Guide to the Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers

Guide to the Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers
1912-2014

Collection number: HMC-0792.
Creator: Schmidt, Ruth Ann Marie (1916-2014).
Title: Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers.
Dates: 1912-2014.
Volume of collection: 17 cubic feet.
Language of materials: A majority of the materials in this collection are in English, however some are in Russian.
Collection summary: Papers of an Alaska geologist.

Biographical note:
Dr. Ruth Ann Marie Schmidt was born in 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. In 1936, she earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University and trained as an x-ray technician after graduating. She went on to earn both a Masters (1939) and a Ph.D. (1948) in Geology from Columbia University, and during WWII, she worked for the Military Geology Unit. From 1943 to 1963, Schmidt worked for the United States Geological Survey, starting in Washington D.C. and later transferring to Alaska in 1956. In 1959, Schmidt began teaching geology at Anchorage Community College and later founded and chaired the Geology Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage, retiring in 1984. After the 1964 earthquake in Alaska, Schmidt was appointed federal coordinator of an interagency group of earth scientists tasked with assessing and mapping the areas of damage and potential future damage if another earthquake occurred in Anchorage. From 1974-1975, Schmidt was the environmental consultant on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in the Office of the Governor.

In her personal life, Schmidt was a philanthropist who supported conservation, opera and symphony, public media, and social services, as well as science and science education for women and minorities. In 1945, Schmidt became a member of the Washington Cooperative Bookshop. The Bookshop was listed as a front for subversive activities by the United States Attorney General, which led to Schmidt being investigated for being unloyal to the United States Government, in 1950 and again in 1954. She was also active in the Geological Society of America, and was admitted to the American Institute of Professional Geologists, reaching emeritus status in 1986. She helped found the Alaska Geological Society in 1958, was a member of the American Association of Petroleum Engineers, and served as president and trustee of the Brooks Range Library from 1979-1991. Schmidt was also an active member of the Anchorage Audubon Society, and a board member of the Alaska Center for the Environment. Ruth Schmidt died in 2014.

Collection description:
The collection contains the papers of Ruth Schmidt, the majority of which pertain to her career as a geologist. Included in the collection are geological slides, papers, and various objects which Schmidt used for her geological studies. The collection also includes Schmidt’s personal papers and photographs.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Personal papers; 1912-2014
Series 2: Loyalty Hearing Board investigation files; 1938-1955
Series 3: Education and employment records; 1933-1998

Subseries 3a: Applications and work certificates; 1938-1981
Subseries 3b: Military Geology Unit papers; undated, 1945-1958
Subseries 3c: Course notes, field books, and field equipment; 1933-1984
Subseries 3d: Trans-Alaska Inc. records; 1973-1983
Subseries 3e: Teaching materials; 1948-1998

Series 4: 1964 earthquake papers; 1964-1989
Series 5: Writing files; 1948-1993
Series 6: Subject files and organization records; 1919-2002
Series 7: Photographs and slides; 1932-2004
Series 8: Audio/visual materials; undated, 1988

Digitized copies: Selected materials have been digitized and can be found online at Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching for “Ruth Schmidt.” An online exhibit on Ruth Schmidt is also available: http://consortiumlibrary.org/archives/omeka/exhibits/show/ruthschmidt.

Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials created by Ruth Schmidt. The collection contains materials not created by Schmidt, which may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred citation: Ruth A.M. Schmidt papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: “Ruth Schmidt’s Obituary on Alaska Dispatch News.” Alaska Dispatch News, 07 Apr. 2014.

Separated materials: Publications have been removed from this collection and added to the Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection. Financial information relating to Ruth’s photograph sales and family health history files were removed from the collection and destroyed.

Related materials: The Archives also holds Anchorage Engineering Geology Evaluation Group papers, HMC-0051, and Hans van der Laan Brooks Range Library Board of Directors records, HMC-0382.

Acquisition note:Some collection materials were donated to the Archives by Ruth Schmidt in 2005, however a majority of the collection was donated to the Archives by Sally Gibert, Ruth’s executrix, in 2014, and a deed of gift was signed by Gibert at that time. An addition of Ruth’s college coursework material was donated by Anne Pasch in 2016.

Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2014, with further description and limited arrangement completed in 2015. Additions were added to the collection and described by Veronica Denison in 2016. The original arrangement and folder titles were retained in most cases. The sole exception to this arrangement was a box of material that arrived to the Archives with a variety of files that were later placed with like material in the collection.

Container list:

Series 1: Personal papers; 1912-2014. 2 cubic feet.

This series contains personal papers relating to Ruth’s life, including family photographs and photograph albums, birth records, passports, yearbooks, correspondence, and financial information regarding scholarships and trusts she donated to.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Birth and baptism certificates, social security cards 1916-1946
1/2 Ruth’s baby biography book; Confirmation program, photographs 1912-1929
1/3 1916 birth year calendar 1916
1/4 Poetry books (handwritten) by an unknown author circa 1927-1930
1/5 Brooklyn, Flat Bush houses; Ruth’s hair—age 16 1932, 1978
1/6 Family photographs circa 1929-2001
1/7 Photographs: Baldwin, Brooklyn house, Christmas, Ruth’s family circa 1938-2005
1/8 Photographs: Louisiana, Yellowstone, family garden circa 1937-1939
Box 14 Family photograph album [FRAGILE] circa 1935-1938
Box 15 Family photograph album [FRAGILE] circa 1912-1922
1/9 1st Conclave, June 24th-27th 1935; Yellowstone souvenirs 1935-1938
1/10 Passports 1952-2003
1/11 Yearbooks 1928, 1933
1/12 Erasmus High School senior yearbook; Graduation program 1933
1/13 Address books undated
1/14 Cartoons undated
1/15 Historic jokes, other mementos 1912-2004
1/16 Licenses, certificates, pilot logbook, ID cards 1917-2000
1/17 Learning Chinese circa 1940-1949
1/18 Schmidt trust foundation: Edward and Anna Range Schmidt foundation 1994-2005
1/19 Grantees Awards: Schmidt Charitable Trust 1994-1997
1/20 Finances: Edward and Anna Schmidt Foundation 1994-1999
1/21 Scholarship: Edward Schmidt Scholarship 1983-2014
1/22 Hunter College of New York—Gertrude Schmidt Scholars 1983-1998
1/23 Scholarships—Pratt 1991-2000
1/24 Notes—Organizations who want $ [money] for educations, science, music 1990-1992
1/25 Brooks Range Trust “Ruth’s BRT File” 1977-1992
1/26 Brooks Range Trust Library file undated
1/27 Brooks Range Trust Library file: Ribbon Cutting photographs 1984-1986
1/28 Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, Hans van der Laan Brooks Range Library undated
1/29 Brooks Range Trust: Minutes—Treasurer’s reports 1973-1983
1/30 Hans van der Laan Brooks Range Trust Library: Treasurer reports 1983-1991
1/31 Who’s who of American Women 1964-2002
1/32 American men of science—congregational directory 1947-1988
1/33 Material donated to ACC 1989
1/34 Pioneer Home apps 1994-1995
1/35 Schmidt event poster 1984
1/36 Calendars—date books 1952-1983
1/37 Resume for John Kelly for AINS 1985
1/38 Brochure curi. vitae resume 1971
1/39 Brochure Data Resumes to 1972 circa 1971-1972
1/40 Resume-1989-copies, ’88 for UAA/91, 97, 2000 1989-2003
1/41 Family letters to Ruth undated, 1968-1981
1/42 Letters from Ruth to family 1968-1983
1/43 Personal correspondence 1950-1956, 1987
1/44 Correspondence undated, 1958
1/45 New stuff for Florence Weber: Correspondence, Schmidt’s letters of recommendation 1966-1986
1/46 Envelopes; Postcard from Dorothy 1958, 1961, 1979
1/47 Family correspondence to, from, and about Dorothy 1987-1991
1/48 Misc. Xmas (Christmas) notes circa 2002-2003
1/49 Holiday greetings from William Field circa 1987-1992
1/50 Wm. O. Field [William O. Field] correspondence 1987-1989
1/51 Correspondence with, and material related to, William Berry which was in the book, Deneki, an Alaska Moose [Book moved to Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection] 1963-1980
1/52 Correspondence with, and material related to, William Berry from Buffalo land: the untamed wilderness of the high plains frontier [Book moved to Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection] undated, 1978, 1999
1/53 Correspondence: Audubon Alaska, Gems of Japan, League of Women Voters 1968, 1971, 2004, 2014
1/54 Konrad Krauskopf, Helen Cannon: correspondence and information regarding their lives and deaths 1947, 1996-2003
1/55 Correspondence relating to Dorothy and Veronica Schmidt’s deaths 1980, 1990
1/56 Sympathy cards regarding Dorothy Schmidt’s death, sent to Ruth 1990
1/57 Member list for Dorothy’s Celebration of Life; Cards sent to Dorothy 1990
1/58 Ruth’s Celebration of Life: Remembrance and photographs 1963-2014
1/59 Ruth’s Celebration of Life book 2014 May
1/60 Newspaper clippings regarding Ruth; Columbia University pass 1935-1985
Box 20 Buttons and patches for politicians, causes, and organizations Ruth supported undated
2/1 Schmidt, Germany: WWII newspaper clipping headlines (copied), photograph circa 1944
2/2 OPA (Office of Price Association) Tokens; War Ration Books circa 1944
2/3 Certificates and awards 1957-2007
2/4 Real property, Clark Road 1960-2014
2/5 Greenwood Cemetery, Schmidt family burial plot undated, 1922-1972
2/6 Invitations from Columbia University for 250th Anniversary 1998
2/7 Transcripts—College 1932-1975
2/8-9 Letters of recommendation 1938, 1957-1989
2/10 Letters of recommendation; Letter of appointment to USGS 1943
Box 20 Travel certificates: Crossing of Arctic Circle, Red Dog Saloon (for being in Juneau the year Alaska became a state), retracing the steps of the people who travelled to Yukon Territory during Klondike Gold Rush 1955-1983

Series 2: Loyalty Hearing Board investigation files; 1938-1955. 0.3 cubic feet.
This series contains papers relating to Ruth’s Loyalty Board Hearing investigations, and includes court transcripts, correspondence, and information regarding the Washington Cooperative Bookshop.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/11 Bookshoppers-[Washington] Post Adv.[Advertisements], etc. 1947-1950
2/12 Letters sent to people, personal replies, and extra affidavits 1950-1951
2/13 1950 HUAC Affidavits 1950
2/14 Transcripts: Hearing transcripts 1950
2/15 1950 Hearing: Duplicates-letter-answers to charges 1948-1950
2/16 Chronology-forum, Comm. [Community] notes-calendars, etc. 1947-1953
2/17 Forum Comm. Poll—Exb. [Exhibit] 2—Hearing #II 1954, Exb. (Exhibit) 3 original, original, photostated by Cobb [Ruth’s lawyer] 1947
2/18 Originals of Bookshoppers, photostated by Gov’t, and returned; Hearing II copy 1947-1948
2/19 Response to charges 1954
2/20 Charges-clearances-Official 1950-1954
2/21 Statements from acquaintances, friends, colleagues, regarding Ruth’s loyalty 1954
2/22 Law Offices of Cobb and Weissbrandt: Correspondence and bills 1954-1955
2/23 Transcript #2—1954—list of corrections—photostats, Bookshoppers facsimiles 1947-1954

Series 3: Education and employment records; 1933-1998. 3.6 cubic feet.
Series 3: Education and employment records. Subseries 3a: Applications and work certificates; 1938-1981. 0.1 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/24 Radiologic technologists certificates; American Registry of X-Ray Technicians certificates 1938-1970
2/25 Civil Service forms completed, applications 1951-1964
2/26 USGS: Project proposal, Geology of the Cook Inlet Sedimentary Basin; Women in Government positions files 1961-1963
2/27 Hammond application 1974-1976
2/28 Professional Geologist License application 1981
Box 20 Diplomas; Work certificates and recognitions 1929-1964

Series 3: Education and employment records. Subseries 3b: Military Geology Unit papers; undated, 1945-1958. 0.15 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/29 Photographs undated
2/30 White Alice fact sheet 1958
2/31 Comic story on Military Geology Unit undated
2/32 Cards, news clipping copy, press release undated, 1945
18/1 Maps undated
18/2 Photographs, poems/songs, memoranda circa 1942-1945
Box 20 Hap Hop Ramp Walker Toy Soldier undated

Series 3: Education and employment records. Subseries 3c: Course notes, field books, and field equipment; 1933-1984. 2 cubic feet.

Box/Folder Description Dates
2/33 Geology notes from geology classes at Columbia 1933-1935
2/34-36 Class notebooks: Columbia University 1939-1942
2/37 Notes from Erstes Buch für den Unterricht in den neuren Sprachen: deutscher Teil für Erwachsene [Book moved to Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection] 1937
2/38 Notes from A Laboratory Manual for Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy [Book moved to Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection] 1937
2/39 Reference notecards—geological undated
2/40 Optical Minerology, Columbia U., Laboratory Notebook 1941
3/1 Course work, Post Master’s degree circa 1941
3/2 Geology notes circa 1941
3/3-4 Alaska Field Notebooks 1955-1965
3/5 Workbook: Cutting and Washing Samples—Czechoslovakia, Alaska 1969-1984
Box 13 Geologist field equipment undated
Box 20 Piece of Oil Shale 1954
21/1-2 A.K. Lobeck class course work materials: History of the Earth and the Advent of Man: The Third Quarter of a Two-Year Science Program in Columbia College; Some Geographical Terms and Their English Relatives; Answers to Atlas of American Geology; Answers to Exercise Questions on the Panorama of Physiographic Types circa 1941-1943
21/3 Elementary Exercises in Topographic and Structural Geology by A.K. Lobeck (Part of Ruth’s course work) 1934, 1941

Series 3: Education and employment records. Subseries 3d: Trans-Alaska Inc. records; 1973-1983. 0.9 cubic feet.
This subseries contains records pertaining to Ruth’s appointment as environmental consultant. The subseries includes papers related to specific pipeline concerns regarding environmental impact, talks Ruth gave, notes she took during meetings, and photographs.

Box/Folder Description Dates
3/6 Micronotes—Consulting 1983
3/7 Jesse Dodson correspondence: Job description for TAPS 1976
3/8 Travel authorization forms 1976
3/9 Office: Correspondence and memoranda relating to TAPS 1977
3/10 Slide set and slide descriptions: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Environment Concerns circa 1975
3/11 I.G.C.  (International Geological Congress) 1976
3/12 Mueller and info. [Ernest W. Mueller, Commission of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation]: Environmental Implications of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline 1976
3/13 UCIC talk and slides 1975
3/14 Information for talks 1975-1976
3/15 AAAS—Boston 1975-1976
3/16 Personal, organization undated
3/17 Revegetation, restoration 1973-1976
3/18 Restoration—green sheets 1975-1976
3/19 Restoration—final guidelines 1974-1976
3/20 Keystone Canyon 1975
3/21 Gulkana River 1976
3/22 6-APL-IE [Blueberry Lake Access Road] 1975-1976
3/23 Thompson Pass see also 6 APL IE folder 1975-1976
3/24 M.S. 63-1.2 Chatanika River Area 1976
3/25 Nikiski Pipeline 1975-1976
3/26 Fuel Gas Line 1976
3/27 Foot Hills Pipe Lines Ltd. 1976
3/28 Gas Lines (Big) 1975-1976
3/29 Permafrost meetings 1975
3/30 Arctic Environmental Council, inspection tours, July 1976 1976
3/31 Letters to/from Environmentalists, meetings with 1975-1976
3/32 Current trips, environmental, ACS(Alaska Conservation Society), FEC (Fairbanks Environmental Center), AINE 1976
3/33 Outgoing correspondence 1975-1976
3/34 Answers to queries, letters to public 1975-1976
3/35 Memos to files and surveillance reports 1975-1976
3/36 Jokes undated
3/37 Letters to CAC [C.A. Champion, State Pipeline Coordinator] 1976
3/38 Notes on meetings, oil patch 1975-1976
3/39 Russians June 1976 1976
3/40 Jan. Feb. March—Except Boston [Trip to Menlo Park, Boston via Washington D.C. and Calgary via Denver, including notes, memos and photographs of test sites] 1976
3/41 Juneau undated
3/42 D.E.C (Department of Environmental Conservation), memoranda, notes 1975
3/43 CRREL 1975-1976
3/44 Material sites and access roads undated
3/45 Replies from FSO [material sites] undated
3/46 Valdez Terminal 1973-1976
3/47 Oil Patch—Prudhoe undated
3/48 Restoration problems 1975
3/49 Hydrostatic testing 1976
3/50 Pesticides 1975-1976
3/51 Haul Road 1975-1976
3/52 Oil Spill 1973-1976
3/53 Gailbraith Spill 1975
3/54 Schmidt TAPS Talks China circa 1977-1982
3/55 25th IGC, paper Env. Concerns TAPS—Australia/Boston 1976
4/1 R.A.M. Valdez to Yukon R. undated
4/2 R.A.M. Schmidt Yukon R. to Prudhoe Bay undated
4/3 Photographs undated
4/4 Pump Sta.[Station] #1, Fuel Gas line [map] 1973
4/5 Identified problem areas for talks-and data 1976
4/6 Geology of pipeline route, open file 1977
4/7 Env. Cons.—Office Pipeline Coordinator, Salary-duties-bills, etc. 1974-1977

Series 3: Education and employment records. Subseries 3e: Teaching materials; 1948-1998. 0.2 cubic feet.
This subseries contains papers relating to Ruth’s time as an instructor at Anchorage Community College.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/8 ACC: Student letter of praise to Chancellor; History of Geology Department 1983-1984
4/9 Paleo—Fall 1979 1978
4/10 Teaching notes undated
4/11 Aerial photographs Lab VIII, Freemont Co. [Freemont County, Wyoming] Stereo photos 1948, 1960
4/12 Stereo photos: Death Valley Calif. [used for classes] undated, 1955-1959
4/13 Geo. Stereo Lab: Stereo photographs undated
4/14 Field trips for Local Geology: Glenn Highway; Anchorage undated, 1957
4/15 Schmidt—personal ACC 1959-1977
4/16 Recommendations and publicity used 1989 for resume and emeritus 1953-1998

Series 3: Education and employment records. Subseries 3f: International Geological Congress and Prague Spring papers; 1966-1969. 0.25 cubic feet.
Ruth was appointed as delegate for the International Geological Congress in Prague. The subseries contains papers relating to the conference, as well as Prague Spring, which occurred in Prague at the time of the conference.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/17 International Geological Congress-Prague 1968: Information 1968
4/18 Slides: Slide notes of trip to Czechoslovakia, trip related material circa 1968
4/19 Prague Congress: Correspondence regarding slides, film, AK Geological Society, American Geological Society travel grant 1968
4/20 Czechoslovakia correspondence 1968-1969
4/21 Czechoslovakia—Death of a Dream 1968 August
4/22 Personal: Czechoslovakia—itinerary, correspondence 1966-1968
4/23 Czechoslovakia travel pamphlets, Prague Spring article undated, 1968
4/24 Czech: Prague Spring notes 1968
4/25 Czechoslovakia: Prague Spring, Geological Exposition circa 1968
4/26 Czechoslovakia photographs 1968
4/27 USSR, also Ruth photographs circa 1968
4/28 Geologický průzkum 1968
4/29 A.P. Vinogradov “Earth Sciences and their future,” speech at the 23rd International Geological Congress 1968
4/30 Prague Spring news articles 1968
Oversize folder Prague Spring poster 1968

Series 4: 1964 earthquake papers; 1964-1989. 1.45 cubic feet.
This series contains papers relating to the 1964 earthquake. The series includes maps and plats, photographs, Anchorage Engineering Geology Evaluation Group reports, as well as Ruth’s personal correspondence with family after the earthquake, and lectures she gave on the earthquake.

Box/Folder Description Dates
4/31 AGS 25th Anniversary-March EQ talk-Geol. in a hurry 1989
4/32 1964 EQ photos for exhibit and talk 1964, 1989
4/33 The Seiche at Portage Lake, 27 March 1964 1964-1966
4/34 Joint Release—Alaska Reconstruction Commission 1964
4/35-36 27 March 1964 Earthquake personal letters 1964
4/37 EQ Talk with Keith Calderwood, AK Geol. Soc. 1984 March
4/38 Anch. Times; Earthquake “Grease,” future use of slide areas, Joint Release—Alaska Reconstruction Commission, Peru Earthquake 1964, 1970
4/39 Earthquake photographs 1964
4/40 Copies of letters—ASHA/City 1964
4/41 City’s Statement to Press Managers—personal 1964
4/42 AGI[American Geological Institute]-EQ correspondence 1964
4/43 Anchorage Urban Geology by Ruth A.M. Schmidt 1964
4/44 U.S. Army aerial earthquake photographs 1964
4/45 U.S. Army earthquake photographs sent to Ruth Schmidt 1964
4/46 Earthquake photographs 1964
4/47 1964 earthquake photographs 1964
4/48 Proposed Fourth Avenue Downtown Anchorage Frozen Ice Buttress System by Linn A. Forrest, Jr. Architect 1964
4/49 Join Release Task Force 9, Turnagain Slide 1964
4/50 Alaska Earthquake, Japanese data aftershocks 1964-1965
5/1 State of Alaska DNR Division of Mines and Minerals, The Great Alaska Earthquake: A Study of Reactions of Alaskans to the 1964 Earthquake; Committee on the Alaska Earthquake Bibliography 1964-1965
5/2 USGS, Geologic effects and damage from Earthquake color slides list and descriptions 1965
5/3 Geologic Road Log; The Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964—Revisited undated, 1984
5/4 Earthquake 1959-1966
5/5 Earthquake comic postcards; Federal Civil Defense Administration Official Vehicle Pass undated
5/6 Rustigan and Styer vs J.C. Penney Co., Schmidt’s affidavit 1965
5/7 City Geology Advisory Group 1964
Box 20 Photograph of group on Portage Lake around the time of the 1964 earthquake 1964
18/3 Preliminary Report 27 March 1964 Earthquake in Greater Anchorage Area 1964 April
18/4-5 Plates: Geological Engineering Evaluation Group 1964
18/6 Plates and figures 1964
18/7 Earthquake Report May 8, 1964 Version 1964
18/8 Earthquake report notes and markups (Ruth Schmidt’s) 1964
18/9 Description of group, plates and maps 1964
18/10 Earthquake maps and plates 1964
Box 19 Earthquake maps, surveys, plates 1964

Series 5: Writing files; 1948-1993. 0.5 cubic feet.
This series includes photographs, data, and notes for papers and articles written by Ruth, as well as correspondence relating to reports and articles written by others.

Box/Folder Description Dates
5/8 CRREL (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory)

APLEO: Paleontological work in Barrow-draft

circa 1967-1970
5/9 CRREL data for article Late-Pleistocene Stratigraphy, Barrow, Alaska by P.V. Sellmaan, J. Brown, and R.A.M. Schmidt undated
5/10 CRREL Gubich paper—Data for final circa 1966-1967
5/11 Final plates for CRREL 1966-1967
5/12 Paleontological section of CRREL report: Draft, data, plates circa 1967
5/13 Paleontological section of CRREL report undated, 1967
5/14 Micropaleontology in Late Pleistocene: Data, article, correspondence undated, 1976-1977
18/11 Plates and data circa 1967
5/15 CRREL—Print Ups—Some to be used in BC Clay paper undated
5/16 Master proof  sheets of A, B, 1, 2, 3, 4, and negatives BC Clay undated
5/17 Plates, proof sheets for BC Clay paper undated
5/18 Photograph sheets for BC Clay paper undated
5/19 Vanden Bolk paper: T.G. Perry correspondence 1965-1966
5/20 John H. Hall, Canada, Research Council of Albert correspondence regarding Upper Cretaceous Foraminifera from Ocean Point, Northern Alaska 1970-1974
5/21 Harlan R. Bergquist correspondence, Possible Pleistocene-Recent boundary in the Gulf of Alaska, based on benthonic Foraminifera 1961-1974
5/22 Geomorphic effects of subsurface water on landforms of cold regions correspondence, photograph plates 1989-1995
5/23 Kalgin Island locality map circa 1963
5/24 Bagley Icefield report and photographs circa 1969
5/25 Descriptive Geology of Elmendorf and Fort Richardson Region undated
5/26 Policy Statement on the Use of Geology for the Legislative Council; Iceland, a Land of Fire and Ice as seen on the GSA Geoventures trip in August 1993 1969, 1993
5/27 Lake Iliamna NPS report, and photographs 1967-1982
5/28 Montague Island report, and photographs circa 1964
5/29 Middleron Island report, and photographs 1962-1968
5/30 Harding Icefield report, and photographs circa 1969
5/31 Seldovia notes circa 1962
5/32 Petersville Canyon 1960-1961
5/33 Ruth’s publications, plates used 1948-1990
5/34 Reprint notes undated, 1966-1969
5/35 Possible Sites, Field Test Laboratory #102, Arctic Research Facility of Petroleum Environmental Research Laboratories Valdez, Alaska undated, 1972
5/36 Div. of Parks—Alaska, planning proposals undated, 1971
5/37 Enc. Britannica [The Encyclopaedia Britannica]: Correspondence, Ruth’s articles undated, 1971
5/38 Kingak, sample correspondence 1981
5/39 Beringia: Background data 1990-1991
5/40 Beringia: Soviet Trip reported in Tella circa 1990
5/41 Beringia: Bering Land Bridge articles (not written by Ruth Schmidt) undated
5/42 Beringia: Correspondence regarding report; Dave Cline circa 1991

Series 6: Subject files and organization records; 1919-2002. 0.8 cubic feet.
This series contains files on various subjects and organizations in which Ruth belonged.

Box/Folder Description Dates
5/43 Application to BLM [Bureau of Land Management] Anch. District Advising Council 1985
5/44 Articles with correspondence 1980-1991
5/45 ACS [Alaska Conservation Society] UCIC Ans. 1974-1985
5/46 Alaska Conservation Foundation 1983-1999
5/47 Alaska Conservation Society undated, 1977
5/48 Alaska Conservation Society Foundation: Meeting notes, data from field maps 1971-1999
5/49 Outline maps—Alaska Australia and Solid Pipeline undated
5/50 AGI—Mailing lists, ESCP [Earth Science Curriculum Project]-Joe Wetiz 1967-1968
6/1 National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel 1960-1989
6/2 Workshop on Community Economics pamphlets ACC 1967
6/3 Knowles/Ulmer Policy Transition Teams’ Report 1995 January
6/4 Knowles/Ulmer Natural Resources Policy Transition Team 1995
6/5 Knowles/Ulmer Policy Team Recommendation form undated
6/6 People to People program 1968-1993
6/7 Journal of Paleo; NARL [Naval Arctic Research Lab] S. Schindler; UPK Ocean Pt. [Point] 1972-1973
6/8 Southeastern Dredging 1962
6/9 Landslides 1947-1969
6/10 Oceanography and marine sediments 1938-1968
6/11 Oil and gas exploration 1950-1972
6/12 AAAS conference Whitehorse [Arctic Science] 1993
6/13 List of fellows: Members in Anchorage undated, 1985
6/14 Arctic Institute of North America 1983-1986
6/15 Oil spill 1989
6/16 General geology 1919-1959
6/17 Anchorage glacial geology undated
6/18 Sue Karl GSA [Geological Society of America] fellowship 1994
6/19 Pending Flo [Florence Weber, GSA] 1994-1995
6/20 GSA Membership and Fellowship forms nomination 1994-1995
6/21 GSA—Nomination for Fellowships, completed forms 1964-1980
6/22 American Institute of Professional Geologists sponsor for CC Hawley/Dick Ragle 1981-1995
6/23 AIPG [American Institute of Professional Geologists] 1964-1965
6/24 American Association of Petroleum Geologists—emeritus letter, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society—Alaska Club 1947-1992
6/25 American Stratigraphic Company—Lithologic Symbols and Charts 1960-1967
6/26 Halibut Cove—Air photos undated
6/27 Letters to Editor written by Ruth Schmidt 1966, 1969
6/28 Birding: Songs, recognition, ID 1989-2002

Series 7: Photographs and slides; 1932-2004. 6.4 cubic feet.
This series contains photographs and slides. Included is correspondence relating to Ruth’s photograph and slide orders from various people and institutions. The series also includes texts for slideshows Ruth gave at conferences or lectures. Subjects of the photographs and slides include trips Ruth took in Alaska and various countries (either for personal or work related reasons), glaciers, rocks, soil and other geological photographs. The series is arranged by subject.

Box/Folder Description Dates
6/29-30 Dark room notes 1967-1971
6/31 Items for Marge’s Attention, Geology slides: flyer and letter from F. Stearns MacNeil, USGS undated, 1958
6/32 Text for color slides for Geology [no corresponding slides] circa 1967
6/33 Misc. for AT ideas [photograph of glacier] undated
6/34 Talks before lay grounds: Volcanoes in the 49th and 50th states [slide listing and description, no slides] 1962
6/35 Camera and MIKE insurance 1964-2004
6/36 Neumade slide files 1973-1978
6/37 Mt. St. Helens photographs 1993
6/38 Pending requests and correspondence: slide orders 1964-1967
6/39 Orders for slides 1965-1967
6/40 Survey slides controversy, letters to Bartlett 1965-1987
6/41 Request for slide info. 1968-1976
6/42 Correspondence regarding slide purchasing 1965-1988
6/43 Copyright and info on slides from Rudd, Atty [Attorney] 1966-1981
6/44 China slide shows 1982-1984
6/45-49 Slide and photograph notebooks 1950-2004
6/50 Eddie’s Trip to Alaska 1979 1979
6/51 Alaska—Eddie and Dottie 1981 1945-1989
6/52 Dorothy’s Slides—Dawson Trip 1986—Juneau—Glacier Bay—North Slope 1984 1983-1986
6/53 Coal and Gold—Oil Development—Flowers 1955-1981
6/54 Physiographic Provinces 1950-1979
6/55 Volcanoes 1958-1966
7/1 Washington D.C. and V.A. 1944-1972
7/2 Alaska Scenery Duplicates—Black and White Cartoons and Diagrams undated
7/3 Photo work for publications undated
7/4 Postcards geology circa 1969-1981
7/5 Original Master Permafrost and Patterned Ground Slide Set and Duplicates 1955-1966
7/6 Original Master Alaskan Earthquake Slide Set and Duplicates 1955, 1964
7/7 EQ [earthquake] slides-Texts-Master undated, 1964
7/8 Glaciers: Photographs and slide set texts undated
7/9 Original Master Glaciers and Glacial Features in Alaska Slide Set and Duplicates 1955-1966
7/10 Harding Ice Field McNeil River—Lake House—Nova Raft Trip—Eagles, Homer Spit 1932-1994
7/11 Antarctica 1996
7/12 New Zealand 2000
7/13 Healy Coal to Chicken—AK Range—Steve Healy—Iditarod 1957-1997
7/14 Augusta—P.W. Sound—Matsu—Col. Glacier 1962-1995
7/15-16 Anchorage 1955-1998
7/17-18 USSR 1984 1984-1985
7/19 USSR 1990 1990
8/1 Norway 1952, 1988
8/2 Europe—Switzerland—W. Germany—CSSR 1968
8/3 Panama Canal Trip t—h 1985
8/4 Canada Lake Louise Trip 1985
8/5 Virgin Islands and Ecuador 1980-1981
8/6 Galapagos 1981
8/7 England—Sweden—Denmark—Finland 1952-1995
8/8-9 Iceland—Greenland 1993
8/10 Japan 1982
8/11-12 China 1982
8/13-14 Florida—Bahamas—Everglades—Puerto Rico 1955-1982
8/15-16 Australia 1976
9/1 Bethel—Nunivak Isl.—Flat Hughes—Kobuk—Dunes 1955-1975
9/2 Pribilofs—St. Paul—St. George 1962-1997
9/3 Anaktuvak Pass 1972, 1986
9/4 California 1953-1998
9/5 Montana 1953-1982
9/6 Wyoming—N. and S. Dakota—Col.—Nebraska—Minn.—Wisc.—Arkansas—Mo. and Ill. 1944-1980
9/7 Colorado 1952-1999
9/8 New England—NY City and State 1941-1992
9/9 GA—Indi.—Penn.—MD—VA—Michigan—N. Carolina 1942-1993
9/10 Texas 1958, 1969
9/11-12 Dillingham—Ahklun Mts.—Good News—N. Slope—Brooks Range—Kobuk—St. Lawrence—Seward Peninsula—Nunivak—Pribilofs—Circle—Eagle—Taylor Hwy. 1955-1998
9/13 Arizona and New Mexico 1956-2001
9/14 Washington—Mt. St. Helens—Utah—Nevada—Oregon—Idaho 1953-2001
9/15 FAI[Fairbanks]—Ft. Knox—Barrow Trip 1983 1956-1998
9/16 FAI—Ft. Knox—Barrow Trip 1983 1937-1998
9/17 Seldovia—Resurrection Bay—Fox Is.—Homer—Cordova 1958-2000
9/18 Valdez and Lower Rich. Hwy.—Dawson—PWS—Gulf of AK 1955-1992
9/19 Kenai Peninsula—Kenai Fjords—Kodiak—P. W. Sound—Kachemak Bay—Katmai 1957-1998
10/1 Kenai Peninsula—Kenai Fjords—Kodiak—P. W. Sound—Kachemak Bay—Katmai 1959-1995
10/2 Mexico 1961, 1969
10/3 Hawaii 1959-2001
10/4-5 Canada 1952-1981
10/6 Nome and Seward Peninsula 1955-1991
10/7 Kotzebue—Red Dog Mine—St. Lawrence—Gambell 1955-1993
10/8-12 Landscape LKUs 1954-1985
10/13 Pipeline 1975-1977
11/1 Pipeline 1975-1977
11/2-3 Pipeline KU 1975-1990
11/4-5 Glacier Bay—Skagway—Carnival Trip 1997—S. East Panhandle 1956-2000
11/6-7 McKinley Park—Sheenjek Trip 1955-1996
11/8-9 Matanuska Valley—Talkeetna and Talkeetnas 1955-1986
11/10 Anchorage City Events and Immediate Area 1957-1975
11/11 Cook Inlet Oil 1955-1975
11/12 Portage Glacier Area—AAPA—Moors—Neogene Collection 1956-1990
11/13 Anchorage Vicinity 1956-1974
11/14 Anchorage Field trips—Ship Creek—Coal Healy—Evan J. and Other Miners—Cali.—Ariz. 1952-1980
11/15 Teaching Slides—Paleo—History—Geology—CD 1953-1972
11/16 Teaching Slides—Wind—Desert—EQ 1952-1984
11/17 Teaching Slides—Oceans—SKU—SED 1953-1976
11/18 Teaching Slides—Weather—Mass MU—GRW H2O—Rivers 1958-1979
12/1 Teaching Slides—16N RX—RX Volc.—Glades 1953-1979
12/2 Maps –Diagrams 1964-1980
12/3 Glacier Bay N. M.—E. Gulf of Alaska—Glaciers 1956-1976
12/4 Katmai—Kodiak—FSI PT 1962-1970
12/5 National Parks and Volcanoes 1953-1980
12/6 National Parks 1955-1979
12/7 Ice Fields—Misc. Al.—Clouds 1953-1975
12/8 27 March ’64—EQ and LS—Anchorage 1959-1984
12/9 Alaska EQ—Seward—Kodiak—Valdez 1955-1967
12/10 Europe—France, N. Africa,  Italy, Switzerland, Germany 1952
12/11 Flowers 1945, 1955
12/12 Skiing—Folk Dance and John’s Boat 1950-1953
12/13 Trips: Virginia, Washington D.C., Maine 1942-1955
12/14 Family—NYC—Columbia—Shells, Mins., Gems 1940-1972
12/15 D. C. 2000 2000
12/16 Kilauea Iki Duplicates 1959-1960
12/17 Some Glaciers 1958-1993
12/18 Anchorage—Geology Field Trip—Hydrologic Cycle 1959-1980
12/19 Delaney Park Strip 1999-2000
12/20 Glacier Bay 1986-1991
12/21 Mears Glacier—Una Kwik Inlet 2001
12/22 Matanuska Glacier—Denali Park 2002-2003
12/23 Anchorage—Flowers—Clouds 1957-2001
12/24 Alaska Wildlife—Arizona Landscape 1979
12/25 USGS Set of EQ Duplicates 1964-1965
12/26 Trip to Kenai and Homer 2002
12/27 Biotite—Pyroxene undated
12/28 Wishbone Hill 1997
12/29 Alaska ’04—Moose in Yard—Garden 2004
12/30 Gold Slides from George Herben 1977
12/31 Anchorage 1957—Statehood Celebration 1958—Early AK Oil Development 1958 1957-1958
12/32-36 Film negatives: Trips undated
12/37 Anchorage, Ruth’s house 1957-1996
12/38 Photograph notebook: photography data 1941-1945
12/39 Trips 1947-1992
12/40 Alaska trips circa 1968-1979
12/41 Anchorage, Ruth’s house 1992-1997

Series 8: Audio/visual materials; undated, 1988. 2 cubic feet.
The series contains audio letters recorded on 3 inch audio reels from Ruth’s family members. The series also contains audiocassettes of Ruth describing her household inventory, interviews, and trips she took to Shishamaref, Kodiak, Nome, Fairbanks, and Glenallen.

Box Description Dates
16 Living letters on 3 inch audio reels; Audiocassettes: Trips, interviews, bird songs, Ruth’s dictation of glaciers, places, fuel emissions, and how to teach students and what they should know, inventory of home; VHS: Shorelines, ACC, Nine Star Productions; Pribilof Islands; Letter from Flo about tapes and memo from Don Grybeck undated, 1988
17 Audio reels undated

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