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Mountaineering Club of Alaska papers

Guide to the Mountaineering Club of Alaska papers

Collection number: HMC-0960.
Creator: Mountaineering Club of Alaska.
Title: Mountaineering Club of Alaska papers.
Dates: 1960-1986.
Volume of collection: 0.5 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers and newsletters of an Alaskan mountaineering organization.

Biographical note:
The Mountaineering Club of Alaska is a non-profit corporation founded in 1958. Its mission is to “maintain, promote and perpetuate the association of persons who are interested in promoting, sponsoring, improving, stimulating and contributing to the exercise of skill and safety in the Art and Science of Mountaineering.”

Collection description:
The collection consists of the newsletters and other records of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska. The newsletters are an incomplete set of copies of the club’s newsletter, Scree, dated from 1960 to 1980. The collection also contains correspondence and forms relating to the club’s committee on geographic names, two copies of the Alaska Alpine Club’s newsletter, Descent, and a copy of an unedited and partial manuscript entitled, White Winds: The Documented Story of America’s Most Tragic High Altitude Mountaineering Accident, by Joe Wilcox, and related correspondence. The manuscript concerns a climbing expedition of Mount McKinley in 1967. The collection also include a cabin journal from Whiteout Cabin, which was on the Eklutna Traverse.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by subject type.

Digitized copies: A digital copy of the Whiteout Cabin journal is available online at Alaska’s Digital Archives. An transcript of the journal is also available online as a PDF. For information about obtaining copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to the materials in this collection.

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

Related materials: HMC-0887, Grace and John Vincent Hoeman papers: the Hoeman papers have records directly pertaining to the Mountaineering Club.

Acquisition note: Part of this collection arrived with the Grace and John Vincent Hoeman papers, which was donated in 2006 by the Mountaineering Club of Alaska. The newsletters were presented to the archives by Bruce Merrell in 2007.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2007. The guide was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:

Folder Description Dates
1-21 Scree 1960-1980
22 Descent 1975, 1977
23 Correspondence: Committee of Geographic Names 1967, 1980-1980
24 “White Winds” manuscript by Joe Wilcox 1977-1980
25 Whiteout Cabin climber’s journal 1970-1986


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