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John P. Bagoy papers

Guide to the John P. Bagoy papers

Collection number: HMC-0807.
Creator: Bagoy, John P.
Title: John P. Bagoy papers.
Dates: 1916-2003.
Volume of collection: 0.75 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers regarding the identification and marking of gravesites at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery.

Biographical note:
John P. Bagoy was born in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1922. He graduated from Anchorage High School in 1940 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, he started an electrical supply business in Anchorage, and later acquired Yukon Radio and Electric Supply. After his retirement, Bagoy wrote a book composed of histories of Anchorage’s founding families entitled, Legends and Legacies, Anchorage 1910-1935. Upon his mother’s death in 1982, he began working to refurbish the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. This involved researching over three thousand unmarked graves and raising funds for new grave markers. He also gave annual cemetery tours every summer solstice, including stories about Anchorage pioneer families and Alaska Natives. Bagoy directed the project that created the Anchorage Pioneer Families Exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. He received several awards and honors from local organizations for his historical efforts. John Bagoy died in Anchorage in 2005.

Collection description:
The collection largely consists of John P. Bagoy’s papers relating to the identification and marking of grave sites at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. The collection also contains family and local historical papers. The collection includes lists of grave marker orders by cemetery tract, correspondence, orders for new grave markers, copies and notes from state records, cemetery photographs, maps, municipal records, records concerning new markers for Alaska Native graves, donor records, obituaries, Bagoy Family histories and photographs.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by subject.

Digitized copies: Select photographs 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 does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred citation: John P. Bagoy papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Shinohara, Rosemary. “John Bagoy, Driven Anchorage Historian, Dies.” Anchorage Daily News 21 July 2005, Obituaries.

Separated materials: Some publications were removed from the collection. Please ask an archivist for further information.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to Archives and Special Collections by Wally Wallenstein on behalf of Thelma Bagoy.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2005. The guide to this collection was converted to current standard in 2015 by Veronica Denison. Where possible, original folder titles were retained.

Container list:

Folder Item Description Dates
1 Marker Orders: Tracts 3-4 undated
2 Marker Orders: Tracts 5-8 undated
3 Marker Orders: Tract 7 undated
4 Marker Orders: Tract 7, Order 1 undated
5 Marker Orders: Tract 7, Order 2 undated
6 Marker Orders: Tracts 15 and 16 undated
7 Marker Orders: Tract 17 undated
8 Marker Orders: Tract 18 undated
9 Marker Orders: Tracts ABEF undated, 2001
10 Marker Orders: Native Gravesites undated
11 Quiring Specials: Quiring Monuments Inc. orders for markers 1999-2003
12 Cemetery: Letters to John Bagoy 1975-2002
13 Cemetery: State records 2002
14 Cemetery: State records, unmarked graves undated
15 1-28 Cemetery: Photographs undated, 1937, 2002
15 1 Placing marker on “Russian” Jack Marchin grave, Arvin, California. John Bagoy with cemetery worker 2003
15 2 Jeanne and Sydney Lawrence headstone undated
15 3 Pinkney McMahill headstone undated
15 4 Harry G. Watson grave marker undated
15 5 Harry Cribb grave marker undated
15 6 Irving Leonard Kimball grave marker undated
15 7 John B. Bagoy headstone during cemetery tour undated
15 8 Lucky grave marker undated
15 9 Marie Silverman grave marker undated
15 10 John Beaton Family headstone undated
15 11 Elmer E. Rasmuson Family headstone undated
15 12 Joseph H. Romig grave marker undated
15 13 A. Frank Hoffman headstone undated
15 14 Anthony J. Dimond headstone undated
15 15 Anton John Wendler grave marker undated
15 16 Anchorage Memorial Cemetery in 1937 (taken from the corner of 8th & Cordova) 1937
15 17-28 Dedication of John P. Bagoy Gate 2003 June 25
16 Cemetery Maps: note cards used for cemetery tours undated
17 Municipality of Anchorage, Cemetery fee schedules, Columbarium Wall brochures 1999-2003
18 CIRI Markers: Correspondence 2000-2003
19 CIRI Markers: The Four Chiefs 2001-2003
20 CIRI Markers: Ada Blackjack Johnson and Nick Gray undated, 2001
21 CIRI Markers: Chief Nicolai undated, 2003
22 Pioneers buried in Angelus Cemetery undated
23 National Register of Historic Places undated
24 Pioneers: Moose and Elks Lodge Tracts undated, 2001
25 Donors: Grave Markers 2000-2001
26 Quiring Orders for Markers: Quiring Monuments Inc. 2001-2003
27 American Bronze Craft, Inc.: Orders for Markers 2001-2003
28 Special Stuff: Anchorage Place Names (businesses) undated
29 Special Stuff: Edward B. Rasmuson, contributions for grave markers 2000-2003
30 Special Stuff: 49th Star Issue of The Forty Ninth Star 1950 August 26
31 Bagoy Family: “The Bagoys of Alaska” Richard P. Emanuel, Alaska Geographic Newsletter; “The Bagoy Family History”; “Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery” by John P. Bagoy; “Resurrection of a Cemetery” (notes); Obituaries: John B. Bagoy, Marie A. Bagoy, Helen M. Bagoy, Peter J. Bagoy, Doris Bagoy Faroe undated, 2000
32 1-10 Bagoy family photographs 1921-1964
32 1 Group photo of Bagoy family members at Curry Roadhouse 1921
32 2 “Miss Anchorage” woman in gown and tiara 1937
32 3 John P. Bagoy high school graduation portrait in cap and gown 1940
32 4 John Bagoy receiving award from Governor Tony Knowles 2002
32 5 City Street snow removal in Anchorage, Pete Bagoy shoveling snow on Fourth Avenue 1928
32 6 John P. Bagoy on snow sled circa 1924
32 7 Damage to Bagoy Flower Shop in earthquake 1964
32 8 John Bagoy and Jack Sellers with shotguns and ducks at Ship Creek circa 1933
32 9 First Anchorage Hockey Team, Ice Carnival, Fairbanks 1936
32 10 “Dad and Robt. Hugdahl – baby w/ doll – in front of house on 4the Ave 1925” John Bagoy, Sr. and children on street 1925
33 Knik obituaries, copies of handwritten notes undated
34 1-17 Anchorage photographs 1916-1938
34 1 “Parade Held in Honor of Recruits About to Depart for Their Training Stations, Anchorage, Alaska, June 30, 1918, A.E.C. Photo No. H76” 1918
34 2 “Anne W. Landing Passengers from S.S. Mariposa, Anchorage, Alaska, May 29-17” 1917
34 3 “Second Stage of Work in Anchorage New 12 ft. Concrete Walks” 1916
34 4 4th Avenue looking west from C Street 1916
34 5 Presbyterian Church, Sydney Lawrence undated
34 6 4th Avenue looking west from C Street 1936
34 7 Alaska Railroad telephone and telegraph workers with automobile and trailer on tracks 1926
34 8 Portrait of A. J. Wendler undated
34 9 Dr. Haverstock home near Grouse Lake, Seward 1932
34 10 “Fourth and C Looking West, Anchorage, Alaska” circa 1922
34 11 “Curry Hotel, 11/12.24.” 1924
34 12 View of Curry Hotel and Chulitna River on the Alaska Railroad circa 1933
34 13 “Residence – Anchorage, Alaska” home of Alaska Railroad manager undated
34 14 “The Arctic Highway” winter scene at 3rd Avenue and E Street 1931
34 15 “Harbor, Anchorage, Alaska” Bragaw’s Photo undated
34 16 Winter scene of walkway and bridge at bottom of E Street Hill 1938
34 17 “Alaska Railroad Yards, Anchorage, Alaska” Aerial view undated





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