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Guide to the Sharon Jessup 1964 Earthquake papers
1964
An Alaska Historical Society collection

Collection number: HMC-1102-AHS.
Creator: Jessup, Sharon.
Title: Sharon Jessup 1964 Earthquake papers.
Date: 1964.
Volume of collection: 0.8 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.  
Collection summary: Records, videos, and audio recordings of the 1964 Earthquake.

Biographical note:
Sharon Jessup and her husband lived in Ft. Richardson during the 1964 Earthquake. The family moved from Anchorage on May 4, 1964, due to Mr. Jessup receiving a new station assignment by the military.

Collection description:
The collection contains records pertaining to the 1964 Earthquake. The collection includes a 121 page scrapbook entitled “Alaska Fell Down,” which contains newspaper clippings, magazine articles from 21 sources, and typed earthquake experiences of Fort Richardson families. The collection also includes two reel-to-reel tape recordings of radio station broadcasts with messages, instructions of survival, ongoing searches for missing people, and recorded aftershocks. The collection also contains copies of letters Sharon Jessup wrote to her family in the days following the Earthquake, as well as a DVD with footage of the damage caused by the Earthquake in Portage and Anchorage.

Arrangement: The collection is retained in the order in which it arrived to the Archives.

Alternative formats: The collection contains some material in electronic format. Please consult archivists for access.

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

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

Preferred citation: Sharon Jessup papers, Alaska Historical Society collections, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Works used in preparation of inventory: Biographical information provided by the donor.

Acquisition note: This collection was donated to the Alaska Historical Society in 2011 by Sharon Jessup. The Historical Society retains ownership of the collection and has placed it on deposit with Archives and Special Collections.

Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2014. Per donor’s request, the DVD of the damage following the Earthquake was cropped to remove other material not pertaining to the Earthquake.

Location of originals: The original letters of correspondence and video are with the donor.