Thomas T. Aldwell papers, 1890-1951  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Aldwell, Thomas T., 1868-1954
Title
Thomas T. Aldwell papers
Dates
1890-1951 (bulk)
Quantity
1.26 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Collection Number
4082 (Accession No. 4082-001)
Summary
Papers of Thomas T. Aldwell, a public official, businessman, power company executive, and civic leader from Port Angeles, Washington.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The papers are open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Thomas Theobald Aldwell, born in Toronto on June 14, 1868, was trained as a banker and became a public official, businessman, power company executive, and civic leader. He moved to Port Angeles, Washington, in 1890 and eventually made a fair amount of money in real estate there, both through his own purchases and as a realtor. Aldwell was active in politics between 1894 and 1908, serving as Clallam County auditor, deputy customs collector, and chairman of the Clallam County Republican Party. He left politics in 1908 to pursue his real dream, the building of the Elwha Dam. Aldwell and his partners had slowly acquired many acres of land along the Elwha River, enough to accommodate a dam and the flooding it would cause. They formed the Olympic Power and Development Company and successfully raised the money for the dam, which was completed in 1913. The dam provided power to Port Angeles, Port Townsend, and the Bremerton Navy Yard.

Aldwell directed several other industrial development projects. As president of the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, he convinced local businessmen to raise money to help pulp mills locate in the city after the construction of the dam. Aldwell and other leaders of the chamber of commerce later formed a port district. The voters elected Aldwell the district’s first port commissioner; he served from 1924 to 1932. Under Aldwell’s leadership the port district built a sea-wall that expanded the port and provided room for a plywood company to settle along the waterfront. After the creation of Olympic National Park in 1938, Aldwell was a leader in the fight to return some of the park’s land to the national forests to guarantee the region’s pulp mills a larger supply of trees. At age 82 he published his autobiography, Conquering the Last Frontier. He died four years later in 1954.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection spans 1890-1951. It includes correspondence, clippings, writings, and notes. The papers relate to Port Angeles, Washington, history and politics, and the Olympic Power Company of Clallam County, which Aldwell managed. The correspondence, which forms the bulk of the collection and is thoroughly indexed, runs from 1901 to 1951. The letters cover all aspects of Aldwell’s career, but especially his activities as a booster of Port Angeles. Major correspondents include George A. Glines; Crown Zellerbach Corp.; Peabody, Houghteling, and Company, Chicago; the Seattle Lighting Department; and L.L. Summers and Company, Chicago. The papers also contain the texts of some of Aldwell’s speeches and writings, and Port Angeles Golf and Country Club records regarding the club’s financial status from 1940 to 1943.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], [date of item if known], [box/folder number], Thomas T. Aldwell Papers, [Accession No.], University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Biographical MaterialReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

3 items

Correspondence: IncomingReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/2
Ackerly, Frank M.
1 item
1901
1/2
Andrews, W. F.
1 item
1917
1/2
Angeles Co-Operative Creamery
2 items
1934
1/2
Anglo California National Bank
1 item
1937
1/2
Ankeny, Levi
1 item
1906
1/2
Appleton, T. J.
1 item
1901
1/3
Bible, Frank E.
1 item
1901
1/3
Bishop, William and A.A. Smith
1 item
1914
1/3
Blake, R. H.
1 item
1901
1/3
Boettiger, Anna Roosevelt
1 item
1943
1/3
Boettiger, John
3 items
1939-1940
1/3
Bogert, C. A.
2 items
1940-1943
1/3
Bowlby, William M.
1 item
1901
1/3
Bowman, Charles C.
1 item
1901
1/4
Brickley, J. B.
2 items
1912
1/4
British Columbia Sulphite Fibre Co., Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.
6 items
1916
1/4
Bugge, H. J.
1 item
1901
1/4
Burrows, James
1 item
1901
1/5
Cade, Frank
1 item
1901
1/5
California Newspaper Publishers Association
6 items
1931-1933
1/5
Calkins, R. M.
1 item
1925
1/5
Callvert, S. A.
1 item
1901
1/5
Carle, N. A.
7 items
1912-1949
1/6
Carpenter, William H.
1 item
1901
1/6
Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen
1 item
1943
1/6
Chamber of Commerce, Hoquiam
3 items
1939
1/6
Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles
12 items
1931-1934
1/7
Chamber of Commerce, Port Angeles
4 items
1931-1943
1/7
Chamber of Commerce, Seattle
5 items
1931-1939
1/7
Clallam County Engineer
2 items
1912
1/7
Clallam County Retail Merchants Association
1 item
1917
1/7
Clallam Lumber Company
1 item
1919
1/8
Clapp, Cyrus F.
3 items
1901-1906
1/8
Clark, E. W.
1 item
1991
1/8
Clark, James F.
1 item
1947
1/8
Clementson, Geo. H.
1 item
1901
1/8
Cleveland Trust Company
2 items
1945-1951
1/8
Colonial Lumber and Paper Mills, Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.
1 item
1917
1/8
Copley Press Inc., Aurora, Illinois
2 items
1931
1/8
Crawford, William
1 item
1901
1/9
Crown Willamette Paper Company
10 items
1931-1935
1/9-10
Crown Zellerbach Corporation
21 items
1931-1940
1/10
Curtis, Asahel
1 item
1939
1/10
Curtiss, E.
1 item
1901
1/10
Cushing, Charles A.
1 item
1901
1/11
Dennis, J. M.
1 item
1901
1/11
Dickinson, Harvey L.
1 item
1901
1/11
Doty, H. W.
1 item
1901
1/11
Dufour, F. G.
3 items
1918
1/11
Eba's Mutual Groceries
2 items
1934
1/11
Edwards, P. C.
See: San Diego Sun.
1/11
Eliott, E. D.
1 item
1901
1/11
Ellis, J. E.
1 item
1901
1/11
Ellsworth, W C.
1 item
1901
1/11
Empire Pulp and Paper Mills, Ltd., Vancouver, B.C.
1 item
1917
1/12
Fairservice (A.) & Company
2 items
Lumber and building material, East Clallam, Washington.
1901
1/12
Fish, F. A.
1 item
1901
1/12
Foss Launch & Tug Company, Inc.
1 item
1931
1/12
Foster, Addison G.
2 items
1902-1907
1/12
Frame, George W.
1 item
1901
1/12
Franklin (Benjamin) Thrift Stores
3 items
1934-1935
1/12
Freeman, Kemper
2 items
1944-1948
1/13
Gangler, Joseph M.
1 item
1947
1/13
Gates, Charles D.
2 items
1901
1/13
Gierin, Edward F.
1 item
1901
1/13
Glines, George A.
4 items
1915-1916
1/13
Goodwin, Silas
1 item
1901
1/13
Graham, William
1 item
1901
1/13
Gribbin, Thomas
1 item
1901
1/13
Gund, George
1 item
See also: Cleveland Trust Company.
1951
1/13
Guptill, H. M.
1 item
1901
1/14
Harding, R. R.
1 item
1901
1/14
Harper, F. C.
2 items
1906
1/14
Hatch, Geo. C.
1 item
1901
1/14
Hickok, John D.
1 item
1901
1/14
Higgins (John C.) and Hughes (Howard D.)
10 items
Law firm, Seattle.
1915
1/15
Hitchcock, Frank H.
2 items
1908
1/15
Hitt Fireworks Company, Seattle
4 items
1939
1/15
Hopkins, E. E.
1 item
1901
1/15
Huff, Edgar T.
1 item
1901
1/15
Hunt, Alonzo
1 item
1901
1/15
Hutchinson, J. K.
1 item
1901
1/16
Ide, C. W.
1 item
1903
1/16
Jones, James H.
1 item
1901
1/16
Jones, Wesley Levsey
2 items
1901-1930
1/16
Jorgenson, O. A.
1 item
1917
1/17
Kerr (James A.) & McCord (Evan S.)
7 items
Law firm, Seattle.
1913-1915
1/17
Kitsap County Auditor
1 item
1913
1/17
Klaboe, Ole
2 items
1901
1/17
Klahn, Louis
1 item
1901
1/17
Knapman, John B.
1 item
1901
1/18
Lee, Oscar N.
1 item
1901
1/18
Lewis, F. S.
1 item
undated
1/18
Lipsett, H. J.
1 item
1901
1/18
Littleton, Henry
1 item
1901
1/18
Long, J. Frank
1 item
1901
1/18
Long, John
1 item
undated
1/19
M., David A.
1 item
1927
1/19
McBride, Henry
1 item
1901
1/19
McClinton, James G.
1 item
1901
1/19
McMillin, John S.
1 item
1901
1/19
Mahatty, L. E.
1 item
1901
1/19
Mandau, F. W.
2 items
1912
1/19
Maxfield, Jesse S.
1 item
1901
1/19
Mayers, C. H.
1 item
1916
1/19
Mead (Daniel W.) and Seastone (C. V.)
5 items
1912-1914
1/19
Merrill, E. W.
1 item
1901
1/19
Midtown Association of Seattle
1 item
undated
1/19
Miller, T. A.
1 item
1901
1/19
Miller, W. S.
2 items
1901
1/20
Mills, Edward M.
7 items
See also: Olympic Forest Products Company, Rainier Pulp & Paper Company.
1916-1940
1/20
Mock, W. H.
1 item
1901
1/20
Montgomery Ward & Company
1 item
1934
1/20
Moore, J. A.
1 item
1910
1/20
Morse, D. W.
1 item
1901
1/20
Morse, Samuel G.
1 item
1901
1/21
National Paper Products Company, San Francisco, California
2 items
1920
1/21
Nicholls, Alex
1 item
1901
1/21
Nichols, Sam H.
2 items
1901
1/21
Northern Board and Paper Mills
5 items
1916
1/21
Northern Pacific Railway Company
1 item
1948
1/21
Northwestern Power and Manufacturing Company, Chicago
2 items
1917-1919
1/22
O'Brien, Geo. W.
1 item
1901
1/22
Olympic Forest Products Company
1 item
1933
1/22
Olympic Power Company
1 item
1914
1/23
Pacific First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Tacoma
1 item
1935
1/23
Peabody, Alexander
1 item
1944
1/23
Peabody, Augustus S.
1 item
1920
1/23-31
Peabody, Houghteling & Company, Chicago
circa 100 items
1911-1919
1/32
Penniman, Thomas
1 item
1901
1/32
Penney (J C.) Company
3 items
1934
1/32
Perrett, James
2 items
1912
1/32
Peterson, P. A.
1 item
1901
1/32
Philbrick, C. A.
1 item
1940
1/32
Phillips, Benjamin N.
1 item
1940
1/32
Piles, S. H.
1 item
1906
1/32
Poindexter, Miles
1 item
1917
1/32
Poole, Henry A.
1 item
1901
1/32
Port Angeles City Council
3 items
1916
1/33
Port Angeles Board of Commissioners
1 item
1943
1/33
Port Angeles Mayor
4 items
1916-1917
1/33
Port Angeles Port
2 items
1927-1933
1/33
Port Angeles Commercial Club
2 items
1917
1/33
Puget Mill Company
1 item
1913
1/33
Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company
1 item
1919
1/34
Rainier Pulp and Paper Company, San Francisco, California
1 item
1933
1/34
Reineking, V. H.
3 items
1913-1918
1/34
Reis, Clam
1 item
1931
1/34
Remley, J. M.
1 item
1901
1/34
Roberts, Fred
1 item
1901
1/34
Ross, J. D.
See: Seattle Lighting Deptartment.
1/34
Rotary Club of Victoria, B.C.
3 items
1939
1/35
The Salvation Army
3 items
1944-1949
1/35
The San Diego Sun
1 item
undated
1/35
The San Francisco News
1 item
1931
1/35
Schwellenhach, Lewis B.
1 item
1939
1/35
Seattle Lighting Department
3 items
1915
1/35
Seattle Water Department
1 item
1948
1/35
Seattle Bakers' Bureau, Inc.
1 item
1934
1/35
Seattle-First National Bank
1 item
1936
1/36
Shank, Corwin S.
1 item
1917
1/36
Shoenwerk, O. C.
1 item
1912
1/36
Smith, A. W.
2 items
1901
1/36
Smith, Albert
1 item
1901
1/36
Smith, J. A.
1 item
1901
1/36
Smith, J. R.
1 item
1901
1/36
Smith, O. B.
1 item
1901
1/36
Snyder, M. H.
1 item
undated
1/36
Stakemiller, C. S.
2 items
1901
1/36
Stewart, James
1 item
1901
1/36
Sullivan, Frank
1 item
1901
1/36-37
Summers (L. L.) & Company [engineers] Chicago
13 items
1910-1912
1/38
Thompson, A. H.
1 item
1901
1/38
Thompson, C. W.
1 item
1901
1/38
Thompson, George
1 item
1901
1/38
Trumbull, Severyns & Trumbell
1 item
1940
1/39
Ulmer, Chas D., Senior
1 item
1901
1/39
United States Agriculture Department
1 item
1939
1/39
United States Coast Guard
3 items
1949
1/39
United States Customs Service
9 items
1902-1908
1/40
United States Forest Service
10 items
1916-1947
2/1
United States Lighthouse Service
9 items
1917-1948
2/1-2
United States Navy
22 items
1912-1948
2/2
Upper Canada College Old Boys' Association
1 item
1943
2/3
Victoria (B.C.) City Council
6 items
1939
2/4
Wallace, H. H.
See: U.S. Agriculture Department.
2/4
Wanamaker, A. H.
1 item
1901
2/4
Ware, William J.
1 item
1901
2/4
Washington Auditor
1 item
1932
2/4
Washington Department of Case
1 item
1949
2/4
Washington Governor
1 item
1943
2/4
Washington Liquor Control Board
3 items
1948
2/4
Washington State Planning Council
4 items
1939
2/4
Washington Coast Utilities
1 item
1919
2/5
Washington Golden Jubilee Association
9 items
1939
2/5
Washington Pulp and Paper Corporation, Port Angeles, Washington
1 item
1934
2/5
Watkins, S. L.
1 item
1901
2/5
Weeks, R. F.
2 items
1918-1941
2/5
Weigel, Albert V.
1 item
1932
2/5
Weldon, T. J.
1 item
1901
2/6
Western Canada Power Company, Ltd.
1 item
1914
2/6
Whalen (Geo. T. and James) Pulp and Paper Mills, Ltd., Vancouver
14 items
See also: British Columbia Sulphite Fibre Company, Colonial Lumber and Paper Mills, Empire Pulp and Paper Mills, Ltd.
1916-1918
2/7
Wheeler, F. T.
4 items
1912
2/7
Wheeler, William R.
1 item
1931
2/7
White, Horace
1 item
1901
2/7
Whittier, Merrell
1 item
1901
2/7
Wink, Arnold, and others
1 item
1901
2/7
Yantis, George F.
1 item
1939
2/7
Young, G. E.
1 item
1932

Correspondence: Outgoing, 1902-1951Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/8-39, 3/1-17

circa 750 items

Memoranda, 1912-1934, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/18

22 items

Legal Documents, 1890-1917Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/19

10 items

Speeches and Writings, 1929-1943, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/20

10 items

Financial Records: Olympic Power Company Mortgage, 1910Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/21

1 item

Lists and Statistics, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/22

19 items

Notes for Book, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/23

4 items

Broadsides, 1902-1914Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/24

9 items

Blueprint (Ediz Hook), undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/25

1 item

ClippingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/26-31
Personal
undated
3/26-31
British Royalty
1939
3/26-31
Olympic National Park
1939-1945
3/26-31
Industry (Mills)
undated
3/26-31
Port of Port Angeles
undated
3/26-31
Miscellaneous
undated

Newspaper, 1939Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/32

1 item

Daily Telegraph and Morning Post Supplement

Memorabilia, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/33

9 items

Port Angeles Golf and Country Club Records, 1940-1943Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/34

22 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Businessmen--Washington (State)--Port Angeles--Archives
  • City promotion--Washington (State)--Port Angeles
  • Civic leaders--Washington (State)--Port Angeles--Archives
  • Dams--Washington (State)--Elwha River--Design and construction
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Washington (State)--Port Angeles
  • National parks and reserves--Washington (State)--Olympic National Park
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Pioneers--Washington (State)--Port Angeles--Archives
  • Place marketing--Washington (State)--Port Angeles
  • Port districts--Officials and employees--Washington (State)--Port Angeles
  • Personal Names :
  • Aldwell, Thomas T., 1868-1954--Archives
  • Glines, George A
  • Corporate Names :
  • Crown Zellerbach Corporation
  • L.L. Summers & Co
  • Seattle (Wash.). Lighting Dept
  • Geographical Names :
  • Olympic National Park (Wash.)
  • Port Angeles (Wash.)--Economic conditions
  • Port Angeles (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • correspondence
  • notes
  • writings
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Peabody, Houghteling & Co (creator)