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Guide to the Vern Tejas papers
1971-2003

Collection number: HMC-0657.
Creator: Tejas, Vernon.
Title: Vern Tejas papers.
Dates: 1971-2003.
Volume of collection: 2.9 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: The papers and photographs of an Alaskan mountain climber.

Biographical note:
Vern Tejas spent over 32 years mountain guiding high altitude peaks in Alaska and the world. He achieved the first winter solo ascent of Denali and the first winter ascent of Logan and Hunter. He has climbed the Seven Summits (Bass List) over 9 times and currently has the speed record for all 8 of the 7 summits in 134 days, set in 2010. He worked over a decade for Alaska Telecom doing tower work (building and maintaining communication towers) on Alaska's North Slope. Vern is the father of Alaskan Cayman Irvine and Gail Irvine. Vern is married to Carole Tejas and temporarily resides in West Greenwich Village, NY with her when they are not traveling the world. Together they work as international mountain guides for Alpine Ascents International.

Collection description:
This collection consists of Vern Tejas’ personal papers, including correspondence, notebooks, clippings, and photographs documenting his career as a mountaineer.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence; undated, 1979-1994
Series 2: Personal papers; undated, 1971-1997
Series 3: Color slides and photographs; undated, 1988-1998
Series 4: Videocassettes; undated

Digitized copies: Select images have been digitized and are available on Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching “Vern Tejas.”

Rights note: Vern Tejas retains copyright to all materials during his lifetime. Permission must be obtained prior to any publication of materials.

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

Acquisition note: Vern Tejas gave the collection to the Archives in 2003.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and partially described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2004. Additional description was added by Marty Damron in 2009 and Arlene Schmuland in 2010. Biographical information was provided by Vern Tejas in 2010.

Container list:

Series 1: Correspondence; undated, 1979-1994. 0.2 cubic feet.
Arranged by type, chronologically thereunder.

Box/Folder

Description

Date

1/1-15

Letters

1979-1996

1/16

Letters

undated

1/17

Family letters

undated, 1979-1987

1/18

Greeting cards

1980-1995

1/19

Greeting cards

undated

1/20

Postcards

1979-1993

1/21

e-mail messages

1994

Series 2: Personal papers; undated, 1971-1997. 1.2 cubic feet.
This series is arranged by type.

Box/
Folder

Description

Date

1/22

Biographical and family papers

undated, 1971-1982

1/23

Magazine articles about Vern Tejas

undated, 1989-1991

1/24

Newspaper clippings about Vern Tejas

undated, 1976-1994

1/25-26

Mountain climbing clippings

undated, 1989-1997

1/27

Everest climb papers

1992

1/28

Mt. Logan climb papers

1986

1/29

Mt. McKinley solo winter ascent papers

1988-1989

1/30

Mt. Vaughn Antarctic expedition papers

1993-1994

1/31

Mt. Vaughn Antarctic expedition clippings

1993-1995

1/32

Cook report on Mt. McKinley

1994-1998

1/33

Certificates

1988-2003

1/34

Dangerous steps: Vernon Tejas and the solo winter ascent of Mount McKinley book and interview transcripts

1988, 1990

1/35

Mt. McKinley climbing permits and fee receipts

1982-1994

1/36-37

Publications and clippings

undated

1/38-40

Mountaineering and personal journal notebooks; address and mountaineering lists

circa 1980

1/41

Address journals

circa 1980

1/42

Cassette tape: Gwaltney  & Gwaltney commercial spot

undated

2

Artifacts: Stuffed animals

undated

Oversize folder

Pastel portrait (oversize)

undated

Series 3: Color slides and photographs; undated, 1988-1998. 1.0 cubic feet.
35 mm slides followed by photographs. Slides are arranged by subject, generally chronologically.

Box/
Folder

Description

Date

3/1

First winter solo ascent. 14 slides.

1988

3/2

Antarctica. 65 slides.

1988

3/3

Bike Aconcagua, Vinson, paraglide and bike. 127 slides.

1988 December

3/4

Anchorage Fur Rendezvous. 36 slides.

1989 February

3/5

Zangmu to Nepal: Everest and China. 169 slides.

1989 March-September

3/6

Prince William Sound, oil spill, Sergeant Ice Field, and Homer, Alaska. 157 slides.

1989 April-May

3/7

GPS expedition, MAC. 47 slides.

1989

3/8

McKinley climb. 19 slides.

1990 June

3/9

ELBRUS and Moscow. 28 slides.

1990

3/10

Everest: approach, Lho La, Kumbu, Katmandu, Zang Mu, Xigar. 282 slides.

1990

3/11

Chilkoot Charlie’s “To the summit.” 14 slides.

1991 May 20

3/12

ESPN. 128 slides.

undated

3/13

National Geographic, Mt. Vernon. 11 slides.

1993 March

3/14-15

Mt. Vaughn Antarctic expedition (MVAE). 406 slides.

1994

3/16

National Geographic Society press conference, MVAE. 95 slides.

1994

3/17

Airplane, MVAE. 37 slides.

1994

3/18

Antarctica. 84 slides.

1994-1995

3/19

Explorers Club banquet. 32 slides.

1995 March

3/20

Africa. 94 slides.

1998 February-March

3/21

USMC survival slide show. 29 slides.

undated

3/22

Unidentified. 305 slides, 86 unmounted transparencies.

undated, 1988-1990, 1992, 1998

3/23-57

Photographic prints and negatives

undated

Oversize folder

Panoramic photographs (oversize)

undated

Series 4: Videocassettes; undated. 0.5 cubic feet (12 tapes).
This series contains video of a climbing expedition.

Box

Description

Dates

4

Videotapes.

undated