Scope and Content
Title: Ralph Arnold Addenda
Collection Number: Consult
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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.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the
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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.
[Identification of item], Ralph Arnold addenda, The Huntington Library, San
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.
Arnold, Ralph, 1875-1961.
Mining engineers--West (U.S.)--Archives.
School reports--United States.
Tournament of Roses.
Coalinga Region (Calif.)--Maps.
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)--Maps, Topographic.
Family Papers--California--20th century.
Letters (correspondence)--California--20th century.
Topographic maps--California--20th century.