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Guide to the Beulah Marrs and Peter R. Parisi papers
1938-1995


Collection number: HMC-0445.
Creator: 
Parisi, Beulah Marrs.
Parisi, Peter R.
Title: Beulah Marrs and Peter R. Parisi papers.
Dates: 1938-1995. 
Volume of collection: 0.75 cubic feet.  
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English. 
Collection summary: Papers, scrapbooks, and photographs of a USO worker in Anchorage during World War II.

Biographical note: 
Beulah "Bee" Marrs came to Alaska in 1941 and was employed by the Bristol Bay Air Service and the Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co. She was an active volunteer with the USO in Anchorage, and became the official hostess of the organization's "Friendly Log Cabin" in 1944. During World War II, she lived in a house (later called the Bee Hive) in Anchorage with Polly Petty, Helen Lawrence, and Beverley Pettyjohn, who were also active volunteers with the USO. Peter R. Parisi was stationed in Alaska with the headquarters squadron of the 11th Fighter Command during World War II. Beulah Marrs returned home to Minnesota in 1946. The couple was also married in 1946.

Collection description: 
The collection consists of Beulah Marrs Parisi's biographical scrapbooks, photographs, and related materials concerning her life in Anchorage during World War II and her volunteer work with the USO. The collection includes biographical scrapbooks (1941-1945); photographs from or related to the scrapbooks; and personal papers, including issues of Flying Time (the newsletter of the Headquarters Squadron of the 11th Fighter Command in Adak) and a six page reminiscence on the wartime newsletter, The Mukluk Telegraph. The biographical scrapbooks contain autobiographical narratives, letters, photographs, programs, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Scrapbooks; 1941-1995
Series 2: Photographs; 1938-1945
Series 3: Personal papers; 1941-1949, 1993

Digitized copies: Selected photographs from this collection have been digitized and are available on Alaska’s Digital Archives (search for Parisi). 

Rights note: Archives owns copyright to materials to which Beulah Marrs and Peter R. Parisi owned copyright.

Preferred citation: Beulah Marrs and Peter R. Parisi papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: For collections related to World War II in Alaska, please visit our research guide, “World War II in Alaska.” To learn more about collection in our archives related to women in Alaskan history, please visit our research guide,“Women in Alaska.”

Separated materials: Some published material has been separated from the collection and added to the Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection.

Acquisition note: The collection was loaned to the archives for copying by Beulah Marrs and Peter Parisi in 1996 and 1997. A deed of gift was signed in 1996.

Processing information: From 1996-1997, Beulah Marrs Parisi’s biographical scrapbooks were photocopied and copy negatives and copy prints were made of the photographs in the scrapbook. The collection was later described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1998. Mariecris Gatlabayan reformatted the collection description in 2013. In 2015, series were combined and publications removed by Veronica Denison.

Location of originals: The original scrapbooks and photographs remain with the Parisi family.

Container list:
Series 1: Scrapbooks; 1941-1995. 0.45 cubic feet.
This series contains the copied scrapbooks of the Parisi family. Arranged chronologically.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/1

"My Alaska Years, 1941" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 186 pages: Anchorage, 1-77; Bee Hive, 79-161; Bristol Bay Air Service, 163-186; and “Bert Rouff and the Bristol Bay Air Service,” undated memoir inserted after page 163

1941-1994

1/2-3

"My Alaska Years, 1942" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 223 pages: USO, 1-77; Bee Hive, 79-161; and The Gillam Tragedy, 159-223. Includes “Christmas with the Armed Forces in Alaska!” written by Polly Petty written circa January 1943

1942-1993

1/4

“My Alaska Years, 1943" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 98 pages; More Anchorage, 1-79 and War, 81-98

1942-1972

1/5

"My Alaska Years, 1944" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 203 pages: Spring Month, 1-40; Railway Battalion, 41-46; Catholic Young Peoples’ Group, 47-53; Minnesota Party, 55-78; Photo Lab, 79-88; “As You Like It” Musical Review, 89-99; Employment at the USO, 101-118; Flower Show, 119-126, Bonanza Days, 127-137; Fall events, 139-166; Club New Yorker, 167-203

1943-1946

1/6

"My Alaska Years; 1945" by Beulah Marrs Parisi, 153 pages: Sidney Lawrence Show, 9-18; 10,000 Knights in an Igloo and Concerts, 19-28; and Other Activities, 29-153. Includes Program for Mother’s Day concert held on May 13, 1945 at the USO, Anchorage

1945

Series 2: Photographs; 1938-1945. 0.2 cubic feet.
To see a detailed listing of the photographs in the collection, please refer to the Beulah Marrs and Peter R. Parisi papers photo list or click the links in the description.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/7

Photos from 1941 book

circa 1938-1944

1/8

Photos from 1942 book

circa 1942-1943

1/9

Photos from 1943 book

circa 1942-1944

1/10

Photos from 1944 book

circa 1943-1944

1/11

Photos from 1945 book

circa 1944-1945

1/12

Original prints: A majority of the photographs are  U.S. Army Signal Corps photos

1941-1945

Series 3: Personal papers; 1941-1949. 0.1 cubic feet.

Box/
Folder

Description

Dates

1/13

Alaska: The Land of Yesterday...Today and Tomorrow; The Alaska Railroad, U.S. Dept. of the Interior

1941

1/14

Flying Time; HQ. & HQ. Squadron, XI Fighter Command weekly newsletter

1944, 1949

1/15

The Anchorage USO presents As You Were: A Musical Revue, Benefit For The Anchorage Recreational Fund, Anchorage High School Auditorium, Anchorage, Alaska (program, 4 pp.); Invitation to "The Club New Yorker" by the USO-New York State Celebration Committee, held December 30, 1944 at the Community Hall in Anchorage

1944

1/16

Newspaper clippings (copies) relating to Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co., aviation, and airplane crashes and rescues

undated, 1942

1/17

"The Mukluk Telegraph Fifty Years Later”: Reminiscence written for the annual Morrison-Knudsen reunion in Anchorage (6 pp.)

1993 April 24