Guide to the Richard Anthony Baenen memoir
Collection number: HMC-1394.
Creator: Baenen, Richard Anthony.
Title: Richard Anthony Baenen memoir.
Dates: circa 1940-1990.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Memoir of an attorney who worked for NANA Corporation during the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Richard Anthony Baenen was born in 1934 in Jamestown, North Dakota. He graduated from the Law School at the University of Michigan in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps and then entered private law practice in 1962 in Washington DC with Wilkinson, Cragun, and Barker. He worked with several law firms through the 1980s, many with offices in Anchorage, and then became a solo practitioner. His legal career focused on the representation of Native American tribes and entities including federal litigation at all levels, administrative proceedings regarding natural resource use, Congressional relations, and business law. He retired to Maryland in 200 and died in 2005. [Biographical note excerpted from longer biographical note written by Michael A. Baenen, available in the collection.]
The memoir includes discussions of both NANA and Shee Atika, as well as material on his representation of other Native American groups and of the nation of Angola, in addition to material on his childhood, adolescence, education, and service in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army.
Arrangement: The collection has been retained in the order in which is was given to the Archives. The memoir is roughly chronological.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Copyright to the memoir has been transferred to Archives and Special Collections.
Preferred citation: Richard Anthony Baenen memoir, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
HMC-1099, Donald Mitchell oral histories, includes an interview with Richard Baenen about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
Acquisition note: The memoir was given to the Archives in 2022 by Michael A. Baenen, son of Richard Anthony Baenen.
Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2022.