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Guide to the Neil Risser Bassett papers
1940-1991

Collection number: HMC-0377.
Creator: Bassett, Neil Risser.
Title: Neil Risser Bassett papers.
Dates: 1940-1991.
Volume of collection: 23 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.  
Collection summary: Papers of a Bureau of Land Management official involved with Alaska land issues.

Biographical note:
Neil Risser Bassett was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1928. He received a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Minnesota in 1949. He also received M.S. degrees in wildlife management from Utah State University (1951) and zoology (wildlife) from the University of California, Berkeley (1956). Bassett served in the U.S. Air Force medical section (1951-1955), and in the National Park Service as a park ranger and park naturalist for three years. He joined the Bureau of Land Management in 1959, serving as a realty specialist in Los Angeles Land Office (1959-1960), and as a lands and minerals specialist in the Susanville (California) District Office (1960-1967). Bassett came to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1967. He worked in the Alaska Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), first as Chief of the Lands Branch (1967-1970) and later as Chief of the Branch of Lands and Minerals (1972-1985) in the Resources Division. One of his major responsibilities was as a coordinator for the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, a role that involved him in all phases of its implementation. Bassett retired from the Bureau of Land Management in 1985. Bassett married Dorothy Bills in Anchorage in 1974. Bassett was active in the Masons from his induction in Covina, California in 1960 to his death in Anchorage in 1990.

Collection summary: The inventory of this collection is currently under revision. Please contact the Archives for more details regarding the collection contents.