Peratrovich family papers, 1929-2001
NMAI.AC.078

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.078
Creators:
Peratrovich, Elizabeth, 1911-1958
Peratrovich, Roy, Sr., 1908-1989
Dates:
1929-2001
bulk 1939-2001
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.42 linear feet
Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center
The Peratrovich family papers include correspondence, personal papers, and newsclippings related to civil rights work done by Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich in Alaska in the mid-twentieth century.

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
The Peratrovich family papers include correspondence, personal papers, and newsclippings related to civil rights work done by Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich, Sr. in Alaska circa 1940-1960. Particular materials include draft legislation related to the 1945 Alaska anti-discrimination law providing for equal accommodation privileges to all citizens, the 1988 establishment of Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich Day (February 16) in Alaska, and activities by Elizabeth and Roy on behalf of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood organizations. In addition to manuscript materials, two CDs of audio recordings include radio interviews about the life and work of Elizabeth. Most of the materials in this collection are photocopies made by Roy Peratrovich, Sr.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The materials in this collection were removed from three-ring binders and placed in 7 folders. Original order was maintained.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich (1911-1958) and her husband Roy Peratrovich, Sr. (1908-1989), both members of the Tlingit nation, were prominent civil rights activists in Alaska. They worked on behalf of Alaska natives, advocating for equality of all citizens, regardless of race. Both were influential in this work, with Elizabeth being credited with the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act, and later honored posthumously by the Alaska Legislature when February 16 was established as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Both Elizabeth and Roy additionally served as leaders of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood, promoting native rights and culture. After Elizabeth's death in 1958, Roy continued his and his wife's advocacy for Alaska natives, as he worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 38 years, eventually becoming superintendent of the BIA office in Anchorage.

Administration
Separated Materials note
A bust of Elizabeth Peratrovich made of cast bronze on a walnut wood base, sculpted by her son Roy Peratrovich, Jr., was gifted to the NMAI along with the Peratrovich family papers. The bust was assigned object number 25/5195, and is housed with the NMAI Object Collections.
Processing Information note
Processed by Nathan Sowry, Reference Archivist in 2017.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Nathan Sowry
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
This collection was donated by Roy Peratrovich, Jr., in 2001.

Container
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Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Peratrovich family papers, Box and Folder Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Access
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Conditions Governing Use note
Permission to publish or broadcast materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiarchives@si.edu.

Related Archival Materials note
A similar manuscript holding, absent the two CDs of audio recordings, is held at the Alaska State Library Historical Collections in Juneau, Alaska, as MS 129: Peratrovich Family Papers.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Alaska Native Brotherhood. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaska Native Sisterhood. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peratrovich, Elizabeth, 1911-1958 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Peratrovich, Roy, Sr., 1908-1989 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaska Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Alaska Natives--Civil rights--History--20th century Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America--Civil Rights Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Race discrimination--Law and legislation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tlingit Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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