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Larry Pearson papers

Guide to the Larry Pearson papers

Collection number: HMC-0479.
Creator: Pearson, Larry (Larry L.)
Title: Larry Pearson papers.
Dates: 1977-1993.
Volume of collection: 2.3 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Research files from a telecommunications researcher.

Biographical note:
Larry Pearson’s journalism career included work as news editor for the Minneapolis Tribune, reporter and news desk editor for the Rome Daily American in Italy, and reporter for United Press International. He holds master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. Pearson taught journalism at the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to work for the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1985 as a professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications. He served as a special consultant to the Alaska House Special Committee on Telecommunications under chairman H.A. “Red” Boucher from 1985 to 1989. Pearson also directed the Center for Information Technology at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1990 to 1992, hosting the Chugach Conferences on telecommunications issues in Alaska in 1989, 1990, and 1991.

Collection description:
The collection consists of Larry Pearson’s papers concerning telecommunications in Alaska, including those of the Alaska House Special Committee on Telecommunications, the Technology Information Council in the Governor’s office, and subject files related to telecommunications. The files of the House Special Committee on Telecommunications include meeting minutes, reports to the telecommunications committee, and audiocassettes of telecommunications committee meetings. Telecommunications Information Council documents include reports, planning documents, and meeting materials.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into three series:
Series 1: House Special Committee on Telecommunications records; 1977-1988
Series 2: Telecommunications Information Council documents; 1989-1993
Series 3: Telecommunications research subject files; 1985-1992

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

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

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

Separated materials: Published materials in the collection were removed and some placed into Rare Books. Records relating to the Chugach Conferences and records from the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Information Technology were placed in separate collections.

Related materials: For other collections related to telecommunications, see the Archives subject guide to Communications Systems.
HMC-1287: Chugach Conference records; 1989-1991. Dr. Pearson served in an organizational capacity for the Chugach Conferences.
UAA-0131: UAA. Center for Information Technology records; 1985-1992. Dr. Pearson served as a director of this University office from 1990 to 1992.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Larry Pearson in 1999.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2000. The guide was updated to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2018. State government documents were removed as they were duplicative of Alaska State Archives holdings. Additional publications were also removed and placed in Rare Books or given to the Alaska State Library. More details about the portions of the collection that were removed in 2018 can be obtained by contacting the Archives.

Container list:
Series 1: House Special Committee on Telecommunications records; 1977-1988. 1.9 cubic feet.
The records are arranged into three groupings: subject files, reports to the committee, and audiocassette tape recordings of committee proceedings.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 14th Legislature, HB 242: chargeback 1985-1986
1/2 14th Legislature, committee report for session (draft) 1986 Summer
1/3 14th Legislature, information resource management 1986 June-July
1/4 14th Legislature, interim correspondence-incoming 1986 June-November
1/5 14th Legislature, interim correspondence-outgoing 1986 June-December
1/6 14th Legislature, Lifeline 1986 January-February
1/7 14th Legislature, Learn Alaska/Public broadcasting 1986 March
1/8 14th Legislature, Learn Alaska 1986 March-April
1/9 14th Legislature, mobile satellite 1986 January, March
1/10 14th Legislature, session correspondence-incoming 1983-1986
1/11 14th Legislature, session correspondence-outgoing 1985-1986
1/12 14th Legislature, tachistoscope 1985-1986
1/13 14th Legislature, telecommunication bills 1985-1986
1/14 14th Legislature, Telecommunications Committee session report 1986 September 4
1/15 14th Legislature, HB 121: Telecommunications Division name change 1984-1985
1/16 14th Legislature, HB 140: Teleconferencing 1985 January-April
1/17 14th Legislature, HCR 60: Teleconferencing 1985-1986
1/18 14th Legislature, teleconference and universal service 1985-1986
1/19 14th Legislature, teleconferencing 1977-1986
1/20-23 14th Legislature, telephone rates 1985-1986
1/24 14th Legislature, Teletext Advisory Committee 1984-1986
1/25 14th Legislature, HB 701: Universal service 1986 March-April
1/26 14th Legislature, universal service 1986 February-March
1/27 14th Legislature, videotext 1986 February-March
1/28 15th Legislature, HB 97: Cable deregulation 1987 February-March
1/29 15th Legislature, HR 1: Establishing Telecommunications Committee 1986 January
1/30 15th Legislature, notes from Telecommunications Committee 1986-1987
1/31 15th Legislature, session correspondence 1987 January-March
1/32 Meteor Data 1982-1986
1/33 15th Legislature, committee calendars 1987
1/34-2/1 15th Legislature, committee meeting minutes 1987-1988
2/2 15th Legislature, Telecommunication Information Council 1987-1988
2/3-4 Committee meeting minutes 1985-1986
2/5 Computers: electronic mail 1984
2/6 Computers: videotext 1981-1986
2/7 Computers: videotext-GNOSIS 1985-1986
2/8 Television: TVP/RATNET 1984-1988
2/9 World Future Society 1981-1986
2/10 Budget (telecommunications) 1984-1988
2/11 Interim budget 1985
2/12 Interim contract 1985
2/13 Interim funding 1985-1986
2/14 Telecommunications contract/account; 1987-1988, managing Alaska’s information systems: a participant-observer study by Larry Pearson, presented to the Information Systems Division of the International Communication Association, New Orleans 1988 June 2
2/02 An interim report; prepared by Kathleen Anders, management analyst (draft) 1985 September
2/16 Telecommunications in Alaska: defining the problem and its potential solutions; grant project documents for Department of Journalism and Public Communications project 1986-1987
2/17-18 The future of state-supported broadcasting in Alaska: preliminary recommendations by Larry L. Pearson, with recommendations and related documents 1987
2/19 Interim report, print and 5 ¼” floppy disk copy 1988 December
2/20 Telecommunications: critical issues 1989 March 15
3/1-32 Committee meetings 1987-1988
3/33-35 Open meeting arguments 1987 February
3/36-38 Hearing on public broadcasting 1987 February
3/39-45 Joint Committee on Economic Recovery, Subcommittee on Small Business meeting 1988 February
3/46 Committee meeting on intent language 1988 March

Series 2: Telecommunications Information Council documents; 1989-1993. 0.2 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/21 The Telecommunication Information Council: legislative history and implementation plan; prepared for the House Special Committee on Telecommunications by Larry Pearson 1987 September
2/22 CSHB 40, An act creating the Telecommunications Information Council in the Office of the Governor; and providing for an effective date: bill file 1986-1988
2/23 Meeting/teleconference briefing packet 1988 November 30
2/24 Telecommunication intent language: preliminary report; Department of Administration 1989 February 1
2/25 Meeting briefing packet and related papers, September 8 meeting 1989 September
2/26 Recap of CSSB 485 (Finance) am, Telecom. Information Council/membership and duties; House Committee on State Affairs; received April 10, 1990, passed out of committee 1990 April 19
2/27 Memoranda to Council Executive Committee members 1993
2/28 Notice of proposed changes in the regulations of the Office of the Governor; proposal made to the Telecommunications Information Council by the Department of Administration, Division of Information Services 1993 September 17

Series 3: Telecommunications research subject files; 1985-1992. 0.2 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/29 Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission 1985-1992
2/30 Rural Alaska Television Network 1986-1987
2/31 1987 report on future of state-supported broadcasting: working documents 1987
2/32 Broadcast Review Team: correspondence and report to Legislature 1987-1988
2/33 Rural Alaska Television Network: comment documents 1988
2/34 Alascom-GCI settlement 1985

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