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Guide to the Jack Scavenius papers
1920-1976

Collection number: HMC-0491.
Creator: Scavenius, Jack.
Title: Jack Scavenius papers.
Dates: 1920-1976.  
Volume of collection: 1.1 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are primarily in English but some are in Danish.
Collection summary: Papers of a pilot and diplomat in Anchorage.

Biographical note:
Jack Frederick Scavenius was born in Denmark in 1904. He studied at the University of Copenhagen before moving to the United States in 1927. He earned a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1954. Scavenius served as an Alaskan bush pilot from 1938-1942, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945. From 1946 to 1950, Scavenius served as the owner and operator of McKinley Airways, in Anchorage. He served as a city councilman for Anchorage from 1948 to 1949, and was vice consul for Denmark from 1957 into the 1960s. In addition, Scavenius was a member of various professional, civic, and volunteer organizations. Jack Scavenius died in 1976.

Collection description:
This collection contains papers and photographs related to the life of Jack Scavenius.

Arrangement: The collection is grouped by type of document: papers, photographs, artifacts, and audio recordings.

Digitized copies: Two photographs from the collection have been digitized and placed online in the Alaska's Digital Archives. Digital copies of other collection material are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives & Special Collections does not hold copyright to these materials.

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

Separated materials: Some books from the collection have been placed into the Rare Books section of the Library.

Acquisition note: The Scavenius papers were donated to the Archives by Dr. Helen Beirne in 2000.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Kathleen Hertel in 2000. The scrapbook was copied and disintegrating original newspaper clippings removed and destroyed. Photograph albums were disassembled and photographs sorted mostly by topic. The guide was reformatted, updated, and edited to include additional undescribed content in 2013 by Arlene Schmuland. Publications were removed to be placed in Rare Books. A large Danish flag was removed from the collection.

Container list:

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Death certificate

1976 April 3

1/2

Alaska House Concurrent Resolution 126 honoring Jack Scavenius, and related documents

1976 April 9

1/3

Marriage license application

1949 August

1/4

Awards and certifications

1944-1964

1/5

Education-related documents

1924-1954

1/6

Passports

1944-1965

1/7

Bankbook (in Danish)

1924-1955

1/8

Income tax return

1949

1/9

Professional correspondence

1950-1976

1/10

Correspondence and documents in Danish

1924-1955

1/11

L. V. Castner Inc. incorporation documents

1946

1/12

Newpaper clippings

undated

1/13

Event programs in Danish

undated

OSF1

Maps, mostly Denmark, one Canadian Pacific Railways

undated

1/14

McKinley Airways scrapbook copy and originals of non-newspaper contents

1920-1949

1/15

Unidentified photographs from albums, mostly likely Denmark and other European countries, 217 black and white prints

undated

1/16

Album photographs from Gakona, Chitina, Valdez, Kennecott, and Anchorage, 79 black and white prints

1940-1943

1/17

McKinley Airways photographs from albums, 31 black and white prints

1947-1949

1/18

Alaska related images from albums, 23 black and white prints

undated, 1930

1/19

Boy Scout event (probably Denmark) photographs from albums, 4 black and white prints

undated

1/20

Family home in Denmark from albums, 13 photographs and prints of drawings

undated

1/21

Unidentified portrait photographs from albums, 25 black and white prints

undated

1/22-23

Unidentified framed portrait photographs, 6 black and white prints

undated

OSF1

Unidentified portrait photograph, 1 black and white print

undated

1/24

Unidentified loose photographs, many probably Denmark, 76 black and white prints

1920-1940

1/25

Postcards, 12 black and white, one color

undated

1/26

Unidentified negatives, 96 black and white negatives

undated

1/27

Metal box containing a Masonic apron

undated

1/27

Cardboard box containing two delegate pins, a patch, and three dogtags

undated

1/28

American Legion hat

undated

1/29

Audiotape recordings, unidentified

1975