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UAA. Native Student Services records

University of Alaska Anchorage Records
Guide to the UAA. Native Student Services records

Collection number: UAA-0132.
Creating office: University of Alaska Anchorage. Native Student Services.
Series title: UAA. Native Student Services records.
Dates: 1979-2017.
Volume of series: 4.5 cubic feet and 46 MB.
Language of materials: Records are in English.
Series summary: Records relating to the creation and operations of an educational support office for Native students.

Administrative history:
In 1969, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks established the Student Orientation Services (SOS) office. (The SOS office was renamed Rural Student Services in 1982 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks). In the 1970s, as Anchorage Community College (ACC) grew, a student Special Services office opened on campus. The office was funded through a federal Trio program grant to provide services to low-income students, particularly Alaska Native students. In 1979, a separate SOS office was established on the ACC campus. In 1985, the Alaska Native Center (ANC) at UAA was established. After the University of Alaska statewide merger of community colleges and four-year universities in 1987, SOS and ANC merged to become Native Student Services (NSS) at UAA and was placed under the Advising and Counseling Center.

Agency functions:
The Native Student Services office provides support services for Native students at the University of Alaska Anchorage. These services include academic advising, cultural events, a gathering space, and support for many aspects of the student experience.

Series description:
This records series contains reports and administrative files related to the Native Student Services office at UAA. The series also contains staff meeting minutes, event information, files relating to various committees and programs sponsored by NSS, correspondence, and photographs. Subjects of the photographs include students, NSS events, and graduation ceremonies.

Arrangement: The records are roughly grouped by subject.

Digitized copies: The records have 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: Some of the materials on the floppy disks are currently inaccessible due to technical requirements.

Preferred citation: UAA. Native Student Services records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Current records: Current records are still in the custody of Native Student Services.

Custodial history: The records were transferred to the Archives in 2018.

Processing information: This collection was initially described by Arlene Schmuland in 2018. Additional material was organized and described by Veronica Denison in 2018.

Container list:

Box Description Dates
1 Native Student 1984 Survey; 1989 Accreditation Statement; NSS objectives and goals, plans, vision and background, space information, progress, work plan, UAA 2000 goals, program survey, reports; Staff meetings; Establishment of a center for Indigenous Studies; Advisory Council; Fliers for events; Alaska Native Students’ Retention at UA; Rural Student Services Honors Institute; Alaska Native curriculum; Project Achievement Programming for Academic Success; Issues Involving Alaska Natives/Native Americans; Interoffice memoranda; Alaska Native Language Legislation (1991-1992); Program information, student handouts; Freshman Early Admittance information; Native Student Services: A Year in Review (1998) 1979-2014
2 Alaska Natives in Higher Education; Academic Performance of NANA House Students; Coalition/Taskforce on Alaska Native Education; Alaska Native Education Summit; Student Activities, YWCA Mother-Daughter Program; ACE (Academic Center for Excellence) correspondence, information, focus group results; Committee for a Tribal College; Native Student Services Connection Series; Native Concerns Committee; Vice Chancellor of Student Services (VCSS) cabinet meeting reports and notes (1992-1996) 1989-2006
3 Della Keats Enrichment Program information; DOI Summer Intern Program, INSTEP (Internship for Native Student Training and Education Program); RETAIN ’99 (Retention in Education for Today’s American Indian Nations) Conference; Spirit Days 1991 and 1992; Peer Mentoring Program; Summer Native Scholar Program; NSS population selection notes; Alaska Native Studies minor at UAA; NSS team meeting notes and visit to Bering Straits School (agendas); Committee on Indigenous Studies Center; NET (Natives in Early Transition) program; Student Support Services files; NSS programming and events (2001-2002); NSS activities and Native Dance Group; Native Students graduation programs and fliers; NSS fliers, handouts, handbooks, and pamphlets, including for the Della Keats Program; NSS newsletters (1995-2001); Photographs 1991-2017
4 Photographs; VHS: “Breaking point: A round table on racism in Anchorage” by Channel 2 News, filmed at East High School circa 2001 circa 1995-2006
5 Photographs; 3 1/4 floppy disks circa 1995-2006
Scribe 1 Photographs; Native Student Council event information 1996-2014


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