Scope and Content
Title: Arthur L. Dahl Papers,
Identifier/Call Number: JL022
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Language of Material:
3.5 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1900-1939
Arthur L. Dahl held various positions in the United States Civil Service, among them personal secretary to Gifford Pinchot,
who was then National Forester. Dahl was transferred to San Francisco in 1908 as Chief of Maintenance in the Bureau of Forestry
District #5. By 1918 he had quit the civil service and was involved in the oil business.
Dahl, Arthur L., 1880-1952
|1880, Oct. 16
||Born in Port Leavenworth, Kansas.
|1900, Dec. 17
||Becomes stenograher for George Wright, U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory at Muscogee.
||Passes Civil Service Stenographer and Typewriter test.
||Post Office Department.
|1903, Dec. 26
||Bureau of Forestry, Department of Agriculture as Clerk, Stenographer and Typewriter. Becomes personal secretary of Gifford
||Graduated with Bachelor of Laws degree from George Washington University.
||Involved in oil - member of Santa Paula Oil Association, Secretary of Willard Canyon Oil Co., Director of Climax Oil Co.
||Involved with Insurance Exchange, S.F.
||With Hammon Engineering Co., S.F.
||With Life Department of the Aetna Life Insurance Co.
||Appointed Secretary and returns to former work as Pacific Coast correspondent and representative of several trade publications.
||Year of death.
Scope and Content
The collection, which was given by his son, consists of some correspondence and documents relating to his early civil service
jobs, his oil associations and his position with the Insurance Broker's Exchange. However, the great majority of the collection
is lists and copies of articles that Dahl had published in various magazines and other periodicals between 1910 and 1937.
Writing was a profitable hobby, at which he spent his spare hours from his business career. The articles range from highly
technical articles about agricultural machines and methods to anecdotes with morals. In some cases the entire periodical,
in which an article by Dahl is reproduced, has been preserved, and they provide interesting and rare reading material. A Good
example of this is the issues of
Grit dated from 1916 to 1925.
Arthur L. Dahl Papers . JL022. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Gift of Arthur L. Dahl, Jr. to the Jackson Library of Business, 1972. Transferred to Special Collections in 1979.
Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain
permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
United States. Forest Service--Officials and employees.
Petroleum industry and trade.