Skip navigation

Historical Manuscripts Collection List »

Guide to the Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers
1952-2000

Collection number: HMC-0663.
Creator:
Bushman, Doyle.
Bushman, Gloria.
Title: Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers.
Dates: 1952-2000.
Volume of collection: 1.0 cubic feet.  
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English. 
Collection summary: Papers, audio and video recordings, and color slides of Anchorage residents documenting the Alaska earthquake of 1964 and other family activities.

Biographical note:
Doyle Bushman was born in Chico, California to Benjamin Harrison Bushman and Cecile B. Bushman. He grew up in Lodi, California, where he met his wife, Gloria. The Bushmans first moved to Alaska in 1949. They moved to Anchorage in 1952. While in Alaska, Doyle Bushman was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Bushmans were Anchorage residents at the time of the Alaska Earthquake in 1964. Doyle Bushman died in 2008 in Tacoma, Washington.

Collection description:
This collection consists of material collected by Doyle and Gloria Bushman that relates to the Alaska earthquake of 1964 as well as the family slides from 1953 to 1984.  The collection contains 2 five-inch, reel-to-reel audiotapes and two compact discs containing personal recordings of radio broadcasts by Anchorage stations KFQD-AM and KENI-AM during the evening of the earthquake, 1964 March 27; a VHS videocassette recording of a news feature interview with the Bushmans on earthquake preparedness by Seattle television station KOMO in 2000; a letter written by Doyle Bushman to family members in April 1964 describing the family's experiences during and after the earthquake; color 35mm slides including some depicting earthquake damage in Anchorage, on the Seward Highway, and in Seward; a DVD of a slideshow of slides taken on a trip to Alaska by Doyle Bushman’s parents and two sisters with descriptions of the slides; an account of the same trip to Alaska; and a 1964 U. S. Geological Survey preliminary evaluation report on the earthquake written by Arthur Grantz, George Flafker and Reuben Kachadoorian.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by type of material.

Digitized copies: Selected photographs from this collection have been digitized and can by found on Alaska's Digital Archives by searching "Doyle and Gloria Bushman."

Rights note: Archives owns copyright to materials created by Doyle and Gloria Bushman. Materials not created by the Bushmans may be subject to copyright not owned by Archived and Special Collections.

Preferred citation: Doyle and Gloria Bushman family papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The materials in the collection were donated to the Archives by Claudia Ellsworth and Mary Manning, daughters to Doyle and Gloria Bushman, in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2016.

Processing information: This collection was originally processed and described by Jeffrey A. Sinnott in 2005.  The guide to the collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2010 and by Arlene Schmuland in 2011. The guide was updated to reflect additions to the collection by Gwen Sieja in 2016.

Container list:

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

Reel to reel audiotapes and compact disc copies

1964

1/2

Videotape of KOMO-TV interview

2000

1/3

Family letter

1964

1/4

Family slides

1953-1954

1/5

Family slides

1957

1/6

Family slides

1957-1958

1/7

Family slides

1958-1960

1/8

Family slides

1961-1963

1/9

Family slides

1963-1965

1/10

Family slides (earthquake)

1964

1/11

Family slides

1967-1968

1/12

Family slides

1968-1969

1/13

Family slides

1969, 1971-1972

1/14

Family slides

1979

1/15

Family slides

1979-1981

1/16

Family slides

1981-1984

1/17

Slideshow of family trip to Alaska (1 DVD) and book of slide descriptions

1952

1/18

Account of family visit to Alaska

1952

1/19

U.S.G.S. circular

1964