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Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers

Guide to the Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers

Collection number: HMC-0663.
Bushman, Doyle.
Bushman, Gloria.
Title: Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers.
Dates: 1949-2019.
Volume of collection: 1.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers, audio and video recordings, and color slides of Anchorage residents documenting the Alaska earthquake of 1964 and other family activities.

Biographical note:
Doyle Bushman was born in Chico, California to Benjamin Harrison Bushman and Cecile B. Bushman. He grew up in Lodi, California, where he met his wife, Gloria. The Bushmans first moved to Alaska in 1949. They moved to Anchorage in 1952. While in Alaska, Doyle Bushman was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Bushmans were Anchorage residents at the time of the Alaska Earthquake in 1964. Doyle Bushman died in 2008 in Tacoma, Washington. Gloria Bushman died in 2019 in Tacoma.

Collection description:
This collection consists of material collected by Doyle and Gloria Bushman that relates to the Alaska earthquake of 1964 as well as the family slides from 1953 to 1984.  The collection contains 2 five-inch, reel-to-reel audiotapes and two compact discs containing personal recordings of radio broadcasts by Anchorage stations KFQD-AM and KENI-AM during the evening of the earthquake, 1964 March 27; a VHS videocassette recording of a news feature interview with the Bushmans on earthquake preparedness by Seattle television station KOMO in 2000; correspondence, including a letter written by Doyle Bushman to family members in April 1964 describing the family’s experiences during and after the earthquake; color 35mm slides including some depicting earthquake damage in Anchorage, on the Seward Highway, and in Seward; a DVD of a slideshow of slides taken on a trip to Alaska by Doyle Bushman’s parents and two sisters with descriptions of the slides; an account of the same trip to Alaska; a cartoon drawing by Doyle Bushman satirizing early communications in Alaska; correspondence, a certificate pertaining, and retirement announcement to Doyle Bushman’s employment; reminiscences of life in Alaska by Gloria Bushman; and obituaries for both Doyle and Gloria Bushman.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by type of material.

Digitized copies: Selected photographs from this collection have been digitized and can be found on Alaska’s Digital Archives. For information about obtaining copies please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives owns copyright to materials created by Doyle and Gloria Bushman. Materials not created by the Bushmans may be subject to copyright not owned by Archives and Special Collections.

Preferred citation: Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The materials in the collection were donated to the Archives by Claudia Ellsworth and Sharon Manning, daughters to Doyle and Gloria Bushman, in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, 2016, and 2019.

Processing information: This collection was originally processed and described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 2005.  The guide to the collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2010 and by Arlene Schmuland in 2011. The guide was updated to reflect additions to the collection by Gwen Higgins in 2016 and 2021.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Reel to reel audiotapes and compact disc copies 1964
1/2 Videotape of KOMO-TV interview 2000
1/3 Family correspondence 1964
1/4 Family slides 1953-1954
1/5 Family slides 1957
1/6 Family slides 1957-1958
1/7 Family slides 1958-1960
1/8 Family slides 1961-1963
1/9 Family slides 1963-1965
1/10 Family slides (earthquake) 1964
1/11 Family slides 1967-1968
1/12 Family slides 1968-1969
1/13 Family slides 1969, 1971-1972
1/14 Family slides 1979
1/15 Family slides 1979-1981
1/16 Family slides 1981-1984
1/17 Slideshow of family trip to Alaska (1 DVD) and book of slide descriptions 1952
1/18 Account of family visit to Alaska 1952
1/19 Early communication in Alaska cartoon drawing 1964
1/20 Doyle Bushman employment file 1949-1978
1/21 Notebook of reminiscences by Gloria Bushman undated
1/22 Doyle and Gloria Bushman obituaries 2008, 2019



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