Guide to the Marilynn S. Barks collection

Guide to the Marilynn S. Barks papers
circa 1939-1961

Collection number: HMC-0478.
Creator: Barks, Marilynn S.
Title: Marilynn S. Barks papers.
Dates: circa 1939-1961.
Volume of collection:  0.4 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Letters and papers of an Alaskan woman who worked in the mining business.

Biographical note:

Marilynn S. Barks was born about 1901. She lived in Alaska from the early 1940s through the 1960s. She was married to Americus “Gus” V. Barks who worked with several mining operations on the Kenai Peninsula and in the interior. Mrs. Barks performed clerical work for Leburn Wickersham, who ran the mines where Gus was employed, and nursed him in his old age. She also assisted in the affairs of her neighbor, Charles Seaton Harvard. In addition to her clerical work, she also owned and rented property in Anchorage. Upon the death of her husband, she continued working in the mining business until the death of Mr. Wickersham.

Collection description:

This collection contains personal papers and correspondence relating to Marilynn S. Barks’s life in Alaska. The personal papers include insurance policies and receipts, and tax forms. The correspondence contains letters from Mrs. Barks to her husband, Mr. Wickersham, her brother Jack, other relatives, neighbors, and business associates. The majority of the letters concern her husband and his work in the mines. She discusses conditions in Anchorage during World War II and comments on the conditions her husband faced as a mine worker.

Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged chronologically.

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

Preferred citation: Marilynn S. Barks papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: This collection was removed from the Charles S. Harvard papers in 2005.

Acquisition note: Presented to the archives in 1994 as part of the Charles S. Harvard collection by Joe L. Hayes.  A deed of gift was signed in 1995. Additional correspondence was presented to the archives by Alice Chase, trustee of the Marilynn S. Barks Estate, in 2005.

Processing information: This collection was originally part of the Charles S. Harvard papers.  It was removed to its own collection and processed by Jeffrey Sinnott upon receipt of additional materials relating to Marilynn S. Barks in 2005.

Container list:
Series 1. Correspondence; 1940-1961, undated.

This series contains letters written to and from Mrs. Barks while she was living in Anchorage, Alaska. The majority of items concern her husband, Americus “Gus” Barks, and Marilynn’s everyday life in the city. Other correspondents include her brother Jack, Charles Seaton Harvard, Leburn Wickersham, relatives outside of Alaska, merchants, and an astrologer.

Box/Folder Date
1/1 Undated.
1/2 1940.
1/3 1941.
1/4 1942.
1/5 1943.
1/6 1944.
1/7 1945.
1/8 1946.
1/9 1947.
1/10 1948.
1/11 1949-1959.
1/12 1960-1961.

Series 2. Personal records; 1939-1960.

Box/Folder Date
1/13 Insurance policies and receipts; 1943, 1957, 1960.
1/14 Tax forms and receipts; 1939, 1941, 1945, 1949.
1/15 Certificate, Cook Inlet Historical Society Charter Member; 1955.

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