Public Affairs

February 25, 2009

UA to accept Ted Stevens' Senate documents & papers

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

An estimated five thousand boxes of files and records gathered during Ted Stevens' four-decade career in Washington is on its way to the University of Alaska under an agreement between Stevens and UA President Mark Hamilton.

The boxes--the lion's share from the nation's capital--will begin arriving at the University of Alaska Fairbanks over the next few weeks. In addition, over 100 boxes will be shipped from Anchorage. Roughly two dozen boxes of the senator's papers are already located in Fairbanks. The collection will be housed principally at the Rasmuson Library at UAF, which is the only facility in the UA system capable of accommodating the extensive collection.

"The university is delighted to receive this collection. The historic value of these papers, speeches and documents is immeasurable; it's very fitting that the senator's papers come to the University of Alaska," Hamilton said.

Stevens said he's pleased to make the deposit to the university. "Alaska is my home, and it's my hope that this collection of papers and material will contribute to the body of knowledge about the many important federal issues which have affected our state," he said.

It will take an estimated two to three years for the university to assess and process the collection after it arrives, said Paul McCarthy, former director of the Rasmuson Library and advisor to the university on the Stevens' collection. McCarthy has extensive experience in handling large collections, and oversaw the receipt of the Elmer E. Rasmuson collection.

"The hope is to work with the senator to get some of the material with the most public interest, for instance in the area of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, posted online through the library's current digital archive system," McCarthy said. "We'd like to use technology to make certain records and papers within the collection available to as many Alaskan and non-Alaskan scholars alike, no matter where they live."

In accordance with Senate rules, the federal government will pay shipping costs. University officials may seek private and public funding in the future to help process the collection.

Many items will be made available to the public as soon as they can be properly archived. Certain files containing constituent information and other confidential files will remain confidential until 50 years after they were created, or longer if covered by state or federal privacy laws. Under terms of the agreement, most of the collection will be made widely available five years after Stevens' death.

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For more information, call Paul McCarthy at 907/322-2044.


The University of Alaska Foundation announces the recipients of the 2009 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant

February 25, 2009

The University of Alaska Foundation announces the recipients of the 2009 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant.

Brooke Hill a graduate student attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been awarded $7,000 for her research proposal entitled “Factors Affecting Shorebird Chick Survival from Initial and Replacement Clutches in a Fox-free Arctic Environment.”

Elizabeth Humphries and Jack Withrow also graduate students attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been awarded $7,000 for their research proposal entitled “Quantifying Genomic Divergence in Beringian Birds for Management and Research.”

The awards are provided to support research on bird species found either permanently or seasonally in Alaska or its coastal waters, including their biology, general ecology and habitat relationships.

This grant was established in 1981 with a gift from ARCO to honor the memory of Angus Gavin who served as an environmental advisor to Atlantic Richfield Company.  He was hand-picked by ARCO Chairman, Robert O. Anderson to observe, categorize and quantify the little known flora and fauna of Prudhoe Bay in 1969.  Gavin was to draw conclusions, pro or con, about the impact of oil field development on the ecology of the North Slope and to recommend operational changes that would minimize or negate any adverse effects on the environment.

For more information contact:

University of Alaska Foundation
Attn: Doreen Straight
910 Yukon Drive, Suite 206
PO Box 755080
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5080
907-450-8033 phone
907-450-8031 fax

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