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Guide to the Michael B. Ardaw Charitable Trust records
1943, 1966-1992

Collection number: HMC-0469.
Creator: Michael B. Ardaw Charitable Trust.
Title: Michael B. Ardaw Charitable Trust records.
Dates: 1943, 1966-1992.
Volume of collection: 0.3 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Papers relating to a trust funding scholarships to university students.

Organizational history:
Michael B. Ardaw was born on January 10, 1892 in Siberia, Russia.  He served in the Russian army on the western from 1914 to 1915, with the Self Defense Civilian Organization from 1917 to 1918, and as an engineer in the army before the revolution.  During the Bolshevik Revolution, Ardaw fled Russia to India through Tibet.  He then traveled by steamer to the United States where he found work in California with the National Parks Service.  In 1940, Ardaw moved to Seward on a contract with the U.S. Army and was assigned to help build Fort Richardson in Anchorage.  In 1943, he purchased a homestead on Nancy Lake.  Every year on July 4, Mr. Ardaw hosted a large picnic at the homestead for everyone in the Nancy Lake area.  In 1974 after his cabin burned down, Ardaw placed his homestead in a trust established to provide continued access to the marina for fishing and camping in the area.  Proceeds earned from the marina are put into the trust to provide scholarships to students attending the Univrsity of Alaska.  Michael Ardaw, also called “Russian Mike” by his friends, died on April 30, 1978.

Collection description:
This collection consists of records relating to the Michael Ardaw Charitable Trust.  The records are divided into three series: biographical materials on Michael Ardaw, correspondence, and legal files.  The biographical materials include University of Alaska Anchorage enrollment forms, obituaries, and a will.  The Trust correspondence series documents Trust activities.  The legal files series includes lease agreements and copies of deeds.

Arrangement: Documents are arranged roughly chronologically within series.

Rights note: The Archives does not hold copyright on these items.

Preferred citation: Michael B. Ardaw Charitable Trust records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the Archives in 1997 by Arliss Sturgulewski.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Kathleen Hertel in 1999.  Additions to the collection were made in 2008 and the collection description and inventory were rewritten at that time.

Container list:
Series 1: Biographical materials; 1966-1981.

Folder

Description

Date

1

Last will and testament, codicils, amendments

1966, 1974

2

Enrollment papers, University of Alaska Anchorage

1974

3

Obituary

1978 May 12

4

Alaska State Legislature memorial

1981 June 19

5

Assorted textual items

Undated

6

2 oral history cassette tapes

1972, 1978

Series 2: Trust correspondence; 1966-1992.


Folder

Date

6

1966

7

1974

8

1983-1984

9

1987

10

1988

11

1989

12

1990

13

1992

Series 3: Legal files; 1943-1992.


Folder

Description

Date

14

Trust agreement, amendments

1966, 1973, 1977

15

Trust deeds

Undated, 1966

16

Interim Trust forms

1966, 1974

17

Nancy Lake lease agreement with Burlile

1966-1967

18

Proposed Nancy Lake lease agreement with Bowman

1973

19

Nancy Lake Marina Complex lease agreement with Michael Ardaw Charitable Trust

1974 November

20

Nancy Lake lease agreements, correspondence

1974-1976

21

Nancy Lake lease agreements, general documents

1974

22

Scholarship fund, correspondence

1966, 1972, 1973, 1986, 1989-1991

23

Scholarship fund, general documents

1966, 1972, 1974, 1990

24

Scholarship fund, general documents

1990-1992