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Collection Title: Arthur Arlett Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1912-1921
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 408
Arlett, Arthur M.
Number of containers: 6 boxes
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Letters, subject files, speeches and clippings, relating mainly to his activities connected with the Panama-Pacific International
Exposition, California Board of State Harbor Commissioners, Progressive Party, prohibition, and Plymouth Congregational Church,
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Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft
Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which
must also be obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], Arthur Arlett Papers, BANC MSS C-B 408, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Arlett's papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Mrs. Arlett in 1939. They relate to his various activities, especially
those connected with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, the Board of State Harbor Commissioners, the Progressive
party and Plymouth Congregational Church.
Arthur Arlett was born in Oakland, California in 1875. He was a building contractor by profession and was actively involved
with numerous civic and political organizations. In 1912 he was appointed a member of the California State Commission for
the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. He was a Progressive Republican, a member of the Alameda County Central Committee
and a delegate to the party's 1912 national convention. An ardent prohibitionist, he was a member of the Executive Committee
of the California Campaign Federation and chairman of its Northern Department, and in 1916 served as chairman of the Northern
California Dry Campaign Committee. He was also a member of the State Executive Committee of the Y.M.C.A. and a director of
the Berkeley Y.M.C.A., a member of the Board of Governors of the City Club of Berkeley, a director of the Oakland Chamber
of Commerce, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific School of Religion, a trustee of the Plymouth Congregational
Church in Oakland and was active in the Masonic Fraternity.
In 1916, Governor Hiram Johnson appointed Arlett president of the State Harbor Commission. Unfortunately, a short time later,
he became ill with tuberculosis and was forced to curtail his activities. He spent several months in a sanitarium near Colfax
and over three years in Kula Sanitarium on Maui, Hawaii, where he died in 1921.
A key to arrangement which describes the collection in greater detail follows.