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Guide to the Arthur Arlett Papers, 1912-1921
BANC MSS C-B 408  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Arthur Arlett Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1912-1921
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 408
    Creator: Arlett, Arthur M.
    Extent: Number of containers: 6 boxes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    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, Oakland, California.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Arthur Arlett Papers, BANC MSS C-B 408, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Biographical Sketch

    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.
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