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Guide to the Anchorage Organizing Committee Olympics records
1976-1994

Collection number: HMC-1002.
Creator: Anchorage Organizing Committee.
Title: Anchorage Olympic Organizing Committee Olympics records.
Dates: 1976-1994, bulk 1984-1990.
Volume of collection: 51 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of Anchorage’s bids to host the Winter Olympics in 1992, 1994, and 1998.

Organizational history:
Anchorage Organizing Committee (AOC) was founded in 1984 by Rick Mystrom, then the owner of Mystrom/Beck Advertising who also served as Anchorage assemblyman (1979-1985) and mayor of Anchorage (1994-2000), and Chris von Imhof, manager of Alyeska ski resort.  The AOC was dedicated to bringing the Winter Olympics to Anchorage, and Rick Mystrom served as the committee’s chairman.  In 1985, the AOC presented a winning bid for the 1992 Winter Olympics to the U.S. Olympic Committee, but the International Olympic Committee ultimately awarded the host site to Albertville, France in 1986.  Anchorage was again selected as a contender for the 1994 Winter Olympics but lost out to Lillehammer, Norway.  The Anchorage Olympic Organizing Committee later also explored the option of submitting a bid for Anchorage for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

Collection description:
The collection contains the records of the Anchorage Organizing Committee’s bids for Anchorage to be the host site of the 1992, 1994, and 1998 Winter Olympics, including reports, correspondence, reference files, videos, audiotapes, photographs, artwork, publications, and other committee records.  The collection also contains Rick Mystrom’s and Rick Nerland’s personal records from their service on the committee. There are also artifacts, which consist of two stuffed-animals and multiple pins from various Olympic sites, as well as Olympic clothing samples.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order in which it was received by the Archives. Boxes 1-51 are material donated to the Archives by Rick Mystrom and boxes 52-56 were donated to the Archives by Rick Nerland.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives owns copyright to all material in the collection created or published by the Anchorage Organizing Committee.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Organizing Committee Olympics bids records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was given to the Archives by Rick Mystrom in 2011. An addition was made by Rick Nerland in 2012.

Processing information: This collection was described by Megan K. Friedel in 2011. The collection was further described and new material added by Veronica Denison in 2013.

Container list:

Box

Description

Date

1-2

City documents and brochures

circa 1986-1988

3-5

Bid tapes

1984-1989

6

Bid tapes and photographs

1984-1989

7-13

Technical manuals and photographs

circa 1986-1989

14

Technical data

circa 1987-1989

15-16

Current Olympics papers

circa 1986-1990

17-19

Slides shows

circa 1986-1990

20-22

Slides and photographs

circa 1986-1989

23

Slides for 1992 Winter Olympics bid

circa 1985-1986

24

Olympics bid slides and tapes

circa 1984-1989

25-26

Books and publications

circa 1986-1989

27

Publications (including International Olympic Committee), promotional material, and ephemera

circa 1984-1989

28

Rick Mystrom papers: Anchorage Organizing Committee bids historical data

1985-1986

29-31

Rick Mystrom papers: 1992 Winter Olympics bid

1984-1988

32-35

Rick Mystrom papers: 1994 Winter Olympics bid

1984-1988

36

Rick Mystrom papers: 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics bids reference files

1986-1987

37

Rick Mystrom papers: 1998 bid to United States Olympics Committee

1989-1990

38

Rick Mystrom: Other city documents, bids, and view books

1976-1988

39

Rick Mystrom: International Olympic Committee information and general papers on the Olympics

circa 1984-1989

40

Newspaper and magazine articles on the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics bids

1984-1989

41

1992 Winter Olympics bid photograph album

1986

42

Other photographs and audiotapes

circa

43

 “Anchorage, 1992, Book 1” and “Anchorage, 1992, Book 2” scrapbooks

1985 April-1986 March

44

 “Anchorage, 1992, Book 4” and “Alaska except Anchorage, 1992, Book 1” scrapbooks

1985 March-1986 November

45

“International, Book 1, 1992” and “United States, 1992, Book 2” scrapbooks

1986 April-November

46

“Alaska/Anchorage, 1994, Book 3” and “Alaska/Anchorage, 1994, Book 5” scrapbooks

1987 July-1988 April

47

“Alaska/Anchorage, 1994, Book 7” and untitled scrapbooks

1988 July-
1989 May

48

Scrapbooks

1989

49

Loose scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings

1986 April-1989 April

50

Loose scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings, framed photo of Rick Mystrom in Lausanne, Switzerland (1986 February 14), original artwork for Anchorage Olympics proposals, and signed posters from the Anchorage Organizing Committee to supporters

circa 1986-1988

51

Original artwork, plans, and other papers of proposed Olympic venues for presentation by the Austin Company

1985 June

52

Books and publications on previous Olympics and the 1992 Anchorage bid

1979-1994

53

Scrapbook and photographs of the Anchorage Organizing Committee

1988-1989

54

Artifacts and plaques

1988-1992

55

Olympic clothing samples

1988-1992

56

Videotapes on various Olympics

1994-1998

OS folder 1-2

Original artwork of proposed Olympic venues for presentation by the Austin Company

1985 June