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Guide to the Ann Chandonnet papers
1942-2007

Collection number: HMC-0085.
Creator: Chandonnet, Ann.
Title: Ann Chandonnet papers.
Dates: 1942-2007.
Volume of collection: 8.75 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Personal papers, writings, and research files of an Alaskan poet, author, and journalist.

Biographical note:
Ann Fox Chandonnet was born in Massachusetts in 1943.  She obtained her B.S. from Lowell University in 1964 and an M.S. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin in 1965.  After graduating, she taught English at Kodiak High School in Alaska from 1965-1966 and then at Lowell State College in Massachusetts from 1966-1969.  Ann returned to Alaska in 1973.  She is a poet and author who has published a number of poetry collections including The Wife and Other Poems, At the Fruit Tree’s Mossy Root, Ptarmigan Valley, and Canoeing in the Rain: Poems for My Aleut-Athabascan Son.  She has also written several cookbooks, including Gold Rush Grub: From Turpentine Stew to Hoochino and The Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook, children’s books, and two histories of Eklutna Village, among many other titles.  Chandonnet was food editor and children’s book reviewer for the Anchorage Daily News and also wrote for the Anchorage Times newspaper.  She was a founding member of the Literary Artists Guild, an organization for Alaskan authors and poets.

In 1966, Ann married Fernand “Fern” L. Chandonnet (b. 1942).  The couple adopted three sons, Yves, Alexandre, and Maxim.  In the 1970s and early 1980s, Fern was a radio announcer and programmer at KHER and KENI in Anchorage.  He later worked for the Anchorage Times newspaper as a copy editor.  In 1988, Fern ran for the Alaska state senate as a Democrat but was not elected.  Ann and Fern moved to Juneau in 1999, and from 1999-2006, Fern worked at Juneau Empire newspaper as editor. Ann also worked at the newspaper for three years as a police and courts reporter.

Collection description:
The bulk of the collection contains Ann Chandonnet’s personal papers, most significantly her personal and professional correspondence from 1962-2007.  Prominent correspondents include Chandonnet’s mother, Barbara Curran (b. 1923), her mother’s cousin, Mary Colburn (b. 1927), poets Joanne Townsend and Will Inman, and other writers and family members.  Chandonnet’s personal papers also contain a scrapbook that she kept in 1965-1966 while she was teaching at Kodiak High School on Kodiak Island, family photographs, advertisements for and reviews of her books, newspaper clippings about her, legal papers, and papers related to the Literary Artists Guild, among other materials.

The collection also contains drafts and published copies of Chandonnet’s writing, including news, arts, and human interest features that she wrote for various Alaska magazines and newspapers, including the Anchorage Times and the Anchorage Daily News, manuscript drafts of and book proposals for some of her books, poetry, food writing, fiction, and drafts of interviews and speeches.  There are also photocopies of research material from various archives and books that Chandonnet use to write several books, including materials on the history of Eklutna, and papers relating to Fern Chandonnet, including his own photographs, writing, and newspaper clippings, speeches, and other papers relating to his 1988 Alaska state senate campaign.

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into four series: personal papers, writing, research files, and Fernand L. Chandonnet papers.

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

Use restrictions: Permission to quote from a literary work or any part thereon must be obtained from the author in writing.

Rights note: The donor retains the literary property rights and copyright to all literary works of her authorship such as books, essays, articles, and poetry, including drafts but not including correspondence and other papers. 

Preferred citation: Ann Chandonnet papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Published books and literary journals were separated from the archival collection in 2010 and added to the Consortium Library Rare Books collection.

Acquisition note: This collection was originally donated to Archives and Special Collections by Ann Chandonnet in 1982.  Thirteen additions to the collection were donated by Chandonnet between 1984-2007.

Processing information: This collection was originally arranged and described prior to 1991.  The guide was revised and updated by Megan K. Friedel in 2010.

Container list:

Series 1.  Personal papers, 1942-2007.  5.35 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Box/Folder

Description

Date

1/1

Advertisements and press releases for books by Ann Chandonnet

1972-2005

1/2

Advertisements and programs for appearances by Ann Chandonnet

1984-2005

1/3

Advertisements and programs for other events

1979-1999

1/4

Alaska Center for the Book meeting minutes

1992

1/5

Anchorage Times papers relating to closing of newspaper operations

1992

1/6, 20/1

Articles and newspaper clippings about Ann Chandonnet

1978-2005

1/7

Articles and newspaper clippings by and about other authors

1974-1981

1/8

Awards and certificates

1958-1983

1/9

Biographical information and resumes

1974-2008

1/10

Contracts and other legal papers

1972-1998

1/11

Correspondence

undated

1/12

Correspondence - Letters to Juliana Wells

1962-1963

1/13

Correspondence

1963-1965

1/14

Correspondence

1968-1972

1/15

Correspondence - Letters of recommendation

1968-1982

1/16

Correspondence

1973

1/17

Correspondence

1974-1976

1/18

Correspondence regarding adoption tax deduction

1976-1980

2/1 - 2/2

Correspondence regarding Eklutna research

1976-1982

2/3 - 2/7

Correspondence with Katherine Jensen

1976-1990

2/8

Correspondence

1977

2/9

Correspondence

1978

2/10

Correspondence

1979

2/11

Correspondence

1980

3/1

Correspondence

1981

3/2 - 3/3

Correspondence

1982

3/4 - 3/5

Correspondence

1983

3/6 - 4/1

Correspondence

1984

4/2

Correspondence

1985

4/3 - 4/4

Correspondence

1986

4/5 - 4/6

Correspondence

1987

4/7 - 5/1

Correspondence

1988

5/2 - 5/4

Correspondence

1989

5/5 - 5/8

Correspondence

1990

6/1 - 6/7

Correspondence

1991

7/1 - 7/2

Correspondence

1992

7/3

Correspondence

1993

7/4

Correspondence

1994

7/5

Correspondence

1995

7/6

Correspondence

1996

8/1 - 8/2

Correspondence

1997

8/3

Correspondence

1998

8/4

Correspondence

1999

8/5

Correspondence

2000

8/6

Correspondence

2001

8/7 - 8/8

Correspondence

2002

9/1 - 9/3

Correspondence

2003

9/4 - 9/7

Correspondence

2004

10/1

Correspondence

2005

10/2

Correspondence

2006

10/3 - 10/4

Correspondence

2007

10/5

Financial records

1979-2007

10/6

Fox family genealogical papers

1991-2007

10/7

Grant and award applications

1998-2003

10/8

Juneau Writer Club contact list

2005

10/9

Literary Artists Guild correspondence, bylaws, and minutes

1980-1982

10/10

Literary Artists Guild newsletter, The Upstart Crow

1982

10/11

Notes and other papers on marketing writing

circa 1977-1983

11/1

Photographs.  Includes one compact disc of digital photographs taken at the Alaska Book Festival in 2007.

1942-2007

11/2

Poetry and stories by other authors.  Includes poems by Joanne Townsend, Arlitia Jones, Elizabeth Cuadra, Will Inman

1978-2005

11/3

Reading lists

undated

11/4

Reviews of books written by Chandonnet

1974-1985

Box 19

Scrapbook kept by Ann Chandonnet documenting her time teaching English at Kodiak High School.  Includes photographs, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, and letters to her grandmother, Ethel B. Fox

1965-1966

11/5

Sound recording of “Return of the Great Round: A Musical by Eleanor Limmer.”  1 compact disc with a typescript synopsis. 

1993

11/6

Teaching papers

1992-2005

11/7

Video recording of “Alaska: A Place for Poets,” Parts I and II.  1 VHS videocassette.

1986

11/8A

Rough-cut DVD recording of “Eating Alaska" (documentary by Frankenstein Productions)

2007 September 23

 

Series 2.  Writing, 1965-2007.  2.65 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by format.


Box/Folder

Description

Date

11/8

Articles – Drafts for Alaska Journal magazine

1978

11/9

Articles - Drafts for Alaska Press Women’s Bicentennial Series

1976-1978

11/10

Articles - Drafts for Alaskana magazine

1973-1981

11/11

Articles - Drafts for the Anchorage Times newspaper

1983-1986

11/12

Articles - Drafts for other publications

1976-1986

12/1, 20/2

Articles - Clippings of articles published in various Alaska newspapers and magazines

1981-2004

12/2 - 12/3

Book review drafts - Children’s books

1978-1982

12/4 - 12/5

Book review drafts - Other books

1978-1984

12/6, 20/3

Book reviews of children’s books published in the Anchorage Daily News and other publications

1978-1997

12/7

Book reviews published in The Delta Paper

1979-1982

13/1

Book reviews published in The Small Press Review

1979-1982

13/2, 20/4

Book reviews published in other publications

1978-1998

13/3

Graduate school essays

1965

13/4

Fiction - Chief Stephen’s Parky manuscript

1984

13/5

Fiction - Short story drafts

1962-1964

13/6

Food writing - Drafts

1980-1982

13/7

Food writing - LifeDiet manuscript and book proposal

1986

13/8, 20/5

Food writing - Published

1974-1997

14/1

Interviews and speeches - Drafts

1978-1984

14/2

Non-fiction - “Eklutna manuscript”

circa 1984

14/3

Non-fiction - Essays on writing and publishing

1983-1993

14/4

Non-fiction - An Introduction to Cook Inlet manuscript

1989 December

14/5 - 15/1

Non-fiction - On the Trail of Eklutna drafts

1984

15/2

Non-fiction - The Once & Future Village of Ikluat/Eklutna draft

1979

15/3 - 15/4

Non-fiction - Two Hearts: A Mother’s Tale of Fetal Alcohol book proposal.  Versions 1 and 2.

circa 2003

15/5 - 15/11

Poetry - Drafts

1960-2005, undated

16/1 - 16/4

Poetry - Published clippings

1959-2007, undated

16/5

Poetry - Canoeing in the Rain manuscript with related correspondence

1988-1990

16/6

Poetry - Paying Attention manuscript

1989

16/7

Poetry - Pretty Rooms: A Sonnet Sequence manuscript

1963-1964

16/8

Poetry - Ptarmigan Valley galley proof

1980

16/9

Poetry - The Wife, Part 2 draft

undated

16/10

Poetry - The Wife, Part 2 camera-ready copy

undated

16/11

Poetry - Voice Lessons: Poems About Poetry manuscript

 

16/12

Poetry - Sound recording of “Shadows,” with music by Philip Munger and poetry by Ann Fox Chandonnet.   1 compact disc.

1993

 

Series 3.  Research papers, 1975-1998.  0.5 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.


Box/Folder

Description

Date

17/1

“10 Anchorage Artists” newspaper clippings and notes

1979

17/2

Alaska totem poles

1998

17/3

“Chief Stephen’s Parky” research materials and notes

undated

17/4 - 17/7

Eklutna history project research material

1975-1981

 

Series 4.  Fernand L. Chandonnet papers, 1948-2006.  0.25 cubic feet.


Box/Folder

Description

Date

18/1

Personal papers

1948, 1985-2004

18/2

Papers related to state senate campaign

1988

18/3

Newspaper articles about Fern Chandonnet

1984-1985

18/4

Drafts of writing

2005, undated

18/5

Published writing

1990

18/6

Juneau Empire spoof newspapers

2003-2006

18/7

Photographs

1998