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Guide to the Victor Rivers family papers
1915-1976

Collection number: HMC-0209.
Creators:
Proffitt, Virginia.
Rivers, Fern.
Rivers, Julian Guy.
Rivers, Ralph Julian, 1903-1976.
Rivers, Richard L.
Rivers, Russell Guy.
Rivers, Rusty (Elleighfare).
Rivers, Victor C. (Victor Claudius), 1905-1959.
Title: Victor Rivers family papers.
Dates: 1915-1976.
Volume of collection: 1.3 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Papers of a civil engineer and politician and papers of the members of his family.

Biographical note:
The family of Julian Guy and Louisa Rivers moved to Alaska from Seattle, Washington in 1906. They settled in Flat where they engaged in mining. Their first son, Ralph Julian Rivers, was born in 1903. His brother, Victor Claudius Rivers, was born in 1905. Victor Rivers became a civil engineer and later a member of the Territorial Senate from Fairbanks and from Anchorage, a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and a candidate for governor of the state. Ralph Rivers became a miner, lawyer, district attorney, territorial attorney general, legislator, delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and U.S. Congressman (1959-1966).

Collection description:
Most of the papers in this collection relate to Victor C. Rivers. Other materials concern his second wife, Elleighfare "Rusty" Rivers, Julian Guy Rivers, Ralph Rivers, Virginia Proffitt, Russell Guy Rivers, Richard L. Rivers, and Fern Rivers. Among the papers are Victor Rivers' correspondence with his brother and other political figures in Alaska; correspondence and papers relative to his service with the Corps of Engineers; and papers concerning both the State Constitutional Convention, Statehood, and his political campaigns. Also included are his resume, drafts of speeches and over 400 photographs.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into two parts: Victor Rivers’ papers and the family papers. Victor Rivers’ papers are divided into series by subject or document type. The family papers are divided by the individual family member.

Part 1: Victor Rivers papers; 1915-1971

Part 2: Rivers family papers; 1929-1976

Alternative formats: Negatives are available for some of the photographs in the Victor Rivers papers.

Digitized copies: Ten of the images from the collection have been digitized and placed online in the Alaska's Digital Archives (search Victor Rivers). Digital copies of other collection material are not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives and Special Collections owns copyright to materials created by members of the Rivers family. Other documents in the collection may be subject to copyright not held by the Archives.

Preferred citation: Victor Rivers family papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Robert Wedemeier, the nephew of Victor C. Rivers, in 1983.

Processing information: A guide to the collection, written by Lelah Powers, was published in 1986 under a State of Alaska Library Assistance Grant. Revision and editing to that guide were done by Dennis Walle and Carolyn Bowers. The collection guide was reformatted to current standard by Arlene Schmuland in 2013. Some series related to specific individuals in the family that had initially appeared at the end of the collection were moved to the family member's part of the collection, such as the scrapbooks and photographs. Most duplicates and publications were removed from the collection. The collection was reboxed. The original published guide has been superceded by this collection guide.

Container list:
PART 1: VICTOR C. RIVERS PAPERS; 1915-1971. 1.1 cubic feet.
The Victor C. Rivers papers are divided into five series: personal papers, business and professional papers, correspondence, political papers, and World War II papers. Each series contains a variety of documents, some including photographs.

Part 1: Victor C. Rivers papers. Series 1: Personal papers; 1915-1960. 0.15 cubic feet.
The personal papers include his work history, documents of membership in various organizations, and other personal items. Also included are papers relative to membership in professional organizations. Included are membership cards and forms, Iditarod bank drafts, property descriptions, certificate from the Sons of the American Revolution, printed materials, and photographs . Arranged by type of document or subject.

Box/
Folder

Item

Description

Dates

1/1

 

Personal and professional history

undated

1/2

 

Cards: American Furniture Mart and Home Furnishings passes, Otto's Transfer business card

undated, 1948-1950

1/3
OSF1

 

Certificates: Notary Public certificates, membership certificates

1944-1959

1/4

 

Medical business cards

undated

1/5

 

Membership cards, Alaska related: Pioneers of Alaska, Alaskan Arts & Crafts, Idle Hour Country Club, BPOE Elks

1947-1960

1/6

 

Membership cards, non-Alaska related: Asociacion Interamericana, Sigma Nu Alumni Association of Seattle, Northwestern University Alumni Association

1947-1959

1/7

 

Miners & Merchants Bank, Iditarod, Alaska bank drafts, signed by David Strandberg and A. S. Erickson

1915-1919

1/8

 

Motor vehicle and hunting/fishing licenses

1938-196

1/9

 

Property documents

1943, 1953

1/10

 

Social Security card

1937

1/11
OSF1

 

Sons of the American Revolution documents

1957

1/12

 

Social rules and personal goals notes, poetry, and bill for services rendered

1939-1955

1/13

 

Stationery

undated, 1956

1/14

 

Personal clippings and printed items

1945-1959

1/15

 

Photographs

1923-1959

1/15

1

Carcross: Fred Blanchard, Waldo Chamberlain, Preston Wright, Dick Saunders, Vic Rivers, and Jack Conway

1923

1/15

2

Carcross: Vic Rivers and Dick Saunders

1923

1/15

3

Worthington Glacier (photo-postcard). "Passed this glacier on trip over highway"

1935

1/15

4

Keystone Canyon, Richardson Highway (photo-postcard)

1935

1/15

5

Keystone Canyon: "Snowslide Gulch where slides blocked progress for two days"

1935

1/15

6

Tonsina River, Richardson Highway

1935

1/15

7

Snowslide Gulch (photo-postcard):"Held at upper Tonsina for two days because of slide here"

1935

1/15

8

Teikhel River, Richardson Highway (photo-postcard):  "Some of highway we drove after leaving Tonsina"

1935

1/15

9

Lowe River, Keystone Canyon: "Snow completely blocked road a short time later"

1935

1/15

10

Tonsina Hunting Lodge, 80 miles north of Valdez (photo-postcard): "Where we were held up for two days because of slides"

1935

1/15

11

Upper Tonsina Hunting Lodge, dining room

1935

1/15

12

Upper Tonsina Hunting Lodge, lounge

1935

1/15

13

Valdez (photo-postcard): "Where we embarked for the outside"

1935

1/15

14

First auto in Alaska: "Built in 1905 at Skagway by Robert Sheldon who had never seen an automobile. This machine is now in the Museum of the University of Alaska." Sent to Vic Rivers from R. E. Sheldon

1939

1/15

15

Airplane: "Where plane made forced landing on lake after cylinder (shown on drum) came loose way up over Rainey Pass"

undated

1/15

16

Trapper's cabin: "Trapper's cabin at Farewell Lake where we found food and shelter after being forced down by engine failure"

undated

1/15

17

"Here are the carcasses of 23 wolves which the trapper had caught during the winter."

undated

1/15

18

Sitka, Alaska, and Mt. Edgecumbe

1946

1/15

19

Federal Building, Nome, Alaska (photo-postcard) to Miss E. Amason; signature not legible

undated

1/15

20

Joyce Rivers high school graduation picture, Vic Rivers' niece; enclosed in letter from Joyce

1953

1/15

21

Vic Rivers in an office

1959

1/15

22

Julian Guy Rivers

undated

1/15

23

Victor Rivers, Seattle, Washington, perhaps graduation picture

undated

1/15

24-25

Vic Rivers in receiving line

undated

1/15

26

"Rusty" Rivers with cake

undated

1/15

27

Vic Rivers and Bill Egan shaking hands

undated

1/15

28-29

Vic Rivers

 

1/15

30-32

Vic Rivers on television

1958

1/15

33

Building

undated

1/15

34

Building, person standing at side

undated

1/15

35

Alaska Motor Stage at Gulkana Roadhouse (photo- postcard, also copy in undated correspondence file)

undated

1/15

36

Gulkana Lodge (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

37

Gulkana Lodge and bridge (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

38

Air view of Petersburg, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

39

Air view of Craig, Alaska (photo-postcard), Lindenberger Cannery in foreground

undated

1/15

40

Air view of Craig, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

41

Air view of Klawock, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

42

Air view of Hydaburg, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

43

Air view of Wrangell, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

44

Chilkoot Barracks, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

45

Mt. McKinley (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

46

Mt. McKinley's Sentinel, fox on top of building at McKinley Park

undated

1/15

47

Mt. McKinley from Copper Mountain

undated

1/15

48

McKinley Park, "Seasons greetings from Grant H. Pearson"

undated

1/15

49

Circle Hot Springs, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

50

Healy River Coal Mine, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

51

View of Alaskan town on river

undated

1/15

52

View of Alaskan town on river and N.C. Co. building

undated

1/15

53

View of Alaskan town on river

undated

1/15

54

View of hills

undated

1/15

55

View of valley and river

undated

1/15

56-58

View of mountains

undated

1/15

59-60

View of mountains and clouds

undated

1/15

61

Transformers on tower, buildings

undated

1/15

62

Airplanes on lake

undated

1/15

63

Home of Mrs. Lorita Thomas, Los Angeles, CA

undated

1/15

64

Pavlov Volcano

undated

1/15

65

Unidentified volcano

undated

1/15

66

Horse being lifted onto boat

undated

1/15

67

Dall sheep, dead

undated

1/15

68

Dead bear and gun

undated

1/15

69

Man with bear cub

undated

1/15

70

Man with bear skin

undated

1/15

71

Man with dead bear in water

undated

1/15

72

Black bear, Chitina, Alaska (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

73

Man standing near dog sled

undated

1/15

74

"Lunch Time-McKinley Park" (photo-postcard), mountain sheep lamb being fed by men

undated

1/15

75

Mountain Sheep, McKinley Park (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

76

Buffalo. McKinley National Park (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

77

Two cubs and a dog (photo-postcard)

undated

1/15

78

Alaska Reindeer (photo-postcard), reindeer at Circle on the Yukon River

undated

1/15

79

Dog (photo-postcard)

undated

1/16

30-32

Negatives of photographs of Victor C. Rivers, an unidentified woman, and an unidentified child.

undated

Part 1: Victor C. Rivers papers. Series 2: Business and professional papers; undated, 1939-1971. 0.2 cubic feet.
This series contains papers relating to his construction business, engineering-architectural services, Rivers Construction Company, and various construction projects including the suggested Turnagain Arm Crossing. There are papers relating to costs of some projects as well items concerning several professional societies. Arranged alphabetically by the title of the business and professional society, with unsorted papers at the end of the section.

Box/
Folder

Item

Description

Dates

1/17

 

American Society of Civil Engineers recommendation application by Harold Lee Moats

1943

1/18

 

Board of Engineers and Architect Examiners records

1939-1951

1/19

 

Business cards

1944

1/20

 

Engineer-Architect Services professional work sketch booklet: shows hotel, concrete garage, airline terminal, Bethel school, log building, hospital, Cape Cod house, and airline hangar

1945

1/21

 

Engineer-Architect Services notebook: oxygen cylinder test and repair room, General Fish Co., Naknek Trading Company, Intercoastal Cannery and Carr Building addresses; Juneau and Ketchikan trips building sketches; notes for trips, meetings, and expenses to Fairbanks and Juneau and University of Alaska building contract; communications notes; University of Alaska notes for building plans; notes on steam generator; list of letters; notes on Arthur B. Anderson, Bristol Bay Packing Co., Libbyville Cannery, Diamond "J", Red Salmon, and Standard Oil

undated, 1951-1956

1/22
OSF1

 

Engineer-Architect Services sketches: community hospital, Matanuska Valley

undated

1/23

 

Engineer-Architect Services staff

undated

1/24
OSF1

 

National Society of Professional Engineers records

1946-1947

1/25

 

Rivers Construction company history

1957-1971

1/26

 

Rivers Construction Company projects: Sand Point project cost estimate; McKinley Park and Glacier Bay National Monument costs

1957-1958

1/27

 

Rivers Construction Company notes on employee salaries

undated

1/28

 

Society of American Military Engineers membership card

1949

1/29
OSF1

 

Maps: sketch of Turnagain Arm crossing; location map of proposed Turnagain Arm crossing; vicinity map of Kenai Peninsula on Turnagain crossing site

undated, 1944

1/30

 

Sketches and unsorted print materials

undated

1/31

 

Photographs

1932-1957

1/31

1-6

Federal building construction, Fairbanks, Alaska

1932

1/31

7

McKinley Park bunk house (photo sent to Vic Rivers by George R. Wilson; letter in correspondence file)

1938

1/31

8

McKinley Park; George R. Wilson in front of Post Office. Photo sent to Vic Rivers from Wilson

1938

1/31

9

McKinley Park; bunk house, Post Office, and roadhouse looking south at the railroad bridge over Riley Creek; photo sent to Vic Rivers from George R. Wilson

1938

1/31

10

McKinley Park; Maud Hausler's store/Post Office interior; photo sent to Vic Rivers from George R. Wilson

1938

1/31

11

McKinley Park; putting the smoke stack of power house in place; photo sent to Vic Rivers from George R. Wilson

1938

1/31

12

McKinley Park; Vic Rivers I dog, Teddy, between bunk house and hotel; photo sent to Vic Rivers from George R. Wilson

1938

1/31

13

McKinley Park; construction gang

1937-1938

1/31

14

McKinley Park; Vic Rivers at construction site

1937

1/31

15-43

McKinley Park construction

1937-1938

1/31

44

Completed hotel at McKinley Park

1938

1/31

45

REA inspections; Vic Rivers on left, Ed Blair on right, Rivers was engineer for REA in Kodiak for inspection of pole setting and wire stringing. (newspaper article in clipping album)

1949

1/31

46-47

Sleds designed and built by Vic Rivers, Dillingham, Alaska

1954

1/31

48

Alaska Territorial Board of Engineers and Architects Examiners. Left to right: Leo Saarela, Mining Engineer; Harold Foss, Architect; William Manley, Architect; Frank Mapleton, Mechanical Engineer; Linn Forrest, Architect; Homer Nordling, Electrical Engineer; Victor C. Rivers, Civil Engineer

1955 February

1/31

49

Group picture of men in wooded area near Seldovia, Vic Rivers 3rd from left

1957 November

1/31

50-56

Unidentified house construction

undated

1/31

57

Building under construction, front view

undated

1/31

58

Building, rear view

undated

1/31

59

Construction, four men

undated

1/31

60

Vic Rivers at construction site

undated

1/31

61

Building under construction near railroad track

undated

1/31

62

Building under construction, looking north in shop before roof sheathing was in place

undated

1/31

63

Building under construction, looking up at truss work

undated

1/31

64

Building under construction, view of southwest corner showing hip

undated

1/31

65

Building under construction, southwest corner view

undated

1/31

66

West elev. showing 1,200 lb. I-beam in place

undated

1/31

67

Construction, rafters

undated

1/31

68

Unidentified building

undated

1/31

69

Rear view of unidentified building

undated

1/31

70-72

Unidentified building

1935 October 14

1/31

73-74

View of town from roof of Federal Building; two men working

undated

1/31

75-76

View of Fairbanks

undated

1/31

77

View of Fairbanks and bridge

undated

1/31

78

House under construction

1935 October 14

1/31

79

Building under construction

undated

1/31

80

Building under construction; network of pipes

undated

1/31

81

Gold dredge

undated

1/31

82

Bridge, unidentified

undated

1/31

83

Two men in front of cabin

1935 October 14

1/31

84

Vic Rivers near cave

undated

1/31

85

Man standing in front of cave

undated

1/31

86

Mill with stack of logs

undated

1/31

87

Mill

undated

1/31

88

Surveyor in Fairbanks

undated

1/31

89

Road construction, steam roller

undated

1/31

90

Group of men (Vic Rivers 3rd from right)

undated

1/31

91

Fire. From verso: "There were no pictures of the fire as it was early in the morning and too dark. Geo."

undated

1/31

92

Fire aftermath. From verso: "All glass on this side went out and we had 4 apartments on fire at the same time; some excitement."

undated

1/31

93

Fire aftermath

undated

1/31

94

Ruin after a fire

undated

1/31

95

Ruin after a fire

undated

1/31

96-97

Water tank construction

undated

1/31

98

Wasilla, main street looking east

undated

1/31

99

Wasilla Lake looking west

undated

1/31

100

Wasilla Lake from south shore looking north towards Talkeetna Mountains

undated

1/31

101

Southeast outlet to Wasilla Lake looking south shore of lake

undated

1/31

102

Little Susitna River looking downstream, junction of Fishhook and Wasilla Roads

undated

1/31

103

Little Susitna River looking downstream

undated

1/31

104

Looking north towards drainage area of Little Susitna River

undated

1/31

105

Looking north near headwaters of Little Susitna River, narrowest section of stream

undated

1/31

106-108

Near headwaters of Little Susitna River

undated

1/31

109

Palmer from Palmer-Wasilla Highway looking east

undated

1/31

110

North section of Palmer looking westward

undated

1/31

111

Palmer boiler house (co-op)

undated

1/31

112

Palmer 60,000 gallon elevated storage tank

undated

1/31

113

Palmer, new hotel at right and Kosloski Department Store in center

undated

1/31

114

Matanuska River looking upstream towards the east

undated

1/31

115

Matanuska River looking downstream

undated

1/31

116

Brasil Springs, galleries in center and settling basin in cabin in background

undated

1/31

117

Brasil Springs, infiltration galleries

undated

1/31

118

Campbell Creek, looking upstream from intersection of Campbell Creek and Campbell Airstrip Road, USGS measuring gauge in center

undated

1/31

119

Campbell Creek, USGS measuring gauge in center, two men and car in background

undated

1/31

120

Campbell Creek drainage area (looking east, north bank)

undated

1/31

121

Campbell Creek, south fork looking east, upstream

undated

1/31

122

Campbell Creek, near dam site, looking downstream

undated

1/31

123

Campbell Creek, looking east below reservoir site, 1,000 yards upstream

undated

1/31

124

Unidentified stream

undated

1/32

 

Negatives of selected photographs

undated, 1937-1938

Part 1: Victor C. Rivers papers. Series 3: Correspondence; undated, 1941-1964. 0.1 cubic feet.
The correspondence (sub-series I-C) traces some of his assignments and appointments by the War Department during World War II. Several letters concern the political plans of Vic and Ralph Rivers with comments on some of the political issues. A 1944 letter records some of Vic Rivers' work history, and other letters relate to family matters. This series contains various pieces of correspondence including letters of recommendation, Corps of Engineers appointments, and travel orders. Many letters pertain to World War II matters, the Alaska State Constitution, statehood, and politics; also, there are letters pertaining to his engineering business, a possible Latin American job, and family affairs. Arranged chronologically with undated materials at the beginning.

Box/
Folder

Item

Description

Date

1/33

1

Vic Rivers to Edna and Keith, letter on back of photos discusses trip to Fairbanks. Mentions business, insurance, Aunt Eva, and Zenaide. Trip to Fault Creek is planned. Photographs from this item are filed with photographs

undated

1/33

2

Beiderman to Jack Hillard, discusses fog in cold weather rising from people and dogs

undated

1/33

3

Governor to Vic Rivers and Mrs. Rivers, invitation to dinner at Governor's Mansion

undated

1/33

4

Christmas card from Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Rivers and Keith

undated

1/33

5

Christmas card from Alaska District Corps of Engineers, includes sketch of Mt. McKinley

undated

1/33

6

Christmas card from Mr. and Mrs. Victor C. Rivers

undated

1/33

7

Christmas card from Keith to Dad

undated

1/33

8

Gift card

undated

1/34

1

U.S. War Department, Engineer Office. Office Memorandum #51-1941. Major B. B. Talley to all concerned

194 October 31

1/34

2

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, concerns Wells' case and family news; congratulates him on appointment

1941 October 23

1/34

3

Night Letter. Talley to Norman Sylar, directs him to organize Home Guard

1941 December 8

1/34

4

Vic Rivers to Lt.Cmdr. C. W. Nash, discusses his decision not to apply for commission in Naval Reserve and to seek appointment to Senior Engineer

1941 December 17

1/34

5

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, discusses reappointment in Department of Justice, comments on 25 percent differential for some federal employees

1941 December 23

1/34

6

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, discusses finances and payments

1941 December 31

1/35

1

Vic Rivers to Lt.Cmdr. Charles W. Nash, discusses decision to apply for commission in Naval Reserve in CEC and asks for a letter of reference

1942 January 6

1/35

2

U.S. Corps of Engineers. Office Memorandum #4-1942. Major B. B. Talley to all concerned, of duties, Victor C. Rivers is designated Assistant to Chief Engineering Division

1942 January 12

1/35

3

Harry D. Jacoby to Vic Rivers, bids him farewell; comments about job conditions.

1942 January 20

1/35

4

H. M. Berger (War Department) to Vic Rivers, appointment of Vic Rivers as Civil Engineer

1942 January 20

1/35

5

Lt.Comdr. C. W. Nash to whom it may be of interest, recommendation for Vic Rivers

1942 January 23

1/35

6

Byron J. Clark to Area Engineer, wants his name omitted from future organization charts

1942 February 6

1/35

7

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, requests quarterly interest on McIntosh-Arend loan

1941 February 16

1/35

8

Vic Rivers to Mrs. Alma Watkins, condolences on death of Bob

1942 February 18

1/35

9

C. M. Jenkins to Victor C. Rivers, he is joining army soon

1941 February 18

1/35

10

Vic Rivers to Captain James D. Bush, Jr., asks for letter of recommendation for application for commission in the Navy or Army Civil Engineer Corps

1942 March 24

1/35

11

Captain James D. Bush to whom it may concern, recommendation for Vic Rivers

1942 April 2

1/35

12

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, thanks him for $25

1942 April 11

1/35

13

H. M. Berger (War Department) to Victor C. Rivers,  Victor C. Rivers is appointed Senior Engineer

1942 April 16

1/35

14

E. L. Bartlett, Secretary of Alaska, to whom it may concern, recommendation for Vic Rivers

1942 May 11

1/35

15

Harry O. Arend, Assistant U.S. Attorney, to the War Department, Navy Department, and to whom it may concern, recommendation for Vic Rivers

1942 May 18

1/35

16

Anthony J. Dimond to Vic Rivers, sends 4 copies of recommendation

1942 May 25

1/35

17

Anthony J. Dimond to whom it may concern, recommendation for Vic Rivers

1942 May 25

1/35

18

O. D. Cochran to whom it may concern, recommendation for Vic Rivers

1942 June 8

1/35

19

Lt.Col. B. B. Talley to Commanding General, Alaska Defense Command, recommends appointment as officer

1942 June 13

1/35

20

Eleanor Marsch, Selective Service System to whom it may concern, certifies that Vic Rivers is registered with Selective Service Board

1942 August 3

1/35

21

J. P. Doyle to Vic Rivers, resignation

1942 October 21

1/35

22

Jack E. Mineer to Vic Rivers, thanks him for help while in Alaska

1942 October 8

1/35

23

Maj. Charles L. Burleigh to Vic Rivers, states that further information is needed for appointment in U.S. Army

1942 October 24

1/35

24

Vic Rivers to Office, Chief of Engineers, Washington, DC, transmits information needed for Army appointment

1942 October

1/35

25

War Department to Chief of Engineers, appointment of Vic Rivers as Principal Engineer (civil)

1942 October 25

1/35

26

War Department to Chief of Engineers, appointment of Vic Rivers as Senior Engineer (civil)

1943 October 25

1/35

27

Vic Rivers to Guy, sends information on how to transfer from Canadian to American Air Force

1942 November 2

1/35

28

Maj. Bush to Office of all Officers OIC AC, announces meeting and speech by Victor C. Rivers

1942 December 14

1/35

29

Vic Rivers to Harold Foss, recommends Irvin Cook be granted engineer's registration in Alaska

1942 December 14

1/35

30

B. B. Talley to Office, Chief of Engineers, states that information on Victor C. Rivers is being sent to that office

1942 December 14

1/35

31

Maj. D. O. Givens to Office, Chief of Engineers, grants permission for Victor C. Rivers to accept appointment

1942 December 14

1/35

32

Christmas card, A. F. Raynor to Vic Rivers

1942 December 14

1/35

33

Christmas card, members of the Engineering Section, Alaska Operations Division, to Vic Rivers

1942

1/36

1

B. B. Talley to Chief of Engineers, appointment of Vic Rivers as P-6 Principal Engineer

1942 January 1

1/36

2

Lt. Col. Frederick M. Warburg to Vic Rivers, rejection of appointment for commission in U.S. Army because Personnel Board did not give approval

1943 January 9

1/36

3

War Department to Vic Rivers, excerpt from "The Officer's Guide"

1942 April 27

1/36

4

Vic Rivers to unknown outlines official duties and procedures

1943 June 1

1/36

5

Genevieve M. Seibert to Vic Rivers, letter of thanks

1943 June 16

1/36

6

Maj. K. R. Lenzen to Vic Rivers, concerns trip to Kiska

1943 August 23

1/36

7

John T. Howell to Vic Rivers, submits resignation and discusses departure from Anchorage

1943 September 24

1/36

8

Vic Rivers to Harry Arend, discusses politics in Alaska

1943 October 6

1/36

9

Maj. Frank E. Williamson to unknown, contains extract of regulations from Air Transport Command which concerns safety and taking photographs

1943 October 29

1/36

10

Maj. Frank E. Williamson to unknown, transmits passenger instructions

1943 November 1

1/36

11

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, received war bonds issued to Vic Rivers in 1943

1943 November 17

1/36

12

Vic Rivers to Ralph Rivers, transmits power of attorney to handle war bonds, discusses friends

1943 November 19

1/36

13

Office of the Engineer to Commanding General, llth Air Force Service Command, travel orders for Vic Rivers to go to Seattle

1943 November 25

1/36

14

Col. E. C. Gault to Vic Rivers, travel orders for Vic Rivers to Seattle

1943 November 26

1/36

15

Lt.Col. H. J. Kieling to commanding officers (Alaskan Wing), transmits extract of regulations governing sketches, photos, etc., of military areas, vessels, aircraft, etc

1943 December 7

1/37

1

Clyde Spears to Vic Rivers, Spears is entering politics and filing for Territorial Senate

1944 January 31

1/37

2

Vic Rivers to Bob Bartlett, discusses politics

1944 February 1

1/37

3

Vic Rivers to Clyde Spears, discusses politics and congratulates him on filing for Senate

1944 February 2

1/37

4

Vic Rivers to Col. Delong, concerns reorganization of engineering section and organization chart

1944 February 18

1/37

5

Vic Rivers to Ralph Rivers, concerns political moves of Ralph Rivers

1944 February 24

1/37

6

Vic Rivers to Ralph Rivers, discusses senate race

1944 March 1

1/37

7

W. H. Morris to Vic Rivers, transmits facetious definitions, enclosure lists others

1944 April 10

1/37

8

A. E. Haberle to Lt. Col. Givens, transmits work history of Vic Rivers

1944 July 15

1/38

1

Vic Rivers to Gen. Craig, discusses government employees competing with private sector in off hours

1947 August 6

1/38

2

Lt.Col. Gordon E. Dawson to Vic Rivers, acknowledges letter of August 6, studying problem of government employees working a second job

1947 August 11

1/38

3

Maj. Gen. Craig to Vic Rivers, states that existing regulations cover War Department employees in civilian activities

1947 August 18

1/38

4

Vic Rivers to Commanding General, discusses letters of August 6 and 18, lists 3 people who work for government who have engineering business in private sector, encloses a form of agreement between owner and engineer for professional services

1947 October 4

1/38

5

Col. J. B. Colson to Vic Rivers, discusses need for more rigid enforcement measures concerning federal and private sector employment

1947 December 26

1/39

1

Governor Ernest Gruening to Herb Hilscher, discusses problems of the Board of Engineers and Architects Examiners

1948 August 5

1/39

2

Alexander Hamilton Inst., New York, to Vic Rivers, outlines plan for profit sharing and incentive earnings for small businesses

1949 April 20

1/39

3

Alexander Hamilton Inst., Ltd., Canada, to Vic Rivers, Edwin L. Rees will be in Alaska and will call Mr. Rivers

1949 April 25

1/40

1

Clarence P. Keating, Jr., to Vic Rivers, discusses controversy on use of $60,000 to purchase site for new Territorial building

1950 March 4

1/40

2

R. L. Steward to Vic Rivers, transportation is available for Mr. Rivers to attend Board of Engineers and Architects Examiners at Juneau

1951 January 18

1/40

3

Roy W. Leibsle to Vic Rivers, discusses possible association on Alaskan projects and registration in Alaska as an engineer

1951 February 14

1/40

4

University of Alaska to Vic Rivers, invitation to commencement and to be in the processional

1951 May 21

1/40

5

John T. Howell to Vic, discusses employment and living possibilities in Latin America

1952 June 17

1/40

6

Humberto Romero Alvarez to Vic Rivers, in Spanish

1953 February 12

1/40

7

Humberto Romero Alvarez to Vic Rivers, in Spanish

1953 February 13

1/41

1

Joyce Rivers to Vic Rivers, family news

1954 January 12

1/41

2

National Society of Professional Engineers to Vic Rivers, invitation to write feature article

1954 February 16

1/41

3

Mrs. Denton R. Moore to Al Fields, c/o KENI, asks for article on the history of making dog sleds

1954 April 11

1/41

4

Al Fields to Mrs. Moore, discusses article on the history of making dog sleds by Vic Rivers in Alaskan Champion Dog Musher

1954 April 23

1/41

5

Vic Rivers to American Engineer, reply to the letter of February 16. Agrees to write an article

1954 April 26

1/41

6

Dr. Selling of Portland, Oregon, to whom it may concern, states Vic Rivers is in good health

1955 February 18

1/41

7

Ernest Gruening to Vic Rivers, sends congratulations on marriage and discusses politics

1955 May 3

1/41

8

B. Frank Heintzleman to Vic Rivers, congratulates him on marriage and discusses Alaska Road Commission

1955 June 9

1/41

9

Ernest Gruening to Vic Rivers, congratulates him on strong showing in Third Division race and discusses Rivers' chances for election to Constitutional Convention

1955 September 20

1/41

10

Margery Smith to Cora C. Floyd, transmits letter from S. G. Schwartz to Rep. E. L. Bartlett (1955 November 1), concerning extension of city postal delivery to Mountain View area of Anchorage

1955 November 4

1/41

11

Vincent Ostrom to Vic Rivers, impressed with work being done on Constitution of Alaska

1955 December 26

1/42

1

Superintendent, Mt. McKinley, to Regional Director, Region Four, discusses proposed change in design and construction procedures in National Park Service areas, problems at McKinley, and need for permanent engineer

1956 January 22

1/42

2

Superintendent, Mt. McKinley, to Regional Director, Region Four, outlines 1957 fiscal year construction plan

1956 January 22

1/42

3

Invitation to the ceremony for the signing of the Constitution of the State of Alaska

1956 February 5

1/42

4

Roy W. Leibsle to Vic Rivers, unable to accept invitation for signing of Constitution

1956 February 7

1/42

5

Bill Egan to Vic Rivers, enjoyed working with him during the convention

1956 February 11

1/42

6

Regional Chief of Operations, Region Four, to Superintendent, Mt. McKinley, discusses 1957 construction program

1956 March 30

1/42

7

Frank Metcalf to Vic Rivers, thanks him for help in primary

1956 May 4

1/42

8

J. M. McDevitt to Vic Rivers, discusses job problems in Brazil

1956 June 6

1/42

9

Victor C. Rivers to Vance Hitt, outlines engineering program in regard to Moose Creek patenting mining claims, includes acceptance by Vance Hitt, Duck Flat Mining Company

1956 June 18

1/43

1

Leonard King to Vic Rivers, congratulations on election to President of Alaska Territorial Senate, mentions sending gavel from London, England, on back of paper is map of Alaska Highway with insert of Haines, Alaska

1957 February 4

1/43

2

Alaska Society, Sons of the American Revolution, to Vic Rivers, states that he can probably obtain membership through David or John Douty

1957 February 8

1/43

3

Amos Burg to Vic Rivers, appreciated Vic's interest in fishery films

1957 March 2

1/43

4

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, states that membership in the Sons of the American Revolution is important, discusses Washington politics

1957 March 12

1/43

5

President of Sons of the American Revolution to Vic Rivers, states he is accepted into Alaska SAR

1957 May 15

1/43

6

Ralph Rivers to Vic Rivers, appreciates sponsorship to Sons of the American Revolution, attached is copy of letter Ralph sent to President of Sons of the American Revolution

1957 August 21

1/43

7

W. V. MacDonald to Vic Rivers, refers to death of Louis Boos

1958 January 16

1/43

8

Dr. Selling to Vic Rivers, discusses blood type

1958 March 22

1/43

9

Jo Bryant to Vic Rivers, sends congratulations on statehood for Alaska, sends news of her children

1958 July 14

1/43

10

Naomi to Vic Rivers, sends congratulations on leading democrat article in Life and on statehood

1958 July 14

1/43

11

George R. Wilson to Vic Rivers, saw his picture in Life and asks if Vic is interested in photos taken in 1938 of the McKinley Park Hotel. (The photos are in Part 1, Series 2)

1958 July 17

1/43

12

John Dyer to Vic Rivers, asks for help in finding a job

1958 August 15

1/43

13

Ed and Blanche (Boyko) to Uncle Wick, note on business card

1958 August 25

1/44

1

Secretary Mildred Hermann to all Statehood Committee members, states that the committee lawfully comes to an end on January 7

1959 January 5

1/44

2

Robert B. Atwood, Alaska Statehood Committee to Vic Rivers, states that it has been a pleasure to serve on the committee with Vic

1959 January 12

1/44

3

Dick Saunders to Vic Rivers, lists names of people in 2 photos

1959 May 25

1/44

4

Dr. Grose to Vic Rivers, discusses Vic Rivers' medical treatment

1959 June 15

1/44

5

J. Roscoe Miller, Northwestern University, to Mrs. Rivers, states that a memorial to Victor C. Rivers will be placed in Deering Library

1960 August 2

1/44

6

Virginia [Proffitt] to "Dear Folks," discusses her health problems

1964 February 24

Part 1: Victor C. Rivers papers. Series 4: Political papers; undated, 1936-1958. 0.15 cubic feet.
Vic Rivers was a Territorial Senator and then President of the Territorial Senate as well as a member of the Constitutional Convention. He campaigned to be the Democratic candidate for the first governor of the State of Alaska.This series contains documents relating to Victor Rivers' political activities. These include his involvement with the Alaska Territorial Legislature, the Constitutional Convention and statehood efforts, and campaign for governor. The documents are roughly grouped by the different positions which he held or for which he ran, then followed by stationery, photographs and printed materials. 

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Item

Description

Dates

1/45

 

Alaska Territorial Senate certificates of election

1936, 1946, 1956

1/46

 

Speech given on floor of Senate, bill to provide for state wholesaling of liquor

undated

1/47

 

Alaska Statehood Committee documents

1949-1950

1/48

 

Constitutional Convention booklet

1955

1/49

 

Constitution Convention certificates

1955-1956

1/50

 

Constitutional Convention keynote address booklet

1955

1/51
OSF1

 

Constitution copy #49 and Constitution booklet

1956

1/52

 

Constitutional Convention signing ceremony and dinner programs

1956

1/53

 

Constitutional Convention leaflet

1956

1/54

 

Constitutional Convention Fairbanks City Council resolution

1956

1/55

 

Louisiana and Puerto Rico resolutions

1958

1/56

 

Operation Statehood documents

undated

1/57

 

Governor's campaign budget and travel itinerary

1958

1/58
OSF1

 

Governor's campaign advertisements

1958

1/59

 

Stationery

undated

1/60

 

Photographs

1937, 1949-1958

1/60

1

Governor and Members of Legislature, Thirteenth Session, Territory of Alaska, includes Vic Rivers

1937

1/60

2

Members of Senate and Staff, Thirteenth Session, Territory of Alaska, includes Vic Rivers

1937

1/60

3

Governor Ernest Gruening signing Fish Trap Tax Bill, includes Vic Rivers

1949 February

1/60

4

Governor Ernest Gruening presenting pen to Representative Marcus Jensen at signing of Fish Trap Bill

1949 February

1/60

5

Governor Ernest Gruening presenting pen to Speaker Stanley McCutcheon at signing of Fish Trap Pill, includes Vic Rivers

1949 February

1/60

6

Governor Ernest Gruening presenting pen to Senator Victor C. Rivers after signing the Property Tax Bill

1949 February

1/60

7

Alaska Statehood Committee, Juneau, Alaska. Left to right standing: E. L. Bartlett, Robert Atwood, Barrie White, William Baker, Mildred Herman, Frank Peratrovich, Percy Ipalook, Warren Taylor, Victor Rivers, and Andrew Nerland

1955 February 4

1/60

8

Alaska Constitutional Convention members

1956 February 6

1/60

9

Twenty-third Territorial Legislature

1957

1/60

10-11

Vic Rivers (possibly when Senate President) and 5 men

undated

1/60

12-13

Official campaign photo

1958

1/60

14

Group of men and women near airplane

undated

1/61

 

Newspaper clippings

1936, 1944-1962

Part 1: Victor C. Rivers papers. Series 5: World War II papers; 1940-1944. 0.2 cubic feet.
The majority of these papers relate to Vic Rivers' association with the U. S. Corps of Engineers during World War II. They include American Military Engineer Membership cards, a non-combatant's card, organization charts for Anchorage and Seattle, and official passes for traveling the Alaska Railroad. Also, there is a translation of a Japanese Medical Officer's diary (Paul Nobuo Tatsaguchi), and travel applications with reports on trips to the Aleutians and other parts of Alaska and Canada. The photographs contain images of Corps of Engineers equipment, captured Japanese personnel and equipment, troop transports and men in the Aleutians, a farewell party for B. B. Talley, and various undated and unidentified construction projects. The materials are divided into documents and photographs, each grouping arranged roughly chronologically.

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Item

Description

Dates

1/62

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Society of American Military Engineers documents

1941-1942

1/63
OSF1

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers organization charts

1941

1/64

1

Typed report of trip to Cold Bay, Alaska

1941 September

1/64

2

Typed report of work in McGrath

1941 November-December

1/64

3-4

Log and reports of trip to Adak, Kiska, Attu, Shemya, Amchitka, Fort Glum

1943 August-September

1/64

5

Typed report containing information on trip to Yakutat, Annette Island, Vancouver, BC

1943 November-December

1/65

 

Typed transcript of "Japanese Medical Officer Tells of Last Days on Attu" from Arlington Times. Translation from document found on body of Japanese after capture of island. Contains note written by Vic Rivers stating that he saw the original diary translation

1943 September 20

1/66

 

Identification and immunization cards

1943

1/67

 

Travel documents

1943

1/68

1

Alaska Railroad data

undated

1/68

2

"Protection of untreated timber," P. G. Tegtmeier

undated

1/68

3

Depot and port construction requirements

undated

1/68

4

Magnetic elements for 29 towns

circa 1940

1/68

5

"Holing Through" booklet, contains stories and editorial reprinted from the Anchorage Daily Times concerning the Whittier Tunnel

1942 November 20

1/68

6

"Holing Through Ceremony" pamphlet, lists guests and construction and engineering personnel, and menu

1942 November 20

1/68

 

Menu from transport North Coast

1943 September 2

1/68

 

Routing Slip. Engineers and Operations Division

1943 November 21

1/69

 

Loose photographs

1943

1/69

1

U.S. Corps of Engineers in Alaska; February 5, 1943. Lt.Col. Leon DeLong, Vic Rivers, R. L. Musser, Alan Brandes, Col. M. H. Wilson, Col. B. B. Talley, Maj. D. O. Givens, Maj. James Bush. Photo with signatures. Following presentation of the Award of Distinguished Service Medal to Col. B. B. Talley

 

1/69

2

Japanese equipment: Precise Theodolite [G46]

1943 June 8

1/69

3

Various pieces of Japanese equipment

1943 June 8

1/69

4

Japanese water depth gauge

1943 June 8

1/69

5

Japanese survey protractors

1943 June 8

1/69

6

Japanese personal equipment

1943 June 8

1/69

7-8

Farewell party for Col. B. B. Talley portrait includes Col. B. B. Talley, Vic Rivers, Col. George Nold, Lt.Col. D. O. Givens, Robert Musser

1943 June 13

1/69

9-10

Vic Rivers presenting plaque to Col. B. B. Talley

1943 June 13

1/69

11-12

Farewell party for Col. B. B. Talley. Portrait includes: Lt.Col. D. O. Givens, Vic Rivers, Col. B. B. Talley, Col. George Nold, Mrs. Brown, Robert Musser, and others

1943 June 13

1/69

13-15

Farewell party for Col. B. B. Talley

1943 June 13

1/69

16

Plaque commending Col. B. B. Talley

1943

1/69

17

Attu Island Japanese prisoners of war

1943 July 10

1/69

18

Attu Island Japanese dugouts for living quarters

1943 July 14

1/69

19

Adak harbor, ship at anchor/submarine net

1943 August 22

1/69

20

Adak harbor, naval motor torpedo boat/troop transports

1943 August 22

1/69

21

Adak harbor convoy at anchor

1943 August 22

1/69

22

Adak harbor naval machine shop repair ship with destroyers alongside

1943 August 22

1/69

23

Attu, Japanese grave and Howard Robinson, official photographer for Alaska Defense Command

1943 August

1/70

 

Copy of World War II photograph album

1943-1944

1/71

1-2

Entering Kiska harbor aboard transport North Coast (Capt. Theo. Raper, V. C. Rivers)

1943 September 2

1/71

3

Entering Kiska harbor aboard North Coast (Vic Rivers, raccoon mascot)

1943 September 2

1/71

4

Entering Kiska harbor aboard North Coast (Col. Sherman, Canadian Army and V. C. Rivers)

1943 September 2

1/71

5

Entering Kiska harbor aboard North Coast (Col. Sherman and Col. Willis, Canadian Army)

1943 September 2

1/71

6

Entering Kiska harbor aboard Transport North Coast (Col. Willis, Canadian Army and raccoon mascot)

1943 September 2

1/71

7

Kiska Island, air view

1943 September 4

1/71

8

Kiska Harbor. Nazima Maru on beach at Kiska Harbor after having been bombed and burned by American planes during American offensive

1943 September 4

1/71

9

Nazima Maru, close up view showing damage

1943 September 4

1/71

10

Snow jeep, Lt. Col. Boykin, Col. Shuler, Maj. Phillips, V. C. Rivers on Japanese constructed road on Kiska

1943 September 4

1/71

11

Kiska Harbor, landing beach showing American supply dumps

1943 September 5

1/71

12

Col. Shuler, Resident Engineer, Corps of Engineers - LCT type landing barges discharging cargo in background, Kiska harbor

1943 September 5

1/71

13

Salvaged Japanese motor trucks and supplies, Kiska Island

1943 September 5

1/71

14

Amphibious tractor transporting troops in Kiska harbor

1943 September 5

1/71

15-17

Kiska harbor, supply dump

1943 September 5

1/71

18

Start of ships' dock Kiska harbor

1943 September 5

1/71

19

Equipment from demolished Japanese seaplane hangar, Maj. Phillips, Corps of Engineers, center; Kiska

1943 September 5

1/71

20

Remains of approximately 50 Japanese planes in junk pile, Kiska (and Vic Rivers)

1943 September 5

1/71

21-22

Japanese anti-aircraft gun on North Head, Kiska harbor

1943 September 7

1/71

23

Japanese harbor defense gun, North Head, Kiska Island (and Vic Rivers)

1943 September 7

1/71

24

Japanese constructed airfield after being repaired by American troops, Kiska harbor

1943 September 7

1/71

25

Japanese Jeep on Kiska Island (Vic Rivers and Capt. Theo. Raper)

1943 September 7

1/71

26

Japanese harbor defense gun on North Head, Kiska Island (and Howard Robinson)

1943 September 7

1/71

27

Battery of Japanese harbor defense guns on North Head, Kiska Island (and Lt.Col. Chillington, Chaplain; Vic Rivers, and soldier)

1943 September 7

1/71

28

Japanese two-man submarines lying on shore of Kiska harbor

1943 September 7

1/71

29

Japanese anti-aircraft gun, Kiska (Howard Robinson and Vic Rivers)

1943 September 7

1/71

30

Japanese dual purpose gun, Kiska Island (and Vic Rivers)

1943 September 8

1/71

31

"U.S. flag flies again at Gertrude Cove," Kiska Island

1943 September 10

1/71

32

Lt. Col. Virgil Womeldorff and Lt. Col. McGreevy on Attu Island

1943 September 11

1/71

33

West Construction Company quarry on Attu (V. C. Rivers, Lt. Col. McGreevy, and Anton Anderson)

1943 September 11

1/71

34

Vic Rivers by grave of Japanese troops in Bassett Valley, Attu Island

1943 September 11

1/71

35

Entrance to underground storage under construction on Attu Island

1943 September 11

1/71

36

Lt. Col. Virgil Womeldorff and V. C. Rivers on Attu Island

1943 September 11

1/71

37

Japanese shrine on Kiska Island

1943 September 13

1/71

38

Breakwater looking toward shore, Amchitka

1943 September 14

1/71

39

Camouflaged gasoline tank farm on Amchitka Island

1943 September 14

1/71

40

Panorama of breakwater on Amchitka Island

1943 September 14

1/71

41

Amchitka Island breakwater

1943 September 14

1/71

42

Small naval boats anchored behind Amchitka breakwater

1943 September 14

1/71

43

Vic Rivers and jeep at seaward end of Amchitka breakwater

1943 September 14

1/71

44

Steel pipe for transporting gasoline on Amchitka Island

1943 September 14

1/71

45

Sand pits at East Cape on Amchitka Island

1943 September 14

1/71

46

Welded gasoline pipeline being laid underground on Amchitka

1943 September 14

1/71

47

An unidentified Lieutenant and Col. Blinn on Amchitka

1943 September 14

1/71

48

Storm hits breakwater for first time after completion on Amchitka

1943 September 16

1/71

49

Waves breaking against breakwater on Amchitka

1943 September 16

1/71

50

Waves start cutting action on Amchitka

1943 September 16

1/71

51

Waves cutting action on Amchitka

1943 September 16

1/71

52

Waves cutting action on Amchitka (one hour after storm)

1943 September 16

1/71

53

Capt. McNamara by D-8 Caterpillar attempting repairs on Amchitka breakwater

1943 September 16

1/71

54

Making repairs during storm on breakwater, Amchitka

1943 September 16

1/71

55

Euclid trucks and D-8 tractor making repairs during storm on Amchitka

1943 September 16

1/71

56

Maj. F. P. Brock and 12-yard Euclid diesel truck in background on Amchitka Island

1943 September 16

1/71

57

Soldier with fox pup on Kiska

1943 September 18

1/71

58

Bombed Japanese liner, Nazima Maru, Kiska harbor

1943 September 18

1/71

59

Remains of old Aleut village, east end, Shemya Island

1944 January

1/71

60

Two soldiers with eagle and anti-tank gun

undated

1/71

61

Group of 6 men at building construction

undated

1/71

62

Two men at construction site

undated

1/71

63

Stack of pipe

undated

1/71

64

Stack of pipe near buildings

undated

1/71

65-66

Mountain scene

undated

1/71

67

Building construction site

undated

1/71

68-70

Wharf construction site

undated

1/71

71

Truck and construction supplies

undated

1/71

72

Wharf piling

undated

1/71

73

Building construction

undated

1/71

74-76

Wharf construction

undated

1/71

77

Construction of building

undated

1/71

78

Wharf

undated

1/71

79

Wharf, construction of building

undated

1/71

80

Mountain scene

undated

Part 1: Victor C. Rivers papers. Series 6: Scrapbooks; 1943-1950. 0.3 cubic feet.

Box

Description

Dates

2

Scrapbook 1: contains articles on the Turnagain Arm Crossing, reopening of Victor Rivers' private engineering office, his election to President of Territorial Board of Engineers, statehood issues, as well as articles on J. G. Rivers, Fern, Keith, and Russell Guy Rivers.

1943-1946

2

Contains sketches by Vic Rivers' firm, Engineer-Architect Service, and a list of his technical staff; various business cards; articles on city power feuds and water problems; an article and snapshot of a Kodiak inspection; items on his work as project engineer of Chugach Electric and REA; invitation to the inauguration and festivities for President Truman; poem by Joyce Rivers; and articles on his senate candidacy and various political issues.

1945-1950

PART 2: RIVERS FAMILY PAPERS; 1929-1976. 0.2 cubic feet.
Part 2: Rivers family papers. Series 1: Elleighfare “Rusty” Rivers papers; 1934-1975. 0.05 cubic feet.
This series includes Rusty Rivers’ correspondence and other documents. The letters concern recommendations, invitations to various events, letters of appreciation from Senator Kennedy and Governor Egan, a selection for a KBYR "Bouquet of the Day" (1964), as well as others. Contains certificates of various memberships, a funeral memorium, David McCloy achievements, various pictures and articles about the Martha Berry School, lists of David McCloy achievements, and print materials and clippings. Grouped by type of record, generally chronologically within.

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Item

Description

Date

1/72

1

"Rusty" Rivers to various individuals, outline of recommendation for appointment of David L. McCloy to U.S. Air Force Academy

undated

1/72

2

Lt. Col. Clyde M. Lynch to "Whom It May Concern," recommendation for David L. McCloy to U.S. Air Force Academy

undated

1/72

3

Elleighfare to Wilma Griffith, sends names and addresses to help locate a job

1942 April 8

1/72

4

"Rusty" Amason and Vic Rivers to unnamed, invitation to a spring party (where engagement will be announced)

1955 April 16

1/72

5

Senator John F. Kennedy to Mrs. Rivers, expresses appreciation for help during campaign

1961 January 19

1/72

6

Gov. William Egan to "Rusty" Rivers, appreciation for taking him to hospital to visit Julian

1961 July 3

1/72

7

Rear Admiral Corwin Mendenhall to Admiral Kirkpatrick, recommendation for Tom McCloy for U.S. Naval Academy

1963 September 5

1/72

8

Norman P. Schaefer to Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, recommendation for Thomas McCloy

1963 October 17

1/72

9

From KBYR, informs her of selection for "Bouquet of the Day," includes transcript

1964 February 7

1/72

10

M. L. Peterson, Smithsonian Institute to Elleighfare Rivers, concerns copy of Robert E. Lee's farewell to Army of Northern Virginia

1964 July 1

1/72

11

Inaugural of Lyndon Baines Johnson honorary invitation, accompanied by an order blank for inaugural book, inaugural committee note, and an envelope

1965 January 20

1/72

12

Congressman Robert E. Sweeny to Mrs. Rivers, acknowledges recommendation of David McCloy

1965 October 22

1/72

13

Donald W. Gropp (assistant to Congressman Bolton) to Mrs. Rivers, acknowledges recommendation of David L. McCloy

1965 October 26

1/72

14

Congressman Michael A. Feighan to Mrs. Rivers, acknowledges Recommendation of David L. McCloy

1965 October 26

1/72

15

Robert Wedemeier (Clerk to Congressman Ralph J. Rivers) to Mrs. Rivers, will send a copy of "Basic Sailing for Experimental Use Only"

1965 October 29

1/72

16

Margery Smith (Executive Secretary to Senator E. L. Bartlett) to Mrs. Rivers, acknowledges recommendation for David L. McCloy

1965 December 1

1/72

17

Senator E. L. Bartlett to David McCloy, unable to offer appointment to Air Force Academy, but Senator Gruening can (copy)

1966 January 26

1/72

18

Elizabeth D. Aprill to Elleighfare A. Rivers, concerns payment on loan

1966 June 5

1/72

19

Virginia Proffitt to "Rusty" and Rob, discusses local matters and nomination as "Boss of the Year"

1973 April

1/72

20

American Red Cross to unnamed, invitation to a dinner honoring the retirement of Mrs. Vic Rivers

1974 October 31

1/73

 

Certificates for Cook Inlet Historical Society, statehood referendum vote, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Alaska Centennial Advisory Committee

1955-1962

1/74

 

Funeral memorium

1975

1/75

 

Martha Berry School documents

undated, 1934

1/76
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Print materials and clippings

undated

Part 2: Rivers family papers. Series 2: Ralph Rivers papers; 1941-1976. 0.05 cubic feet.
Contains letters on family and business matters, politically-related papers and photographs. Documents are grouped by type and generally chronologically within.

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Item

Description

Dates

1/77

1

Victor C. Rivers to Ralph Rivers, suggests Guy to transfer from Royal Canadian Air Force to American Air Force, discusses differential and possible promotion to a higher grade

1941 December 10

1/77

2

Ralph Rivers to Victor and "Rusty" Rivers, states he is going to marry Martha in October, includes radio (KFAR) speech Ralph used as candidate for Delegate at Large for Territory of Alaska

1955

1/77

3

Ralph Rivers to Brig. Gen. H. A. Gerhardt, requests information on the withdrawal of 20 acres in Harding Lake area for Army use

1963 April 30

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Lt. Col. Rex R. Sage to Ralph Rivers, transmits information on withdrawal of 20 acres in Harding Lake area

1963 May 27

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List of members of first elected government of Alaska with signatures and campaign flyer circulated by the Ralph J. Rivers Campaign Committee

1959

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Printed materials and clippings

1955-1976

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Celebration of Statehood (White House?), shows seven men including R. Rivers, R. Atwood, E. Gruening, and E. L. Bartlett

1959 January 3

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Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles, J. F. Kennedy, Ralph Rivers, and others

1960

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Congressman Ralph Rivers at his desk in Washington, D.C.

1964

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Ralph Rivers at Democratic National convention in Chicago

1968 August

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Ralph Rivers and stack of bills

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Ralph Rivers with wife, Martha Marie Rivers

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Kellis and Zenaide (sister of Vic and Ralph Rivers)

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Part 2: Rivers family papers. Series 3: Julian Guy Rivers papers; undated, 1929. 0.02 cubic feet.

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List of family members and certificate of capital stock of International Highway Association

undated, 1929

Part 2: Rivers family papers. Series 4: Virginia Proffitt papers; 1968-1973. 0.02 cubic feet.

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Ted F. Zelasko to the 'Heirs and relations of John Cahill," discusses probate matters; includes title insurance and list of family members

1972

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Photographs of Virginia Proffitt

1973

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Clippings

1968, 1973

Part 2: Rivers family papers. Series 5: Russell Guy Rivers papers; undated, 1966. 0.02 cubic feet.

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Work history for 1945-1956

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Memo from Rivers Construction Co., concerning extension of the Alaska Railroad on the Seward Peninsula

1966 April 4

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Dick to Guy, et.al., discusses business activities in Australia

1969 March 22

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Clippings on Rivers Construction Company and on Capt. R. G. Rivers' return on furlough in 1945

1945

Part 2: Rivers family papers. Series 6: Richard L. Rivers papers; undated. 0.02 cubic feet.

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Work history for 1946-1953

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PART 2: Rivers family papers. Series 7: Fern Rivers papers; undated. 0.02 cubic feet.

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Typed copy of an article on return to Anchorage of Fern Rivers and Orpha Brown after service in the U.S. Marine Corps

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