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Ralph Arnold Papers: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains the extensive business, political, personal, and family papers of American geologist and petroleum engineer Ralph Arnold (1875-1961). Subjects represented in the collection include: mining, petroleum, and seismology in the Western United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Cuba, South America, etc.; political papers from 1914-1956, mostly concerning the campaign of Herbert Hoover for president; family and personal papers (1836-1961) of Arnold and his father, Delos Arnold, containing source material on Pasadena and Southern California local history.
Background
American geologist and petroleum engineer Ralph Arnold (1875-1961) was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 14, 1875. His father, Delos Arnold (1830-1909), was a lawyer and Iowa state senator who became interested in the study of fossils after the discovery of crinoids fossils in LeGrand, Iowa. The Arnolds moved to Pasadena, California, in 1886, and Ralph attended both Pasadena High School and Throop Polytechnic School (now the California Institute of Technology) before receiving a B.A. in geology and mining from Stanford in 1899. He continued at Stanford to complete an M.A. (1900) and Ph.D. (1902) in geology and paleontology. In 1899, Arnold married Frankie Winninette Stokes. The couple had two daughters, Winninette, who married chemist Richard M. Noyes, and Elizabeth (McKee).
Extent
Approximately 200,000 pieces in 257 boxes
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.