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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ralph Arnold Addenda
    Dates: Approximately 1848-1961
    Collection Number: mssArnold addenda
    Creator: Arnold, Ralph, 1875-1961
    Extent: Approximately 540 items in 7 boxes and 3 oversize folders
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection chiefly focuses on correspondence, school records, and ephemera related to Winninette Arnold Noyes, the daughter of California geologist and petroleum engineer Ralph Arnold (1875-1961), as well as correspondence, diaries, and other papers and ephemera relating to the Arnold family of Southern California, their friends, and colleagues.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ralph Arnold addenda, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Dr. Patricia Noyes estate through the Oregon Pacific Bank Wealth and Management Services and Cheryl Gruez, September 8, 2011.

    Biographical Note

    Ralph Arnold was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on April 14, 1875. His father, Delos Arnold, 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 Cal Tech) before receiving his B.A. in geology and mining from Stanford in 1899. He continued at Stanford to complete his 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). Arnold worked for the U.S. Geological Survey from 1900 to 1909, and from 1903-1909 published a variety of paleontological articles. He was active in petroleum surveys throughout the United States, and organized the Petroleum Branch of the U.S. Bureau of Mines. In 1910 he left the USGS and spent 1911-1916 surveying petroleum resources in Trinidad and Venezuela, about which experiences he later published a book, The First Big Oil Hunt: Venezuela, 1911-1916. In the 1920s Arnold’s interests turned to politics, and he was actively involved in the Herbert Hoover presidential campaign. He remained committed to the California Academy of Sciences, the Cooper Ornithological Society, and the Sierra Club, among other organizations. Arnold died in Santa Barbara in 1961.

    Scope and Content

    The collection focuses on correspondence, school records, and ephemera related to Ralph Arnold’s daughter, Winninette Arnold Noyes. There is also a variety of other correspondence by members of the Arnold family, as well as their friends and colleagues; diaries kept by Delos Arnold (1856), Ralph Arnold (1891-1901), and Winninette Stokes Arnold (c.1921-1934); an account book including John N. Noyes (1848-1867); ephemera and photographs from South Pasadena Junior High School (1930s); some professional papers related to Ralph Arnold; photographs of the Rose Parade (1930s); a large Arnold family tree; Arnold family photographs; and some printed texts and maps.


    The collection is arranged in eight series: correspondence; diaries and address books; certificates; miscellaneous manuscripts and ephemera; photographs and slides; scrapbook; printed books and maps; and oversize.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Arnold, Ralph, 1875-1961.


    Domestic relations--California.
    Mining engineers--West (U.S.)--Archives.
    Petroleum geologists--California--Archives.
    School reports--United States.
    Tournament of Roses.

    Geograhic Areas

    California--History--20th century.
    Coalinga Region (Calif.)--Maps.
    Pasadena (Calif.)--History.
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Maps, Topographic.


    Diaries--California--19th century.
    Family Papers--California--20th century.
    Letters (correspondence)--California--20th century.
    Topographic maps--California--20th century.