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Polly Petty Sharp memoir

Guide to the Polly Petty Sharp memoir
circa 1956

Collection number: HMC-0441.
Creator: Sharp, Polly Petty.
Title: Polly Petty Sharp memoir.
Dates: circa 1956.
Volume of collection: 0.02 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: The memoir of a woman who lived and worked in Anchorage during World War II.

Biographical note:
Polly Petty Sharp moved from Georgia to Alaska in 1941. During her time in Anchorage, she worked for the War Department, the Department of Justice, as a USO hostess, and as a waitress in a cannery. Polly lived in a home nick-named the Bee Hive in downtown Anchorage with several other women. She left Alaska in 1944.

Collection description:
This collection contains an unpublished 30-page memoir titled, “Life in the Bee Hive.” It follows Polly Petty Sharp’s life in Anchorage from 1941-1944. She describes her and her female housemates’ social and professional lives. The women named in the memoir include Beulah Marrs, Beverly, Helen, and Blanche.

Arrangement: This collection is in the original order in which it arrived.

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

Use restrictions: Due to copyright restrictions, the Archives and researchers may not reproduce items from the collection. If you believe you are the copyright holder, please contact the Archives.

Rights note: The Archives does not own copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Polly Petty Sharp memoir, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: The Archives also holds the Beulah Marrs Parisi papers.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated by Omer Carey following a WWII USO reunion in 1996.

Processing information: This collection was described by Becky Butler in 2023.

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