Guide to the William J. Tobin papers
Collection number: HMC-1054.
Creator: Tobin, William J.
Title: William J. Tobin papers.
Volume of collection: 17.15 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in this collection are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of the editor-in-chief and assistant publisher of the Anchorage Daily Times.
William J. Tobin was born in 1927 in Joplin, Missouri. He graduated from Central Senior High School, South Bend, Indiana, in 1944. He also graduated from Butler University, with a degree in Journalism, in 1948. He later served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Tobin worked for The Associated Press for 17 years as a staff writer, regional executive, correspondent, and bureau chief. In 1963, he was asked by Bob Atwood to be the managing editor of The Anchorage Times, where he stayed for 30 years, eventually becoming Vice President and editor-in-chief. After The Anchorage Times ceased publication in 1992, Tobin served as the senior editor of The Voice of the Times, which was published as part of the Anchorage Daily News.
After Tobin and his family moved to Alaska in 1963, he became heavily involved in community affairs. He served as president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce from 1972-1973, was a member of the Providence Hospital Advisory Board for 17 years, and a director of Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska. He was named Alaskan of the Year in 1988, received the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award for Distinguished Community Service in 1990, as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Gonzaga University in 2006. William Tobin died April 5, 2009.
A majority of the collection consists of news clippings, editorials, and correspondence during William Tobin’s employment at the Anchorage Times. Major correspondents include Fred and Sara Machetanz, William Larkworthy, General Norton Schwartz, Jack Roderick, Bob Atwood, Rick Nerland, Janie Leask, Frank Murkowski, Ted Stevens, Walter Hickel, Cathy and Ed Rasmuson, Augie Hiebert, Bill Egan, and Arliss Sturgulewski. The collection also consists of personal correspondence, subject and research files used by Tobin for his news articles, and correspondence and papers regarding the various organizations and committees Tobin served. The collection also contains the turn signal arm of Tobin’s Buick that was crushed by the JC Penney building during its collapse in the 1964 Earthquake.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged 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 holds copyright to materials created by William J. Tobin.
Preferred citation: William J. Tobin papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Works used in preparation of inventory: William J. Tobin papers, William J. Tobin biography, box 7, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Separated materials: Some published material has been separated from the collection and added to the Consortium Library’s Rare Books collection.
Acquisition note: The collection was donated to the Archives in 2012 by the Tobin family.
Processing information: This collection was described by Veronica Denison in 2014. Many of the folders retain the titles given to them by William Tobin. Published materials and newspapers were removed from the collection. Please contact an archivist for further information.
|1-2||Columns and editorials||1967-2002|
|3||Indianapolis Star news clippings, Associated Press articles and Associated Press Log (newsletter), photographs; correspondence: committees, news associations, personal; press passes||1954-2008|
|4||Correspondence: personal, business, and research||1957-1998|
|5||Correspondence: Veco buy and Times closing, employment and moves, reader’s responses and cards, Anchorage Times, family, Alaska State Senate and state officials||1953-2007|
|6||Correspondence: events, Anchorage Times, Associated Press, Catholic Church, Union Club gambling, Anchorage Times lawsuit, events||1955-2008|
|6||Gonzaga University: correspondence, programs, photographs||2006|
|7||Personal and employment records: school reports, genealogical materials, songs, Veco and Veco trip, Anchorage Times, KIMO-TV license renewal, free-lance writing and articles, biography, jokes, TV and movie ideas, events, reporting notebook; photographs: Joint Civilian Orientation Conference||1935-2006|
|8||Research and subject files; Times records and Atwood correspondence; World War II teletypes, Alaska statehood||1941-2008|
|9||Research and subject files||1960-2009|
|10||Committees and organizations||1960-2008|
|11||Committees and organizations; personal records; correspondence; events; news clippings; Saturday Sundry||1933-2009|
|12||News clippings: Alaska history of statehood||1957-1959|
|12||News clippings: Chamber of Commerce||1968-1975|
|12||Subject file: Elections Alaska, Official Return of Elections||1960-1974|
|12||Subject file: Saturday Sundry column||2005-2006|
|12||Voice of the Times column||1994|
|12||Saturday Sundry columns||1963-1968|
|13||Saturday Sundry columns||1969-1995, 2007|
|14||Voice of the Times, Saturday Sundry||1968-2007|
|14||Certificates and autographed photographs||circa 1962-1991|
|14||Ruben Gaines cartoon and letter||1983|
|15||Business cards and press passes||1962-2009|
|1964 Earthquake memorabilia: Buick light blinker, broken glasses, JC Penney tile, news article||1964|
|Magic and plays memorabilia||undated, 1948|
|Poster given by Wally Hickel, copied scrapbook of WWII, photographs, certificates, cartoons, Anchorage Olympic Organizing Committee||1952-2000|