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Guide to the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo No. 15 records
1910-1988

Collection number: HMC-0202.
Creator: Pioneers of Alaska.  Igloo 15.
Title: Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo No. 15 records.
Dates: 1916-1988.
Volume of collection: 9.6 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of the local Anchorage branch of a fraternal organization for pioneers in Alaska.

Organizational history:
Igloo No. 15 of the Pioneers of Alaska is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in Anchorage, Alaska. The charter for the organization was signed in September 1916 and approved by the Grand Igloo of the Pioneers of Alaska in February 1918.  Officers during Igloo No. 15’s first year in 1917 included John Frame, President; John Robinson, 1st Vice President; J. S. Mathews, Secretary; and Ray Larsen, Treasurer. Early meetings of the Igloo were held in the Labor Union Hall, the Moose Lodge, and Robarts Hall. In July, 1917, the Igloo purchased Anchorage's first school building from the Alaska Engineering Commission and moved it to a lot in downtown Anchorage. It served as a meeting hall for the Igloo and Women's Auxiliary No. 4, (established 1919) until 1964 when it was damaged in the Alaska earthquake. In 1965, Igloo No. 15 established the non-profit Pioneer Hall Building Corporation to acquire property and funds to contract for the construction of a new Pioneer Hall in Anchorage, and to administer and maintain the hall after its completion. The new hall was completed and dedicated in 1966.

Collection description:
This collection contains the records of Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo No. 15. Included are administrative records; meeting and membership records; legal files; special events files; financial records; and papers concerning the Grand Igloo, pioneers homes in Alaska, and graves and cemetery records. These files contain extensive data documenting the history and operation of the organization. The administrative records include the Igloo’s constitution and bylaws, annual reports (1918-1983), Board of Trustees records (1969-1974),  correspondence (1917-1987), minutes, resolutions, and attendance registers, as well as membership rolls and lists, documents relating to the sale of the old Pioneer Hall and the construction of the new hall, and ledgers, check registers, and audits. The graves and cemetery records include maps of the Pioneer burial plot in the Anchorage cemetery, legal records, and records of burials.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following order.

PART I. ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS; 1916-1988.
Part I.  Series 1. General records; 1917-1987.
Part I.  Series 2. Pioneer Hall Building Corporation; 1965-1966.
Part I.  Series 3. Special events records; 1923-1978.
Part I.  Series 4.  Financial records; 1917-1988.
PART 2. GRAND IGLOO RECORDS; 1920-1984.
PART 3. PIONEER HOMES; 1937-1981.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not own rights to this collection.

Preferred citation: Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo No. 15 records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was deposited in the Archives by the Pioneers of Alaska, Igloo No. 15 in 1988, 1989, and 1992.

Processing information: This collection was originally arranged and described by Dennis Walle.  The collection was rearranged and the guide revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2012.

Container list:

PART I. ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS; 1916-1988. 8 cubic feet.

Part I.  Series 1.  General records; 1917-1987. 6.2 cubic feet. 


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Constitution and bylaws

1917, 1919, 1982

1/2

Ritual book

1961

1/3

Board of Trustees meeting notes and discussion material

1969-1974

1/4 – 1/23

General correspondence

1917-1987, undated

1/24 – 2/9

Secretary’s correspondence

1952-1987, undated

2/10

Roll call of officers

1921-1925

2/11 – 4/10

Meeting minutes

1916-1987

4/11 – 4/13

Resolutions

1918-1982

4/14 – 4/17

Meeting attendance registers

1952-1984

4/18 – 4/19

Membership applications, A-Z. See the appendix for a name index to these applications.

1921-1973

4/20

Membership applications suspended

1933-1984

4/21 – 5/6

Membership rolls

1917-1973

5/7

Membership rolls – Auxiliary No. 4

1975, 1977

5/8 – 5/9

Membership cards, A-Z

1964-1966

5/10 – 5/16

Membership cards – Deceased members

circa 1930-1982

5/17 – 5/19

Membership cards – Members withdrawn, dropped, or transferred

circa 1929-1981

5/20

Membership cards – members issued clearance cards

circa 1960-1978

5/21

Member address books

undated

6/1

Member address lists

undated

6/2 – 6/6

Membership rosters

1981-1985, undated

6/7

Bill of sale – Old Pioneer Hall

1965

6/8

Estate settlements

1970, 1976

6/9

Leases

1917-1976

6/10

Leases – Correspondence and notes

1975-1980

6/11

Elevator maintenance agreement

1981

Part I.  Series 2.  Pioneer Hall Building Corporation records; 1965-1966.  0.3 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

6/12

Articles of incorporation

1965

6/13

Board of Trustees meeting minutes

1965

6/14

Building contract

1965-1966

6/15

Bank loan receipts

1965

6/16 – 6/17

Bank statements and cancelled checks

1965-1966

6/18

Building fund

1965

6/19

Debentures

1966

6/20

Disbursements

1965-1966

6/21

Hall rental charges

1966

6/23

Insurance

1966

6/24

Loan application from Small Business Association

1965

6/25

Other records

1966

Part I.  Series 3.  Special events records; 1923-1978.  0.3 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

6/26

Breakup Ball

1967-1977

6/27

Cabaret Party

1967

6/28 – 6/29

“Days of ‘98”

1954-1955

6/30

Dedication of Pioneer Hall

1966

6/31

Fish Feed

1970-1973

6/32

Harvest Dinner

1972-1978

6/33

Open House

1923-1938

6/34

Pancake Feed

1970-1977

6/35

Picnic

1968-1977

6/36

Stampede

1975

Part I.  Series 4.  Financial records; 1917-1988. 1.2 cubic feet. 


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

6/37 – 6/38

Annual financial reports

1917-1980

6/39

Annual income and expense statements

1967-1971

6/40 - 6/44

Annual reports and correspondence for trust accounts

1970-1977

6/55 – 7/4

Ledgers

1918-1964

7/5 – 7/10

Ledger/check registers

1943-1976

7/11

Audits

1960-1966

7/12 – 8/3

Bank statements, deposit slips, bills, and cancelled checks

1922-1977

8/4 – 8/10

Bills

1917-1975

8/11

Bond subscriptions – Pioneer Hall

1965

8/12

Building loan certificates – Pioneer Building

1918

8/13 – 8/16

Cancelled checks

1918-1976

8/17

Correspondence

1916-1980

8/18 – 8/19

Deposit records

1970-1974

8/20

Insurance

1955-1975

8/21

Inventories – Safe deposit box

1967-1988

8/22

Mail rates

1977

8/23

Paid accounts

1973

8/24

Proposed budget

undated

8/25 – 8/27

Receipts

1920-1972

8/28 – 8/31

Record of funds transferred from secretary to treasurer

1966-1984

8/32 – 8/33

Rental of Pioneer Hall

1971-1973

8/34

Tax assessments

1917-1962

8/35

Tax information and returns

1954-1974

8/36 – 8/37

Treasurers reports (for additional treasurers reports, see meeting minutes)

1917-1981

8/38

Treasurers reports – Dues and initiation fees received

1980-1982

8/39

Trust agreement

undated

8/40 – 9/2

Warrants

1917-1930

 

PART 2. GRAND IGLOO RECORDS; 1910-1984. 1.4 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

9/3

Constitution and bylaws

1947-1984

9/4

Glass-plate negative of charter form

Undated

9/5

Meeting/convention minutes

1920-1964

9/6 – 9/10

Meeting/convention reports

1960-1986

9/11

Meeting/convention speeches

1981, 1985

9/12 – 9/20

Convention records, including minutes, correspondence, financial records and reports, and Sitka petition

1954, 1961

9/21 – 9/24

53rd session minutes, correspondence, financial records, and committee records

1969

9/25 – 9/26

Convention programs

1958-1986

9/27 – 10/1

Grand Igloo session programs

1954-1987

10/2 – 10/5

Correspondence

1931-1934

10/6

Ledger

1910, 1921-1923

10/7

Ledger – Supplies ordered (listed by Igloo)

1908-1916

10/8

Supply price list, inventories, and warrants

1921-1924

10/9

Igloo charter and membership list

1932, undated

10/10

Rubber stamps

1969, undated

 

PART 3. PIONEER HOMES; 1937-1981. 0.2 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Dates

10/11

Biennial reports, Pioneer Home Superintendent

1937-1940

10/12

Annual reports, Sitka Home Christmas fund

1956-1967

10/13

Anchorage Pioneer Home addition report

1979

10/14

Brochures

1976, undated

10/15

Guest lists

circa 1961-1973

10/16

Older Alaskans Commission legislation

1981