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Guide to the Commonwealth North records
1979-2007

Collection number: HMC-0992.
Creator: Commonwealth North.
Title: Commonwealth North records.
Dates: 1979-2007.
Volume of collection: 64.8 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Papers of an Alaskan public policy forum.

Organizational history: Commonwealth North (CWN) was co-founded in 1979 by two former governors of Alaska: Walter J. Hickel and William Egan.  Commonwealth North acts as a non-partisan group funded by individual memberships and private sector funds.  Their purpose is “to educate its members and others on significant public policy issues affecting Alaska and its future, and to assist in their resolution,” (Commonwealth North 2009). Commonwealth North strives to achieve this goal in a variety of ways. They hold monthly forums with speakers from a variety of disciplines to provide insight into Alaskan matters.  In addition, they form study groups to research Alaskan issues and publish their findings and recommendations. http://www.commonwealthnorth.org has more information on the activities and publications of Commonwealth North.

Collection description: This collection contains administrative records created during the planning and execution of their speaker programs; research material used and records created by each study group; administrative records of former executive directors; Board of Directors records, and membership files.  These records vary in type and include publications produced by CWN, correspondence, meeting notes, audio recordings of speeches, and video and photographs of speakers and events.  In addition, the collection contains plaques and awards given to Commonwealth North.  Collection is primarily arranged by event or group/committee that created the records.

Arrangement: Most of the series reflect the way CWN grouped, ordered and named their records. The series that reflect CWN's original order and naming conventions are: speaker/program files, publications files, information files, membership files, award dinner files, and Board of Director files.  A portion of the collection did not arrive at the archives in a proscribed series.  A majority of that portion of the collection falls under the created series “Artifacts and Audiovisual Materials.” This holds artifacts and multimedia documenting CWN’s accomplishments and events.  In addition, there are audiocassettes and videocassettes integrated within the other series.

Alternative formats: CWN publications and reports found in the collection can be accessed on the Commonwealth website.

Rights note: Commonwealth North retains copyright to all materials in the collection.

Preferred citation: Commonwealth North records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory:
Commonwealth North. "Who we are." Commonwealth North. 2009. http://www.commonwealthnorth.org/index.cfm?section=aboutandpage=Who-we-are (accessed October 15, 2008).

Acquisition note: Commonwealth North deposited the materials with the Archives in 2007.  A deposit agreement was signed at that time.

Processing information:  Arrangement of files and series and box titles derive from CWN’s arrangement of files and series and box titles. This collection was arranged and described by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2008.

Container list:
Series 1: Speaker and program files; 1983-2003. This series contains records created in planning and hosting speakers. Examples of the types of materials in the collection are financial records, correspondence, scripts for the event, and audio recordings of the program. (If no audio recording is present within the files, there may be recordings in series 7: Artifacts and Audiovisual records.) Files are arranged chronologically by date.  For a list of speakers, please visit Commonwealth North’s website, “Programs.” 30.4 cubic feet.


Box

Description

Date

1

Speaker program files.

1983 July-1985 July

2

Speaker program files.

1985 August-1986 July

3

Speaker program files.

1986 August-1987May

4

Speaker program files.

1987 March-1987 December

5

Speaker program files.

1988 January -1988 August

6

Speaker program files.

1988 September-1989 March

7

Speaker program files.

1989 April-1990 March

8

Speaker program files.

1990 January-1991 January

9

Speaker program files.

1991 March-1991 December

10

Speaker program files.

1991 April-1992 July

11

Speaker program files.

1992 August-1993 March

12

Speaker program files.

1993 April-1993 December

13-14

Speaker program files.

1993 July -1993 December

15-16

Speaker program files.

1994

17

Speaker program files.

1995

18

Speaker program files.

1996

19

Speaker program files.

1997

20

Speaker program files.

1998 January-1998 July

21

Speaker program files.

1998 August-1998 December

22-23

Speaker program files.

1999 February-1999 December

24-25

Speaker program files.

2000

26

Speaker program files.

2001

27

Speaker program files.

2002

28

Speaker program files.

2003

29

Speaker program files.

2004

30

Speaker program files.

2005

31

Speaker program files.

2006

Series 2: Report committee files and publications; 1996-2010.  This series contains the research materials, meeting minutes, and the resulting publications of the work group.  The series is roughly organized by workgroup and date. CWN arrangement of records retained as much as possible. For a list of CWN publications and reports, please visit their website, “Reports.”  18 cubic feet.

Box

Description or title

Date

32

Compass North research.

1996-1997

33

 Alaska's asset portfolio: managing for maximum return, Return on Assets study group records.

1998

34

Return on Assets study group records; Partners in Alaska’s future: Team Alaska Phase II study group records.

1994-1998

35

Permanent Fund earnings study group files.

1995-1999

36

Agenda 2000 study group records.

1995-1997

37

Agenda 2000 study group files (Agenda 2000: paths to resolution subsistence fighting for dependence).

1996-1999

38-39

Higher education committee files.

1991-1997

40

Budget conference back up study group files.

1993-1994

41

 Alaska’s Long range fiscal plan, going in flames—“No copies on hand.”

1986-1996

42

Health Care: finding an Alaskan prescription, study group records and Partners in Alaska's future: Team Alaska 2Phase II drafts.

1994, 1995

43

Workforce development in Alaska study group records.                        

2003

44

Education and the state’s workforce report and Urban rural unity study research records.

1996, 2000-2006

45

Shall there be a Constitutional Convention? committee recordsand Bringing Alaska's North Slope gas to market: framing the issues committee records.

2000- 2002

46

The University of Alaska: A key to Alaska's future, a time for ALL to invest committee records.

2002-2003

47

Putting Alaska’s Assets to work for Alaskans, study group records, 2003

2003

48-49

Alaska primary health care–opportunities and challenges, records.

2004-2005

50

The potential and the promise of the Arctic: a special report to the people.

1970

50

Solutions to the national energy crisis: why not Alaska?

1979

50

North Slope natural gas: transportation alternatives and the promise of a world scale petrochemical industry.

1980

50

Articles of incorporation and bylaws of Commonwealth North.

1981

50

Investing in Alaska's future: the capital investment fund.

1981

50

Moving North Slope natural gas to market: a positive alternative.

1981

50

The new Alaska Railroad.

1984

50

Alaska's budget crisis: facing the facts--closing the gaps.

1986

50

Using the Permanent Fund as a positive counter-cyclical force in the Alaskan economy.

1988

50

The Alaska Railroad and its future.

1988

50

Redesigning the front door to Anchorage through the relocation of the Anchorage railroad yard.

1988

50

Fire Island: a north Pacific maritime center (executive summary).

1991

50

Fire Island: a north Pacific maritime center.

1991

50

Shall there be a Constitutional Convention?.

1992

50

Commonwealth North’s Testimony to the Senate Transportation Committee on SB148, An Act Relating to the Alaska Railroad: March 30, 1993

1993

50

Breaking the fall: budget recommendations for Alaska.

1994

50

Partners in Alaska's future: Team Alaska Phase II.

1995

50

Agenda 2000: Alaska's future in a new world.

1997

50

Quality of Life (Compass North II).

1997

50

Economic stability in the 21st century: realities and aspirations.

1997

50

Education and the state's workforce.

1997

50

Alaska's asset portfolio: managing for maximum return. (Executive summary pamphlet).

1998

50

Alaska's asset portfolio: managing for maximum return.

1998

50

Urban rural unity study.

2000

50

Bringing Alaska's North Slope gas to market: framing the issues.

2001

50

Shall there be a constitutional convention?

2002

50

Alaska's Jobs for Alaska's people.

2003

50

Putting Alaska's assets to work for Alaskans.

2004

50

Commonwealth North 2010 Briefing Book

2009

50

How to Select a Candidate: Some Questions to Ask

undated

50

Commonwealth North Annual Report 2009

2010

50

Energy for a Sustainable Alaska: The Railbelt Predicament

2010

50

Commonwealth North Annual Report 2010

2011

Series 3: Information records; 1980-1999.  The title for this series comes from CWN’s inventory. This series contains administrative records of former CWN executive directors and CWN research materials on varying Alaska related subjects. CWN arrangement of materials preserved as much as possible. 5.4 cubic feet.


Box

Description

Date

51

Patty Ginsburg- CWN Executive Director

1997

52

Becky Parker- CWN Executive Director.

1995

53

Alaskan View of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)  committee information files and records.

1989-1992

54

Information/research files (some administrative records): Bering Sea fisheries; Permanent Fund; Alaska Railroad; ground fish; North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA); Seward Sealife; economic education; Alaska pipeline; Tony Knowles 1995 budget speech.

1993-1997

55

Information/research files: Alberta budget, UAA and land grant, Alaska telemed project, Bering Sea pollock.

1995-1997

56

CWN history.

1980-1999

Series 4: Board of Directors files; 1980-2004.  This series contains the meeting minutes, nominations, biographies and rosters of the directors, board of directors election ballots, and administrative files of the Board of the Directors.  Election records are missing for 1993-1995 and 2000.  Files are in chronological order. 4 cubic feet.


Box

Description

Date

57

Board of Directors.

1980-2004

58

Board of Directors: minutes and agenda.

1980-1989

59

Board of Directors: minutes and agenda.

1990-1996

60

Board of Directors: minutes and agenda.

1997-1999

Series 5: Membership files; 1990-2002. This series contains invitations to membership, registration information, lists of members from 1990-2002.  Files are in chronological order.  1 cubic foot.


Box

Description

Date

61

Membership, ‘old.’

1990-1998

Series 6: Award dinner records; 1999. This series contains records created while planning and hosting award dinners. 2 cubic feet.


Box

Description

Date

62

Hickel Award Dinner and Jay Hammond Award Dinner.

1999

63

Take Flight Stevens information.                                

2000

Series 7: Artifacts and Audiovisual records; undated, 1979 -2005.  This series contains artifacts, photographs, and multimedia materials.  Artifacts consist of plaques and awards given to CWN.  Photographs are of speakers and the board of directors. Audio and video materials are of CWN speaker programs and events.  There are a variety of formats within this series.  The materials consist mostly of audio cassettes and videotapes but more recent materials are on DVD, Dvcam, or zip drives. Arranged approximately by date.  8 cubic feet.


Box

Title

Date

64

Plaques, awards, and copies of scanned reports

undated

65

Commonwealth North: pictures 1979-1991; speakers and Board of Directors.

1979-1991

66

Audiovisual tapes of events and speakers.

1990-2000

67

Audiovisual tapes of events and speakers.

1991-1997

68

Audiocassette tapes of programs and Board of Directors.

1999-2003

69

Events and study groups photographs.

1999-2004

70

Events and study groups photographs.

1999-2005

71

Audiovisual tapes of events and speakers.

2004-2006