Guide to the H.A. “Red” Boucher papers
Collection number: HMC-0420.
Creator: Boucher, H. A.
Title: H.A. “Red” Boucher papers.
Volume of collection: 13.7 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: The papers of an Alaskan legislator.
Henry Aristide “Red” Boucher was born in New Hampshire in 1921. He attended high school in Massachusetts and served in the U.S. Navy from 1937 to 1957. In 1958, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, where he operated a sporting goods store. He also managed the Alaska Goldpanners baseball team for eleven years. “Red” Boucher was a member of the Fairbanks City Council (1961-1964) and mayor (1966-1970). He served as Lieutenant Governor from 1971-1974 under Governor William Egan. Thereafter, he became involved in various business activities. He later unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Anchorage and was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives where he served from 1984 to 1990. Boucher developed an interest in computers and telecommunications in the early 1980s and became a strong proponent of their development and use.
The vast majority of this collection contains papers and files relating to the public career of H.A. “Red” Boucher. Included are records regarding the Alaska Statehood Commission, the Commission on the Future of the Permanent Fund including local hearings audio recordings, the D-2 lands project, the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), subsistence, telecommunications, campaigns and elections, and other legislative matters. The collection contains the personal photographs of Boucher, which depict a Christmas party, vacations, unidentified people, and people and planes on an aircraft carrier. The collections also includes five scrapbooks with clippings, photographs, and ephemera pertaining to Boucher’s political career and events in Alaska.
Arrangement: The records are arranged in the following series:
Series 1: Committee for the Future of the Permanent Fund and subsistence subject files; 1978-1982, 1989-1990
Series 2: Subsistence subject files; 1978-1990
Series 3: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) subject files; 1986-1991
Series 4: D2 subject files; 1977-1981
Series 5: Alaska Statehood Commission subject files; 1980-1983
Series 6: Anchorage mayoral campaign records; 1985-1990
Series 7: Alaska election records; 1974-1981
Series 8: House campaign records; 1984.
Series 9: Alaska Hire records; 1983-1990
Series 10: Legislative session records; 1989-1991
Series 11: Anchorage School District instructional technology committee records; 1995
Series 12: Telecommunications subject files; 1975-2001
Series 13: Photographs; 1972-1990
Series 14: Scrapbooks; 1967-1974
Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Use restrictions: Constituent correspondence in Series 10: Legislative session records, may include personally identifiable information (PII). Copies may not be made of materials in those folders until PII has been redacted.
Rights note: Mr. Boucher transferred copyright to the collection materials to the Archives. Archives and Special Collections does not hold copyright to collection materials created by others.
Preferred citation: H.A. “Red” Boucher papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Related materials: Alaska online: conversations with Red Boucher are the video recordings of episodes of weekly statewide public affairs program featuring interviews with prominent Alaskans and hosted by Red Boucher. The recordings of this show are available through the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association.
Acquisition note: The collection was given to Archives by Red Boucher in 1994 and 1998. Mr. Boucher signed a deed of gift in 1994. The photographs were transferred to Archives from the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA) in 2016. The scrapbooks were transferred to the Archives from the Anchorage Museum in 2018.
Processing information: The first part of the collection was initially arranged and described by Michele Wellck in 1995 and updated by Dennis Walle in 1997. A box and folder list to the whole collection was created by Frank Grubbs in 2009 and additional description was provided by Arlene Schmuland in 2010. The photographs were added to the collection and described by Veronica Denison in 2016. The scrapbooks were added to the collection by Gwen Higgins in 2018. The collection was rehoused, duplicates and publications removed, by Arlene Schmuland in 2020.
Series 1: Committee for the Future of the Permanent Fund and subsistence subject files; 1978-1982, 1989-1990. 2.4 cubic feet.
Includes public hearing minutes and audio recordings, legislative records, reports, and correspondence.
|1/1-2||Public hearings minutes, Anchorage||1989 September 15|
|2||Cassette tapes of Anchorage hearings, 8 audiocassettes||1989 September 15|
|1/3-4||Public hearings minutes, Juneau||1989 September 30|
|2||Cassette tapes of Juneau hearings, 8 audiocassettes||1989 September 30|
|1/5-7||Public hearings minutes, Barrow||1989 October 7|
|2||Cassette tapes of Barrow hearings, 8 audiocassettes||1989 October 7|
|1/8-10||Public hearings minutes, Anchorage||1989 October 14|
|2||Cassette tapes of Anchorage hearings, 8 audiocassettes||1989 October 14|
|1/11||Public hearings minutes, Bethel||1989 October 21|
|2||Cassette tapes of Bethel hearings, 2 audiocassettes||1989 October 21|
|1/12-13||Public hearings minutes, Ketchikan||1989 October 28|
|3||Cassette tapes of Ketchikan hearings, 6 audiocassettes||1989 October 28|
|1/14-15||Public hearings minutes, Nome||1989 November 4|
|3||Cassette tapes of Nome hearings, 6 audiocassettes||1989 November 4|
|1/16-18||Public hearings minutes, Kenai||1989 November 11|
|3||Cassette tapes of Kenai hearings, 4 audiocassettes||1989 November 11|
|1/19-21||Public hearings minutes, Fairbanks||1989 November 18|
|3||Cassette tapes of Fairbanks hearings, 12 audiocassettes||1989 November 18|
|1/22-24||Public hearings, Juneau||1989 December 2|
|1/25-29||Public hearings, Anchorage||1989 December 9|
|1/30||Testimony by Louis H. Baim||Undated|
|3||“House State Affairs” audiocassette recording (tape 75)||1990 January 25|
|3||“Red’s PFComm Floor Speech” audiocassette recording||1990 January 31|
|3||“House State Affairs” audiocassette recording (tape 84)||1990 February 15|
|1/31||CFPF draft report, second draft||12 December, 1989|
|1/32||Bill drafts, correspondence, and notes||1987, 1989, 1990|
|1/33||“Inflation proofing Dividend reversal” bill draft and notes||1990|
|1/34||“Sustained yield” resolution draft and memo||1990|
|1/36||Earnings reserve account||1990|
|4/1||HB564, “Payout” notes and research||1990|
|4/2||Bill drafts and correspondence||1985, 1990|
|4/3||Bill drafts and notes||1989|
|4/4||Bill drafts and correspondence||1989-1990|
|4/5||Testimony and forms||1988-1989|
|4/6||“All deductions listed” HB 563, bill drafts, correspondence, and notes||1989-1990|
|4/7||$1.5 million reimbursement, HB 511, draft bills, correspondence and notes||1989-1990|
|4/8||Testimony to CFPF presented by Louis H. Baim||Undated|
|4/9||Graphic breakdown of hearings testimony||Undated|
|4/10||“Solving Alaska’s long-term puzzle”, Alaska PFD Corp. Board of Trustees||1989|
|4/11||Report of the CFPC, presentation speech, chairman’s recommendations, copy of final report, and “Should we change management practices relating to the Permanent Fund?” by Jay Hammond||1989-1990|
|4/12||House Research Agency memos, fund balances, testimony||1986-1989|
|4/14-16||“The Alaska Permanent Fund master documents and other pertinent items,” volumes 1-2||1989 January|
|4/17||“Permanent Fund legislation, Second Session, 16th Legislature, HB 589/Payout rule”||1990?|
|4/18-19||“Laws affecting the Alaska Permanent Fund and research reports” prepared for the CFPF||1989 September 8|
|4/22||“The Commission on the Future of the Permanent Fund”||1989 September, 1990 February|
Series 2: Subsistence subject files; 1978-1990. 0.2 cubic feet.
Includes legislative records, correspondence, and reports.
|5/1||H.A. “Red” Boucher comments before State House of Representatives during special session on subsistence||3 July 1990|
|5/4||ANWR, packet of subsistence information||1990|
|5/5||“Subsistence: a position paper”, AK Dept. of Fish and Game||1980 November 24|
|5/6||“Perceptions of subsistence and public policy formation in Alaska,” Thomas D. Lonner||Undated|
|5/7||“Questions and answers about subsistence” draft, AK Dept. of Fish and Game||Undated|
|5/8||“Review and comments on the report of the Special Committee on Subsistence by minority members of that Committee”||Undated|
|5/9||“Subsistence in Alaska: a summary”, Division of Subsistence, AK Dept. of Fish and Game||1990 February 26|
|5/10||“Temporary subsistence management regulations for public lands in Alaska”, Fish and Wildlife Service||1990|
|5/11||“Title VIII, Subsistence management and use”, Public Law 96-487||1980 December 2|
|5/12||Publications and policies||1978-1982|
Series 3: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) subject files; 1986-1991. 0.5 cubic feet.
Includes reports, legislative packets, bills, and correspondence.
|5/13||Alaska legislative digest, no. 8/87||1987 March 9|
|5/14||“ANWR: America’s energy future”, packet for legislators||1990|
|5/15||“ANWR coastal plain: keystone of a national energy policy”, packets for “a-team participant” Red Boucher and ?||1991|
|5/16||“ANWR executive summary”||1991 October 7|
|5/17||“ANWR fact sheet and chronology”||1990|
|5/18||Bills, resolutions, and correspondence||1987, 1991|
|5/19||Citizens Advisory Commission on federal Areas, annual report, including cover letter to Boucher||1986, 1987 January 30|
|5/21||“Decision: the future of the coastal plain Arctic National Wildlife Refuge”, prepared for Rep. Sam Cotton, co-chair, House Resources Committee, Alaska State Legislature by Ned Farquhar, committee staff:||1987 November|
|5/22||“Estimated jobs created by ANWR development at peak production in 2005”||1990 May|
|5/23||Charts and graphs||Undated|
|5/24||National energy strategy-first edition 1991/1992″, packet for editors?||1991|
|5/25||ANWR/ oil and gas-ANWR-15 DNR 9.2||Undated|
|5/26||Oil and gas, natural gas pipeline 15 DNR 9.3||Undated|
|5/27||Oil and gas, royalty, 15 DNR 9 .4||Undated|
|5/28||Oil and gas, oil export ban, 15 DNR 9.5||Undated|
|5/29||“Opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration and development: assertions and realities”||1991?|
|5/30||“The potential of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge”, by Walter J. Hickel||1991 14 October|
|5/31||“ANWR and other items”, “A review of the state of Alaska’s oil and gas management policies”||1987 January 27|
|5/32||“Rise and decline of Alaska oil: the impact without ANWR”, Division of Oil and Gas||1991 July|
|5/33||Testimony before Various committees and subcommittees||1991|
|5/34||John Katz, ANWR 543 micro dictating cassette||1991 October 10|
|5/35||Videocassette, “AOGA Alaska Oil and Gas Association, ANWR ‘A closer look’ 1 x 14 minutes||Undated|
Series 4: D2 subject files; 1977-1981. 1.8 cubic feet.
Includes correspondence, research materials, clippings, editorials, bill files, and reports.
|5/36||Organization of steering committee, EE, contracts, minutes||1978|
|5/37||“Free Alaska” project, advertising||1978-1980|
|5/38||Memos, staff meetings||1979|
|5/40||National Conference of Editorial Writers||1979|
|5/41||Fact sheets (Suddock & Murphy)||1978-1980|
|5/42||Form letter requesting editorial copies||1979|
|5/44||Form letters from Red Boucher||1978-1980|
|5/45||Forms, poll of editors||1979|
|5/46||Forms, thanks for editorial||Undated|
|5/47||Alaska lands news service releases||1979|
|5/48||Newspaper poll tally sheets||1979|
|5/49||List of newspapers by state (#2)||1979|
|5/50||List of newspapers (cir.100,000+)||1979 September|
|6/1||Newspapers, list of key contacts||1979|
|6/2||Newspapers, record of visits||1978-1980|
|6/3||Photo of Red Boucher (4 copies, b/w 5×7)||Undated|
|6/4||Photos of Gov. Jay Hammond||Undated|
|6/5||“Public lands and the resource crisis: appeal for new federal-state partnership”, speech by Jay S. Hammond at Phoenix Chamber of Commerce||1979 September 26|
|6/10||Press packet, U.S. Senate||1979 September|
|6/11||Printing, covers for article packets||Undated|
|6/12||Printing, newspaper packet #2||Undated|
|6/13||“Myths and facts about the Alaska lands legislation”||1979?|
|6/14||National monument regulations||1979|
|6/15||“Summary: Alaska lands act (P.L. 96-487)||1979?|
|6/16||Roadless area review and evaluation (RARE) II||1978-1979|
|6/17||“Summary of 1979 House-passed Alaska lands Bill-HR39”, prepared by Bill Hom, minority consultant, Alaska lands||1979?|
|6/18||Target states, Senate effort||Undated|
|6/19||Telephone campaign analysis||Undated|
|6/20||Subsistence, ANILCA D2 lands Battle of 1979 and 1980, packet of Information||1980|
|6/21||Correspondence and analyses||1980|
|6/22||HJR39, suggested language and analysis||1983|
|6/25-28||Articles (pro Alaska)||1978-1980|
|6/29||Articles (pro HR39)||1978-1980|
|6/30||Editorials (pro Alaska)||1980|
|6/31||Editorials (pro HR39)||1978-1980|
|6/32||Articles and editorials||1977-1981|
|7/1-2||Steering council contracts and proposals||1978-1980|
|7/3-28||D2 Lands project billing records||1978-1980|
Series 5: Alaska Statehood Commission subject files; 1980-1983. 0.9 cubic feet.
Includes administrative records, correspondence, reports, and research files.
|7/29||Alaska Statehood Commission bylaws and rules||1980|
|7/30||Proposed goals and objectives||Undated|
|7/31||Draft statement of policy||Undated|
|7/32||Proposed revised draft statement of policy||Undated|
|7/34||List of basic questions and schedule||Undated|
|7/35||Letters of appointment and membership List||1980|
|7/36||Letter of resignation, H. A. Boucher||1982|
|7/37||Executive director position announcement and application||1980|
|7/38||Commission member photographs||Undated|
|7/66||Requests for proposals||Undated|
|7/67||“The Division of States Under the Constitution”||19841|
|8/7||ASC file index||Undated|
Series 6: Anchorage mayoral campaign records; 1985-1990. 0.3 cubic feet.
Includes correspondence, position papers, media records, and research files.
|8/12||Issues: labor relations||1989-1990|
|8/13||Issues: public safety||1988|
|8/17||Media tv and radio||1990|
Series 7: Alaska election records; 1974-1981. 0.15 cubic feet.
Includes correspondence, recount tally sheets, clippings, and reapportionment plans.
|8/22||General election, Egan executive order and Attorney General instructions||1974|
|8/23||General election, hand recount tally sheets||1974|
|8/24||General election press coverage||1974|
|8/26||Elections organization, registration, general information||undated|
Series 8: House campaign records; 1984. 0.15 cubic feet.
Includes correspondence, brochures, signs, and research files.
|8/27||Division of Elections correspondence||1984|
|8/28||Media files: printed brochures, newspaper ads, cards, stationery, signs||1984|
|8/29||Press: questionnaires (Times/News etc)||1984|
|8/30||Phone bank: calling instructions||1984|
|8/31||Position papers: Boucher||1984|
|8/33||Position papers: questionnaires||1984|
|8/34||Political action groups: questionnaires||1984|
|8/35||Speech file: speeches/research material||1984|
Series 9: Alaska Hire records; 1983-1990. 1.0 cubic feet.
Includes draft legislation, reports, clippings; studies; and project records.
|9/1-3||Alaska Department of Labor studies||1984-1986|
|9/4||Alaska Department of Labor reports||1984-1986|
|9/6-8||Case histories to date||1984-1986|
|9/18||Non-resident hire and social ills associated with chronic unemployment||undated|
|9/21||Ensearch Alaska construction||1984-1990|
|9/23||Nonresident work study||1986|
|9/24||House bill 367||1986|
Series 10: Legislative session records; 1989-1991. 1.4 cubic feet.
Includes subject files, speeches, presentations, bill files, and constituent correspondence. Some materials related to Red Boucher’s legislative work will also be found in other subject series. Note restriction: The constituent correspondence may include personally identifiable information (PII). Records with PII may not be duplicated.
|10/1||Tanana Chiefs Conference||1989-1990|
|10/2||Wyoming Preference Act||1989-1990|
|10/3||Surveys and questionnaires||1989|
|10/4||Anchorage–Juneau move December||1989|
|10/9||Information management strategy||1989-1990|
|10/10-11||Guide to Data Center Services–Division of Information Services||1989-1990|
|10/16-17||Boucher bills, passed, Second Session, l6th Legislature||undated|
|1018/||Boucher bills, Second Session, 16th Legislature||undated|
|10/19-21||Deregulation subject file||Undated|
|10/23||Photographs of Red Boucher and correspondence||1989-1990|
|10/24-11/4||Constituent correspondence [note restriction in series description above]||1989-1990|
|11/5||Dept. of Administration reorganization (includes two audiocassette tapes)||1989|
|11/6||Office computers and software||1989-1990|
|11/7||Public utilities and fisheries research file||1990|
|11/8||Dept. of Administration mainframe packet||1989|
|11/9||Request for computer anti-virus research||1988|
Series 11: Anchorage School District instructional technology committee records; 1995. 0.2 cubic feet.
|11/10-12||Reports, correspondence, and research files||1995|
Series 12: Telecommunications subject files; 1975-2001. 3.0 cubic feet.
Includes reports, correspondence, clippings, and materials relating to the Alaska State Legislature’s Special Committee on Telecommunications. Additional telecommunications records may be found in series 10.
|11/12-18||Anchorage Telephone Utility (ATU) project for the Municipality of Anchorage volumes 1-4||1993-1994|
|11/19||Rural Alaska Television Network (RATNet) report||1990|
|11/20||RATNet correspondence and email||1995|
|11/21||RATNet shutdown||1995 June|
|11/22||Telephone utilities correspondence||Undated|
|12/1||Final Report on Telecommunications||1989 March 1|
|12/2||Telecommunications Information Council meeting records||1989|
|12/3||Telecommunications regulation manual||1988|
|12/5||Center for Information Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage correspondence||1990-1992|
|12/6||Chugach Conference planning documents||1989-1992|
|12/9||RATNet /Earth Sats/Costs||1981-1989|
|12/10||MIT Media Lab letter||1989|
|12/11||Distant delivery of education||1981-1991|
|12/12||Computers in education||1991-1992|
|12/13||Distant delivery of education, Apple project||Undated|
|12/15||Com 21 system, Anchorage Telephone Utility||1994|
|12/17||RATNet information packet||1975-1989|
|12/18||RATNet Council meetings and correspondence||1989|
|12/19||Report to the Alaska Public Utilities commission||1995 October|
|12/20||Keynote Speech, “The Road to the Future”||1994 August|
|12/21||Speeches and correspondence||1994-1995|
|12/22||ATU contract and articles||1993|
|12/23||Proposal -Strategic Policy Research to MOA to conduct ATU interexchange feasibility study RFP 3 7-94||1994|
|12/24||ATU performance audit||1993 October|
|12/25||Legislative history on Telecommunications information Council||1987|
|13/1||National information infrastructure||1993|
|13/2||U.S. West Seminar in current topics||1991-1992|
|13/3||Telecomm legislation correspondence and briefing papers||1992-1993|
|13/5||Draft legislation–telecom–Universal Services||1988|
|13/6||Telecommunications policy reports||1977-1988|
|13/7||Public Utilities Commission||1988-1989|
|13/8||University of Alaska Anchorage, Larry Pears consulting contract and billing records||1986-1989|
|13/9||Private operational microwave service||1988|
|13/10||Competition and systems for people with disabilities||1988-1989|
|13/11||Telecommunications Information Council||1988-1989|
|13/12||State Division of Telecommunications reports||1987-1989|
|13/13||Public access to information background reports||1988-1990|
|13/15-16||State Department of Administration procurement||1988|
|13/17-19||Public television, the start of telecommunications||1987|
|13/25||Proposed UAA Center for Applied Telecommunications||1989|
|14/1||RATNet, MIT Project||1988-1989|
|14/2||Telecommunications Information Council||1989|
|14/3-6||Alaska 2001 Advisory Committee report||1994-2001|
|14/7||MIT Papert project||1989|
|14/8||Alaska Telephone Association briefing book||1988|
|14/9-11||State Department of Administration mainframe purchase||1989|
|14/12||State Department of Administration payroll software purchase||1989|
|14/14||Statewide information management strategy||1990-1991|
|14/15||Telecomm legal news||1993|
|14/16||MIT media lab||1992-1993|
Series 13: Photographs; 1972-1990. 0.2 cubic feet.
|14/17||110 format mounted slides: family events, staff, travel, computing equipment||1972-1990?|
|14/18||35 mm slides: state buildings and vehicles, Fairbanks baseball game||1975|
|14/19-20||120 format mounted slides: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, family photos||Undated|
Series 14: Scrapbooks; 1967-1974. 1.5 cubic feet.
Oversize scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, invitations, event programs, and publications relating to issues in Alaska and Red Boucher’s political career.