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Anchorage Pioneers Oral History Project records

Guide to the Anchorage Pioneers Oral History Project records

Collection number: HMC-0466.
Cowles, Maureen (interviewer).
Haycox, Stephen W. (interviewer).
Hoshiko-Reed, Gail (transcriber).
Title: Anchorage Pioneers Oral History Project records.
Dates: 1992-1995.
Volume of collection: 0.4 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Primarily transcripts of oral history interviews with early Anchorage residents.

Organizational history:
The Anchorage Pioneers Oral History Project resulted in a series of transcripts from oral history interviews recorded on audio tape. Professor Stephen Haycox and Maureen Cowles conducted the interviews, and Gail Hoshiko-Reed transcribed them. Those interviewed were selected to represent a social, economic, ethnic, and experiential cross-section of early Anchorage citizens. These community pioneers either lived in the city before 1940, or came during or directly after World War II. The project was conducted through the History Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was funded with a grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Collection description:
The collection consists of an analytic summary narrative report and transcripts of twenty-four oral history interviews of thirty-one early Anchorage citizens and community leaders. The people represented in each interview include: Robert Atwood; John Bagoy; Albert Bailey; Glen Barnett; William Brewster; Vanny Davenport; Jean Donatello; Wanda Griffin; Lorene Harrison; Ermalee Hickel; John Johnson; Fred Klouda; Steve McCutcheon; Esther McElligott and Esther Wolfe; Frank and Adelheide Pauls; Elmer Rasmuson; Frank Reed; Charles and Inger Ricci, and Charles McMahon; William and Lillie Stolt, Richard Strutz; Charles and Molly Tryck; Lucy Whitehead, and John and Dorothy Zappa. The transcripts are arranged alphabetically by name.

Arrangement: The transcripts are arranged alphabetically by name.

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

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not hold copyright to the collection.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Pioneers Oral History Project records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Stephen Haycox of the UAA History Department in 1997 as a condition of the Alaska Humanities Forum grant.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1998. The guide to the collection was updated by Gwen Sieja in 2016. At this time, restricted interviews were removed from the collection and returned to the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Container list:

Folder Description Date
1 Summary Narrative, Anchorage Pioneers Oral History Project: An Oral History Inquiry by Prof. Stephen Haycox with assistance by Maureen Cowles, 1992-1995; Funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum and the History Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage 1995
2  Robert Bruce Atwood interview transcript 1992 January 21
3 John Bagoy interview transcript 1993 December 14
4 Albert Bailey interview transcript 1992 January 23
5 Cecil Glen Barnett interview transcript 1992 January 21
6 William Brewster interview transcript 1992 September 24
7 Vanny Jones Davenport interview transcript 1992 September 12
8 Jean Landstrom Donatello interview transcript undated
9 Wanda Gelles Griffin interview transcript 1992 February 20
10 Lorene Cutherton Harrison interview transcript 1993 November 11
11 Ermalee Strutz Hickel interview transcript 1993 March 4
12 John Johnson interview transcript undated
13 Fred Klouda interview transcript 1993 February 22
14 Steve interview transcript 1992 January 30
15 Esther Olund McElligott and Esther Heverling Wolfe interview transcript 1992 October 15
16 Frank and Adelheide Pauls interview transcript 1993 February 15
17 Elmer Rasmuson interview transcript 1993 October 14
18 Frank Reed interview transcript 1993 September 17
19 Inger Jensen Ricci, Charles Ricci, and Charles McMahan interview transcript 1992 November 12
20 William and Lilly Rivers Stolt interview transcript 1992 October 9
21 Richard Strutz interview transcript 1992 January 29
22 Charles and Mollie Chamberlain Tryck interview transcript 1992 January 22
23 Lucy McDannel Whitehead interview transcript 1992 March 18
24 John and Dorothy Alston Zappa interview transcript 1992 January 15

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