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Virginia Terrill papers

Guide to the Virginia Terrill papers
undated, 1941-1991

Collection number: HMC-0432.
Creator: Terrill, Virginia.
Title: Virginia Terrill papers.
Dates: undated, 1941-1991.
Volume of collection: 0.80 cubic feet.
Language of materials: A majority of the materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Personal papers and photographs of a public health worker.

Biographical note:
Virginia Terrill was born on December 12, 1906, in Meta, Missouri. She lived in Texas and California prior to moving to Alaska in the years before World War II. She worked for the Public Health Service and the Alaska Native Medical Center as a medical transcriptionist before retiring in 1981. Terrill was active in local community groups including the Libertarian Party, and served as secretary of the Anchorage Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Collection description:
This collection contains the personal papers and photographs of Virginia Terrill. Included are correspondence, insurance and employment files, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) correspondence and articles, Libertarian Party clippings and mailers, as well as photographs. Subjects of the photographs include WWII, Hawaii, Terrill’s family and dogs, the Jesse Lee Home, the Seward Sanitarium, and the Seward Hospital.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Personal and employment papers; undated, 1944-1990
Series 2. SPCA files; undated, 1970-1983
Series 3. Libertarian Party files; 1982
Series 4. Photographs; undated, 1941-1971

Digitized copies: Selected photographs have been digitized and can be found online at Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Some items were written using Stenography and will only be readable to those with Stenographic knowledge.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: Virginia Terrill papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Plaques have been photographed and removed from the collection. Publications were removed and placed in Rare Books. Please contact an archivist for further information.

Custodial history: The collection was given to Steven Levi prior to 1995.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Steven Levi in 1995.

Processing information: This collection was described by Kathleen Hertel-Baker in 1998. The collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:
Series 1: Personal and employment papers; undated, 1944-1990. 0.50 cubic feet.
This series contains personal and employment records. It includes correspondence, medical records, employment information and correspondence from when Terrill worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center, as well as real estate information, diet and meal plans, and Matanuska Telephone Association annual reports.

Folder Description Dates
1-3 Correspondence undated, 1952-1982
4 Messages on audio tape (3 tapes) undated
5 Unemployment records, insurance, correspondence 1977-1981
6 Medical records 1991
7 Job applications 1944-1976
8 Medical transcription notes and manuals 1956-1977
9 Alaska Native Medical Center correspondence and memoranda;  Newsletters: The Mukluk Telegraph, National Secretaries Association 1971-1981
10 Public Health Service Employees Association: correspondence, notices, meeting minutes 1979-1980
11 Pay stubs 1979
12 Honors and awards 1971, 1981
13 Alaska Longevity Bonus 1982, 1989
14 Real estate; house construction complaints 1981-1983
15 Poems; diet and meal plans undated
16 Matanuska Telephone Association annual reports; utility bills 1977, 1980-1990
17 Sketches undated

Series 2: SPCA files; undated, 1970-1983. 0.15 cubic feet.
This series contains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) files. The series includes correspondence, activity reports, city ordinances and investigations, newsletters, and journal and news articles.

Folder Description Dates
18 Correspondence undated, 1970-1973
19 Correspondence 1974-1980
20 Animal activity reports, House bills, city ordinances, investigation reports, newsletters, fliers 1970-1981
21 Journal articles, newsletters, news clippings 1973-1983

Series 3: Libertarian Party files; 1982. 0.05 cubic feet.
This series contains political mailers and news clippings relating to the Libertarian Party in Anchorage.

Folder Description
22 Political mailers, news clippings
23 News clippings

Series 4: Photographs; undated, 1941-1971. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series contains photographs. Subjects of the photographs include Terrill’s family, friends, and pets, the Jesse Lee Home, Seward Hospital, Crow Creek Mine, and the Seward Sanitarium. Many people and places depicted in the images are unidentified.

Folder Description Dates
24 Young Virginia Terrill, family, and friends undated, 1941-1957
25 Terrill’s mother and Texas undated, 1945-1971
26 WWII, Alaska, Hawaii, friends 1943-1959
27 Relatives and friends, birthday parties undated, 1950-1982
28 Terrill’s dogs, scenery undated, 1961-1973
29 Crow Creek Mine, Seward Sanitarium, Jesse Lee Home, Seward Hospital undated, 1949
30 Jesse Lee Home 1952

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