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Guide to the Peter R. and Beulah Marrs Parisi papers
1938-1995

Collection number: HMC-0445.
Creator:
Parisi, Beulah Marrs
Parisi, Peter R.
Title: Peter R. and Beulah Marrs Parisi papers.
Dates: 1938-1995
Volume of collection: 1.0 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers, scrapbooks, and photographs of a USO worker in Anchorage during World War II.

Biographical note:
Beulah "Bee" Marrs came to Alaska in 1941 and was employed by the Bristol Bay Air Service and the Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co. She was an active volunteer with the USO in Anchorage, and became the official hostess of the organization's "Friendly Log Cabin" in 1944. During World War II, she lived in a house in Anchorage with Polly Petty, Helen Lawrence, and Beverley Pettyjohn, who were also active volunteers with the USO. Peter R. Parisi was stationed in Alaska with the headquarters squadron of the 11th Fighter Command during World War II. Beulah Marrs returned home to Minnesota in 1946. They were married in 1946.

Collection description:
The collection consists of Beulah Marrs Parisi's biographical scrapbooks, photographs, and related materials concerning her life in Anchorage during World War II and her volunteer work with the USO. The collection includes biographical scrapbooks (1941-1945); photographs from or related to the scrapbooks; publications; newspaper clippings; and a six page reminiscence on the wartime newsletter, The Mukluk Telegraph. The biographical scrapbooks contain autobiographical narratives, letters, photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, and other materials. The photographs include over three hundred copy prints and negatives from the scrapbooks, plus other original prints and negatives. The publications consist of wartime Alaska magazines, issues of Flying Time, the newsletter of the Headquarters Squadron of the 11th Fighter Command in Adak, and illustrated booklets for the Alaska Steamship Company, the Alaska Railroad, the USO Club in Anchorage, and the Mt. McKinley U.S. Army Recreation Camp. The newspaper clippings primarily concern the Morrison-Knudsen Construction Company, aviation, and airplane crashes and rescues.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into five series by type.
Series1: Biographical scrapbooks, photocopies; 1941-1995.
Series 2. Photographs from biographical scrapbooks, and other related original prints and negatives; 1938-1945.
Series 3. Publications; 1941-1944.
Series 4. Newspaper Clippings: Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co., Aviation, and Airplane Crashes and Rescues; 1942-1943.
Series 5. "The Mukluk Telegraph Fifty Years Later;” 1993.

Digitized copies: Selected photographs from this collection have been digitized and are available on Alaska’s Digital Archives (search for Parisi). 

Rights note: Archives owns copyright to materials to which Peter R. and Beulah Marrs Parisi owned copyright.

Preferred citation: Peter R. and Beulah Marrs Parisi papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For collections related to World War II in Alaska, please visit our research guide, “World War II in Alaska.” To learn more about collection in our archives related to women in Alaskan history, please visit our research guide, “Women in Alaska.”

Acquisition note: The collection was loaned to the archives for copying by Peter and Beulah Marrs Parisi in 1996 and 1997. A deed of gift was signed in 1996.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott  in 1998. Mariecris Gatlabayan reformatted the collection description in 2013. From 1996-1997, Beulah Marrs Parisi’s biographical scrapbooks were photocopied and copy negatives and copy prints were made of the photographs in the scrapbook.

Location of originals: The original scrapbooks and photographs remain with Peter R. and  Beulah Marrs Parisi’s family.

Container list:

Series1: Biographical scrapbooks, photocopies; 1941-1995. 0.5 cubic feet.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

"My Alaska Years, 1941" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 186 pages: Anchorage, 1-77; Bee Hive, 79-161; Bristol Bay Air Service, 163-186; and “Bert Rouff and the Bristol Bay Air Service,” undated memoir insterted after page 163.

1941-1994

1/2

"My Alaska Years, 1942" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 223pages: USO, 1-77; Bee Hive, 79-161; and The Gillam Tragedy, 159-223. Includes “Christmas with the Armed Forces in Alaska!” written by Polly Petty written circa January 1943.

1942-1993

1/3

“My Alaska Years, 1943" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 98 pages; More Anchorage, 1-79 and War, 81-98.

1942-1972

1/4

"My Alaska Years, 1944" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 203 pages: Spring Month, 1-40; Railway Battalion, 41-46; Catholic Young Peoples’ Group, 47-53; Minnesota Party, 55-78; Photo Lab, 79-88; “As You Like It” Musical Review, 89-99; Employment at the USO, 101-118; Flower Show, 119-126, Bonanza Days, 127-137; Fall events, 139-166; Club New Yorker, 167-203.

1943-1946

1/5

"My Alaska Years; 1945" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 153 pages: Sidney Lawrence Show, 9-18; 10,000 Knights in an Igloo and Concerts, 19-28; and Other Activities, 29-153. Includes Program for Mother’s Day concert held on May 13, 1945 at the USO, Anchorage.

1945

Series 2. Photographs from biographical scrapbooks, and other related original prints and negatives; 1938, 1941-1945. 0.75 cubic feet. 332 b&w copy prints; 332 copy negatives; 35 b&w original prints; 3 original negatives. To see a detailed listing of the photographs in the collection, please refer to the Peter R. and Beulah Marrs Parisi papers photo list or click the decription.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

2/1

Photos from 1941 book: 65 b&w copy prints, 4 X 5 inch; 65 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch; 10 original b&w prints; 73 different.

1938-1944, undated

2/2

Photos from 1942 book: 77 b&w copy prints, 4 X 5 inch; 77 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch; 2 b&w original negatives.

1942-1943, undated

2/3

Photos from 1943 book: 34 b&w copy prints, 4 X 5 inch; 34 copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch.

1942-1944, undated

3/1

Photos from 1944 book: 64 b&w copy prints, 4 X 5 inch; 64 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch; 4 b&w original prints; 1 b&w original negative.

1943-1944, undated

3/2

Photos from 1945 book: 76 b&w copy prints, 4 X 5 inch; 76 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch; 1 b&w original print.

1944-1945, undated

3/3

Original prints. A majority of the photographs are  U.S. Army Signal Corps photos: 18 b&w prints: 14-8 X 10 inch, 1-6 X 7.5 inch, 3-5 X 7 inch; 16 b&w copy negatives, 4 X 5 inch.

1941-1945,

Series 3. Publications; 1941, 1943, 1944. 0.15 cubic feet.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

4/1

"Selling Sheltered Seas," Agents' Information, The Alaska Line 1940; Alaska Steamship
Co. (illustrated, 22 pp. plus Alaska map).

1940

4/2

Alaska: The Land of Yesterday...Today and Tomorrow; The Alaska Railroad, U.S. Dept. of the Interior (photo-illustrated, 24 pp.); 1941.

1941

4/3

The Magazine Alaska; Published and edited by Albert Taylor, Juneau (photo-illustrated, 50 pp.).

1941 June

4/4

Alaska Life: The Territorial Magazine; Alaska Life Publishing Co., Seattle and Juneau (photo-illustrated, 31 pp.).

1941 July

4/5

The Alaska Sportsman: "Alaska's Magazine;" Alaska Magazine Publishing Co., Ketchikan (photo-illustrated, 32 pp.).

1943 July

4/6

Alaska Life: The Territorial Magazine; Alaska Life Publishing Co., Seattle and Juneau (photo-illustrated, 62 pp.).

1943 September

4/7

Alaska Life: The Territorial Magazine; Alaska Life Publishing Co., Seattle and Juneau (photo-illustrated, 194 pp.).

1944 January

4/8

Flying Time; HQ. & HQ. Squadron, XI Fighter Command weekly newsletter: 7 issues.

1944 January 22, 29
1944 February 5, 12, 26
1949 March 4, 18

4/9

The Anchorage USO presents As You Were: A Musical Revue, Benefit For The Anchorage Recreational Fund, Anchorage High School Auditorium, Anchorage, Alaska (program, 4 pp.).

1944 May 24, 25, and 26

4/10

Invitation to "The Club New Yorker" by the USO-New York State Celebration Committee, held December 30, 1944 at the Community Hall in Anchorage.

1944 December 30

4/11

The Friendly Log Cabin; USO Club, Anchorage (photo-illustrated booklet, 54 pp.).

1944

4/12

Mt. McKinley, U.S. Army Recreation Camp, Alaska, Tops Them All; Mt. McKinley U.S. Army Recreation Camp; Published by ADC Special Service Office (photo-illustrated booklet, 28 pp.).

undated

Series 4. Newspaper Clippings: Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co., Aviation, and Airplane Crashes and Rescues; 1942, 1943. 0.05 cubic feet.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

4/13

Newspaper clippings (copies).

1942, undated

4/14

Newspaper clippings (originals).

1942-1943, undated

Series 5. "The Mukluk Telegraph Fifty Years Later;” 1993. 0.05 cubic feet.


Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

4/14

Reminiscence written for the annual Morrison-Knudsen reunion in Anchorage (6 pp.).

1993 April 24