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Chet Gordon papers

Guide to the Chet Gordon papers

Collection number: HMC-0588.
Creator: Gordon, James Chester (Chet).
Title: Chet Gordon papers.
Dates: 1967-1981.
Volume of collection: 0.7 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Materials primarily related to the Boys’ Club of Alaska.

Organizational history:
James Chester “Chet” Gordon was born in Lacrosse, Washington in 1909. In 1956, he moved with his family to Alaska, where they owned and managed radio stations in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Homer. Gordon was a founder and president of the Boys’ Club of Alaska, in which he was active until 1979. In 1978, he received a Gold Pan award for community service from the Alaska Chamber of Commerce. Chet Gordon died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2003.

Collection description:
The collection consists of J. Chester Gordon’s papers relating to the Boys’ Club of Alaska. The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, meeting minutes, reports, lists, financial records, newsletters, sports programs and schedules, photographs, scrapbooks, and other related papers. There are eight black and white photographs, primarily of Chet Gordon and other supporters of the Boys’ Club of Alaska. The two scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings, photographs, a few letters, and sports programs, concern the Babe Ruth Baseball League and the Boys’ Club of Alaska.

Arrangement: The materials in the collection are grouped by type and in roughly chronological order.

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

Rights note: Copyright to collection materials is not held by the Archives.

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

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Caroline Bolar, a former president of the Boys Club of Alaska, in 2002.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004. The guide was updated to meet current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2015.

Container list:

Folder Description Dates
1 Boys’ Club Meeting minute book 1968-1973
2 Boys’ Club Board reports and meetings records 1973-1974
3 Boys’ Club Newsletter sponsor lists 1976
4 Marvin S. Frankel, Boy’s Club of Alaska Board of Director’s meeting records 1967-1968
5 Boys Club photographs 1968-1972
6-12 Boys Club records 1973-1979
13 Girls Club records 1977-1978
14 American Legion Baseball records 1981
15 Boys’ Club Youth Football records 1972-1979
16-19 Babe Ruth baseball records 1969-1981
20-21 Babe Ruth league scrapbook 1972
22-23 Boys Club of Alaska scrapbook 1971-1973

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