H. A. “Red” Boucher papers

Guide to the H.A. “Red” Boucher papers
1942-1995, bulk 1978-1990

Collection number: HMC-0420.
Creator: Boucher, H. A.
Title: H.A. “Red” Boucher papers.
Dates: 1942-1995, bulk 1978-1990.
Volume of collection: 25 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: The papers of an Alaskan legislator.

Biographical note:
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.

Collection description:
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 grouped by subject.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

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.

Box and folder list: A more detailed box and folder listing for the collection is available in the Archives research area.

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.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Date
Boxes 1-7, 15-17 Committee for the Future of the Permanent Fund (CFPF) and subsistence subject files. Includes public hearings minutes and audio recordings, legislative records, reports and correspondence. 1978-1982, 1989-1990
Boxes 8-9 ANWR subject files. Includes reports, legislative packets, bills and correspondence. 1981, 1986-1991
Boxes 10-14 D2 subject files. Includes correspondence, research materials, clippings, editorials, bill files, and reports.  See also Boxes 27-28. 1978-1981
Boxes 18-19 Alaska Statehood Commission subject files. Includes administrative records, correspondence, reports, and research files. 1980-1983
Boxes 20-21, 29-34,


Telecommunications subject files. Includes reports, correspondence, clippings, and materials relating to the Alaska state legislature’s Special Committee on Telecommunications. 1984-1995
Box 22 Anchorage mayoral campaign records. Includes correspondence, position papers, media records, and research files. 1990
Boxes 23-24 Alaska election records. Includes election publications, clippings and reapportionment plans. 1958-1992
Boxes 25-26 State House correspondence. 1984-1990
Boxes 27-28 House campaign and D2 lands project billing records. Includes correspondence, brochures, signs, and research files. 1984
35/1-2 Anchorage 2001 Commission files. 1995
35/3-10 Anchorage Telephone Utility files. Includes reports, speeches, research files, and clippings. 1987, 1993-1995
Boxes 36-41 Alaska Hire records. Includes draft legislation, reports, clippings, studies, and project records. 1984-1990
Boxes 47-50 Legislative session records. Includes subject files, speeches, presentations and bill files. 1989-1990
Box 51 Photographs circa 1942-1975
Scrapbooks 1-5 Oversize scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photographs, letters, invitations, event programs, and publications relating to issues in Alaska and “Red” Boucher’s political career. 1967-1974

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