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Guide to the Lorena Showers papers
1939-2000

Collection number: HMC-0221.
Creator: Showers, Lorena.
Title: Lorena Showers papers.
Dates: 1939-2000.
Volume of collection: 12.0 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of HERE union and senior citizen issues activist.

Biographical note:
Lorena Williams was born in Iowa. She married Roydon Showers in 1924. After living in Minnesota for several years, they moved to Juneau  in 1940 and  then to Anchorage in 1941. Lorena Showers worked as a waitress in Anchorage and became an active member of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Union. Showers is often referred to as the “Grand Lady of Labor.” She negotiated the first union health  program  in Alaska in 1952, and  served as one of the trustees of the program. Showers also helped negotiate a pension program between the union and various employers. In addition, 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. For all her work, Showers has received numerous awards and accolades. In addition  to advocating for union and senior citizen righsts, Showers wrote two books, Fifty Years in Alaska, A Union Member's Story: Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local Union 878, and Here Come the Showers, about her husband.

Collection description:
The collection contains papers and publications related to the life and activities of Lorena Showers. The series is divided into two parts. Part 1 is the processed part of the collection and contains records donated  to the archives between 1990-1999.  There are 5 series in Part 1 that contain personal papers; papers relating to her union work with the Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union, and the Employment Securities Commission; drafts and published copies of her books; publications concerning labor, the Trans-Alaska pipeline, and  tourism in Alaska; awards, plaques, and pins presented to Lorena Showers throughout her career; and 67 black and white and 496 color photographic prints concerning her union work and world travels. Part 2 is the unprocessed section of the collection that was donated to the archives in 2004. Records in Part 2 consists of records related to Showers work with HERE and her role as a senior citizen advocate.

Arrangement:
PART 1: PROCESSED COLLECTION; 1939-1994.

Series 1. Personal papers; 1942-1988, 1992, 1997.
Subseries 1a: Biogragpical and personal materials; 1950-1997.
Subseries 1b: Correspondence; 1940-1997.
Subseries 1c: Travel; 1968-1982.
Subseries 1d: Scrapbooks; 1967, 1978. 

Series 2. Union and labor related activities records; 1945-1987.
Subseries 2a: Hotel Employee and Restaurant Employees (HERE); 1947-1987. 
Subseries 2b: Employment Security Commision and the Employment Security Advisory Council; 1945-1972. 

Series 3. Publications; n.d., 1939-1990.
Subseries 3a: Fifty Years in Alaska, a union member’s story: Hotel employees local union 878; 1990.
Subseries 3b: Here Come the Showers; 1978.
Subseries 3c: Labor publications; 1978.

Series 4. Awards and citations; N.D., 1954, 1964, 1967-1994.
Subseries 4a: Certificates; 1954-1997.
Subseries 4b: Plaques; 1967-1982.
Subseries 4c: Pins and badges; 1957-1990.

Series 5. Photographs; circa 1950-1982.

PART 2: UNPROCESSED COLLECTION;  1942-2000.

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

Rights note: The Archives owns copyright to materials to which Lorena Showers’ owned copyright.

Preferred citation: Lorena Showers papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For more materials related to Senior related issues in Alaska, please visit the Archives’ Senior issues in Alaska research guide.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Lorena Showers in 1990. A deed of gift was signed in 1990. Additional papers were added in 1998, 1999, and 2004.

Processing information: This collection was described by Kathleen Hertel-Baker in 2000. Collection description was reformatted and updated to reflection recent aditions to the collection were described by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2013.

Container list:

PART 1: PROCESSED COLLECTION; 1939-1997.

SERIES 1. PERSONAL PAPERS; 1942-1988, 1992, 1997.
This series consists of paper concerning the private life and interests of Lorena Showers.

Series 1. Personal papers. Subseries 1a: Biogragpical and personal materials; 1950-1997. Series 1 contains Personal and Biographic Materials relating to Mrs. Showers.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Copy of  death certificate.

1997 October

1/2

Draft, Anchorage Times Biographical Article; 1978, 1984, 1986.

1978, 1984, 1986

1/3

Draft of "Alaskan of the Year" speech.

1989

1/4

U.S. Senate tribute.

1991 August 1

1/5

Alaska Legislature tribute.

1991 February 11

1/6

"Who's Who in Alaska" copy.

undated

1/7

Declaration of Candidacy receipt; .

1972 July

1/8

Labor and union history.

1942, 1971, 1987, undated

1/9

Membership, identification cards and visitor passes.

Undated

1/10

Notes on files.

1950-1959

1/11

JFK Inauguration.

1963

1/12

Appointment books.

1981, 1989, 1995, undated

1/13

Bibliography of Alaska Labor History by Steve Levi.

1986

1/14

Anchorage Senior Center notes.

1983, 1992

1/15

Memorial service book, Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

1997 September 28

1/16

Memorial service books from Anchorage Senior Center (1997 October 3),  Anchorage memorial service programs (1997 October 3),Ridgeport, Iowa  memorial service program, (1997), and  Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services “In Memory” program (1997).

1997

1/17

Notes.

undated

1/18

Miscellaneous.

undated

Series 1. Personal papers. Subseries 1b: Correspondence; 1940-1997. This series contains correspondence with various private and public individuals.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/19

Correspondence.

1969-1988

1/20

Correspondence.

1940-1969

1/21

Correspondence.

1970-1979

1/22

Correspondence.

1976

1/23

Correspondence.

1980-1989

1/24

Correspondence.

1990-1994

1/25

Correspondence: AARP.

1966-1997

Series 1. Personal papers. Subseries 1c: Travel; 1968-1982. This series relates to her travel around the world. Photographs related to Shower’s travels can be found in Series 5: Photographs.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/26

Africa.

1982

1/27

China.

1979

1/28

Egypt and Israel.

1972, 1974

1/29

Europe.

1973

1/30

France.

1968

1/31-1/32

Madrid.

1974

1/33

Yugoslavia.

1972

1/34

Travel Journal.

1980

1/35

Postcards from/of Africa and the Middle East.

1972, 1974, 1982

1/36

Postcards, Alaska.

circa 1970

1/37

Postcards, China.

1979

1/38

Postcards, Europe.

1968-1974

1/39

Postcards, North America.

undated

1/40

Miscellaneous.

undated

Series 1. Personal papers. Subseries 1d: Scrapbooks; 1967, 1978.  Subseries 1d contains two scrapbooks assembled by Lorena Showers.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

2

Alaska Centennial Celebration

1867-1967

2

Scrapbook.

1978

 

SERIES 2. UNION AND LABOR RELATED ACTIVITIES RECORDS; 1945-1987.
This series consists of papers relating to the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union in Alaska. Photographs related to Shower’s union and labor related activities records can be found in Series 5: Photographs.

Series 2. Union and labor related activities records. Subseries 2a: Hotel Employee and Restaurant Employees (HERE); 1947-1987.  This series contains HERE bylaws and rules of order; convention records; copies of the union newsletter, Alaska Bulletin; newspaper clippings; and other papers. Photographs related to Shower’s participation in the HERE can be found in Series 5: Photographs.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

3/1

Papers.

1955-1958, undated

Oversize 1

Meeting minutes.

1948-1956

3/2

Trustee Handbook.

1966 October

3/3

General Convention Officer's Report.

1957 April

3/4

General Convention Officer's Report.

1966 May

3/5

General Convention  proceedings.

1969 September

3/6

General Convention papers.

1971

3/7

General Convention Officer's Report.

1981 June

3/8

Alaska AFL-CIO Convention.

1986

4/1

General Convention.

1986

4/2

HERE Alaska Bulletin.

1987

4/3

HERE clippings.

1947-1986

4/4

Miscellaneous.

1947-1987

4/5

State Conventions: 14th Convention, Sitka.

1960 September

4/6

State Conventions: 15th Convention, Juneau.

1962 September

4/7

State Conventions: 16th Convention, Anchorage.

1964 September

4/8

State Conventions: 17th Convention, Anchorage.

1966 September

4/9

State Conventions: 18th Convention, Sitka.

1968 September

4/10

State Conventions: 20th Convention, Fairbanks.

1972 September

4/11

State Conventions: 22nd Convention, Anchorage.

1976 September

Series 2. Union and labor related activities records. Subseries 2b: Employment Security Commision and the Employment Security Advisory Council; 1945-1972.  This series contains records relating to Lorena Shower's involvement in the Employment Security Commission of Alaska (reorganized in 1959 and renamed the Employment Security Division of the Alaska Departnment of Labor) and the Employment Security Advisory Council. Included are minutes of the Employment Security Commission and the Employment Security Advisory Council, annual reports of the Employment Security Commission and the Employment Security Division, reports and studies on employment security in Alaska, newspaper clippings, and other papers. Photographs related to Shower’s participation in the ESC and ESAC can be found in Series 5: Photographs.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

5/1

Employment Security Commission (ESC).

undated

5/2

ESC.

1945

5/3

ESC.

1950

5/4

ESC.

1953

5/5

ESC.

1954

5/6

ESC.

1956

5/7

ESC.

1957

5/8

ESC.

1958

5/9

Employment Security Division (ESD) and Employment Security Advisory Council (ESAC); .

1959

5/10

ESD and ESAC.

1960

5/11

ESD and ESAC.

1961

5/12

ESD and ESAC.

1962

5/13

ESAC.

1963

5/14

ESAC.

1965

5/15

ESAC.

1967

5/16

ESAC.

1968

5/17

ESC/ESD Miscellaneous Papers.

1956-1972, undated

5/18

ESAC "Alaska Labor Log" newsletter.

1970-1971

5/19

Clippings.

Circa 1953-1958

 

SERIES 3. PUBLICATIONS; 1939-1990.
This series consists of publications written by Lorena Showers, plus labor publications, and Alaska-related publications.

Series 3. Publications. Subseries 3a: Fifty Years in Alaska, a union member’s story: Hotel employees local union 878; 1990. Include Lorena Showers’ drafts of Fifty Years in Alaska, A Union Member's Story: Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local Union 878 by Lorena Showers.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

6/1-6/2

Showers, Lorena. Fifty Years in Alaska, A Union Member's Story: Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local Union 878. Anchorage, Alaska: Ken Wray's Printing; 1990. 4 author autographed copies; 2 copies of each edition.

1990

6/3

Table of Contents.

undated

6/4

Dedication.

undated

6/5

"To All Unionists."

undated

6/6

Chapter 1: "Showers Ship Hits Iceberg."

undated

6/7

Chapter 2: Introduction by Author.

undated

6/8

Chapter 3: The Union Structure.

undated

6/9

Chapter 4: Organized Labor.

undated

6/10

Chapter 5: 1940 to Alaska.

undated

6/11

Chapter 6: Waitress at the Anchorage Grill.

undated

6/12

Chapter 7: Local 878 Building Corp.

undated

6/13

Chapter 8: Union Contract Benefits.

undated

6/14

Chapter 9: 1953 Contract Negotiations.

undated

6/15

Chapter 10: Pension Benefits.

undated

6/16

Chapter 11: The Alaska State AFL-CIO (A Brief History).

undated

6/17

Chapter 12: Alaska Teamsters Local 959 and Jesse Carr.

undated

6/18

Chapter 13: History of Anchorage Local 878.

undated

6/19

Chapter 15: Local Joint Executive Board.

undated

6/20

Chapter 16: The Alaska Alliance or Council.

undated

6/21

Chapter 18: The Employment Security Advisory Commission.

undated

6/22

Chapter 19: Alaska - the 49th State.

undated

6/23

Chapter 20: Earthquake!

undated

6/24

Chapter 21: The Alaska Pipeline.

undated

6/25

Chapter 22: The White House Conference on Children and Youth.

undated

6/26

Chapter 23: The International Auditing Committee.

undated

6/27

Chapter 24: Candidate for the State Legislature.

undated

6/28

Chapter 25: The International's 37th Annual Convention.

undated

6/29

Chapter 26: Operation Breakthrough, 1969-1989.

undated

6/30

Chapter 27: Senior Citizen Housing.

undated

6/31

Chapter 28: Senior Citizen Drop In, 1974-1990.

undated

6/32

Chapter 29: Anchorage Senior Center.

undated

6/33

Chapter 30: An Honor from the International.

undated

6/34

Chapter 31: Back to Work, 1981.

undated

6/35

Chapter 32: Before Alaska, 1904-1940.

undated

6/36

Chapter 33: Among Our Members.

undated

6/37

Chapter 34: Travels Over the World.

undated

6/38

Chapter 35: Acknowledgements.

undated

6/39

Chapter 36: Awards and Biographies.

undated

6/40

Chapter 37: Sponsors.

undated

6/41

Draft, part I.   

1990 June 26

6/42

Draft, part II.

1990 June 26

6/43

Draft, Part III.

1990 June 26

7/1-7/2

Research files. Includes handwritten draft, notes, and research materials.

1940-1990, undated

Series 3. Publications. Subseries 3b: Here Come the Showers; 1978.This series contains her biography of her husband Roydon P. Showers, Here Come The Showers.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

7/3-7/4

Here Come the Showers: A Biography on the Life of Roydon P. Showers - by Lorena Showers. Two copies, each autographed by the author.

1978

Series 3. Publications. Subseries 3c: Labor publications; 1978. This series contains labor publications including union newsletters.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

7/5

Josephson, Matthew. Union House, Union Bar: The History of the Hotel & Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union, AFL-CIO. New York: Random House.

1956

8/1

Catering Industry Employee; Official journal of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union.

1964-1989

8/2

Alaska 'Cope' Reporter, published by the Alaska State Federation of Labor AFL-CIO: Vol. 1 Nos. 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 (1963 November -1964 October); Vol. 2 Nos. 1, 7, 8, 9 (1965 January-August); Vol. 3 Nos. 2, 9-10, 12 (1966 Feburary-December); Vol. 4 Nos. 1, 3-6, 8-11 (1967 March-1968 January); Vol. 5 Nos. 5, 7, 9-12 (1968 July-1969 February); Vol. 6 Nos. 1-3 (1969 March-May).

1964 November-1969 May

8/3

Alaska Labor News, published by the Territorial Federation of Labor: Vol. 1 Nos. 1, 3-4, 6-9,11-12. (1956 Decmber- 1957 November), Vol. 2 No. 1-4, 8-12 (1957 December-1958 November), Vol. 3 Nos. 1-6, 11-12 (1958 December-1959 December), Vol. 5 No. 1, 8 (1963 August, 1964 June).

1956 December-1964 June

8/4

Local 878 Review.

1964-1983

8/5

News and Views of Women in the World of Labor.

1957-1960, undated

8/6

Alaska Federationist, printed by the Alaska Territorial Federation of Labor: Vol. 1 Nos. 1-9.

1953 October-1954 June

8/7

Alaska Federationist, published by the Alaska Territorial of Labor: Vol. 3 Nos. 2-11, 13 (1947 March-1948 February), Number 13 is numbered as Vol. 3 No. 12. An incomplete copy of Dec 1948 edition.

1947 March-1948 December

8/8

AFL News-Reporter (National):Vol. 2 Nos. 17, 28, 30, 32 (1953 April 24-1953 August 21).

1953 April-1953 August

8/9

AFL-CIO News:Vol. 33 No. 5, 36 (1988 January 30, 1988 September 3); Vol. 34 No. 5 (1989 March 4).

1988 January-1989 March

8/10

NLA Courier.

1988 August

8/11

Views and News..

1977, 1979

Oversize 1/1

Prudhoe Bay Journal, The Pipeline to the North, Vol. 5 No 13.

1987 June 25

Oversize 1/2

Magazine article, "Rush for Riches on the Great Pipeline," Time.

1975 June 2

Oversize 1/3-Oversize 1/4

Pipeline clippings.

1974-1989, undated

Oversize 1/5-Oversize 1/7

The Campfollower, weekly publication of the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company: Vol. II No. 5, 7-11, 17-18, 20, 22-31, 33-34, 36-39, 40-47 (1975 January 29-1975 November); Vol. III Nos. 1-2, 10, 13-14, 19-27, 30-36, 38-46, 49 (1976 January-1976 December); Vol. IV Nos. 1-6, 11, 14-19 (1977 January-1977 May)

1975 January-1977 May

Oversize 1/8

Alyeska Reports, published quarterly by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; Vol. 1 No. 1-3  (1975 January-1975 July), Vol. 2, No. 2, 4, and 5 (1976 April-1976 October), Vol. 3 No. 2 (1977 April).

1975 January-

Oversize 1/9

“Oil and The Pipeline” column that appeared weekly in the Saturday Anchorage Times.

1976

Series 3. Publications. Subseries 3d: Alaska publications; 1939-1989.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

Oversize 2/1

A Hand Book of Vacation Trips in Alaska and the Yukon on the White Pass and Yukon Route; n.d.

undated

Oversize 2/2

Excerpts from "Elderberry Tales.”

undated

Oversize 2/3

The Northern Lights, Vol. V, No. 6.

1976 July-1977 July

Oversize 2/4

Photograph of Portage Glacier; 8x10 B&W.

undated

Oversize 2/5

"The Legend of Sleeping Lady," Newspaper article; 1973.

1973

Oversize 2/6

"Seward's Fortunate Folly," Reader's Digest.

1958

Oversize 2/7

Supplement to the Anchorage Daily News, "This Is Anchorage."

1972 December 31

Oversize 2/8

“Anchorage Crossroads of the Air World."

1973

Oversize 2/9

The Oosik, Vol. 1 No. 1.

1972 October

Oversize 2/10

"Skylines of Alaska," (poem).

undated

Oversize 2/11

"The World Famous Red Dog Saloon" pamphlet.

undated

Oversize 2/12

Anchorage Daily Times, "Visitor's Guide: Alaska's Tourist Heartland.”

1972 June-July

Oversize 2/13

“Alaska Statehood” clipping.

1949-1950

Oversize 2/14

Anchorage Daily Times, "Election Handbook/A Guide To Candidates And Issues For The August 22, 1972 Primary."

1972

Oversize 2/15

"This Is Alaska America's Last Frontier: A Pictorial."

undated

Oversize 2/16

"The Salvation Army In Alaska Earthquake and Tidal Waves."

1964

Oversize 2/17

"Ports Alaska: A Directory of Alaskan Ports and Maritime Services."

1988

Oversize 2/18

"Anchorage! Visitors Guide."

1989

Oversize 2/19

First National Bank of Anchorage, 1990 Alaskan Artists Calendar.

1990

Oversize 2/20

"Manual For Visitor Services Volunteer At Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center."

circa 1977

Oversize 2/21

"Current Population Estimates Alaska, by Election District."

1965 July 1

Oversize 2/22

"Alaska - 4 Thrilling Vacations for the Price of One" fold out pamphlet.

undated

Oversize 2/23

"Alaska 67" booklet.

1967

Oversize 2/24

"Alaska: Land of Promise" booklet.

undated

Oversize 2/25

“From the Top of the World to You,” KFAR Midnight Sun Broadcasting Company.

1939

Oversize 2/26

Facsimiles of the Anchorage Daily Times front pages from March 11, 1918 through November 12, 1970 - pp. 3-62 from the Anchorage Daily Times on 1970 November 23.

1918 March 11-1970 November 12

Oversize 2/27

Jessen's Weekly, Constitutional Convention supplement.

1955 November 4

Oversize 2/28

Alaska Business Monthly.

1991 January

Oversize 2/29

Alaska History News.

1989 July

Series 3. Publications. Subseries 3e: Clippings; 1948-1997. This series includes newspaper clippings from various Alaskan and out-of-state newspapers concerning union activity in Alaska, employment in Alaska, Alaskan industry, salmon traps, Alaska politics, and other subjects.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

9/1

Clippings; Aging and Elderly.

1973-1974

9/2

Clippings; n.d.

Undted

9/3

Clippings; 1940s.

1940s

9/4

Clippings; 1950s.

1950s

9/5

Clippings; 1960s.

1960s

9/6

Clippings (copies); 1960s - 1970s.

1960s-1970s

9/7

Clippings (originals); 1970s.

1970s

9/8

Clippings; 1980s.

1980s

9/9

Clippings; 1990s.

1990s

 

SERIES 4. AWARDS AND CITATIONS; N.D., 1954, 1964, 1967-1994. This series contains awards, plaques, pins, badges, and certificates of appreciation and service presented to Lorena Showers.

Series 4. Awards and citations. Subseries 4a: Certificates; 1954-1997. This subseries contains citations from the Alaska State Legislature, a commendation from the U. S. Senate, and awards from local government offices, senior citizens' groups, union organizations, and service organizations. Awards are arranged by type.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

Oversize 3/1

National and International Honors: "The National Register of Prominent Americans", election certificate (1967); "The Two Thousand Women of Achievement", diploma for "Distinguished Achievement" and commendation in "The Two Thousand Women of Achievement 1972;" "Who's Who of American Women” certificate of induction (1974); "American Heritage Research Association" certificate proclaiming Lorena Showers to be a "Human Resource of the United States of America" (1975 April); "Who's Who of American Women", certificate of induction (1977); Senate of the United States, Congressional Record "Tribute to Lorena Showers", by Sen. Ted Stevens; submitted July 8, 1991 (1991 August 1); and AFL-CIO/City of Hope, "Spirit of Hope" award, awards dinner program (1991 September).

1967-1991

Oversize 3/2

State and Local Honors:  Employment Security Advisory Council Appointment to position of Member, signed by William Egan (1964 February); Employment Security Advisory Council Appointment to position of Member, signed by Walter Hickel (1967 December); Governor's Annual Picnic, certificate of appreciation (1973); City of Anchorage, certificate for service on the "Citizens Committee for Community improvements" (1974 June); Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum, registration receipt for her book "Here come the Showers"(1979); Tent City Chamber of Commerce, Charter Member certificate (1990);  The Alaska Legislature, "Honoring Lorena Showers" (1991 February 11); and executive proclamation declaring September 28, 1991 as "Spirit of Life Day" in recognition of Lorena Shower's "Spirit of Life" award from the City of Hope (1991August 29).

1964-1991

Oversize 3/3

Union Activities: Anchorage Central Labor Council George Meany Award (1984); Alaska State AFL-CIO certificate of completion for labor education workshop (1991); Alaska State AFL-CIO Biennial Convention Credential of Delegate certificates (1954, 1988, 1990-1992); and Alaska Alliance of Hotel, Restaurant and Bartenders photograph of officers (undated).

1954-1992, undated

Oversize 3/4

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans: Certificates of attendance (1974-1975, 1977-1981, 1984-1992).

1974-1992

Oversize 3/5

Service Groups: Rotary Club, "Service Above Self", community service award (undated); Anchorage Convention and Visitor's Bureau certificate of appreciation (undated); National Foundation of Health, Welfare and Pension Plans Inc. certificates of participation (1969, 1971); Christian Trabel Center, seminar on spiritualism certificate of attendance (1977); The Salvation Army, certificates of appreciation (1977-1978); National Safety Council Safe Driving Campaign certificate of appreciation (1978);  The Lion's Club International certificate of Appreciation (1993 June); and The Lion's Club International, vest with pins (undated).

1969-1993, undated

Oversize 3/6

AARP: Certificate of Appreciation for Sourdough Chapter #533 (1982);* Award for completion of program (1982 April);* Sourdough Chapter #533 Certificate of Appreciation to Lorena Showers (1985);* and Special Citation for outstanding community service (1990 April 22).*

1982-1990

Oversize 3/7

Senior Advisory Commissions: State of Alaska, Certificate of Appreciation, for service on Governor's Advising Committee on Aging in the State of Alaska (1974 September 18);* The Salvation Army, certificate of membership, The Salvation Army Advisory Council, Senior Citizens of Anchorage, Alaska (1979 April);* National Council of Senior Citizens, inc., certificate of appreciation (1980 August); and Municipality of Anchorage, certificates for service on the "Senior Citizens Advisory Committee" (1976, 1978, 1981, 1991).*

1974-1991

Oversize 3/8

Anchorage Senior Center: Certificates of appreciation.*

1988-1994, undated

Oversize 3/9

International Center of Social Gerontology: Certificate of Completion, 3rd International Course on Social Gerontology (1972 May);*  certificate of Completion, 4th International Course on Social Gerontology (1973 May);* certificate of attendance, 5th International Course on Social Gerontology (1974 June).

1972-1974

Oversize 3/10

Retired Senior Volunteer Program: Certificate of Significant Service (undated) and certificate of service (1989, undated).*

1989, undated

Series 4. Awards and citations. Subseries 4b: Plaques; 1967-1982. This subseries contains plaques presented to Lorena Showers for service to various groups and committees.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

Oversize 4/1

O.P.A.G. (Old Person Action Group) president.

1972

Oversize 4/2

Alaska State Democratic Party honor.

1982

Oversize 4/3

HERE "Union House" membership plaque.

undated

Oversize 4/4

National Foundation of Health, Welfare and Pension Plans.

1967

Oversize 4/5

International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.

1976

Oversize 4/6

HERE Pension Trust and Alaska Hotel, Restaurant and Camp Employees Health and Welfare Trust, Board of Trustees, appreciation plaque.

1997

Series 4. Awards and citations. Subseries 4c: Pins and badges; 1957-1990. This group of archival materials includes pins and presented to Lorena Showers for participation in and service to various organizations, and items denoting her political activities.


Box/Page

Description

Dates

10/1

Union related: “Lorena Showers, Local 878, Anchorage, Alaska” Delegate badge, AFL-CIO Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, Thirty-fourth General Convention.

1957

10/1

Union related: Delegate badge, H.E.R.E. 37th General Convention;.

1971

10/1

Union related: “Lorena Showers” guest badge, H.E.R.E. 38th General Convention.

1976

10/1

Union related: “Lorena Showers” delegate badge, H.E.R.E. 39th General Convention.

1981

10/1

Union related: “Lorena Showers” delegate badge, H.E.R.E. 40th General Convention.

1986

10/2

Union related: “100 Years of Service, The Future is HERE” delegate badge.

undated

10/2

Union related: "America works best when we say Union Yes" pin.

undated

10/2

Union related: “100 Years of Service, The Future is HERE” pin.

undated

10/2

Union related: “Chicago” pin.

undated

10/2

Union related: “HERE AFL-CIO Union House 19, San Jose - South Bay” pin.

undated

10/2

Union related: Four Local 878 Union pins.

undated

10/2

Union related: “HERE 878, Lorena Showers”.

undated

11/1

Pioneers of Alaska and State Convention: "Pioneers of Alaska, 60th Convention, Bicentennial Year, 1976, Ketchikan, Alaska, Lorena Showers, Member, Anchorage #4" badge, with American Revolution Bicentennial and VIP visitor pins attached.

1976

11/1

Pioneers of Alaska and State Convention: "G.C.E." pin, American and Alaskan State Flags crossed pin.

undated

11/1

Pioneers of Alaska and State Convention: Walrus pin and Anchorage pin.

undated

11/1

Pioneers of Alaska and State Convention: “Lorena Showers, At Large Alternate, #12 Anchorage” State Democratic Convention pin: Kodiak.

1978 April 21-23

11/2

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: "SOHIO Salutes Super Seniors" blue ribbon award for 5 mile walk (1982); "Second Place" cribbage competition ribbon (1986); 3 "First Place" five mile walk ribbons (1986-1990); Anchorage Senior Center pin; 2 “AARP Chapter President” pins.

1982-1990, undated

11/3

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: "Lorena Showers, Honoree" Women's Club of Anchorage badge and "RSVP Senior Volunteer" ribbon.

undated

11/3

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: "Lorena Showers, Zonta" badge.

undated

11/3

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: "Alaska Volunteer" pin with eagle.

undated

11/3

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: "RSVP" gold pin.

undated

11/3

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: Two "RSVP 500+ Volunteer Hrs" pins.

undated

11/4

Service Organizations and Senior Citizens Groups: "MKO" 10 Years Service pin.

undated

 

SERIES 5. PHOTOGRAPHS; circa 1950-1982. (57 b&w, 446 color prints)
This series contains 57 black and white and 446 color prints relating to Lorena Showers' work with unions, and here travels around the world. Album 1 includes union related photos. Albums 2 and 3 include prints from trips site including Africa, Europe, and Asia.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

16

Showers' Union activities, and other organizations.

circa 1950-1982

Map folder 1

Panoramic photograph of Hotel Empoloyee and Restaurant Employees International Union delegates to the 42nd general convention in Chicago.

1996 July 8

12/1

Alaska, Iowa, and Hawaii photograph album. 57 color prints.

1968-1970

12/2

Hawaii, Texas, and California photograph album. 21 color prints.

circa 1970

12/3

Yugoslavia photograph album. 2 b&w, 55 color prints, 1 complete xerographic copy of album.

1972

12/4

Alaska. 8 color prints.

undated

12/5

Africa. 96 color prints.

1982

13/1

China. 72 color prints.

1979

13/2

India. 40 color prints.

1980

13/3

Hawaii. 8 color prints.

undated

13/4

Miscellaneous photos. 83 color prints.

undated

 

PART 2: UNPROCESSED ADDITION;  1942-2000. 3.0 cubic feet. Part 2 is unprocessed. It consists of records produced and collected for Showers’ books, and records created while she served on the H.E.R.E. Local 878 board, H.E.R.E. Pension and Trust board, AARP, adovacted for the longevity bonus, and  her City of Hope, “Spirit of Life” award. Records were loosely grouped  together by topic or organization.


Box

Description

Dates

14

Personal records. Includes materials collected to document her work with H.E.R.E., resumes, a draft of her author’s bio-note for book, records related  to her travels, and her application for the Pinoeer House.

1942-1989

14

“1991 Spirit of Life Award” records. Awarded to Lorena Showers in 1991 from the Alaska AFL-CIO Executive Council of the City of Hope.  Includes award program, correspondence, and articles.

1991

14

Alaska Alliance of Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders. Includes bylaws, correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, quarterly reports, and  Alaska labor songs written by Alta Garver.

1952-1990

14

H.E.R.E, Local 878 records. Includes bylaws; letters of incorporation, correspondence; records related to or used to write her book on the history of H.E.R.E.; union member stamp books (1952-1981); and copies of articles Showers wrote for the union’s newletter (1966-1993); article clippings, and H.E.R.E. International Union Convention records (1990).

1948-2000

14

Territorial Federation of Labor: Showers’ column in the Alaska Labor News (1957-1963) and convention files (1949-1984).

1949-1984

14

H.E.R.E., Local 878, Pension and Trust records.  Includes agendas, meeting minutes and notes, financial reports, and correspondence.

1990-2000

14

H.E.R.E., Local 878, Retirees Club records.

1990

14

Alaska Governor’s Advisory Committee on Aging records. Records created while Showers was chairman of the committee.

1971-1972

14

Senior issues and committees files. Includes correspondence.

1973-1990

14

Senior housing records.

1971-1992

14

Anchorage Municipal Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commision records.

1971-1992

14

Longevity Bonus advocacy records that include correspondence from Alaska state representatives and senators.

1985-1997

15

Senior Citizen’s Housing projects and Senior Center adminatrative records. Includes records related to the creation of the Anchorage Senior Center; Anchorage Senior Center Executive Board of Directors; Anchorage Senior Center committees; Anchorage Pioneer Home; and correspondence regarding senior housing and the Senior Center.

1971-1997, undated

15

Senior issues: the Senior Citizen Project Council; Governor’s Advisory Committee on Aging; Anchorage Muncipal Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission; the 1981 White House Conference on Aging; and the Borough Advisory on aging.

1973-1990

15

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Sourdough chapter 533 records.

1978-1997

15

Older Persons Action Group (OPAG) and Breakthrough related records.

1990-1994

16

Senior Center Drop-in Events records books that contain a list of attendants and clippings of event advertisement. Some event entries also contain photographs.

1975-1995