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Senior citizen issues and advocacy archival collections

Collection with records related to senior citizen issues, advocacy, and gerontology.

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1930s collections

1964 Alaska earthquake 

1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill


African American history in Alaska

Alaska before 1900

Alaska Constitutional Convention and statehood

Alaska Highway construction

Alaska Native collections

Alaska state legislators and legislation 

Alaskan leadership 

Anchorage charter commissions

Anchorage history 

Anchorage Winter Olympics bids



Archives in Alaska

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Arctic research


Birding and bird conservation

Businesses, clubs, and organizations

Canol Pipeline 

Capital move 

Christianity in Alaska

Cold War era (1945-1992) 

Communications systems

Cooking and nutrition

Creative writing



Fine arts

Fishing, fisheries, and canneries

Fur Rendezvous

Fur trading, trapping, and farming

Gardening and botany

Geography and environmental studies

Geology related

Gold rush

Governors of Alaska

Greenspace collections

Hatcher Pass area 

Hope and Sunrise, Alaska 

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race


Jesse Lee Home

Journalism and broadcasting 



LGBT related collections

Mapping and surveying 

Matanuska Colony 

Medicine and health 

Miners and mining collections

Natural disasters

Non-English language collections


Performing arts

Permanent Fund Dividend

Petroleum and natural gas



Senior Citizen issues and advocacy

Seward, Alaska

Skiing and mountaineering


Student newspapers, Anchorage Community College and University of Alaska Anchorage

Tourism in Alaska

United States. Air Force

United States. Coast Guard 

Women’s organizations and women’s issues

World War II in Alaska 


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Anchorage Senior Citizens Sunday Drop-In Center records; 1975-1995. 1.0 cubic feet. hmc-1336. Records related to a weekly Anchorage gathering for senior citizens.

Genie Chance papers; 1964-1977. hmc-0084. The papers of a broadcast journalist and Alaska state legislator. Contains legislation files related to the Older Persons Action Group, the longevity bill for state employees, old age pensions, nursing homes, proposed legislation addressing senior citizens’ needs, and retired citizens mailing list.

Walter Eugene Guess; 1960-1975. hmc-0366. Alaskan legislator. Contains legislation files related to city and borough property tax exemption for senior citizens legislation in 1971 and a U.S. Senate campaign file titled, “Older Americans” from 1972.

Robert and Wilma Knox papers; 1949-2001. hmc-0461. Writings, clippings, photos, negatives, and other papers of two Alaskan journalists. Robert Knox was the managing editor for Senior Voice, the publication of Anchorage’s non-profit Older Persons Action Group from 1981-1984. The Collection contains article clippings from the Senior Voice.

Dove Kull papers; 1915-1991. hmc-0385. Social worker and activist on behalf of child welfare and senior citizens' issues. Contains correspondence regarding senior citizens related issues, and subject files related to senior housing, such as the Senior Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Senior housing Catered Living, Inc, Gerontological Planning Associates, Mountain View Apartments in Juneau, residential care, and pioneer homes.

Older Persons Action Group records; 1968-2006. hmc-0193. The Older Persons Action Group (OPAG) was funded in 1968 by the Office of Economic Opportunity as a delegate agency of the Greater Anchorage Area Community Action Agency in response to the Older Americans Act of 1965. OPAG serves as an advocate for senior citizens in Anchorage and in Alaska in matters relating to housing, health and welfare, legislation affecting the elderly, and others. The collection consists of records concerning the administration, finances, programs, and services of the Older Persons Action Group.

W. Jack Peterson papers; circa 1970-1996. hmc-0462. Professional papers of a UAA sociology professor. Jack Peterson began teaching at UAA in 1971, specializing in social issues related to aging and dying. The research project and organizational files relate to sociological studies gerontology-affiliated groups to which he belonged.

Frank Reed Sr. papers. hmc-0206. Anchorage businessman and civic leader.  Contains an Older Persons Action Group Directory for Older Alaskan Consumers from 1982-1983 and Anchorage Senior Center Endowment Trustees records from 1993-1996.

Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RURALCAP) records; 1965-1981. hmc-0213. RurAL CAP, founded in 1965, is a private, statewide, nonprofit organization working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. The collection contains correspondence and subject files related to the Older Persons Action Group.

Lorena Showers papers; 1945-1997. hmc-0221. Lorena Showers  served on the Employment Security Commission Advisory Council and was an advocate for senior citizen issues and rights. She served on committees and boards of Older Persons Action Group (OPAG), Anchorage Senior Center; Anchorage Pioneer Home; the Senior Citizen Project Council; Governor’s Advisory Committee on Aging; Anchorage Municipal Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission; the 1981 White House Conference on Aging; the Borough Advisory on aging; and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Sourdough chapter 533.

Joanne Townsend papers; 1962-2004. hmc-0246. Joanne Townsend is a former Poet Laureate for Alaska. Her collection contains life stories from a creative writing class at the Anchorage Senior Center in 1991 and 1993. The publications of the creative writing class at the Anchorage Senior Center include: I Have Saved Some Memories: A Journal of Life Stories and Poems (edited by Joanne Townsend), and the article with writing examples, "Laureates of the Later Years: Anchorage seniors try their hand at writing" (Senior Voice, Apr. 1993).

Social Transitions in the North Project Administrative Records; 1989-2004. hmc-0692. Contains an article about Elders.

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