||Annual meeting and election: Alaska Federation of Natives International (AFNI), Alaska Native Brotherhood, Calista, and Tlingit and Haida Citizens Association mailings||1976|
|16||Annual meeting and election: United Concerned Alaska Natives (UCAN)||1976|
|2/1||Annual meeting and election||1977|
|2/2||Annual meeting and election||1977|
|2/3||Annual meeting and election||1978|
|2/4||Annual meeting and election||1979|
|2/5||Annual meeting and election||1980|
|2/6||Annual meeting and election||1981|
|2/7||Annual meeting and election: Committee to Save the 13th||1981|
|2/8||Annual meeting and election||1982|
|2/9||Annual meeting and election: Billy B. Johnson’s notes||1982|
|2/10||Annual meeting and election||1983|
|2/11||Annual meeting and election||1985|
|2/12||Annual meeting and election||1987|
|2/13||Annual meeting and election||1988|
|2/14||Annual meeting and election||1989|
|2/15||Annual meeting and election||1990|
|2/16||Annual meetings and elections||1992-1997|
Series 4: Reports to shareholders; 1976-1985. 0.05 cubic feet.
Some reports are also included in Series 2: Annual meeting and election records.
|2/18||Informational meeting for shareholders held by interim board, audiocassette recording||1975-1976|
|2/19||Reports to shareholders||1976-1985|
Series 5: Correspondence; 1973-1997. 0.4 cubic feet.
|2/21||Alaska Federation of Natives corporate membership||1982|
|2/22||Mailings to directors||1976-1985|
|2/23||Mailings to directors regarding board meetings||1976-1985|
|2/24||Mailings to shareholders||1976-1997|
|2/25||Mailings to shareholders, fact sheet||1976|
|2/27||Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence regarding 13th Regional||1976-1992|
|2/28||Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with 13th Regional presidents||1976-1997|
|2/29||Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with general manager||1981-1982|
|2/30||Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with Boyden||1980-1982|
|2/31||Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with U.S. Dept. of Commerce||1984-1985|
|2/32||Billy Blackjack Johnson correspondence with Robert Johnson||1976-1983|
|2/33||Resignations of Raymond Combs, Billy Blackjack Johnson, Robert Perkins, Dennis Small, and Frank Price||1980-1985|
|2/35||U.S. Dept. of the Interior, distribution from Alaska Native Fund to Regional Corporations||1975-1981|
Series 6: Reports to the Board of Directors; 1978-1980. 0.1 cubic feet.
|2/36||Native American organizations active in Seattle||1978|
|2/37||Billy B. Johnson about his trip to Cold Bay and Anchorage (re: Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea and 13th Regional Corp.’s claim to land)||1980|
|2/38||Accounting, Marketing, Purchasing, and Shareholders departments reports||1980|
Series 7: Shareholder records; 1976-1984. 1.4 cubic feet.
This series includes information on the opt-in/opt-out election, lists of the corporation’s shareholders, resumes of shareholders, shareholder comments, and shareholder proxies. The shareholder lists are restricted access due to Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information. Please consult the Archives in advance of your research visit regarding access.
|2/39||Opt-in training session||1976 August 21-22|
|2/41||Shareholder comments, Eugene area||1980|
|9-10||Shareholder lists (contains SSNs, access restricted)||1976-1981|
|2/42||Mailing list update forms, questionnaires||1976|
|2/44||Shareholder database analysis||1995|
Series 8: General Manager records; 1981-1984. 0.5 cubic feet.
This series includes business plans, activity reports, status sheets for projects, and materials relating to John Bailey’s work as General Manager.
|2/46||Employment of John Bailey||1981-1984|
|2/48||Business plan, 13th Regional Corp. and Cold Bay Land Development Corp.||1984|
|3/1-2||Manager’s weekly activity reports||1981-1982|
|3/3-6||Status sheets for business and administrative projects||1982|
|3/7||Business and administrative report||1981|
|3/8||Nominating Committee meeting presentation, outline||1982|
Series 9: Executive Committee and management meeting records; 1976-1987. 0.1 cubic feet.
|3/10||Billy Blackjack Johnson meeting notes||1981-1982|
Series 10: Administrative records; 1972-1987. 0.35 cubic feet.
|3/12||Auction of excess equipment and office furniture||1981|
|3/18||Staff and assigned responsibilities||1981|
|3/20||Key ring and ballpoint pen||Undated|
|3/21||Meeting minutes, agendas, and notes||1979-1981|
|3/23||Management lists, other regional corporations||Undated|
|3/24||Sax and MacIver investigation||1981-1982|
|3/25||Shareholder records proposal||1982|
|3/27||Billy Blackjack Johnson travel record and notes||Undated|
Series 11: Financial reports for internal use; 1976-1996. 0.55 cubic feet.
|3/28||Cash flow assumptions||1984|
|3/29||Cash flow projection||1985|
|3/30||Consolidated balance sheet||1982-1985|
|3/32||Consolidated financial report||1981-1984|
|3/33-4/1||Audited financial statements||1976-1996|
|4/3||Financial report, unaudited, 13th Regional Corp. Election Committee||1976|
Series 12: Budgets; 1981-1988. 0.1 cubic feet.
|4/10||Summarized overhead budget||1981|
Series 13: Loan records; 1977-1983. 0.3 cubic feet.
|4/14||Alaska Bank of the North||1983|
|4/15||Capretto and Clark, Inc.||1977, 1980|
|4/16-18||First National Bank of St. Paul||1979-1982|
|4/20||Label and Roblee||1979-1980|
|4/21||Seattle First National Bank||1978-1980|
Series 14: Management financial records; 1976-1981. 0.15 cubic feet.
|4/23||Assets available for sale/operations||1981|
|4/24||Auditors: Ansell Johnson and Co.||1981|
|4/25||Custodianship agreement, People’s National Bank of Washington||Undated|
|4/26||Interim board finances||1976|
|4/27||Investment recommendations and proposals||1976-1977|
|4/28||Rules for presenting investment proposals||1976|
|4/29||Office furniture payments to Leather Design Interiors||1976-1979|
Series 15: Transalaska Fisheries Corp. and Fishing Ventures records; 1977-1986. 0.75 cubic feet.
Includes records related to the fishery subsidiary companies and vessels.
|4/30||Fishing/Transalaska Fisheries Corp.||1977-1983|
|4/32||Daily vessel location and status reports||1979-1982|
|5/1-10||Al-Ind-Esk-A-Sea, including condition and valuation reports, consultant reports, financial statements, newspaper clippings about fire, joint venture prospects, budget, prospectus, recommissioning program, and brochure||1979-1986|
|5/11||Alaska Beauty, Inc.||1979-1983|
|5/12||Alaska Spirit, Inc.||1979-1983|
|5/13||Alaska Trader Fish Company, Inc.||1979-1981|
|5/15||Arctic Beauty Inc.||1980-10981|
|5/16||Arctic King joint venture||1979-1981|
|5/17||Cape Edgecumbe Inc.||1979-1982|
|5/19||Gulf Maiden Corp.||1979-1981|
|5/20||North Sea Fisheries Corp.||1978-1983|
|5/21||Pacific Trader Fish Company, Inc.||1979-1980|
|5/22||Newspaper clippings regarding sinking of the Pacific Trader||1980|
|5/23-24||Charter agreements: master agreement, Alaska Beauty, Alaska Spirit, Alaska Trader, Aleutian Beauty, Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea, Cape Edgecumbe||1981-1982|
|5/25||Auction of Alaska Beauty and Aleutian Beauty||1983|
|5/26||Purchase of Our Mother||1977|
|5/27||Bender Welding and Machine Co., Inc. agreement||1977-1978|
|5/28||Marine Enterprises Inc./Ocean Marine Services Inc. agreement||1981-1982|
|5/29||Transalaska, MSI marketing agreement||1980-1981|
|5/31||Applied Economics Associates||1979-1980|
|5/32||Barge towing crab pots to Alaska||1978|
|5/33||Description of Farm-N-Sea of Alaska Inc in Valdez||1979-1981|
|5/34||Overview of 13th Regional fishing projects||1978|
|5/35||Petersburg Processors Inc. report||1977|
|5/36||Proposal for marketing demonstration project for Opilio Tananer crab, submitted to Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation||1980, 1982|
|5/37||Schedule of fisheries expense||1979|
|5/38||Marketing and joint-venture trip to Germany||1979|
Series 16: Subsidiary and real estate venture records; 1976-1988. 0.7 cubic feet.
This series includes materials about a variety of corporate subsidiaries as well as real estate ventures.
|5/39||Agreement with Offshore Systems Inc.||1982, 1985|
|5/40||Alaska House Movers||1977, 1980|
|5/41||Alaska Native Film Productions Inc.||1980, 1982|
|5/42||Alaska Native Petroleum Products Inc. meetings||1979-1980|
|5/43||Alaska Prospector Corp. election of officers||1980|
|5/44-46||Al-Ind-Esk-A articles of incorporation, bylaws, board meeting minutes, reports, questionnaires, grant application, needs assessment, personnel policy manual, tax exemption application, Oregon branch review||1976-1978, 1984|
|5/47||Anyeti (yacht) brochure||1981|
|5/48||Arctic Marine Service Corp. election of officers||1980|
|6/1||Cold Bay lands appraisal||1979|
|6/2||Cold Bay proposal for a mode fisheries port development study||1980|
|6/3||Cold Bay Cold Storage Inc. election of officers||1980|
|6/4-5||Cold Bay Land Development Corp.: board meeting minutes, bankruptcy mailings, reorganization plan||1980-1988|
|6/6||Cold Bay Pot Storage Corp.||1980-1981|
|6/7||James McGee consulting agreement||Undated|
|6/8||Native American Film Productions Inc. articles of incorporation||1978|
|6/9||Otter Petroleum Corp. election of officers||1980|
|6/10-15||Real estate: Davenport Apartments, Dexter Building, Lake Union property (Longhouse), Redmond House, Sunnyslope Rd. land, warehouse land||1977-1981|
|6/16||Regional Building Supply Corp. of Alaska election of officers||1980|
|6/17||Washington Technical Institute||1976-1981|
Series 17: Legal case files; 1976-1984. 0.2 cubic feet.
|6/18||Summary of pending and recent legal matters||1979-1980|
|6/19||Bills for legal services||1976|
|6/20||13th Regional Corp. commentary on proposed regulations for establishing than an American Indian group exists as an Indian tribe||1978|
|6/21||13th Regional and Al-Ind-Esk-A v. U.S. Dept. of the Interior||1979|
|6/22||Combs, Perkins, Price, Price, and Hartle v. Smith and Leresche||1979|
|6/23||Alaska Federation of Natives International wage claims, Corinne Leach||1979-1980|
|6/24||Sinking of Pacific Trader||1980-1982|
|6/25||State of Alaska v. Gudjonsson, Spence, Kristjansson, Thordarson, Gulf Maiden Corp.||1980|
|6/26||Interfish Co. v. Glacier Fish Co., Jim Thomas Marketing Associates, 13th Regional Corp., Price, and Thomas||1981|
|6/27||Ladrillono v. Combs||1981|
|6/28||13th Regional Corp. v. Mahmood||1981|
|6/29||Harbor Construction Co. v. 13th Regional Corp. and North Seas Fisheries Corp.||1981|
|6/30||Alaska Federation of Natives International wage claims cases||1981-1988|
|6/31||U.S. v. Richard Dougherty||1982|
|6/32||Alaska Beauty Inc. v. Simpson et. Al.||1982|
|6/33||Helen Marie Davis V. 13th Regional Corp.||1984|
|6/34||Gulf Maiden Corp. v. 13th Regional Corp.||1984|
Series 18: Legal subject files; 1971-1976. 0.2 cubic feet.
Files regarding the legal establishment of the 13th Regional Corporation.
|6/35||Alaska Native Association of Oregon v. Morton||1973|
|6/36||Alaska Native Association of Oregon, Johnson, Kadas, and Johnson v. Morton, Thompson, and Antioquian||1973|
|6/37||Alaska Federation of Natives International et. al. v. Morton||1973|
|6/38||Alaska Native Association of Oregon v. Morton; Alaska Federation of Natives International v. Morton||1974-1976|
Series 19: Lobbying and outreach records; 1975-1983. 0.6 cubic feet.
This series documents the activities of Billy Blackjack Johson and others on behalf of the corporation. The records include correspondence, minutes, speeches, Congressional testimony, records of trips to Washington D.C., brochures, proposed legislation, and newspaper clippings.
|6/40||Correspondence and drafts||1977-1982|
|6/41||Correspondence with other Native Corporations||1977-1980|
|6/42||Billy Blackjack Johnson’s visit to the Metis Association in Yellowknife||1977|
|6/43||Meetings and notes||1977-1979|
|6/44||Speeches and testimony||1977-1980|
|7/1-4||Lobbying records: including records of trips, reports, and audiocassette recording of a presentation to Congress||1975-1979|
|7/5-6||Legislation drafts and hearing records||1977-1979|
|7/8||Alaska Land Rights Committee||1980|
Series 20: Publications; 1976-1997. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series consists of the shareholder newspaper, The Alaska Native Times, which was published by the corporation between 1976 and 1981, and the shareholder and management newsletters which replaced the newspaper when it was determined to be too expensive to produce. These are not complete sets of these publications.
|9/2||Alaska Native Times||1976-1981|
Series 21: Photographs; undated, 1982. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series includes photographic prints and 35mm color slides.
|7/12||Alaska Sea: crew members and exterior and interior of fishing boat||Undated|
|9/1||Aleutian Beauty and the Prince of Peace fishing boats||Undated|
|7/13||Fire and sinking of the Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea in Everett Harbor||1982|
|9/1||Antares fishing boat||Undated|
|8/1||Portraits of members of board of directors; Billy B. Johnson, Frank Price, Mike Stepetin, Dennis Small, Virginia Thomas, and Robert Perkins||Undated|
|8/2||Directors and others at party on board ship in Seattle area. People pictured include: Raymond Combs (Senior Vice President), Bob Gill (TV commentator on minority affairs), Sylvia Hartel (Office Supervisor, 13th), David Mahmood, Robert Perkins, Mrs. Perkings, Frank Price (Vice President), Mr. Royer (Mayor of Seattle), Dennis Small (President and Chairman), Mrs. Small, Mike Stepetin (Secretary) and Gwen Stepetin||1970s|
|8/3||Directors and others. People pictured include: Raymond Combs, Mike Lowry (U.S. Congressman from Washington), Billy B. Johnson, Teno Roncalio (author of the 13th Region land bill), Dennis Small, and Michael Stepetin||Undated|
|9/1||Unknown fishing boat in drydock, Prince of Peace in background||Undated|
Series 22: Audiovisual materials; 1976-1982. 0.3 cubic feet.
|8/4||13th Corporation. Fairchild Moviepak Seventy 10 Film Loop. (Currently inaccessible due to lack of reference copy)||1976|
|8/5||“More than bows and arrows” with N. Scott Momady. Distributed by Camera One Productions, copyright held by 13th Regional Corp. VHS videocassette, 60 minutes||1978|
|8/6||Al-Ind-Esk-A Sea fire and sinking television news coverage, VHS videocassette, 25 minutes||1982|
|8/7||“Protein from the sea,” produced by 13th Regional Corp., copyright held by Camera One, VHS videocassette, 30 minutes||undated|