Guide to the Walter Parker papers





Guide to the Walter Parker papers
circa 1940-2014


Collection number: HMC-1180.
Creator: Parker, Walter B.
Title: Walter Parker papers.
Dates: circa 1940-2014.
Volume of collection: 47 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of an Alaskan resources and transportation adviser who held various positions in governmental and public interest organizations.


Biographical note:
Walter (Walt) Parker was born in Spokane, Washington in 1926. After serving in World War II, he married Patricia Ertman and moved to Alaska in 1946, and began to work for the Civil Aeronautics Administration and the Federal Field Committee for Development Planning. In 1971, Parker joined the University of Alaska and taught classes in political science and urban and regional planning. During this time, he and Patricia founded Parker and Associates, Inc., consulting primarily on transportation and telecommunication issues. Parker was also elected to the Greater Anchorage Area Borough Assembly, serving from 1971-1974. In 1974, he was appointed as environmental consultant to the state on the pipeline and oversaw the construction of the Dalton Highway. Parker became Alaska’s highway commissioner under Governor Jay Hammond and was charged in forming the Department of Transportation. In 1976, he became state chairman of the Joint Federal/State Land Use Planning Commission for Alaska, which provided input for the Alaska National Interest Lands and Conservation Act (ANILCA). He also served as chair of the Alaska Oil Tanker Task Force, was an Alaska delegate on the Pacific Oil and Ports Group, and chaired the Alaska Telecommunications Task Force. Governor Cowper appointed Parker as chair of the Alaska Oil Spill Commission after the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Under United States President Bill Clinton, Parker became a member of the Arctic Research Commission and held various positions in other governmental and public interest organizations, such as the Northern Forum, the Institute of the North, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, the Bering Sea Forum, and the Anchorage Citizens Coalition and the Anchorage Trails and Greenways Coalition. Parker also served on the boards of the Prince William Sound Science Center, the Oil Spill Recovery Institute, the North Pacific Research Board, and the Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA). Walt Parker died in 2014.

Collection description:
The collection contains the professional papers of Walt Parker. A majority of the records relate to his work on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Commission, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, the Bering Sea Forum, the Land Use Planning Commission, the Alaska Oil Tanker Task Force, and the Alaska Telecommunications Task Force, as well as  Parker and Associates, Inc. The collection also contains Parker’s professional correspondence, his appointment books, maps, and name badges from various conferences and meetings he attended.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order it arrived to the Archives.

Alternative formats: Some records are only available digitally due to fire and mold damage. Please contact an archivist for further information.

Digitized copies: The digital materials in the collection are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies of any part of the collection, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Some of the records may contain fire, smoke, and water damage. Researchers with allergy issues should let an archivist know prior to accessing the materials. The Archives is currently in the process of digitizing the unrecoverable materials. Please contact an archivist for further information.

Rights note: The Archives holds copyright to materials created by Walter Parker. The collection contains materials to which the Archives does not own copyright.

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

Works used in preparation of inventory:

“After a Long Life of Service, Walt Parker Passes Away.” Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council, June 2014. Web.
Dunham, Mike. “Longtime Alaska Resources and Transportation Adviser Walter Parker Dead at 87.” Alaska Dispatch News, 26 June 2014. Web.

Separated materials: Publications were removed from the collection and some were added to Rare Books. Please contact an archivist for further information.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by the Parker family in 2014.

Processing information: This collection was described at the box level by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:



Box Description
1 Ecosystems; Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA); Notebooks; Correspondence (Note: some records from this box have been removed due to mold)
2 Oil Spill Commission files, A-I
3 Oil Spill Commission files, I-Y
4 Speeches; Subject files; Committee files
5 Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
6 Prince William Sound Science Center; Angola investments; Russia and Far East
7 Emergency Prevention Preparedness and Response (EPPR); Telecommunications; Notes; Protection of Arctic Marine Environment (PAME); Learn Alaska
8 EPPR; Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS); Arctic Research Commission (ARC)
9 Research files; Oil Spill Commission; Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
10 Appointment books
11 Subject files; Oil and gas; Pipeline; Parker and Associates, Inc.
12 Subject files; Parker and Associates, Inc.
13 Subject files
14 Transportation files; Subsistence; Correspondence; Inter-office memos; Satellite communication files
15 Subject files
16 Conservation files; Oil Spill Commission
17 Rural Air Study
18 Subject files
19 Subject files
20 Subject files
21 Subject files
22 Bartlett Democratic Club; Transportation files
23 Country files (listed by country name)
24 Notebooks; Subject files; Transportation files
25-26 Oil Spill Prevention and Response Committee; Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council; Appointment books
27 North Pacific Research Board
28 Commissioner of Highways files; AEPS; Institute of the North (Note: removed one folder from box due to mold)
29 Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
30 ARC meetings
31 Oil Spill Recovery Institute; Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
32 Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council; Notes; Research files
33 Northwest Gas Policy; Oil and gas; Power Alaska; Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council; Circumpolar Infrastructure Task Force
34 AK Trans Alliance; Pipeline; Institute of the North; Weathercam Study; Tankers files; Parker and Associates, Inc.; AMIPA
35 Transportation workshop and seminar files and notes
36 Audiovisual materials: Alaska history and Oil Spill
37 News clippings; Notes; Northern Forum; Photographs; Arctic Design; Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council; EPPR; Telecommunications; Oil Spill; AMIPA; Correspondence
38 Correspondence; Land Use Planning Commission; Alaska Oil Spill Commission (Note: contains mold)
39 Aleutian Planning Commission; Department of Highways; Land Use Planning Commission (Note: contains mold)
40 Telecommunication files; Transportation files; Rural Air Weather Reporting; Regional Corporation meeting for aviation; Parker and Associates, Inc. billing files (Note: contains mold)
41 Aviation program funding; Rural Air Study (Note: contains mold)
42 Telecommunication files; Correspondence; Personal papers; Interviews with Walt and Patricia Parker; AMIPA; Contaminant files; Prince William Sound Science Center (Note: contains mold)
43 Subject files; Parker and Associates, Inc. (Note: contains mold)
44 Subject files: Salmon fisheries, Marine animals, Fish and Game; National Parks (Note: contains mold)
45 Southeast Alaska files; Correspondence (Note: contains mold)
46 Subject files: Egan Center, accounts, fish and wildlife cooperative (Note: contains mold)
47 Photographs; Certificates; Invitations, Postcards
48 Name badges from conferences and meetings
Map roll Geological map of proposed transportation corridors in the Hughes Quadrangle, Alaska; 1973 Proposed State Highway map, Resource Planning Team; 1996 Anchorage traffic map; 1996 Kenai traffic map; Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Proposed Northwest Access Corridor (three different maps); National Interest Lands Reservation Act map with Parker’s annotations; Alaska Map E, ANILCA, with Parker’s annotations



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