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Eric Wohlforth papers

Guide to the Eric Wohlforth papers

Collection number: HMC-1201.
Creator: Wohlforth, Eric.
Title: Eric Wohlforth papers.
Dates: 1964-2014.
Volume of collection: 1.7 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Research files for an article on the 1964 Alaska earthquake and materials pertaining to the financing of the Alaska pipeline.

Biographical note:
Eric Wohlforth is an attorney based in Anchorage, Alaska. Before moving to Alaska in 1966, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1957 and practiced law with the firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood in New York City. His initial experience with Alaska was working on a lawsuit following the 1964 earthquake, and in 1967 he helped to found the firm of Wohlforth Brecht & Cartledge in Anchorage. Wohlforth served as the Alaska Commissioner of Revenue from 1970 to 1972 and invested $900 million in state receipts from oil lease sales. He sat on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees from 1995 to 2006. Most recently, he has served as the chair of the University of Alaska Foundation Investment Committee and on the Alaska Pacific University Board of Trustees.

Collection description:
The collection contains research files pertaining to the 1964 Alaska earthquake for his article “Financing 1964 Alaska Earthquake Recostruction: LBJ, Egan, and Congress” which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Alaska History. The research files include newspaper clippings and other articles and legislative documents, drafts, notes and interviews. The collection also includes materials relating to the financing of the Alaska pipeline that Wohlforth collected during his time as Commissioner of Revenue, including clippings, proposals regarding pipeline financing and ownership, litigation, and hearings on proposed pipeline legislation.

Arrangement: Collection materials are arranged in the order in which they arrived at the Archives.

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 holds copyright to materials created by Eric Wohlforth. Materials in the collection not created by Wohlforth may be subject to copyright not held by Archives and Special Collections.

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

Works used in preparation of inventory:

“Eric E. Wohlforth, Shareholder.” Wohlforth, Brecht & Cartledge. Accessed May 13, 2014. http://www.akatty.com/attorneys/wohlforth_eric.html

Acquisition note: The collection was donated to Archives and Special Collections by Eric Wohlforth in 2015.

Processing information: This collection was described by Gwen Sieja in 2015.

Container list:

Box/Folder Description Date
1/1-2 Earthquake-newspaper clippings and articles 1964-2014
1/3-12 Earthquake-legislative documents 1964-2014
1/13-16 Earthquake-article drafts and notes 2013-2014
1/17 Earthquake-interviews and notes 2014
1/18 Pipeline financing proposal documents 1971
2/1-2 ROWLA litigation documents 1973
2/3-9 Pipeline ownership documents 1971-2004
2/10-13 Hearings on proposed pipeline legislation 1972


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