Guide to the Lee Gorsuch papers

Guide to the Lee Gorsuch papers
1978-1999

Collection number: HMC-0454.
Creator: Gorsuch, Lee.
Title: Lee Gorsuch papers.
Dates: 1978-1999.
Volume of collection: 9.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Professional papers of a former Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

Biographical note:

Lee Gorsuch joined UAA in 1976 as director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER). In 1985-86 he was a visiting research associate at Harvard University. After returning to UAA he became dean of the School of Public Affairs in 1988. In 1994, he accepted the UAA Chancellorship where he served until 2004. He also served on the Anchorage School Board (1979-1985) in a variety of roles and on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

Collection description:

The records in this collection represent some of Lee Gorsuch’s involvement with civic and governmental organizations. They include his copies of records from: the Anchorage School Board, on which he served from 1979 to 1985;  the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, on which he served from 1996 to 1999; and the Frontier Thinking Conference from 1990 in which he participated.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into parts by organization and event: those parts are arranged in chronological order by date of Lee Gorsuch’s involvement with them. Within, the records are arranged as noted in the container list below.

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

Rights note: Materials in the collection may be subject to copyright. Copyright to the materials in this collection is not held by the Archives.

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

Works used in preparation of inventory:
Accolades. Anchorage, Alaska: University of Alaska Anchorage, 2004.

Acquisition note: The materials were given to the Archives by Lee Gorsuch in 2004-2005.

Processing information: This collection was initially held as three separate collections: HMC-0454, HMC-0694, and HMC-0830 and the creator listed as the organization or event with which the records were associated. As these all were Lee Gorsuch’s files and not the official record copy of the materials, the three collections were brought together under Lee Gorsuch as the creator/collector, the finding aids combined and standardized into current finding aid format by Arlene Schmuland in 2011. Initial arrangement and description of the collections was completed by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004-2005.

Container list:
Part 1: Anchorage School Board records; 1978-1989.  7.6 cubic feet.

The Anchorage School Board (ASD) governs and creates policy for the Anchorage School District. Lee Gorsuch was a member Anchorage School Board from 1979 to 1985. He held the school board positions of treasurer, vice-president, and president and parliamentarian. These records were collected by Lee Gorsuch during his service on the board. The collection includes five series: administrative files; financial files; curriculum files; reference files covering such subjects as affirmative action, asbestos removal from schools, human resource development, minority student issues, and youth at risk; and meeting information for school board members including agenda, minutes, memoranda, and reports.
Part 1: Anchorage School Board records. Series 1: Administrative files; 1978-1989. 1.0 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Administration organization and functions chart 1983
1/2-4 Policy handbook 1983
1/5-8 Personnel directories 1980-1984
1/9 Directory of Alaskan School Boards 1983-1984
1/10 Annual report 1979-1980
1/11-14 Mid-term status reports 1982-1984
1/15 End of year status report 1983
1/16 Board evaluations 1980
1/17-18 Elementary administration manual 1984
1/19 Facilities planning manual 1981-1982
1/20 Accreditation guidelines 1985
1/21-25 Areas of emphasis evaluations and status reports 1979-1982
1/26 Parent handbook 1989
1/27 Graduation requirements survey undated
1/28 Enrollment statistics 1969-1979
1/29-30 Letter of recommendations 1983-1984
1/31 Management letter 1982
1/32 Profile for Excellence in Alaska’s Schools 1984

Part 1: Anchorage School Board records. Series 2: Financial records; 1979-1986. 2.6 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/1-6 Adopted financial plans 1979-1985
2/7 On-base budget 1979-1980
2/8-12 Adopted financial plan summaries 1979-1985
2/13 Annual financial report 1979-1980
2/14-16 Comprehensive annual financial reports 1980-1983
3/1-6 Budget requests 1979-1986
3/7-10 Program improvement requests 1982-1986
3/11 Potential budget reductions 1983-1984
3/12 Budget information 1984-1985
3/13-14 Preliminary financial plan 1985-1986
3/15 Proposed financial plan 1985-1986
3/16 Six year building and sites program 1979-1985
3/17 Six year capital improvement program 1979 March 12
3/18 Six year capital improvement program analysis 1980-1986
3/19 Capital improvement program legislative request 1980 December
3/20 Ten year capital improvement program analysis and recommendations 1982-1992
3/21-22 Ten year capital improvement program report 1984-1994
3/23 Capital improvement program planning standards 1985
4/1-4 Ten year capital improvement program analysis and recommendations 1872m 1874
4/5 Teacher salary and benefits survey results 1985
4/6-7 Financial planning exhibit schedule 1982-1983
4/8-9 Financial planning exhibit 1983
4/10-12 Bond issue 1982-1983
4/13 Component unit financial report 1983-1984
4/14 Budget instruction manual 1981
4/15 ASD and Anchorage Education Association negotiated agreement 1979-1982

Part 1: Anchorage School Board records. Series 3: Curriculum records; 1980-1987. 1.0 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/16 Curriculum development departmental handbook 1983-1984
4/17 Catalog of course descriptions, revisions 1980
4/18 Program of studies, grades 9-12 1986-1987
4/19-23 Elementary science curriculum guide 1980, 1982
5/1 Scope and sequence curriculum guide: language arts 1981
5/2 Scope and sequence curriculum guide: mathematics 1981
5/3 Scope and sequence curriculum guide: science 1981
5/4 Scope and sequence curriculum guide: social studies 1981
5/5 Vocational education project 1983
5/6 Comprehensive testing report 1983-1984
5/7-11 Tests and scores undated

Part 1: Anchorage School Board records. Series 4: Reference files; 1980-1985. 1.5 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
5/12 Association of Alaskan School Boards database workshop 1984
5/13-15 Affirmative action plan negotiated agreement 1980
5/16 Community interest in education survey 1983
5/17 Comprehensive twenty year site acquisition plan 1984
5/18 Drug use survey 1983 Spring
6/1 Education reading file undated
6/2-4 Goals 1979, 1980
6/5 Hazardous transportation 1983
6/6 Labor relations 1980
6/7 Leadership reports (NEA guide) undated
6/8 Lobbyist contract 1981
6/9 Method: Alaskan perspectives 1980 Spring
6/10 Municipality of Anchorage proposition 24 1984
6/11 Profile of performance 1984-1985
6/12 Secondary school reform seminar 1984
6/13-16 Senior high school reform seminar undated
6/17 Twenty-five years of statehood celebrartion 1983
6/18-26 Asbestos abatement files 1983-1989
7/1-8 Human resources development program 1981-1986
7/9-11 Minority student issues 1982-1983
7/12-17 Youth at risk 1982-1985

Part 1: Anchorage School Board records. Series 5: Meeting records; 1979-1981. 1.5 cubic feet.

Meeting agendas, minutes, memoranda, reports, and other reference materials provided to school board members prior to meetings. Arranged chronologically by meeting date.

Box/Folder Date
7/18-21 1979 October
7/22-24 1979 November
7/25-26 1979 December
7/27-30 1980 January
7/31-33 1980 February
7/34-36 1980 March
7/37-38 1980 April
7/39-41 1980 May
8/1-4 1980 June
8/5-6 1980 July
8/7-10 1980 August
8/11-14 1980 September
8/15-19 1980 October
8/20-23 1980 November
8/24-27 1980 December
8/28-30 1981 January
8/31-33 1981 February
8/34 1981 March

Part 2: U.S. Arctic Research Commission records; 1996-1999. 0.8 cubic feet.

The United States Arctic Research Commission was established by the Arctic Research and Policy Act of 1984. The Commission’s primary duties are to establish national policy, priorities and goals for federal programs for basic and applied scientific research regarding the Arctic; to promote Arctic research, recommend research policy, and communicate that policy to the President and Congress; to work with the National Science Foundation, the lead agency for implementing Arctic research policy, and foster cooperation within the Federal Government; to give guidance to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Commission to develop national projects and a five year plan for their implementation; and to interact with Arctic residents, international Arctic research programs and organizations and local institutions in order to obtain a broader view of Arctic research needs. The commission has seven voting members appointed by the President. The composition of the commission include four members from academic and research institutions, two from private industry, and one indigenous resident. The commission holds business meetings and conducts public hearings in Alaska and elsewhere to receive input and make site visits and field trips to research facilities and projects in the Arctic. Lee Gorsuch, then Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, served as a member of the commission from 1996 to 1999.  The records consist of the reference and meeting books of member Lee Gorsuch from 1996 to 1999. The collection contains a commissioner’s reference book and meeting books from twelve meetings held from December 1996 to December 1999. The meeting books contain agenda, minutes, trip reports, correspondence, executive session records, budget information, articles, personal notes, and other materials. The books are arranged in chronological order by meeting date.

Box/Folder Description Dates
8/35 Commissioner’s reference book 1996
8/36 Meeting book, 45th meeting, Washington, D.C. 1996 December 2-3
8/37 Meeting book, 46th meeting, Arlington, Virginia 1997 March 24
8/38 Meeting book, 47th meeting, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 1997 June 9-10
8/39 Meeting book, 48th meeting, Barrow, Alaska 1997 August 8-9
8/40 Meeting book, 49th meeting, Washington, D.C. 1997 November 3-4
8/41 Meeting book, 50th meeting, Washington, D.C. 1998 February 22-24
9/1 Meeting book, 51st meeting, Seward, Alaska 1998 August 3-4
9/2 Meeting book, 52nd meeting, Fairbanks, Alaska 1998 October 29-30
9/3 Meeting book, 53rd meeting, Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia 1999 March 22-24
9/4 Meeting book, 54th meeting, Boulder, Colorado 1999 July 7-8
9/5 Meeting book, 55th meeting, Arlington, Virginia 1999 October 18-19
9/6 Meeting book; 56th meeting, Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska 1999 December 6-8

Part 3: Frontier Thinking conference videocassettes; 1990. 0.6 cubic feet.

The Frontier Thinking Conference was held in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 21 to 23, 1990, one year after the Prince William Sound oil spill. The conference was organized by Ecological Economics of Alaska, Inc. and World Times. Its purpose was to “compare the insights and experiences of countries, corporations and civic organizations who have squarely faced the paradox of developing resources and conserving nature, and are seeking innovative responses to what will be the decade’s central challenge.”

The collection consists of videocassettes of the Frontier Thinking Conference. The collection contains: eight VHS videocassettes, one .75 inch videocassette, and two xerographic copies of a handout from the conference. The VHS videocassettes are of conference proceedings, including speeches and panel discussions. Speakers include: futurist and writer Robert Theobald; Noel Brown of the United Nations Environment Programme for North America; Jason Clay of Cultural Survival; futurist and economic analyst Hazel Henderson; Lee Gorsuch of the University of Alaska Anchorage; former Prime Minister of Sweden Ola Ullsten; William Y. Brown of Waste Management, Inc.; and environmentalist Manuel Guerra. Panels included those on regional and global matters, “Oil and Water,” moderated by former Alaska Governor Walter J. Hickel, and another moderated by Joan Bavaria of the Franklin Research and Development Corporation. The .75 inch videocassette is of a thirty second public service announcement for an Ecological Economics Conference. The handout identifies conference sponsors, scholarship providers, supporters and organizers, and provides speakers’ biographies.

Box/Folder Description Dates
9/7 Handout 1990 March
9/8 Videocassettes 1990 March

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