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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ralph Arnold Addenda
    Dates: c.1848-1961
    Collection Number: Consult repository
    Creator: Arnold, Ralph
    Extent: c.540 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    Abstract: The collection focuses on correspondence, school records, and ephemera related to Ralph Arnold’s daughter, Winninette Arnold Noyes.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to the following website .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    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.


    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.
    A detailed container list is available through the Manuscripts Department.

    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.