Guide to the Miriam Bell papers
Collection number: HMC-1074.
Creator: Bell, Miriam.
Title: Miriam Bell papers.
Dates: 1969-1991 (bulk: 1969-1973).
Volume of collection: 0.8 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Papers and photographs created and collected by a nutritionist.
Miriam Bell has a Masters degree in Public Health and is a registered dietitian. In December 1970 she began the Regional Food Education Project as coordinator, a demonstration grant conducted by the Alaska Federation of Natives, Inc., through the Center for Disease Control, Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The main goal of the program was to improve the nutrition health status of the Alaska Native population. Improving the nutrition of the population was felt to be an important factor in alleviating disease and early death. The objective of the Regional Food Educator Program was to increase the nutritional information available to the people in villages.
The papers consist of nutrition-related training documents used in the project as well as later Native Health Service and educational manuals and course information. The collection also includes over 900 35 mm color slides, most of which pertain to the nutrition training program.
Arrangement: The collection is divided into two series: the documents and the slides. The documents are arranged in chronological order and the slides were maintained in the order in which they were provided by Miriam Bell.
Digitized copies: Selected images have been digitized and can be found on Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching for “Miriam Bell.” Digital copies are also available online, grouped by topic, through the Arctic Health website. For information about obtaining high resolution digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives holds copyright to materials created by Miriam Bell.
Preferred citation: Miriam Bell papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Acquisition note: Miriam Bell provided these materials to the Alaska Medical Library in 2004. Bell signed a deed of gift in 2006, and the collection was transferred to Archives in 2007.
Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2010.