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Anchorage Audubon Society records

Guide to the Anchorage Audubon Society records

Collection number: HMC-1447.
Creator: Anchorage Audubon Society.
Title: Anchorage Audubon Society records.
Dates: 1972-2004.
Volume of collection: 6.9 cubic feet and 53.0 MB.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of an organization promoting bird conservation.

Organizational history:
The Anchorage chapter of the Audubon Society was officially founded in 1973. The Anchorage Audubon Society is a all-volunteer non-profit chapter of the National Audubon Society. It works on the conservation of southcentral Alaska ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations. The chapter hosts regular educational meetings, sponsors birding events, and engages in conservation activities.

Collection description:
The collection consists of the records of the Anchorage Audubon chapter. It includes board meeting records, administrative and operational files, newsletters, and issue and project files.

Arrangement: The records are arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Board meeting minutes; 1973-2004
Series 2: Newsletters; 1973-2008
Series 3: Project and issue files; 1976-2004
Series 4: Administrative files; 1972-2004

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

Digital materials: The digital contents of this collection are not available online. Access may only be provided on-site in the Archives research room. For more information about potential distance access to digital records, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Access restrictions: Duplication of materials containing personally identifiable information may be subject to copying restrictions.

Rights note: The Archives can grant permission for use of collection materials created by the Anchorage Audubon Society. Other materials may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Audubon Society records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:
“About us,” Anchorage Audubon Society website. Last accessed February 28, 2023: https://www.anchorageaudubon.org/about

Related materials: For additional materials regarding birding and bird conservation in the Archives collections, see our subject guide to Birding collections. For additional collections with materials related to environmental conservation, see our subject guide to Geography and Environmental Studies.

Acquisition note: The collection was deposited with the Archives in 2024 by the Anchorage Audubon Society.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2024.

Container list:
Series 1: Board meeting minutes; 1973-2004. 1.6 cubic feet.
This series consists of agendas, meeting minutes, reports, and other supporting materials for Board meetings. Some folders may overlap in date spans. The minutes may contain information pertaining to other materials in the collection, such as project and subject files. The meeting minutes are mostly arranged in chronological order by year or span of years.

Box/Folder Dates
1/1 1973-1979
1/2 1980-1982
1/3 1983
1/4 1984
1/5 1985
1/6 1986
1/7-8 1987
1/9-10 1988
1/11-12 1989
1/13 1990-2004
1/14 1990
1/15 1991
1/16 1991-1992
1/17 1992
1/18-19 1993
1/20-21 1994
2/1 1995-1997
2/2 1995
2/3 1996
2/4 1997
2/5 1998
2/6 1998-1999
2/7 1999
2/8 2000
2/9 2000-2001
2/10 2002
2/11 2003
2/12 2004

Series 2: Newsletters; 1973-2008. 0.7 cubic feet.
The first issue of the newsletter was called News. Beginning with the second issue, the newsletter was titled Okiotak: the one who stays all winter (a reference to a gyrfalcon). In fall 2003, the newsletter name was changed to Wing Beat. Generally the newsletter was issued 8-10 times per year until Fall of 2003 when it switched to 3-4 times per year. The newsletters are arranged in chronological order by date of issue.

Box/Folder Dates
2/13 1973-1977
2/14 1978-1980
2/15 1981-1984
2/16 1985-1988
2/17 1989-1992
2/18 1993-1995
3/1 1996-1998
3/2 1999-2001
3/3 2002-2008

Series 3: Project and issue files; 1976-2004. 4.0 cubic feet and 53.0 MB.
This series contains materials relating to projects, events or partnerships sponsored or supported by Anchorage Audubon Society as well as subject files on topics of interest. Additional materials on these matters may be found in Board meeting minutes or in administrative files. The files are grouped by project or issue with the exception of the digital materials that may overlap in content.

Box/Folder Description Dates
3/4-7 Potter Marsh Nature Center, Bird Treatment and Learning Center 1987-2001
3/8 Eagle feeding in Homer 2004
3/9 Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup 1994-1999
3/10 King Cove access, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, contains untranscribed notes in shorthand 2003-2004
3/11-12 Anchorage Audubon Birdathon 2003-2004
3/13 Alaska Bird Conference 2004
3/14 Group volunteer services agreement, Bureau of Land Management, Campbell Creek Science Center 2003
3/15 Alaska Bird Observatory Arctic warbler study 2003-2004
3/16 Alaska bird chart 1976
3/17, OSF1 Art show 1986, 1989-1991
3/18-4/7, OSF1 Anchorage Business Park Wetlands Coalition 1988-1994
4/8 Connors Lake habitat and wildlife issues 2004
4/9 Aerial pesticide spraying 2003
4/10 Anchorage Bowl Parks, Natural Resource, and Recreation Facilities draft plan 2004
4/11-28, OSF1, Roll 1 Alaska Loon Festival 1990-1998
OSF1 International Migratory Bird Day program 2001
Server George Matz’s files: includes national issues, conservation issues, Anchorage Audubon records, Audubon Alaska records and national Audubon Society records 1991-2003

Series 4: Administrative files; 1972-2004. 0.6 cubic feet.
This series contains administrative and operational files for Anchorage Audubon Society. They include the constitution and bylaws, planning documents, membership and volunteer records, and correspondence. The records are grouped by type.

Box/Folder Description Dates
5/1 Articles of incorporation and bylaws 1976-1999
5/2 Five year strategic plan 2001
5/3 2001 action plan 2001
5/4-6 Correspondence 1993-2004
5/7-8 Certifications and annual reports to the national Audubon Society 1972-1996, 2003-2004
5/9-11 Membership surveys and volunteer lists (contains personally identifiable information that may be subject to copy restrictions) 1979-1982, 2001-2003
5/12 Kenai chapter records 1983-1993
5/13 Anchorage Audubon chapter history records 1972-1987
5/14 Outings 2002-2003
5/15 Exhibit committee minutes 1988

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