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Guide to the Wilda G. Hudson papers
1953-2001

Collection number: HMC-1169.
Creator: Hudson, Wilda G.
Title: Wilda G. Hudson papers.
Dates: 1953-2001, bulk 1969-1987.
Volume of collection: 3 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.  
Collection summary: Papers of a woman involved in Anchorage civic activities.

Biographical note:
Wilda G. Hudson was born in 1924. Hudson and her husband, Walt, worked for the Corp of Engineers after WWII. Once moving to Anchorage, Wilda Hudson became civically active. She was an active and public member of the League of Women Voters and served as the Anchorage organization’s president. In 1967, Hudson was appointed to the Anchorage City Council. In 1974, she was the assistant executive director of the Alaska Public Offices Commission, later becoming director in 1977. Beginning in 1975, Hudson worked to pass the unification of Anchorage and to create the Municipality of Anchorage. She also served as director of Cultural and Recreation Services under Mayor George Sullivan between 1977 and 1981, and was an elected member of the Anchorage Assembly in 2000. Hudson also served on the Greater Anchorage Area Borough Assembly. She helped start the Anchorage Library Foundation and served as the hospitality committee chair of the Alaska World Affairs Council. She also served as campaign treasurer for Arliss Sturgulewski’s gubernatorial campaigns in 1986 and 1990, and was the Alaska Republican Party’s accountant. Wilda Hudson died in 2012.

Collection description:
The collection contains records of organizations in which Wilda Hudson was involved. The collection includes records relating to the municipality and borough of Anchorage, the Greater Anchorage Borough Charter Commission, the unification and annexation of Anchorage boroughs, and the development of the Headquaters Library, later known as the Loussac Library. A majority of the records in this collection include budget and fiscal information, correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, administrative information, and memoranda. The collection also contains campaign bumper stickers and stamps that Wilda Hudson collected.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series 1. Organization records; undated, 1967-1987
Series 2. Municipality of Anchorage files; 1953-2001, bulk 1969-1978
Series 3. Greater Anchorage Area Borough files; 1963-1975
Series 4. Unification and Annexation files; 1969-1976
Series 5. Headquarters Library Development records; 1967-1987
Series 6. Campaign ephemera; undated

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 holds copyright to material created by Wilda Hudson.

Preferred citation: Wilda G.Hudson papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: “Wilda Hudson.” Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame, 04 Feb. 2012. Web.

Separated materials: Publications were removed and added to Rare Books.

Related materials: Greater Anchorage Area Borough (Alaska). Charter Commission records; 1970-1975. HMC-0438. 

Acquisition note: The Wilda G. Hudson papers were donated to Archives and Special Collections by Jane Angvik on behalf of the Hudson family.

Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:

Series 1: Organization records; undated, 1967-1987. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series contains records relating to various organizations Wilda Hudson was a part.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

System of services: Article draft

undated

1/2

Bonding meeting minutes

1968 March 19

1/3

Budget Advisory Commission: Fiscal year 1970

1970

1/4

League of Women Voters

circa 1967-1972

1/5

Audiocassette: Mary Sarton—award from the Woman’s Building (copyright held by Ishtar Films and Mary Sarton)

1987 April 10

1/6

Wilda Hudson statements before Special Investigative Committee, City Council Assembly, and Local Boundary Commission

1970

1/7

Meeting minutes: Editorial Board, Capture and Record Project

1976 June 30

1/8

Correspondence with Diddy Hutchine

1976 August

1/9

News clippings: Native Land Claims

1969

Series 2: Municipality of Anchorage files; 1953-2001, bulk 1969-1978. 0.50 cubic feet.
This series contains records relating to the municipality of Anchorage. Records include information regarding the area-wide police vote, proposed budgets, and Operation Breakthrough.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/10-11

Area-wide police vote file and news clippings

1974

1/12

Citizens Council for Community Improvements

circa 1969-1976

1/13

City of Anchorage 1954 proposed budget report

1953

1/14

Municipality and boroughs of Alaska reference file

1958-1968

1/15

“Local Governments in the Anchorage Area” by Robert E. Sharp, City Manager

1969 February 5

1/16-17

Addresses by Gov. Egan and Byron I. Mallott (Local Affairs Agency) before the Alaska Municipal League, Ketchikan, AK

1972 October 27-28

1/18

“Preliminary Concepts for a City Management Structure”

undated

1/19

City Park Plan preliminary report

1974 December

1/20

City of Anchorage: Senate bill statements and notes

1973

1/21

Municipality of Anchorage, Assembly memoranda

1976

1/22

Operation Breakthrough: Timetable, structure, committee

circa 1968-1969

1/23

Operation Breakthrough: Information packet

1978

1/24

Anchorage Code of Ordinances

2001

1/25

“Final Report on Borough Government” by the Alaska Legislative Council and the Local Affairs Agency

1961

1/26-27

Local Affairs Agency: newsletters and bulletins

1961-1963

1/28

Sig Strandberg, recommendation of Local Affairs Agency: Wilda’s notes and typed document

1974

Series 3: Greater Anchorage Area Borough files; 1963-1975. 0.90 cubic feet.
This series contains records relating to the drafting of the Greater Anchorage Area Borough charter, as well as the Anchorage Area Borough Assembly charter and amendments. The series includes meeting minutes, memoranda, and newsletters, charter provisions, and amendments.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/29

Anchorage Borough Assembly: Apportionments, memoranda, ordinances, status, news articles

1973-1974

1/30

Anchorage Borough Assembly: Apportionments, affidavits, agendas, resolutions memoranda

1973-1974

1/31

Anchorage Area Borough Assembly: Apportionment and weighted vote

1968-1971

1/32

Anchorage Area Borough Assembly: Voting on charter, proposed service areas

circa 1970

2/1

Attorney General’s opinions regarding boroughs

1963, 1965

2/2

John Apslund: Borough chair file

1970-1972

2/3-6

Former Borough-City Study Committee reading file

1966-1967

2/7

Borough-City Study Committee: House and Senate bills, correspondence, reports, meeting notes

1965-1976

2/8

Borough law amendments, municipal code

1968-1970

2/9

News clippings: Anchorage Borough vs the city

1969

2/10

“The Politics Change: The Workings of a Charter Commission” by Jerome Saroff

1969

2/11

Correspondence, charter provisions, memoranda

undated, 1970-1972

2/12

Charter Commission articles, provisions, unification, correspondence, press conferences

1969-1970

2/13

Newsletters

1969

2/14

Newsletters, correspondence

1970-1971

2/15-16

Meeting minutes

1969-1970

2/17

News clippings

1969-1972

2/18

Will Key Jefferson: Lawsuit with Anchorage Borough and Charter Commission

1971

2/19

Local Program: Government structure, charters one and two

1969-1975

2/20

Charter

circa 1970

2/21

Charter vote timetable, additions, proposals, amendments

1969-1970

2/22

Voting on charter, proposed service areas

circa 1970

2/23

Second charter: Correspondence, memoranda, statements, newsletters

1971

2/24

First and third charter: Resolutions submitted by Wilda Hudson and Dave Rose

1973, 1975

Series 4: Unification and Annexation files; 1969-1976. 0.60 cubic feet.
This series primarily contains the records relating to the Local Boundary Commission regarding the unification and annexation of various Anchorage boroughs. The series includes information on Rural 30 and the Home Rule charter. The series also includes proposals, blueprints and plans, resolutions, and correspondence regarding the Campbell Airstrip, Cook Inlet Borough, Matanuska-Susitna, Muldoon Service Area, military reservations (Elmendorf Air force Base and Forth Richardson), and the Ship and Campbell Creek Watershed areas.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

2/25

Local Boundary Commission: Annexation proposals and memoranda

1970-1972

2/26

Local Boundary Commission: Correspondence, petitions, meetings

1963-1972

2/27

Local Program: Borough structure and services: Unification

1966-1976

2/28

Wilda Hudson speech notes on unification

undated

2/29

Citizens Committee for Unification: Petitions, speakers, memoranda, members

1969

2/30

Memoranda, military reservations, correspondence, local government

1969-1970

2/31

Merrill and Campbell Airfield projects: correspondence and plans

1970

2/32

News clippings: Annexation of boroughs

1970

3/1

Proposals, plans, blueprints, maps

1969-1971

3/2

Cook Inlet Borough Incorporation: memoranda petitions

1971-1973

3/3

Presentation to Local Boundary Commissions on Cook Inlet Borough

1973

3/4

Analysis of Proposed Charter for the Unified Municipality Of Anchorage

1970

3/5

Rural 30: Correspondence, articles, reports

1969-1976

3/6

Proposed Home Rule charter

circa 1970

3/7

“Home Rule Charter of the Unified Municipality for the Greater Anchorage Area”: Draft, proposal, news clippings

circa 1970

3/8

Home Rule charter: Anchorage Area Charter Commission

1971

Series 5: Headquarters Library Development records; 1967-1987. 0.60 cubic feet.
This series includes records detailing the development of Headquarters Library, later called Z. J. Loussac Public Library. The series includes fiscal and administrative information, news clippings regarding the library, construction of the library, as well as correspondence, reports, and the staffing needs of the library.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

3/9

Fiscal information

1981-1982

3/10

Fiscal and administrative information

1982-1987

3/11

Budget information: CIP/funding/cost analysis

1980-1983

3/12

Headquaters Library: Assembly/Library/State actions

1979-1982

3/13

Professional services contracts

1980

3/14

News clippings

1979-1982

3/15

Design, development plan; Library Division, 10/2/79

1969-1981

3/16

Library information file

circa 1979

3/17

Fiscal data, information on Project 80s projects

1982-1983

3/18

News clippings; Library and Performing Arts Center, Knowles Proposal

1983

3/19

Library consulting proposals

1980-1981

3/20

General information, correspondence, history of development

1980-1982

3/21

Construction, budgets, correspondence, reports

1967-1983

3/22

Memoranda for staff needs an departmentalization

1982

3/23

TV studio and cable for library

1982

 Series 6: Campaign ephemera; undated. 0.10 cubic feet.             
This series includes campaign bumper stickers from various republican candidates, as well as stamps used during Arliss Sturgulewski’s gubernatorial campaigns.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

3/24, Oversize folder 1

Stamps; Campaign bumper stickers

undated