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Guide to the Alaska Adult Education Association and Northwest Adult Education Association records
1977-circa 2000

Collection number: HMC-1123
Creator: Alaska Adult Education Association.
Northwest Adult Education Association. 
Title: Alaska Adult Education Association and Northwest Adult Education Association records.
Dates: 1977-circa 2000.
Volume of collection: 1 cubic foot. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Records of two organizations promoting adult education in Alaska and Northwest, collected by a board member and former president.

Organizational history:
The Alaska Adult Education Association (AAEA) was formed in 1977 to developed effective program delivery for Alaskan adult education; enhance professional development of its practitioners; promote cooperation between practitioners, citizens, institutions, and government agencies; and advocate recognition of the field.  Most active in the 1980s and 1990s, it maintained a nine-member board of directors representing all the main district regions of Alaska, published the quarterly newsletter Focus, held an annual conference, and weighed in on state and federal legislation.  Sandra P. Wassillie was an original incorporator and board member of AAEA and served as president from 1978-1979 and 1982-1983.

The Northwest Adult Education Association (NAEA) was formed in 1966 to provide opportunities for connection and cooperation between adult education practitioners in Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Washington, Montana, and the Yukon Territory.  NAEA was formally dissolved in 1996.  Sandra P. Wassillie was a board member of NAEA and president from 1987-1988.

Collection description:
This collection includes records from both the Adult Education Association (AAEA) and Northwest Adult Education Association (NAEA) that were collected by Sandra P. Wassillie.  The AAEA records include incorporation and formation documents; correspondence from 1978-1987; and conference planning papers relating to the “Discover the Future” conference in 1983 and “Adult Educators: Strength through Diversity” conference in 1991.  The NAEA records date from 1983-1996 when Sandra Wassillie was active with the organization and include policies, programs, correspondence, and formal notice of dissolution of the organization.

Arrangement: Arranged in the order in which they were received by the Archives.

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not own copyright to the organizational records in this collection.

Preferred citation: Alaska Adult Education Association and Northwest Adult Education Association records Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: See histories of the organizations prepared by Sandra P. Wassillie in the collection processing file.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Sandra P. Wassillie in 2012.

Processing information: This collection was described by Megan K. Friedel in 2012.