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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Arthur L. Dahl papers
    Identifier/Call Number: JL022
    Physical Description: 6 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1900-1970
    Abstract: 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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Biographical / Historical

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    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.
    1901, Dec. Passes Civil Service Stenographer and Typewriter test.
    1902, Dec. Post Office Department.
    1903, Dec. 26 Bureau of Forestry, Department of Agriculture as Clerk, Stenographer and Typewriter. Becomes personal secretary of Gifford Pinchot.
    1905, June Graduated with Bachelor of Laws degree from George Washington University.
    1905 Involved in oil - member of Santa Paula Oil Association, Secretary of Willard Canyon Oil Co., Director of Climax Oil Co.
    1923 Involved with Insurance Exchange, S.F.
    1927 With Hammon Engineering Co., S.F.
    1932 With Life Department of the Aetna Life Insurance Co.
    1933, Aug Appointed Secretary and returns to former work as Pacific Coast correspondent and representative of several trade publications.
    1952 (?) Year of death.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Arthur L. Dahl, Jr. to the Jackson Library of Business, 1972. Transferred to Special Collections in 1979.

    Preferred Citation

    Arthur L. Dahl Papers. JL022. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection, which was given by Arthur Dahl's 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.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.