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Matanuska Colony archival collections

Collections with archival materials that relate to the Matanuska Colony, a New Deal project in which families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Chicago settled in Matanuska and Palmer.

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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



Fairbanks, Alaska

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 

Homer, Alaska

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


Oral histories

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 

Matanuska Colony related collections

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Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation records; 1935-1949. HMC-1174. Records of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (Palmer Colony).

C. Earl Albrecht papers; 1905-1996. HMC-0375. Personal and professional papers of a doctor who came to work in Palmer colony in 1935.

Glenn H. Bowersox photographs and papers; 1937-2005. HMC-0731. Between 1931 and 1939, Bowersox served as the radio operator and purser aboard the USMS Boxer and the USMS North Star that bought and shipped supplies to government agencies such as the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation (Matanuska Colony). Collection includes photographs of Matanuska Colonists traveling to and arriving in Alaska.

Ruby I. Cashen papers; 1935-1937. HMC-0421. The collection consists of an article and photographs relating to the Matanuska Colony.

Thelma Caulkins papers; 1936-1975. HMC-1223. Primarily letters and journals of a woman who moved to Alaska with her family as part of the Matanuska Colony project.

"Rusty" Dow papers; 1910-1989. HMC-0397. Papers of a woman who moved to Palmer in 1934 and opened her own trucking firm.

Jack O'Malley papers; 1935-1996. HMC-1185. The collection consists of Jack O’Malley’s surveying and engineering papers including survey field books, research files, and maps and plans. Surveys included the original Matanuska Valley Colony sites done with Anton Anderson.

Almer Peterson papers; 1935-1948. HMC-0413. Primarily photographs related to an attorney’s residence in Palmer colony.

Nancy Jordan Strohmeyer interview recordings; 1990-1999. HMC-1273. Includes audio recordings with Dr. C. Earl Albrecht.

Frances and Harry Walton correspondence; 1923-1952. hmc-0342. Primarily letters relating to their life in Alaska, including their stay in the Matanuska Colony.

Ephemera collections (no further description available at this time):

Matanuska Valley Fair Association programs; 1936-1958. EPH-0054
Matanuska Valley 4th of July Committee program; 1936. EPH-0055.

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