Bettye Fahrenkamp Papers, 1940-1991

Fahrenkamp, Bettye, 1923-1991


4 cubic feet.
The Bettye Fahrenkamp Papers contain legislative scrapbooks in which she compiled bill information, her voting record, and samples from her constituent correspondence for each legislative session between 1981-1985. The collection also contains photographs from her personal and political life as well as personal papers including a high school yearbook, campaign materials, family correspondence, and a copy of the program to her memorial service in 1991.
Bettye Fahrenkamp was born September 6, 1923 in Wilder, Tennessee. After graduating from Cooksville High School, she joined the Women's Army Corps during WWII, serving in a medical unit. After completing her military service, she attended University of Tennessee and attained a bachelor degree in education with a minor in music. After marrying G.B. "Gib" Fahrenkamp, they travelled up to Alaska in 1956 where she had been offered a position to teach music in the Fairbanks school district. In 1962, she attained a masters degree in Administrative Supervision and worked developing curriculum for the borough schools until her retirement in 1974. Bettye became active in local politics while she was in Alaska, serving as the first woman chair of the Fairbanks Democratic District Committee from 1968-1972, as Alaska's Democratic National Committeewoman from 1972-79, and on the staff of U.S. Senator Mike Gravel from 1975-78. In 1978, she was elected to the State Senate and served four terms before her death in 1991.
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In English.
available in research room; box level control.

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