Guide to the William W. Richards papers
Collection number: HMC-0693.
Creator: Richards, William (Bill) W.
Title: William W. Richards papers.
Dates: circa 1966-1995.
Volume of collection: 5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: A majority of the materials in this collection are in English, however there are some materials in Russian and various Alaska Native languages.
Collection summary: Papers of U.S. Public Health Service psychiatrist relating to studies on social transitions in the North.
William (Bill) W. Richards was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1941, and grew up in San Francisco, California. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate from the University of California San Francisco Medical School. Dr. Richards came to Alaska in 1970 with his wife, Maribeth, to serve as the Chief of Mental Health in the Indian Health Service. He later held the positions of Senior Clinical Specialist in Psychiatry, and Director of the Area Division of Behavioral Health, with the rank of captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. Richards also served in the following positions: Corresponding Member of the Committee of American Indian and Alaska Native Psychiatrists; President of the Alaska Psychiatric Association (1990-1993); member of the Board of Directors of the Native American Research and Training Center at the University of New Mexico (1984-1995); Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1990-1992); and Chairman of the Therapeutic Care Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He was a co-principal investigator for the sociological project, Social Transitions in the North, funded by the National Science Foundation, which examined a sample of Alaskan and Russian Far Eastern communities. During the final year of this project, Dr. Richards was lost at sea in an accident near Provideniya, Russia, on September 7, 1995.
The collection consists of materials regarding Richards’ projects, including his work on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, traditional healing practices, including those of Alaska Natives, hypnosis, and the project “Comparative Study of Social Transition in the North: Alaska and Russian Far East.” The collection contains correspondence, notes, reference materials, reports, articles, and documents relating to the projects. The collection also contains files on mental health and substance abuse, color slides and photographs, videocassettes, audiocassettes, and assorted memorabilia. Per Dr. Kathy Graves of UAA, the videos appear to be documenting a trip to Russia, perhaps before the Social Transition in the North project. In the videos, Richards is seen visiting three centers in Russia and is talking to administrative staff and patients. The centers appear to be a Psychiatric Clinic, an inpatient substance abuse center, and an alternative healing center.
Arrangement: The collection is roughly arranged by subject.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Use restrictions: The collection may contain materials subject to HIPAA or other confidentiality restrictions. Researchers are responsible for abiding by the appropriate laws.
Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials created by Bill Richards. The collection contains materials created by others. The Archives does not hold copyright to these materials.
Preferred citation: William W. Richards papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Separated materials: Publications were removed from the collection and some added to Rare Books. Please ask an archivist for further information.
Related materials: The archives also holds Social Transitions in the North project records, HMC-0692.
Custodial history: The collection was housed at the Institute of Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) until 2004 when it was transferred to Archives. Maribeth Richards, Bill Richards’ wife, signed an agreement transferring the collection to the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002.
Acquisition note: The collection was transferred from ICHS to Archives in 2004 and a transfer agreement was signed by Brian Saylor, Director of ICHS.
Processing information: The collection was arranged and described by ICHS in 2004 prior to the collections arrival to Archives. Further description was provided by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004. Publications were removed from the collection and the guide converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2015. Materials that were in binders have been removed and placed into folders. Original folder and binder label titles have been retained.
|1/1||Correspondence from Bill Richards||undated, 1991-1993|
|1/2||Correspondence to Bill Richards||1992-1994|
|1/4||Proposals: “Traditional Healing Project Intake Assessment, Materials Development,” “Cooperative Magadan-Alaska Psychiatry-Narcology Project,” “Certificate of Rural Human Services,” “Russian-Alaska Women’s Exchange in the Sphere of Social Organizing”||circa 1991-1993|
|1/5||Papers and reports written by Richards||undated, 1992|
|1/6||Training Materials and procedures||1990-1993|
|1/7||Russia Contacts / Calling Cards (NOTE: Includes non-Russian contacts as well)||undated|
|1/8||Bibliographies, literature searches, and reference lists||undated, 1978-1992|
|1/10||Hand-Written Notes, Various||undated|
|1/12-13||Suicide Prevention Project: Alaska Native village: Case studies, proposals, reports, Native village needs||1990-1994|
|1/14||Comparative Joint Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Project: Russia / Alaska||circa 1992-1993|
|1/15||Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP) Book Project||1990-1993|
|1/16||Cultural Competency Counseling Back-up Information (3-ring binder): Conferences||1988-1992|
|1/17||Major Trends in Alaska Native Mortality and Morbidity, with Special Emphasis on Behavioral Health Conditions (3-ring binder)||undated|
|1/18||Russia Equipment Instructions||undated, 1991|
|1/19||Saylor, Brian, et al. A review of the scientific work of Bill Richards||undated|
|1/20||Eskimo words and concepts describing family functioning: Report on an Alaska Native mental health project: II. The concept of resourcefulness, Jennings, Bertha, et al.||1992|
|1/21||Oaxaca project update (emails), Russ Bernard||1995 January|
|1/22||Translation of English words to Yupik||undated|
|1/24||Various hand-written notes: Translations of English words to Yup’ik (mostly medical related)||undated|
|1/25||Eskimo-English MH/Medical Dictionaries||1990|
|1/26||English-Inupiaq Mental Health-Related Terms, Draft||undated|
|1/27||Materials from “W” “to be returned to you” [Dr. Richards]: Alaska Native language and culture, conferences, meetings,||1981-1992|
|1/28||North Slope Borough [folder]||undated, 1990|
|2/1||Pre-Trip 1991 Work Plan: Magadan-Alaska Mental Health Work Plan||1991-1992|
|2/2||Plans (EPI) Comparing Child Health: US vs USSR||circa 1990|
|2/3||CTPAHHOE OBZRBMEHNE: Learning Russian||undated|
|2/4-7||Russian language materials (used for research)||undated|
|2/8||Hand-written notes pertaining to Alcohol Counseling, etc.||undated|
|2/9||Hand-written notes pertaining to Russia Projects||undated|
|2/10||Bibliography and correspondence pertaining to 1979 Barrow, Alaska, Alcohol Study||circa 1966-1988|
|2/11||FAS files||undated, 1989-1992|
|2/12||Alcohol files||circa 1991-1992|
|2/13||Alaska Native Traditional Healers – Tape Project||circa 1992|
|2/14-3/1||Traditional Healing Project – Kotzebue||1993|
|3/2||Traditional Healing Project – Russia||circa 1993-1994|
|3/3||3-Ring Binder – No Label – Reference Materials||undated, 1991|
|3/4||3-Ring Binder – No Label – Report on small rural mental health systems||undated, 1988|
|3/6||Village Drug Reference (VDR) (NOTE: Post-it with note to file under “Cult. Competent [illegible])||1988|
|3/8||Culturally Competent Counseling 2: Alaska Native healing practices||1993-1994|
|3/9||Jennings, Bertha: Traditional Healing Project information, AMIPA (Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association)||undated, 1992-1994|
|3/11||Local Native Health Concerns||1993|
|3/12||Alaska Health Care Bibliography||1992|
|3/13||Traditional Medicine (bibliography)||undated|
|3/14||Russia – Visa Application Procedures||1990|
|3/15||Bibliography – Russia Anthro / MH||undated|
|3/16||Reproduction (proposed research by Igor Lunin)||undated, 1995|
|3/18||Russia – Children – Mental Health||1990|
|3/19||Russian Far East Information||1993|
|3/20||Russia – Mental Health||circa 1989-1992|
|3/22||Etok: AFN Paper on Russian – American Occupation: “The Bitter Root of Truth: The Russian-American Occupation of Sovereign People”||1991 October|
|3/23||George: Chukotka Video Proposal (Soviet Chukotca: A Great Land Awakes)||circa 1990|
|3/24||MacLean, Edna: Revitalization & Community House||1986 March|
|3/25||Magadan Mental Patients Wanting Pen Pals||undated|
|3/26||Marshall: Native Suicides||1990-1991|
|3/27||Plans: EPI Project – Magadan – Alaska (Draft Proposal for Alaska-Magadan Joint Epidemiology Project)||undated|
|3/28||Plans: Magadan – Alaska 1992-1997 Work Plan||1992|
|3/29||Plans for various projects||undated|
|3/31||Projects – Various – English & Russian Versions: Psychology and mental health programs, substance abuse||circa 1991|
|3/32||Project: Feldsher Training (Alaska Rural Human Services) – Rural Human Services Certificate Project||1991|
|3/33||Spiral-Bound Notebooks: Bill Richards, Vols. 1-2: Hypnosis||undated|
|3/34||Project: Organization of Substance Abuse Services—Magadan/Chukotka||circa 1991|
|3/35||Project: Epidemiological Trends – Magadan vs Alaska||circa 1991|
|3/36||Project 6: The Description of Methods of Neuroleptic Usage in Magadan/Chukotka Region with Comparison to Alaska||circa 1991|
|3/37||Summary Information: Alcohol Comparisons Russia – Alaska||1991|
|3/38||Richotsky, J.: Magadan Health Stats||1991|
|3/39||Inupiat / Litqusiat Project||1992|
|3/40||Alaska Statewide – Information for Handouts, Presentations, Slides||undated|
|3/41||Alaska Statewide – Training: Suicide prevention, injury matrix||circa 1994|
|3/42||Alaska Statewide – Key References: Suicidal behavior case reports||1993-1994|
|3/43||Alaska – Unmet Needs – Ideas for Grants, Emphasis Packages: suicide rates among Alaska Natives||1994|
|3/44||Consultations on the US-Russia Science & Technology Relationship, 13 Aug 1992, Meeting with Scientists, Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy||1992|
|4/1||Yuri Vlekhin Visit 3/93: FAS-Related Program Information||1993|
|4/2||Russia – FAS Plans||1991|
|4/3||FAS: reports, studies, and notes||1991-1993|
|4/4||Russia – FAS Articles / Protocols, FAS in Alaska||undated, 1993|
|4/5||Russia – Slides, photographs of trip to Russia||1991|
|4/6||Magadan – General Organization||1988-1992|
|4/7||Magadan – 1991 Write-Up of Trip (Report of the Mental Health Team Summarizing the 1991 Visit to Magadan / Chukotka)||1991|
|4/8||Observing Eskimo Communication (psychological aspects of Alaska Native communication)—draft article and notes||undated|
|4/9||Russia—slides (photographs of trip)||1992|
|4/10||Magadan – Alaska MH[Mental Health] Papers||1988-1992|
|4/11||Project to Decrease Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Problems of Children of Alcoholic Families in the Magadan Region, 1992-1997||1992|
|4/12||Small Rural MH[Mental Health] Systems (UCLA Talk)||undated|
|4/13||Alaska MH Charts / Illustrations||undated|
|4/14||Ideas for MH Slides||undated|
|4/15||Alcohol Training Materials (notes used for research)||circa 1982-1992|
|4/16||Alcohol Illustrations (articles and notes used for research)||circa 1971-1986|
|4/17||Lewin Draft (Kurt Lewin and Rural Alaska Mental Health Systems – Draft for Discussion Purposes, Bill Richards, M.D.)||undated|
|4/18||Kotzebue – Contract – Subcontracts – People Involved (notes, correspondence, project information, and reports)||1993|
|4/19||Kotzebue – Interview Information (Interview Development)||1993|
|4/20||Kotzebue – Field Trip Activities – Recommendations / Write-Ups||1994|
|4/21||McNabb, S. – NSF (“Some international comparisons of mortality amenable to medical intervention” by John R.H. Charlton and Ramon Velzez): notes relating to article and Richards’ Russia project||undated, 1986|
|5||Colored slides and photographs: Russia, Alaska, presentations||1972-1992|
|5||VHS-C videotapes: Narcology Dept. No. 1 – 7; Psychiatric Dept. No. 1 – 12 (No. 2 is missing); Korea Polyclinic (2 tapes); Unlabeled Tape||circa 1988-1994|
|5||Audio cassette tapes: Tape Side 1 – Inupiaq Terms – Voice by Bertha [illegible] Jennings; North Slope Inupiaq Medical Terminology, pg. 58-61; Inupiaq Terms; Values by Bertha Jennings||undated|
|5||Memorabilia: pins, buttons, business cards||undated|