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Guide to the Virginia Terrill papers
undated, 1941-1991

Collection number: HMC-0432.
Creator: Terrill, Virginia.
Title: Virginia Terrill papers.
Dates: undated, 1941-1991.
Volume of collection: 0.80 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: A majority of the materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Personal papers and photographs of a public health worker.

Biographical note:
Virginia Terrill was born on December 12, 1906, in Meta, Missouri. She lived in Texas and California prior to moving to Alaska in the years before World War II. She worked for the Public Health Service and the Alaska Native Medical Center as a medical transcriptionist before retiring in 1981. Terrill was active in local community groups including the Libertarian Party, and served as secretary of the Anchorage Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Collection description:
This collection contains the personal papers and photographs of Virginia Terrill. Included are correspondence, insurance and employment files, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) correspondence and articles, Libertarian Party clippings and mailers, as well as photographs. Subjects of the photographs include WWII, Hawaii, Terrill’s family and dogs, the Jesse Lee Home, the Seward Sanitarium, and the Seward Hospital.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1. Personal and employment papers; undated, 1944-1990
Series 2. SPCA files; undated, 1970-1983
Series 3. Libertarian Party files; 1982
Series 4. Photographs; undated, 1941-1971

Digitized copies: Selected photographs have been digitized and can be found online at Alaska’s Digital Archives by searching for “Virginia Terrill.”

Access restrictions: Some items were written using Stenography and will only be readable to those with Stenographic knowledge.

Rights note: Archives does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.

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

Separated materials: Plaques have been photographed and removed from the collection. Publications were removed and placed in Rare Books. Please contact an archivist for further information.

Custodial history: The collection was given to Steven Levi prior to 1995.

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives by Steven Levi in 1995.

Processing information: This collection was described by Kathleen Hertel-Baker in 1998. The collection was converted to current standard by Veronica Denison in 2014.

Container list:
Series 1: Personal and employment papers; undated, 1944-1990. 0.50 cubic feet.
This series contains personal and employment records. It includes correspondence, medical records, employment information and correspondence from when Terrill worked at the Alaska Native Medical Center, as well as real estate information, diet and meal plans, and Matanuska Telephone Association annual reports.

Folder

Description

Dates

1-3

Correspondence

undated, 1952-1982

4

Messages on audio tape (3 tapes)

undated

5

Unemployment records, insurance, correspondence

1977-1981

6

Medical records

1991

7

Job applications

1944-1976

8

Medical transcription notes and manuals

1956-1977

9

Alaska Native Medical Center correspondence and memoranda;  Newsletters: The Mukluk Telegraph, National Secretaries Association

1971-1981

10

Public Health Service Employees Association: correspondence, notices, meeting minutes

1979-1980

11

Pay stubs

1979

12

Honors and awards

1971, 1981

13

Alaska Longevity Bonus

1982, 1989

14

Real estate; house construction complaints

1981-1983

15

Poems; diet and meal plans

undated

16

Matanuska Telephone Association annual reports; utility bills

1977, 1980-1990

17

Sketches

undated

Series 2: SPCA files; undated, 1970-1983. 0.15 cubic feet.
This series contains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) files. The series includes correspondence, activity reports, city ordinances and investigations, newsletters, and journal and news articles.

Folder

Description

Dates

18

Correspondence

undated, 1970-1973

19

Correspondence

1974-1980

20

Animal activity reports, House bills, city ordinances, investigation reports, newsletters, fliers

1970-1981

21

Journal articles, newsletters, news clippings

1973-1983

Series 3: Libertarian Party files; 1982. 0.05 cubic feet.
This series contains political mailers and news clippings relating to the Libertarian Party in Anchorage.

Folder

Description

22

Political mailers, news clippings

23

News clippings

Series 4: Photographs; undated, 1941-1971. 0.25 cubic feet.
This series contains photographs. Subjects of the photographs include Terrill’s family, friends, and pets, the Jesse Lee Home, Seward Hospital, Crow Creek Mine, and the Seward Sanitarium. Many people and places depicted in the images are unidentified.

Folder

Description

Dates

24

Young Virginia Terrill, family, and friends

undated, 1941-1957

25

Terrill’s mother and Texas

undated, 1945-1971

26

WWII, Alaska, Hawaii, friends

1943-1959

27

Relatives and friends, birthday parties

undated, 1950-1982

28

Terrill’s dogs, scenery

undated, 1961-1973

29

Crow Creek Mine, Seward Sanitarium, Jesse Lee Home, Seward Hospital

undated, 1949

30

Jesse Lee Home

1952