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Guide to the Arliss Sturgulewski papers
1974-2014

Collection number: HMC-0467.
Creator: Sturgulewski, Arliss.
Title: Arliss Sturgulewski papers.
Dates: 1974-2014.
Volume of collection: 55 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: A majority of the collection is in English.
Collection summary: The papers of an Alaskan senator, gubernatorial candidate, and individual involved in many civic activities.

Biographical note: Arliss Sturgulewski received a B.A. in economics and business from the University of Washington, Seattle.  An Anchorageresident since 1952, she has filled a variety of roles as a politician, volunteer, and advocate. Arliss Sturgulewski began her career in politics when she volunteered with the League of Women Voters in 1959. She also became a member of the Greater Anchorage Area Planning Commission. In 1975, Sturgulewski was elected to the position of area-wide Commissioner on the Anchorage Charter Commission.  She then went on to serve on the Anchorage Municipal Assembly from 1976-1978.  Arliss Sturgulewski broadened her service to the entire state of Alaska when she was elected to the Alaskan senate in 1978.  She continued to serve as a senator until 1992. In addition to being a senator, Arliss Sturgulewski was the 1986 and 1990 Republican nominee for Governor. In conjunction with her career in politics, Sturgulewski volunteered and was appointed to organizations concerning educational issues and public policy. A few examples include her work as a trustee with the Anchorage YMCA, Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, and the University of Alaska Foundation.  Arliss Sturgulewski was involved with the Capital Site Selection Committee and Capital Site Planning Commission. After retiring from political office in 1992, Arliss continued working with non-profit organizations and educational institutions.

Collection description:
The collection contains materials primarily relating to Arliss Sturgulewski’s political career and community involvement. The collection is divided into four series: legislative files from when she was in the Alaska State Senate; senatorial and gubernatorial election campaign files; files created while participating in various committees and organizations; and personal files containing awards, files related to her retirement and correspondence/research after retirement.  Within these series types of materials that can be found are correspondence, meeting notes, administrative records, research materials position papers, photographs, and media. 

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into four series and broken up into subseries within.  Legislative files are divided by type and then by session. Campaign files are grouped according to campaign year, while committee and organization files are in alphabetical order by name. Personal papers are in rough chronological order.

Series 1: Legislative files; 1978-1993
Subseries 1a: Session files; 1979-1992
Subseries 1b: Legislative subject files; 1978-1993
Subseries 1c: Melissa Fouse administrative files; 1985-1992

Series 2: Campaign files; 1978-1990
Subseries 2a: Senatorial campaign files; 1978-1984
Subseries 2b: Gubernatorial campaign files; 1986-1990

Series 3: Committee and organization files; 1974-2009

Series 4: Personal papers; 1954-2014

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections owns copyright to the materials created by Arliss Sturgulewski. Materials not created by Arliss Sturgulewski may be subject to copyright not held by Archives and Special Collections.

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

Separated materials: Published materials have been removed from this collection, and selected items have been placed in the Library’s Rare Books collection. Please consult an archivist for further information.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the Archives and deed of gift signed by Arliss Sturgulewski in 1997. Sturgulewski donated additional materials in 2015.

Processing information: Initial processing work was done by Arlene Schmuland. Completion of processing and description was performed by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2010. In 2011, Ksenia Polikakhina rehoused collection and updated collection description. Additional materials were added to the collection and described by Gwen Sieja in 2015.

Container list:

Series 1: Legislative files; 1978-1993. 9.5 cubic feet. The files are arranged by type: session files, subject files, and administrative assistant’s files.

Series 1: Legislative files. Subseries 1a: Session files; 1979-1992. 8 cubic feet. Session files contain materials such as correspondence, legislative activity reports, committee minutes and notes, bill files, research files and speeches.

Box/Folder

Description

Session

1/1

Committees: Joint Community and Regional Affairs Committee local government study final report

1979-1980

1/2

Conference report: A Conference on Alaska’s Future Frontiers

1979-1980

1/3-7

"Constituents assisted" correspondence

1979-1980

1/8

Election correspondence

1979-1980

1/9

Legislative activity reports

1979-1980

1/10-12

Legislative publications: Know Your Legislators

1979-1980

1/13-18

"Personal papers" correspondence and clippings

1979-1980

1/19

Republican party correspondence and records; September 1978-March 1980.

1979-1980

1/20

Bill files: Senate Bill 190, Senate Bill 684, and Senate Bill 752

1981-1982

1/21-24

Budget and Audit Committee

1981-1982

2/1

Community and Regional Affairs Committee: Problems and Possibilities for Service Delivery and Government in the Alaska Unorganized Borough [created by the Alaska Dept. of Community and Regional Affairs Division of Community Planning]

1981-1982

2/2

Governor’s Bristol Bay Task Force: Challenge in Bristol Bay: The Issues of Salmon Marketing

1981-1982

2/3-11

Constituents assisted correspondence

1981-1982

2/12

"Events attended" records

1981-1982

2/13-15

Hohman Senate expulsion constituent correspondence

1981-1982

2/16

Hohman Senate expulsion correspondence, clippings, and background materials

1981-1982

2/17

Legislative activity reports

1981-1982

2/18

Legislative publications

1981-1982

2/19

National Conference of State Legislators records

1981-1982

2/20

Ombudsman selection committee records

1981-1982

2/21

"Organization" Senate organization memoranda and clippings

1981-1982

3/1-2

"Personal papers" correspondence and clippings

1981-1982

3/3

Press contacts

1981-1982

3/4

Speeches

1981-1982

3/5

Offices files: Speeches given by others

1981-1982

3/6

Travel, lounge, and mail account records

1981-1982

3/7-8

Budget and Audit Committee records

1983-1984

3/9

Legislative activity reports

1983-1984

3/10

“Constituents assisted” correspondence

1983-1984

3/11

Legislative memorandum: The Experiences of the Alaska Renewable Resources Corporation

1983-1984

3/12-15

Legislative publications

1983-1984

3/16

Other publications

1983-1984

3/17

Legislative activity reports

1985-1986

3/18-22

Legislative publications

1985-1986

3/23

Other publications

1985-1986

3/24

Press releases

1985-1986

4/1

Bill file SB 183 Safety of Dams & Reservoirs

1987-1988

4/2

Bill file SB 263 Grants Administration

1987-1988

4/3

Bill file SB 343 Liability of Directors of Corporations

1987-1988

4/4-5

Bill file SB 480 Regional Economic Assistance Program (ARDORs)

1987-1988

4/6

Bill file SCR 5 Marketing of Airports

1987-1988

4/7

Bill file SJR 10 Use and Expenditure of State Money

1987-1988

4/8

Bill file SJR 14 Reflagging

1987-1988

4/9

Bill file SJR 24 Domestic Fish Zones

1987-1988

4/10

Bill file SJR 40 Constitutional Spending Limit

1987-1988

4/11

Bill file SJR 49 South Denali

1987-1988

4/12

Bill file SJR 51 Fish Exclusive Economic Zones

1987-1988

4/13

Bill file SJR 57 International Waters, Bering Sea

1987-1988

4/14-19

Legislative activity reports

1987-1988

4/20

Association of Alaska School Boards

1987-1988

4/21

Other publications

1987-1988

4/22-23

Bill file: SB 19 Seizure and Forfeiture

1989-1990

4/24-25

Bill file: SB 59 Statutory Use of Safety Devices in Motor Vehicles [seat belt law]

1989-1990

5/1

Bill file: SB 99 Requiring Certain State Contractors to have Business Licenses

1989-1990

5/2-5

Bill file: SB 100 State Aid for School Construction

1989-1990

5/6

Bill file: SB 111 Boating Safety

1989-1990

5/7

Bill file: SB 122 Authorizing Treatment of a Minor who abuses Hazardous Material

1989-1990

5/8

Bill file: SB 123 Uniform Conservation Easement Act

1989-1990

5/9

Bill file: SB 145 Cultural Center

1989-1990

5/10

Bill file: SB 288 Real Estate Commission

1989-1990

5/11

Bill file: SB 400 Supplemental Appropriation to the Office of Public Advocacy

1989-1990

5/12

Bill file: SJR 1 Constitutional Amendment Relating to Open Meetings

1989-1990

5/13

Bill file: SJR 49 Spending Limitation and Budget Reserve Fund

1989-1990

5/14

Bill file: HB 118 Oil and Gas Properties Production Tax

1989-1990

5/16-22

Constituents assisted correspondence

1989-1990

6/1

Legislative activity reports

1989-1990

6/2-5

Legislative publications

1989-1990

6/6

Press releases

1989-1990

6/7-14

Reading files

1989-1990

6/15

Bill file: SB 117 Insurance Coverage for Mammograms

1991-1992

6/16

Bill file: SB 203 Alcohol and Smoking Warning Signs

1991-1992

6/17

Bill file: SB 269 Testing for Chlamydia

1991-1992

6/18-19

Bill file: SB 323 Impaired Practitioners

1991-1992

6/20-21

Bill file: SB 355 Alaska Regional Economic Assistance Program (ARDORs)

1991-1992

6/22

Bill file: SB 420 Flag Day

1991-1992

6/23

Bill file: SB 427 Made In Alaska

1991-1992

6/24

Bill file: SB 438: Permanent Fund

1991-1992

6/25

Bill file: SB 474: User Fees

1991-1992

6/26

Bill file: SJR 12 Ocean and Coastal Resources Enhancement Act

1991-1992

6/27

Bill file: SJR 18 Violence Against Women

1991-1992

6/28-29

Capital Budget

1991-1992

7/1-19

Constituents assisted correspondence, 1991-1992

1991-1992

8/1-7

Constituents assisted correspondence, 1992-1994

1991-1992

8/8

Legislative activity reports: voting record

1991-1992

8/9-10

Legislative publications

1991-1992

8/11-34

Reading files

1991-1992

61/1

Legislative history file

1981-1992

Series 1: Legislative files. Subseries 1b: Legislative subject files; 1978-1993. 1.3 cubic feet. Legislative subject files contain research material and notes concerning a variety of issues. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

9/1-4

Alaska Hospital files

1979-1980

9/5-17

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) files

1987-1988

9/18

Constitutional Convention files

1991-1992

9/19

Education files

undated 1983-1990

9/20

Finfish farming files

1987-1989

9/21

Red Dog Mine files

1984-1989

9/22

Republican Party files

1988-1989

10/1-2

Republican Party files

1990-1992

10/3-9

Subsistence files

undated, 1978-1992

10/10

University of Alaska-Anchorage aviation program files

1991-1993

Series 1: Legislative files. Subseries 1c: Melissa Fouse administrative files; 1985-1992. 0.2cubic feet. Electronic and hard copy printouts of materials created and collected by Melissa Fouse, administrative assistant to Senator Sturgulewski. Printouts are in alphabetical order by file name.

Box/Folder

Description

10/11

Directories and disks

10/12-14

File printouts: A-Z

Series 2: Campaign files; 1978-1990. . 30.8 cubic feet. Materials in this series include correspondence, campaign administrative files, research materials, notes, photographs, multimedia, campaign literature and buttons, and position papers. The series is divided into senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, arranged chronologically by campaign within.

Series 2: Campaign files. Subseries 2a: Senatorial campaign files; 1978-1984. 5.5 cubic feet. Arranged by campaign year.

Box/Folder

Description

Campaign year

10/15-11/32

Senate campaign files

1978

58

Senate campaign memorabilia

1978

12 (oversize)

Clippings

1978

13 (oversize)

1978 election precincts map, annotated

1978

14/1-36

Senate campaign files

1982

58

Senate campaign memorabilia

1982

14/37

Senator Arliss Sturgulewski’s salute to TACC, Russian newswire; 1982-02-25

1982

15 (oversize)

Clippings

1982

16/1-47

Senate campaign files

1984, 1988

59

Senate campaign memorabilia and “Sturgulewski” banner

1984, 1988, undated

17 (oversize)

“Arliss Sturgulewski for State Senate” proof for sign

undated

Series 2: Campaign files. Subseries 2b: Gubernatorial campaign files; 1986-1990. 25.3 cubic feet. Arranged by campaign year.

Box/Folder

Description

Campaign year

18/1-19

Correspondence and campaign administration

1986

19/1-19

Community profiles and outreach

1986

19/20-28

Campaign workers

1986

19/29-36

Calendar and activities

1986

19/37-39

Campaign color slides of Arliss Sturgulewski

1986

20/1-2

Supporters and Position papers

1986

20/3-21/3

Statewide outreach campaign files

1986

21/4-71

Political Action Committees (PACS)/Organizations/ Businesses

1986

21/72-77

Position papers and press releases

1986

21/78-26/27

Research files: issues

1986

26/27-29

Outreach files

1986

27/1-29/15

Campaign administration/financial files and community profiles.

1986

29/16-23

Campaign correspondence

1986

29/24-25

Campaign literature

1986

58

Campaign memorabilia

1986

17 (oversize)

1986 campaign posters; “Arliss Sturgulewski for Governor” campaign sign, proof sheet of Sturgulewski/Miller logo, and 2 sketch portraits of Arliss Sturgulewski.

1986

29/26-30/22

Press secretary files, scheduling files, issues

1990

30/23-97

Rural outreach records, background information, schedule

1990

31/1-50

Issues files; position papers

1990

31/51-32/29

Schedule and events: invitations, acceptances, and regrets

1990

32/30-33/8

Alaska Public Office Commission (APOC) reports

1990

33/9-27

Background files, filled out volunteer forms

1990

34/1-39

General correspondence and issue files

1990

34/40-43

Issue files: abortion

1990

34/44-35/12

Debate preparation materials,candidate questionnaire

1990

35/13-18

Surveys and polls

1990

35/19-22

Briefing book about Tony Knowles, Tony Knowles campaign press packet

1990

36 (oversize)

Volunteer cards from past senate and gubernatorial campaigns; Campaign contributor cards from previous senate and gubernatorial campaigns

1990

37 (oversize)

Endorsement index cards from 1986 gubernatorial campaign and used in 1990 campaign; Campaign contributor solicitation cards

1986, 1990

38 (oversize)

1986  gubernatorial volunteer cards used in 1990 campaign; Campaign workers card files; Campaign contribution envelopes

1986, 1990

39/1-81

Campaign portraits and photographs of campaign headquarters, meetings with community members/organizations and other Alaskan leaders (such as William Hensley, Frank Murkowski, Steve Cowper) fundraisers, and parades. Includes photographs of Roe’s graduation from Gonzaga University, Arliss’ trip to Japan, Arliss’ visit to a gold dredger in Nome, and 1985 shoeshine event.

1980, 1984, 1986, 1990

39/82-40/35

Campaign photographs and transparencies

1990

40/36-41/50

Candidate clippings following 1990 state and federal elections.

1990

42/1-5

Scrapbook and clippings

1990

42/6-43/16

Campaign office administrative files containing master versions of forms, speeches, and office notes

1990

43/17-44/19

Campaign advertisements files containing correspondence and ads and campaign memorabilia, literature, and invitations to fundraising events

1990

45 (oversize)

1990 campaign memorabilia and literature

1990

59

1990 campaign hat

1990

17 (oversize)

“Arliss Sturgulewski-Governor” campaign sign

1990

60

Campaign video; KTUU: “The Great Debate: August 22, 1990.” [For reference use only.] and video message to campaign office

1986,1990

Series 3: Committee and organization files; 1974-2009. 6.4 cubic feet. The types of records that can be found in this series are correspondence, meeting minutes, and publications.Arranged alphabetically by organization or committee name.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

44/20-23

Ad Hoc Committee on Interagency Collaboration records

undated, 1991-1993

44/24

Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors records

undated, 1991-1993, 1995

61/2

Alaska Business Hall of Fame Laureate Selection Committee records

1997-2000

44/25

Alaska Children's Services Honorary Board of Directors records

1992-1993

44/26

Alaska Children's Trust records

1996-1997

61/3

Alaska Children’s Trust records

2009

44/27

Alaska Economic Summit records

1992 October-December

44/28

Alaska Gold Rush Centennial Task Force records

1991-1993

44/29-31

Alaska Heritage Review records

1979-1982

61/4

Alaska Military Youth Academy records

2003-2004

61/5

Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association records

2008

61/6

Alaska Municipal League records

1999

61/7-9

Alaska Native Heritage Center Board of Directors records

1989-1997

61/10

Alaska Public Radio Network records

1990-1992

61/11-24

Alaska Rural Governance and Empowerment Commission records: notes, minutes research files, correspondence

1980-2005

61/25

Alaska Science and Technology Foundation records

 

44/32

Alaska Science and Technology Foundation records

1991-1992, 1995

61/26

Alaska Sea Life Center records

2010

44/33

Alaskans for Civil Rights records: Clippings, notes, and fliers

1993

44/34

Alaska's Development Delphi Study publications

1984

61/27

Alaskans United records

2003-2004

44/35

American Diabetes Association Honorary Board of Directors records

 

61/28

Anchorage 2000 records

1999

44/35-37, 46/1-14

Anchorage Bicentennial Commission records: subject files and correspondence

undated, 1974-1976

46/15-27

Anchorage Bicentennial Commission records: Committee files

undated, 1974-1976

46/28-47/6

Anchorage Charter Commission records

1974-1976

47/7

Anchorage Delphi Study records

1992-1994

61/27

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center records

2007-2009

61/28

Athena Society records

2000

61/29

Bering Sea Task Force records

1998-1999

47/8

British Petroleum Environmental Awards Committee records

1992-1994

47/9

Business Industrial Development Corporation records

1992-1993

47/10-50/2

Capitol Site Planning Commission records

1977-1982

50/3-52/28

Capitol Site Selection Committee records

1974-1976

60

Capital Site Selection 16 mm reel movie

undated

13 (oversize)

“Capital Site Relocation: existing site conditions” maps created by Mark and Fryer Associates, R&M Construction, and Quadra Engineering. Maps cover terrain, surface and ground water potential, geotechnical limitations to building construction, slope analysis, hydrology and drainage, moose migration routes, and alternative sewage and treatment sites.

1977

62/1

Challenger Learning Center of Alaska records

1999-2000

52/29-30

Citizens for Technology Access records

undated, 1996

62/2

Conference of Alaskans Committee records

2004

62/3

Fiscal Policy Council records

1998-1999

52/31, 62/4

Food Bank of Alaska Advisory Board records

1991-1993, 1998

62/5

Girl Scouts Susitna Council records

1997-1998

62/6

Habitat for Humanity records

1997-1998

52/32

Healthy Families Alaska Task Force records

1993-1996

52/33, 62/7

Iditarod Trail Committee Advisory Council records

1993-1997, 2007-2008

52/34

Imaginarium Board of Directors records

1987-1992

52/35

International North Pacific Fisheries Commission Advisory Committee correspondence

1989-1991

62/8

Kachemak Hertiage Land Trust

2009

52/36-40, 62/9

Kids Voting Alaska records

1992-1997

62/10

Leadership Anchorage records

1999

52/41

League of Women Voters 75th Anniversary Celebration Committee correspondence, publications, and notes

1994-1995

62/11

Let’s Vote records

2000

62/12

Lit Site Board of Trustees records

2000

62/13

Loussac Library records

2009

53/1

Marketing Alaska Technical Services Work Group publications

1996

62/14

Midtown Park and Trail Committee records

1998

62/15

Mountain View Action Committee records

1997

53/2-4

Mountain View Community Task Force Steering Committee records

1994-1997

62/16

Murdock Foundation records

1998

53/5-7

National Order of Women Legislators annual conference records

1988-1989

62/17

Northwest Policy Center records

1997-1998

53/8

One World/One People International Women’s Choir Advisory Board records                 

1991-1993

62/18

Out North records

1997-1998

53/9

Project P/Pride (Parents and Partners Responsibly Involved in Development and Education) Governing Board records

1993

62/19

Republican Coalition for Choice Advisory Board records

1995-1999

53/10

Ronald McDonald House Alaska Fundraising Campaign records

1992

53/11

United States Commission on Civil Rights. Alaska Advisory Commission correspondence

1993-1995

62/20-21

University of Alaska Anchorage Board of Advisors records

1997-2000

62/22

University of Alaska Anchorage Paralegal Advisory Board records

1997-1999

62/23

University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing Community Consultant Board records

1998-2000

53/12

University of Alaska Community Advisory Council records

1994-1996

53/13

University of Alaska Anchorage Campus Diversity Initiative needs assessment correspondence

1993

62/24

University of Alaska Foundation records

1997

62/25

Visually Impaired Alaskans Symposium Task Force records

2008

53/14-16

Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education records

1991-1994

53/17

Winning With Stronger Education (WISE) Board of Directors records

undated

62/26

YWCA Community Advisory Committee records

1992-1998

Series 4: Personal papers; 1954-2014. 3.9 cubic feet. This series contains awards, files related to her retirement and correspondence/research after retirement. Files are in rough chronological order.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

53/18

Certificates

1954-1989

53/19

Membership cards and ID cards

1960-1976

53/20-21

“Early Days” files: correspondence

1966-1985

53/22

Greater Anchorage Area Borough Planning and Zoning Commission (GAAB) files

1972-1974

53/23

Anchorage Municipal Assembly meeting minutes and notes

1978

53/24

Clippings: Anchorage Planning and Zoning Committee

1972-1978

53/25

Clippings: Anchorage Municipal Assembly

1976-1979

53/26

Clippings: possible Lieutenant Governor candidate

1978

53/27

Clippings: 1979 Legislature

1979

53/28

Clippings: personal

1976-1978

53/29-54/13, 62/27-29

Atta Girl Files: files contain Arliss Sturgulewski’s awards and letter of recognition

1975, 1982-1997-2000

54/14-18, 62/30-32

Notebooks: notes to herself on issues, events, and activities in which she participated.

1983-1987, 1995

54/19

Sturgulewski oaths of office

1985, 1988, 1989

55 (oversize)

Oversize birthday cards

1986

54/20-27, 62/33-64/27

Retirement: correspondence regarding Arliss Sturgulewski’s retirement.  Photos used at and of her retirement party

1992

56/1-12, 62/33-64

Correspondence, events attended, and research files

1992-2014

56/13-57/5, 65/1-5

Speeches

1979-1980, 1988-2009