Guide to the Fred Paul papers

Guide to the Fred Paul papers
1966-1986

Collection number: HMC-0372.
Creator: Paul, Fred, 1914-1994.
Title: Fred Paul papers.
Dates: 1966-1986.
Volume of collection:8.0 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: Primarily materials relating to court cases involving the establishment of the North Slope Borough.

Biographical note:

Frederick Paul was born in Alameda, California. He came to Alaska as a child and graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1931. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1939, and received a Juris Doctor degree in 1940. He was admitted to the bar in Washington (1940), and to the Alaska bar (1941). He later became a member of the bars of the United States District Court for the Western and Eastern districts of Washington, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Supreme Court. He began private law practice in Seattle in 1947. One of the foremost authorities on Indian law and aboriginal title in the United States, Frederick Paul represented the North Slope Eskimos in the court case which established the North Slope Borough. He was twice nominated for the American College of Trial Lawyers Courageous Advocacy Award, and in 1985 he received the Seattle-King County Bar Association award for distinguished service to the legal profession and the public. He died in 1994.

Collection description:

The collection consists of a draft of Frederick Paul’s autobiography and records relating to his court cases. The court case records relate to Frederick Paul v. United States; Mobile Oil Corporation, et al. v. Local Boundary Commission et al. and the Arctic Slope Native Association, et al.; Frederick Paul v. Arctic Slope Native Association, et al., and to Frederick Paul’s appeal in the Alaska Supreme Court of the decision in Frederick Paul v. Arctic Slope Native Association, et al. Types of records include correspondence, legal briefs and memoranda, plaintiff and defense exhibits, court transcripts, audio cassette tapes of court proceedings, reference material, and other records.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into four series:

Series 1: Then fight for it! autobiography draft

Series 2: Frederick Paul v. United States court case records

Series 3: Mobile Oil Corporation, et al. v. Local Boundary Commission, et al. and the Arctic Slope Native Association, et al. court case records

Series 4: Frederick Paul v. Arctic Slope Native Association, et al. court case records

Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Collection materials not authored by Fred Paul may be subject to copyright restrictions.

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

Acquisition note: The papers were donated to the Archives in 1990, 1993, and 1997. In 1991, Mr. Paul signed a deed of gift giving the materials to the Archives.

Processing information: This collection was originally arranged and described by Michele Wellck in 1996. The guide was updated with additional materials by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1998. The guide was reformatted to meet current standards by Arlene Schmuland in 2013.

Container list:
Series 1: Then fight for it! autobiography draft; 1985-1986. 0.2 cubic feet.

Box/

Folder

Description Date
1/1 Copy of typescript draft, pages 1-100 1986
1/2 Copy of typescript draft, pages 101-250 1986
1/3 Copy of typescript draft, pages 251-340 1986
1/4 Copy of typescript draft, additional pages 1985

Series 2: Frederick Paul v. United States court case records; 1966-1975. 4.0 cubic feet.

This series consists of records relating to Frederick Paul’s suit against the Federal Government to collect fees for his work on the Native Claims Settlement Act. Included are correspondence, plaintiff’s and defendant’s exhibits, legal briefs and memoranda, published and unpublished documents, newspapers clippings concerning issues related to natives and the Native Claims Settlement Act, and other similar types of records. There is an index to the plaintiff’s and defendant’s exhibits which has been scanned and linked in the list below. Documents are arranged by type.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
1/5-22 Chronological correspondence 1966-1973
1/23 Cumulative index to exhibits undated
1/24-4/19 Exhibits undated
4/20-21 Legal briefs, pleadings and memoranda undated
4/22-23 Claims contract documents undated
4/24-27 Unpublished documents 1966-1975
4/28-29 Published documents 1966-1975
5/1-3 Newspaper clippings 1966-1975

Series 3: Mobile Oil Corporation, et al. v. Local Boundary Commission, et al. and the Arctic Slope Native Association, et al. court case records; 1968-1977. 0.8 cubic feet.

This series consists of records relating to Frederick Paul’s work as one of the attorneys in Mobile Oil Corp., et al. v. Local Boundary Commission, et al. and the Arctic Slope Native Association, et al. concerning the formation of the North Slope Borough. Included are correspondence and notes concerning attorney fees, affidavits, drafts of legal documents, appeals, motions, exhibits, papers concerning borough organization, report and studies, and other similar types of records. Documents are arranged by type.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
5/4 File A, correspondence and note concerning attorney’s fees 1974-1975
5/5 File B, attorney’s fees, affidavit of Charles Edwardsen 1973 November 29
5/6 File D, findings of fact and conclusion (rough draft material) undated, 1971
5/7 File E, study, “A long way from home: effects of public high schools on village children away from home.” 1973
5/8 File G, report, “Prehigher education in the unorganized borough: analysis and recommendations.” 1974
5/9 File J, cases and rules 1973
5/10 Correspondence 1975-1976
5/11 File L, Alaska Superior Court documents 1974-1977
5/12 File M, Appeal to the Superior Court on the merits 1972 October 16
5/13 File N, Motion for attorney’s fees (includes exhibits 1-13) 1973-1974
5/14 File P, briefs and correspondence re: attorney’s fees 1973-1974
5/15 File #XVII-5, Alaska Statutes re: borough organization and election districts undated
5/16 File #XVII-21, borough organization, correspondence and reference materials 1971-1973
5/17 File #XVII-26(a), Superior Court and State of Alaska documents 1972 April-June
5/18-19 File #XVII-27, official exhibits nos. 1-8 (incomplete) 1968-1971
5/20 File #XVII-29, miscellaneous briefs and documents 1971-1972
5/21-22 Transcript of meeting of the Local Boundary Commission regarding North Slope Borough incorporation 1972 February 23
5/23 Briefs 1973 May-August
5/24 Clippings 1972 March-June

Series 4: Frederick Paul v. Arctic Slope Native Association, et al. court case records; 1974-1980. 3.0 cubic feet.

This series consists of records relating to Frederick Paul’s suit against to Arctic Slope Native Association to recover fees for his work relating to the formation of the North Slope Borough. Included are correspondence, transcripts of the trial proceedings, briefs and memoranda, exhibits and documents, reference materials, and other similar types of records. The exhibits include a history of the North Slope Borough with an index. There are also 20 audio cassette tapes of the trial proceedings. Documents are arranged by type.

Box/

Folder

Description Dates
6/1-3 Correspondence and drafts of pleadings 1974-1978
6/4-19 Transcripts, volumes Ia-IVb 1977
6/20 Transcripts excerpts 1977
6/21 Deposition of Peter P. Three Stars 1976
7/1-10 Briefs and memoranda 1977-1978
7/11-18 Exhibits 1966-1973
8/1-7 Documents, books 1-7 1966-1969
8/8-10 Reference material 1972-1977
8/11 Audio cassette tape, trial proceedings undated
8/12-13 Alaska Supreme Court appeal correspondence and drafts of pleadings 1977-1980
8/14-18 Alaska Supreme Court appeal briefs 1978, 1980
8/19 Alaska Supreme Court appeal documents 1974-1980
8/20-24 Alaska Supreme Court appeal reference materials undated

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