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Dennis Neill papers

Guide to the Dennis Neill papers
1989 April-May

Collection number: HMC-1308.
Creator: Neill, Dennis.
Title: Dennis Neill papers.
Dates: 1989 April-May.
Volume of collection: 0.3 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Documents and video pertaining to the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Biographical note:
Dennis Neill was the Public Information Officer for the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team, an interagency emergency response team made up of representatives from various federal agencies, as well as state and local governments. Following the Exxon Valdez oil spill on March 29, 1989, Neill worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough as the Video Project Coordinator and was responsible for contracting to document skimming operations in the Elizabeth Island area, beach cleanup, boom deployment, bird and animal recovery, oil disposal, and administrative activities. Dennis Neill passed away in 2017.

Collection description:
The collection consists of documents, photographs and video related to Dennis Neill’s work as Video Project Coordinator for Kenai Peninsula Borough following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. The documents include memoranda, notes, informational bulletins, correspondence, reports, policy and planning documents, contact information lists, video production contracts, and an activity log. There are also a small number of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photographs depicting their cleanup activities in Prince William Sound. The two VHS tapes are labeled “Exxon Valdez Oil Spill” and “The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Disaster: 1-The Team, 2-Work Done to May 3, 3-Booming/Skimming, 4-Birds/Animals/Beach Cleanup.”

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

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

Access restrictions: Access to VHS tapes may be subject to delays and costs for the cleaning and digitization of the originals.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections owns copyright to material created by Dennis Neill. Material not created by Dennis Neill may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.

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

Acquisition note: The collection was donated by Dennis Neill’s wife, Faith Duncan, and a deed of gift was signed, in 2018.

Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Higgins in 2018.

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