John Macfarlane Cuthill papers, 1900-1990

Overview of the Collection

Cuthill, J.M.
John Macfarlane Cuthill papers
1900-1990 (inclusive)
23 linear feet
Collection Number
XOE_CPNWS0122johnmcfarlanecuthill (collection)
The collection includes files relating to J.M. (John Macfarlane) Cuthill's career as cannery superintendent, land agent and attorney with the Alaska Packers Association and its successor, DMC Properties. Records reflect the history of salmon canning in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, and comprise legal documents, property surveys, correspondence, plans and photographs.
Western Washington University, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies
Goltz-Murray Archives Building
808 25th St.
Bellingham, WA
Telephone: (360) 650-7534
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Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection documents the activities of J.M. (John Macfarlane) Cuthill in his work for Del Monte's Alaska Packers Association and DMC Properties Inc. Records span the period 1900-1990, with a large body of material reflecting Cuthill's work with Del Monte's Alaskan property interests from the 1970s through the early 1990s.

The collection contains minutes, correspondence, land surveys and property records, maps and blueprints of canneries, financial and business records collected and generated by Cuthill in the course of his work. Additional materials include office files of company executives including J.D. Cooper, APA Vice President and General Manager between 1949 and 1973.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

J.M. (John Macfarlane) Cuthill worked as a land agent and attorney for Del Monte-owned Alaska Packers Association and its successor, DMC Properties Inc, over a period spanning the late 1950s through the early 1990s. The Alaska Packers Association (APA) operated seafood canneries and fishing stations in Alaska and the Puget Sound from the late nineteenth century through the late twentieth century, gradually divesting its interests in the fishing industry and Alaska property from the 1960s onwards.

In March 1982, APA was formally renamed DMC Properties Inc. The renamed subsidiary continued to deal in property and real estate in Alaska. John Cuthill served as superintendent for APA's Clark's Point cannery from 1957-1978, and then as superintendent and real estate manager for DMC Properties. He later worked as a legal consultant for DMC Properties from the late 1980s through the early 1990s.

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Preferred Citation

John Macfarlane Cuthill papers, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries Archives & Special Collections, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA 98225-9123.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by Julia M. Cuthill and M.C. Cuthill in 1998.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Canned foods industry--Pacific States--History--Sources
  • Fisheries--Pacific States--History--Sources
  • Salmon canning industry--Pacific States--History--Sources

Personal Names

  • Cuthill, J.M.

Corporate Names

  • Alaska Packers Association--Archives
  • DMC Properties, Inc.--Archives

Other Creators

  • Corporate Names
    • Alaska Packers Association--Archives
    • DMC Properties, Inc.--Archives