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JOHN ASPLUND 1913-1994. Papers; 1958-1973. 2.5 cu. ft.

John Asplund was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1913. He graduated from high school in 1932, and took extension courses from the University of Minnesota. From 1933 to 1937, Asplund was the owner and operator of the J. M. Asplund Trucking Co. In 1938, he became the owner of the Arrow Tire Co. Asplund sold that company in 1940 and moved to San Francisco in 1941, where he worked as a manufacturer's representative until 1946. That same year he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and established the John M. Asplund Co., dealing in maintenance supplies and equipment. In 1953, he served as Chairman of the Greater Anchorage Wholesale Trade Commission. Active in community affairs, Asplund served as director of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce (1954-1957), and as a member and president of the Anchorage Independent School District Board (1960-1963). In 1964, John Asplund was elected chairman of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1972. John Asplund died in Issaquah, Washington, in 1994.

The collection consists of the papers of Anchorage businessman and city official John Asplund. It is divided into five series. Series one consists of John Asplund's personal papers, and includes correspondence, articles, and speeches. Series two consists of correspondence relating to Asplund's activities on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Series three consists of papers concerning the projects and daily business of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough, with emphasis on sewer construction, and include correspondence, minutes, reports, photographs, a color sound film on pollution prevention efforts in Anchorage, newspaper clippings, and publications. Series four consists of correspondence and reports relating to the business activities of John Asplund. Series five consists of four scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings documenting the history of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough from 1958 to 1972, and some miscellaneous publications on Alaska.

The collection was presented to the archives by John Asplund in 1984. A deed of gift was signed in 1984. Additional materials were added in 2006.

HMC-0064
JAS (12/2007)

Inventory:

SERIES LIST

Series I. Personal Papers; 1955-1957, 1963-1973. 2 folders.
The series contains private and personal papers of John Asplund. They are divided into two sections: correspondence, and articles and addresses by Mr. Asplund concerning the Greater Anchorage Area Borough.

Series II. Community Activities Through 1960. Correspondence; n.d., 1955, 1957, 1960. 1 folder.
The series contains the correspondence of John Asplund while he served as vice president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Series III. Greater Anchorage Area Borough; 1961-1973. 14 folders.
This series contains material concerning the development, daily business, and projects of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough with particular emphasis on the sewer construction project. The series is divided into two sections, arranged by type of material. Folders 1 to 3 concern the Anchorage Borough Study, 1961-1962, including minutes, committee membership lists, and reports of the various committees involved in the study. Folders 4 to 14 concern the Greater Anchorage Area Borough includes correspondence, memos, minutes, resolutions, reports, photographs, a 1970 color sound film on pollution prevention efforts in Anchorage, newspaper clippings, and publications relating to the daily business and projects of the borough.

Series IV. Business Papers; n.d., 1955, 1958-1960, 1972. 1 folder.
The series contains papers of a business nature and contains correspondence and reports relating to the activities of John Asplund as an Alaskan businessman.

Series V. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Publications; 1958-1972. 1 folder, 4 volumes.
The series primarily concerns the history of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough. It consists of four large scrapbook volumes of newspaper clippings, compiled by John Asplund, documenting the history of the borough from 1958 until John Asplund's retirement as borough chairman in 1972; miscellaneous Alaskan historical publications; and two bibliographies on metropolitan communities.

 


BOX AND FOLDER LIST

BOX 1

Series I. Personal Papers; 1955-1957, 1963-1973.
1.
Correspondence; 1955-1957, 1963, 1968-1973.
Correspondence between John Asplund and various private individuals; Letter of recommendation written to Governor Egan by Edward C. Willis, Borough Assemblyman, concerning John Asplund's qualifications for appointment to the Federal-State Land Use Planning Commission.
2. Articles and Addresses; 1963-1964.
Article written by John Asplund on a "Brief History of the Borough," John Asplund's address to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and his address to the Anchorage Press Club.

Series II. Community Activities through 1960. Correspondence; n.d., 1955, 1957, 1960.
1. Correspondence between John Asplund, Vice President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and various individuals, and material on a cruise John Asplund took in 1955 aboard the Navy ship, the U.S.S. Esperance.

Series III. Greater Anchorage Area Borough; 1961-1973.
1.
Anchorage Borough Study: Committee minutes; 1961-1962.
Minutes of the Borough Formation Committee, Borough Study Group, Steering Committee of the Borough Study Group; and the Captain Cook Borough Steering Committee.
2. Anchorage Borough Study: Committees; 1962.
Lists of committee and sub-committee members.
3. Anchorage Borough Study: Committee Reports; 1962-1963.
Reports from the Roads Committee, Boundary Committee, Borough Steering Committee, Borough Study Committee, Sub-Committee on Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Apportionment Committee, Revenue Committee, Health Committee, Schools Sub-Committee, Powers, Duties and Executive Structure Committee, Planning and Zoning Sub-Committee, and the Sub-Committee on Taxation. Also a newsletter on other Alaska boroughs, and an order and notice of election to determine whether the Anchorage Borough should be established.
4. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Correspondence; 1963-1972.
Correspondence to Borough Chairman, John Asplund, from various Borough officers, private individuals, and businessmen concerning various Borough projects, particularly the sewer construction project. Correspondence concerning John Asplund's retirement as Borough Chairman, and correspondence between Borough Mayor, Jack Roderick, and various private businessmen.
5. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Memos; n.d., 1964-1966.
Memos between various Borough officers concerning Borough functions and Borough projects, particularly the sewer construction project, and memos from the Borough Chairman to the Borough Assembly concerning Borough capital improvement estimates and Borough service areas.
6. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Minutes; 1965.
Minutes of the first Greater Anchorage Area Borough Sewerage Study Advisory Board, and minutes of a meeting with local authorities concerning the sewer/water situation.
7. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Resolutions and Agreements; 1964, 1966.
Resolution number 12 adopting rules of procedure for the Borough Assembly, Resolution number 20 approving a petition to the local affairs agency concerning exercise of sewer powers, and a proposed agreement between the City of Anchorage and the Greater Anchorage Area Borough concerning fire service in Spenard.
8. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Reports; n.d., 1964, 1966.
Estimated costs for sewer facilities along Campbell Creek, a Borough overview, a public notice concerning an army permit to build a sewer outfall into Knik Arm, and a rough draft of a report on estimated expenses for Borough programs.
9. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Petition; 1964.
Petition by Anchorage citizens against House Bill 298.
10. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Photographs; 1964, 1967, 1973 (9 b&w prints).
1-7. Malfunctioning sewer manhole on beach adjacent to Fifth Avenue at Elderberry Park; Sep. 23, 1967 (7 prints, 8 X 10 inch).
8. Headline of Anchorage Daily Times of Mar. 29, 1964 after earthquake; 1964 (1 print, 5 X 7 inch).
9. Newspaper photo with caption of John Asplund and Borough Mayor Jack Roderick prior to National Association of Counties convention; ca.1973 (1 print, 5 X 7 inch).
11. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Pollution Prevention Film; 1970 (16mm color motion picture film, optical sound, 750 feet, 20.5 minutes; VHS cassette reference tape; MiniDV master tape)(Film located on top of Series V. Scrapbooks).
Borough produced film on efforts to prevent pollution in the Anchorage area. The film features four main borough officials: John Asplund, chairman; Bob Pavitt, planning director; Bob Morriss, public works director; and Cliff Judkins, environmental health director. Topics covered: water quality problems including Campbell Creek as a wild salmon stream, sewer systems at Lake Hood and Lake Hood, and the upcoming completion of the waste water treatment plant at Point Woronzof in two years; the borough's environmental hotline; solid waste problems including junked cars; and air pollution problems including temperature inversions and dust, and the need for uniform standards in the three boroughs of the Cook Inlet Basin. The film shows various locations in and around Anchorage.

BOX 2

12. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Newspaper Clippings; n.d., 1958, 1966.
Clippings from various newspapers on John Asplund and the Anchorage Borough. Campaign ads for John Asplund.
13. Greater Anchorage Area Borough: Publications; n.d., 1962-1973.
Publications written by or about the Greater Anchorage Area Borough and its projects, including the Borough Act of 1961, a report on Knik Arm pollution, a report on the economic base of the Anchorage area, an article on Alaska by Time Magazine, and a Greater Anchorage Area Borough Annual Report for 1970-1971.
14. Anchorage Sewer Project - Reallocated Funding Request to the Environmental Protection Agency; 1971 (contains 5 exhibits and 9 color photographs, 8 X 10 inch).

Series IV. Business Papers; n.d., 1955, 1958-1960, 1972.
Includes correspondence between John Asplund and various individuals and businesses, a report on the economic outlook for Alaska, and a 1972 Annual Report for the Lost River Mining Corporation.

Series V. Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Publications; 1958-1972.
Four Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings documenting the history of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough from its inception in 1958, to 1972 (Wrapped individually and stored flat on shelves).
1. Volume I, 1958-1966.
2. Volume II, 1967-1969.
3. Volume III, 1970-1971.
4. Volume IV, 1971-1972.

5. Miscellaneous Publications, n.d., 1958, 1964.
These are: a booklet on Alaska, a pamphlet on the proposed constitution for Alaska, an edition of the Anchorage Daily News published just after the 1964 Earthquake, and a copy of the Daily News Earthquake Pictoral, and two bibliographies on metropolitan communities prepared by the Government Affairs Foundation, Inc.