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Sylvia Broady papers

Guide to the Sylvia Broady papers

Collection number: HMC-1251.
Creator: Broady, Sylvia.
Title: Sylvia Broady papers.
Dates: circa 1963-2007; bulk 1980-1995.
Volume of collection: 0.75 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of an Alaskan journalism professor.

Biographical note:
Dr. Sylvia Broady was born Sylvia Ciernick in 1925 in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1948 she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), in East Lansing. She went on to earn a teaching certificate and taught school in Dearborn. Dr. Broady later earned her master’s degree at Wayne State University, and in December of 1962, she earned her Ph.D. in journalism from Michigan State University, where she worked as an education specialist. She was appointed Director of University Relations and professor by the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. In 1966, Dr. Broady married Thomas F. “Steve” Broady, Jr., and the couple lived in Point Barrow, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia before moving to Anchorage. In 1980, Dr. Broady became the founder of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Journalism and Public Communications (JPC) program and was both chair and professor in the department until her retirement in 1995. Tom Broady died in 1992. In 2003, Dr. Broady married author and former Atwood chair John Strohmeyer, and was married to him until his death in 2010. After her 1995 retirement, Dr. Broady remained active with the JPC department (renamed the Department of Journalism and Communication), as well as with the university through a UAA retiree organization, the Consortium Library advisory board, and acted as interim chancellor of advancement.

Collection description: This collection contains papers and other media of Dr. Sylvia Broady that pertain to her career in journalism and public relations. The bulk of the material dates from 1980-1995 when Dr. Broady was the chair of the Journalism and Public Communications Department at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The collection also contains reel-to-reel audio tapes from when she worked for the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Papers; 1963-2007
Series 2: Audio tapes; 1963-1965

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Access to audio recordings may be subject to delays and costs for the digitization of the originals.

Rights note: Archives has copyright to materials created by Sylvia Broady. The collection contains materials not created by Broady which may be subject to copyright restrictions.

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

Separated materials: University of Alaska Anchorage publications were removed from the collection and added to University records. “Eskimo Stories told by Pete Savolik [sic]” was removed from the collection and added to the Library’s Rare Books. Other publications and records containing student information were permanently removed from the collection. Please ask an archivist for further information.

Related materials: Archives also has the papers of Dr. Broady’s husband, John Strohmeyer, HMC-1073.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections in 2015. A deed of gift was signed by Broady at that time.

Processing information: This collection was described by Rosemary Austin in 2017, with further description added by Veronica Denison. The original arrangement and folder titles were retained in most cases. The exception would be for materials that were not in folders and in the separation of oversized photographs to the oversized map folder.

Container list:
Series 1: Papers; 1963-2007. 0.6 cubic feet.
This series contains personal and professional papers relating to Sylvia’s life and work, including documents and other correspondence relating to the Atwood Chair of Journalism, personal correspondence, research materials, and papers related to retirement activities and alumni relations.

Box/Folder Description Dates
1/1 Atwood Strategy Chair: Includes information on mission and history of Atwood Chair of Journalism 2001-2003
1/2 Atwood Endowment/Atwood Chair: Report on research on journalism chairs, proposal to establish endowment for Atwood chair, news article 1993-2000
1/3 Discuss with Sylvia: Contains foundations, Edith Bullock faculty award proposal, Bentley Family Trust 1987
1/4 Atwood Chair of Journalism, funding data 1989-1991
1/5 Atwood Chair Lecture: Contains planning list, press releases, mailing lists, and press release for “Floral Extravaganza” 2000
1/6 Atwood chair lobbying 1993-94: Contains communications regarding state matching funds in support of the Atwood Chair: Legislative alert, testimony to Anchorage area legislators, talking points, letters to legislators, response letters from legislators, meeting notes and phone call notes, “proposal to establish an endowment that will permanently fund the Atwood Chair of Journalism” bound report, meeting minutes, letters from Sylvia. 1992-1994
1/7 Wallace Allen: Correspondence 1987-1992
1/8 Letter from Mort [Stern] 1995
1/9 Strohmeyer, John: Relocation correspondence (Atwood Professor Applicant) 1987-1989


Correspondence and program: Includes correspondence regarding the Atwood Lecture Program, Atwood Chair, and personal correspondence 1985-1993
1/11 Mort Stern correspondence 1982-1993
1/12 Atwood Professors correspondence, clips, pictures, etc. 1996: Includes photograph of Sylvia Broady with two graduates, and Mort and Pat Stern 1995-1998
1/13 Cleve and Marion Mathews correspondence 1984-1992
1/14 Dick Smyser correspondence: Contains photocopies of articles and news clippings 1985-1992
1/15 Robert Rhodes correspondence 1992
1/16 B. Dale Davis, May correspondence 1984: Includes copies of news clippings, copy of University of Alaska Magazine Fall 1984: Vol 3, No. 1. 1984-1992
1/17 Correspondence from former students 1995
1/18 John Raffetto: Correspondence with clipping 1995
1/19 Negatives and prints, includes group photographs with Sylvia and unidentified people 1995
1/20 Atwood Chair: Financial statement, ACEJMC funded chairs. 1999, 2002
1/21 Bob Atwood – Instructor, 3-week course “The Military and the Press” 1990
1/22 Retirees: Retiree Resource Center 2003-2006
1/23 Retirees: Retiree directory, activities, profiles, steering committee, organizational structure, reports, goals, survey 2000-2002
1/24 Atwood Chair: Administrative agreement 1979-1996
1/25 Bullock Work papers: Research notes, typewritten article published in The Great Lander on March 24, 1976 circa 1970-1979
1/26 Edith Bullock Genealogy: Correspondence with Trudy Wozeniak 2006-2007
1/27 Edith Bullock: Talk on Women in the Humanities, memorial card, birthday notes, Broady typewritten article 1982-1983
1/28 Bullock Publicity: Alaskan of the Year 1979, invitation, telegram: Includes photographs of Bullock and others undated, 1979
1/29 Correspondence from Mort Stern; Ode to an Oosik, Ivory Jack’s with handwritten note 2005
1/30 Conference: Alaska in Transition Apr 3-4-5, 1978: “Is there an ‘Alaska’ Culture” speaking points note cards, correspondence, agenda, 1978
1/31 Tapes of Eskimo Stories by Pete Sovalik Recorded by Don Kimble; Correspondence: Dr. Helge Larsen, Don Kimball and Sylvia Ciernick [Note: Bound volume of Eskimo Stories moved to Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection] 1965, 1966
2 Correspondence, unsigned, addressed to Mr. & Mrs. Janiga, Dearborn, Michigan. 1963
1/32 Retirees: Retirement luncheon program, discussion outline, criteria for membership, steering committee, resource center goals, Master Goals, newsletter draft, activities summary, events, agendas, report to chancellor, colloquia 2003-2005
1/33 Retirees: Agenda, planning, parking, Chancellor Elaine Maimon, activities, Wolf Card, email, annual report, Office of Development, correspondence, Susan Ruddy, Vice-Chancellor 2002-2003
1/34 People: Funeral programs for media people 1995-2000
1/35 Retirement: Correspondence, congratulations, thank-yous, photographs 1995
1/36 Library Committee: Membership list, meeting minutes, donations to Archives and Special Collections, agenda, correspondence, events, Archives’ acquisitions 2003-2006
1/37 Atwood Chair: Foundation, funding, strategy, Bill Tobin, Fred Pearce, history, cost, chair biographies, JPC graduate sample, University of Alaska Foundation restricted fund agreement, endowment funds, Elaine Atwood 2000-2003
1/38 Atwood Agreement: Correspondence: Robert Atwood, Frank Harrison 1979-1997
1/39 Retirees, Consortium Library Archives: Meeting notes, historical timelines world USA Alaska UAA, Archives 2003
1/40  UAA – 2000 – 2001: Correspondence, University funding, accreditation, alumni list, Kaissier, Ted, Atwood funding, Larry Pearson, JPC web pages, funding, Anchorage Community College 30th anniversary 1998-2001
1/41 UAA 2002: Timeline 2002
1/42 UAA Alumni Association Tradition Walk Brick 1998
1/43 Vice Chancellor University advancement (interim): Office of Development, Carole Rich, advancement, work plan, PRSA strategic plan, removed interview records 1999-2000
1/44 UAA Publications: 50th Anniversary worksheet, Fast Facts brochure, College of Fellows State of UAA Dinners 2002-2003
1/45 JPC: Correspondence with Vivian Hamilton, Steve Norrell, and Fred Pearce, reports, program objectives, outcome, curriculum, course descriptions; Transition for JPC National Student Advertising Competition participation certificates; Photographs of Dr. Broady with students 1986-2004
1/46 JPC – Hire/Promotion/Tenure policies: Faculty review 1994
1/47 Atwood Professors photographs undated, 1985
O/S Folder Photographs of Atwood Professors: Includes John Strohmeyer, Robert and Evangeline Atwood, 12 people gathered for snacks, interior, students, and unidentified people undated, 1985

Series 2: Audio tapes; circa 1963-1965.  0.15 cubic feet.
This series contains audiotapes, some of which are unlabeled, which are thought to contain audio letters created shortly after Sylvia moved to Alaska.

Box Description Dates
2 Tapes and letters to Lady Helen: Contains Living Letter reel tapes: Barrow trip; Mr. and Mrs. Antczak of Dearborn, Michigan; Sylvia’s first trip to Anchorage and Juneau; Father O’Brien; Tapes about Barrow, Anchorage, and Kotzebue; Commemorative postcard for Rev. George Boileau and news clipping of bishop’s death 1963-1965
2 Cassette tape: unlabeled undated

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