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Guide to the Fran Ulmer papers
circa 1970-2011

Collection number: HMC-1077.
Creator: Ulmer, Fran.
Title: Fran Ulmer papers.
Dates: circa 1970-2011.
Volume of collection: 12.0 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Public service papers of an Alaska State Representative and Lieutenant Governor.

Biographical note:
Fran Ulmer has spent 35 years in public service at the local, state, and national level.  She served in elective office in Alaska for eighteen years, as the mayor of Juneau, as a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. As Lieutenant Governor, she co-chaired the Denali Commission, Chaired the Historical Commission, and represented Alaska on a variety of national and international events, including the Arctic Council and U.S./Russia economic conferences. She worked for Governor Jay Hammond’s office drafting legislation and speeches. She earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  From 2007 to 2011 she served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was also an appointee to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling in 2010.

Collection description:
The collection consists of papers related to her time in the Alaska State Legislature including correspondence, subject files, and bill files, clippings from her time in the Legislature, campaign material from her runs for office as mayor of Juneau, the legislature, Lieutenant Governor as well as her campaign for Governor in 2002. The collection also contains papers related to her time working for Governor Hammond, filies related to her time as Lieutenant Governor, and briefing and other research materials from her service on the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The collection also contains artifacts including plaques, awards, and memorabilia such as Lt. Governor automobile license plates.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by roughly by type of document or topic.

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

Rights note: Materials in the collection may be subject to copyright restrictions.

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

Acquisition note: Fran Ulmer gave the collection to the Archives in 2010 and 2011.

Processing information: This collection was described by Arlene Schmuland in 2010 and 2011.

Container list:





Legislative papers.


2, 8-9

Legislative and campaign papers.










circa 1987-2002


Hammond office papers.

circa 1974-1982


Legislative and Lieutenant Governor office files



National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling briefing papers and research materials.