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Abbreviated Table of Contents
[Note: the series Descriptions are the main access point for the folder and item lists in this collection.]
VICTOR C. RIVERS FAMILY COLLECTION
[Note: The Inventory to this collection is limited to the Series Descriptions. However, the folder lists are available in the department.]
Subseries 1-A. Personal Papers; n.d.,
1915-1919, 1937-1960. 13 folders. Arranged
alphabetically by subject except that the personal and work history
is at the begining.
Included are papers on his personal and professional history as well as membership cards and forms, Iditarod bank drafts, property descriptions, and a certificate from the Sons of the American Revolution.
Subseries 1-B. Business and Professional
Papers; n.d., 1939-1971. 14 folders. Arranged alphabetically by the title
of the business and professional society, with miscellaneous
papers at the end of the section.
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.
Subseries 1-C. Correspondence; n.d.,
1941-1964. 12 folders. Arranged
chronologically with undated materials at the beginning.
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 lettersertaining to his engineering business, a possible Latin American job, and family affairs.
Subseries 1-D. Politics; n.d., 1936-1958. 15 folders.
Arranged in the following
subsections: Alaska (Territorial)
Legislature, Constitutional Convention and Statehood, and the
Campaign for Governor.
The first subseries contains certificates of election for the Senator for the 3rd and 4th Districts. One other document is a speech given to support the state wholesaling of liquor. The Constitutional Convention and Statehood files contain items from the Alaska Statehood Committee, a convention booklet, the Alaska Constitution (printed and souvenier copies), a Fairbanks City Council resolution, a program for the signing of the constitution, a dinner program, and resolutions from Louisiana and Puerto Rico. The Governor Campaign files include budget and travel itnerary and a campaign souvenir brochure. Included at the end are various types of letterhead statiopnery for the "Alawska Territorial Senate, President Victor C. Rivers;" the Constitutional Convention with a list of delegates; and the Alaska Statehood Committee.
Subseries 1-E. World War II; n.d., 1940-1944.
7 folders. Arranged
chronologically with miscellaneous papers at the end.
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 Meddical Officer's diary (Attu); and travel applications with reports on trips to the Aleutians and other parts of Alaska and Canada.
Subseries 1-F. Printed Materials; n.d., 1944-1959.
3 folders. Arranged chronologically under the headings:
Business and Professional and Miscellaneous Printed Materials.
Each section is arranged chronologically with undated papers
at the beginning.
These files contain articles by and about Vic Rivers, as well as an article about the Alaska Board of Engineering joining the National Council; and miscellaneous articles of personal interest, World War II, and statehood.
SERIES II. ELLEIGHFARE
'RUSTY" RIVERS - PAPERS; n.d., 1934-1975.
Subseries II-A. Correspondence; n.d., 1955-1966, 1973-1974. 1 folder. Arranged chronologically with undated items at the beginning.
This section includes among other things letters concerning 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.
Subseries II-B. Personal Papers; n.d.,
1934, 1945-1962, 1975. 4 folders. Arranged
alphabetically by subject, followed by various miscellaneous
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 a "Diary of Joe Vaughn at the Club."
SERIES III. JULIAN GUY
RIVERS - PAPERS; n.d. 1929.
A. Papers; n.d., 1929. 1 folder.
Contains list of family members and certificate of capital stock of International Highway Association.
SERIES IV. RALPH RIVERS - PAPERS; 1941-1966.
Subseries IV-A. Correspondence; 1941-1963. 1 folder.
Contains letters on family and business matters. There is one letter from Vic Rivers.
Subseries IV-B. Miscellaneous Papers;
1959, 1966. 2 folders.
Contains Ralph Rivers' campaign flyer;and a list of members of Alaska's first elected government.
SERIES V. VIRGINIA PROFFITT
- PAPERS; 1972.
A. Papers; 1972. 1 folder.
Contains a letter to heirs and relatives of John Cahill.
SERIES VI: RUSSELL GUY RIVERS - PAPERS; n.d., 1966.
A. Papers; n.d., 1966. 1 folder.
Contains work history, a memo, and one letter.
SERIES VII. RICHARD L.
RIVERS - PAPERS; n.d.
A. Personal Papers; n.d. 1 folder.
Contains work history.
SERIES VIII. FERN RIVERS
- PAPERS; n.d.
A. Personal Papers; n.d. 1 folder.
Contains announcement on return to Anchorage.
BOX 4 (Album 1)
Business and Professional; n.d., 1932-1938, 1949-1957. 124 photographs.
Arranged chronologically with dated and identified items preceding
Contains photographs of various construction projects in Fairbanks and McKinley National Park; sleds; the Territorial Board of Engineers; a gold dredge and mill; and various views of Wasilla, Little Susitna River, Palmer, Matanuska River, and Campbell Creek.
Personal; n.d., 1923, 1935-1959. 77 photographs. Arranged chronologically
with undated items at the end.
Contains pictures of family members, friends, unidentified people, various towns and rural areas, and animals.
n.d., 1937, 1949-1958. 14 photographs. Arranged chronologically
with undated items at end.
Contains photographs of Territorial legislature, bill signing ceremonies, Alaska Constitutional Convention, Alaska Statehood Committee, and Rivers' official campaign photo.
BOX 5 (Album 2)
War II; 1943-1944. 103 photographs. Arranged chronologically
with undated following.
Contains pictures of Corps of Engineers equipment; captured Japanese personnel and equipment; troop transports and men in the Aleutians; farewell party for B. B. Talley; and various undated and unidentified construction projects.
War II Album; 1943. 1 folder.
Contains copy of photograph album.
Subserie IX-B. Ralph Rivers.
1. Miscellaneous Photographs; 1959-1968. 6 photographs. Photographs are of Ralph Rivers at the Statehood Celebration, the Democratic National Convention, and at his desk in Washington, DC.
Subserie IX-C. Virginia Proffitt.
1. Personal; 1973. 3 photographs.
Photographs of Virginia Proffitt.
Subseries IX-D. Negatives - Victor C.
1. Business and Professional; n.d., 1937-1938. 38 negatives. Arranged chronologically followed by undated.
Contains negatives of some of the photographs in Series X(A).
and Miscellaneous; n.d. 3 negatives.
One negative each of Victor C. Rivers, an unidentified woman, and an unidentified child.
BOX 7 (Flat)
Series X. Scrapbooks;
Subseries X-A. Scrapbook No. 1 - Newsclippings; n.d., 1943-1946. 15 pages. Arranged chronologically.
Contains articles on the Turnagain Arm Crossing, reopening of 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.
Subseries X-B. Scrapbook No. 2; n.d.,
1945-1950. 45 pages.
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.
SERIES XI. NEWSCLIPPING
AND PRINTED MATERIALS; n.d., 1936-1976.
Subseries XI-A. Victor C. Rivers - Personal; n.d., 1945, 1955-1959. 2 folders. Arranged in two parts: a) Personal; and b) Historical Miscellaneous.
Contains articles on the wedding of Rusty Amason and Vic Rivers, his illness, and a memorial by the Anchorage City Council; and articles and pictures of "Good Old Days."
Subseries XI-B. Victor C. Rivers -
Business and Professional; 1944-1955. 3 folders. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Contains an article about the Chamber of Commerce hiring Vic Rivers; articles and sketches from Engineer-Architect Service; the organization of professional engineers; the Rivers Construction Co.; and a report on the Turnagain Arm Crossing.
Subseries XI-C. Victor C. Rivers - Politics; n.d.,
1936, 1944-1962. 13 folders.
Arranged generally in
Contains various articles on state politics and the Democrats; on Vic Rivers Senate candidacy and being Senate President; the Constitutional Convention, national politics, statehood; and Vic Rivers' campaign for governor.
Subseries XI-D. Elleighfare "Rusty'
Rivers; n.d., 1966, 1975. 1 folder.
Contains articles and pictures of the Red Cross; her obituaries; a program from a dinner honoring Ralph Rivers; and a reproduction of a mural by Muriel Hannah illustrating resources of Alaska.
Subseries XI-E. Ralph Rivers; n.d.,
1955-1976. 1 folder.
Included are clippings on the wedding of Ralph Rivers and Martha Marie Wendling; a UAA Commencement Program noting an honorary degree awarded to Ralph Rivers; an article writ- ten by him; and a program from a dinner honoring Ralph Rivers.
Subseries XI-F. Russell Guy Rivers;
n.d., 1945. 1 folder.
Contains clippings about the Rivers Construction Cornpany and an article about Captain Rivers on furlough.
Subseries XI-G. Virginia Proffitt;
1968, 1973. 1 folder.
Contains articles about her trip to Korea and being named "Boss of the Year." Pictures.
Subseries XI-H. Bob Bartlett; n.d.,
1963, 1965. 1 folder.
This file contains clippings on politics, a menu for a meeting of the Washington State and Alaska State Societies, and programs honoring Bartlett's service.
BOX 9 (Package)
Subseries XII-A. Newspaper Sections; 1943-1955. 19
newspapers. Arranged chronologically.
Contains various newspapers with articles about World War II in Alaska; statehood; death of Judge Dimond; an Igloo Convention; the Constitutional Convention; and photos and stories of early Alaska.
BOX 10 (Packkage)
Subseries XII-B. Newspaper Sections; 1956-1959. 21
newspapers. Arranged chronologically.
Various newspapers with articles and photos on the Constitutional Convention, statehood, Rivers family, the campaign for governor, and Rivers' illness and death.
BOX 11 (Package)
Subseries XII-C. Newspaper Single
Sheets; 1945-1960. 69 items
Contains articles on Vic and Ralph Rivers' candidacies; election issues and returns; the Constitutional Convention; various political news; "Rusty" Rivers' recipes; and Vic Rivers' obituary.