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Winton C. Arnold papers

Guide to the Winton C. Arnold papers
1946-1981, bulk 1950-1969

Collection number: HMC-0376.
Creator: Arnold, W. C. (Winton Cumberland), 1903-1989.
Title: Winton C. Arnold papers.
Dates: 1946-1981, bulk 1950-1969.
Volume of collection: 0.81 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of a lawyer involved in the Alaskan salmon industry and Native land claims.

Biographical note:
Winton C. Arnold was born in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1903. He received a law degree from the University of Idaho in 1924. Arnold came to Alaska in 1927 to serve as U.S. Commissioner and Probate Judge at Hyder (1927-1929). He later opened a private law practice in Ketchikan, served as the director of the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Alaska Territorial Planning Council (1937-1941), From 1941 to 1945, he served as chairman of the Salmon Consultant Committee to the U.S. War Department (1941-1945). In 1945, Arnold was appointed managing director of Alaska Salmon Industry, Inc., and moved to Seattle. In this position, Arnold served as the primary lobbyist for the Alaska canned salmon industry in Juneau, Alaska, and in Washington, D.C., until 1960. Arnold was also appointed a delegate to the American Fisheries Exchange Group of the U.S. Department of State which visited the Soviet Far East in 1959. In 1960, he returned to Alaska to practice law in Anchorage, specializing in public lands, fisheries, and admiralty law. Winton C. Arnold married Minnie Wiley in 1927 (she died in 1957), and Vivien Click in 1961. He died at the Anchorage Pioneer Home in 1989.

Collection description:
The collection consists of items pertaining to Arnold’s career in the Alaskan salmon industry and his activities relating to Native land claims. Included are address books; a copy of an address to the Alaska Bankers Association in Ketchikan from 1955; clippings of a series Arnold wrote for the Anchorage Times concerning Native land claim legislation in Congress in 1969; Alaska Salmon Industry, Inc. Federal Trade Commission proceedings; materials relating to Alaska Statehood; and copies of notes, correspondence, an itinerary, observations, and photographs from a trip to the Soviet Union, taken August to September, 1959 as a delegate of the American Fishery Exchange Group.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

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

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not own copyright to the collection.

Preferred citation: Winton C. Arnold papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Separated materials: Select published material was removed and added to the Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection. Those items can be found in the Consortium Library catalog.

Acquisition note: Materials in the collection were donated to the Archives by Winton Arnold’s daughter, Alice Calvert his son, W.C. Arnold, Jr., and Suzanne Greif Alskog in 1992. An addition to the collection was donated by Robert Hicks in 2017.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 1995. The guide to the collection was converted to current standard and publications removed from the collection by Gwen Higgins in 2016. Additional material was added to the collection by Gwen Higgins in 2018.

Location of originals: The originals of copied documents are presumed to have remained with Alice Calvert.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Date
1/1-2 Address books undated
1/3 Alaska Bankers Association convention address 1955
1/4 Alaska Native land claims column by W.C. Arnold, Anchorage Times 1969
1/5-7 Alaska Salmon Industry, Inc. Federal Trade Commission proceedings 1946-1957
1/8 Alaska Statehood materials undated, 1950
1/9 Soviet Union trip documents: correspondence, notes and itinerary, observations, descriptions of photographs taken on the trip 1959
OSF Map showing route taken during trip to Soviet Union circa 1959
1/10-2/9 Soviet Union trip photographs 1959 September
2/10 Unidentified color photographs undated
OSF Portrait of Winton C. Arnold circa 1981


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