Benjamin Frank Heintzleman papers
Scope and Contents
The papers are arranged in two series:
- I. CORRESPONDENCE, 1937-1965
- II. TOPICAL FILES, 1921-1965
The papers include material on Alaska's history and development. In folder 27 there is an album of photographs from the 1920s showing scenes of Alaska's towns, harbors, industry, and rough glaciated terrain. Later scenes of Alaska can be found in folder 32 and in undated Christmas cards at the end of folder 2. Printed material in folders 33-38 discusses Alaskan history, economy, and progress towards statehood.
In 1953 Benjamin Frank Heintzleman was appointed territorial governor of Alaska, succeeding Ernest Gruening. The clippings in box 7 document the intense speculation generated at the prospect of the first Republican appointee in twenty years. Correspondence in folders 3-4 records the efforts of Heintzleman's supporters to procure the nomination for him, without his active campaigning. Heintzleman's inaugural address is in folder 46. The papers also contain photographs, memorabilia, and speeches from other gubernatorial appearances. Correspondence following the announcement of Heintzleman's decision to resign (1956) is in folders 5-7.
Issues which arose during Heintzleman's term are discussed in correspondence in Series I and in the clippings, scrapbooks, and topical files in Series II. The development of highways, a tax incentive program to attract industry, and the Aluminum Company of America's proposal to generate electric power at the Taiya site were all matters of concern to Heintzleman. Folder 10 includes material on gubernatorial appointees and written criticisms of the governor by a group of discontented Anchorage Republicans. In 1954 Heintzleman advocated partitioning the territory to insure passage of a statehood bill for Alaska's most populated areas. Folders 12-13 and clippings in box 7 document this controversial stance. There are detailed exchanges on the subject with the president of the University of Alaska, Ernest Patty.
Following his retirement, Heintzleman became a fund-raiser for the Yale Forestry School. Folders 14-16 include minutes of the University Council Committee for the Forestry School, committee reports, and correspondence with the dean of the School of Forestry, George A. Garrett.
A summary of Heintzleman's career can be found in the biographical material in folder 20 and on a tape in box 6. In a radio interview recorded in 1964, only a few months before his death, Heintzleman reviewed his career and hopes for the future of Alaska.
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
3 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
Biographical / Historical
- Alaska -- History
- Alaska -- Politics and government -- 1867-1959
- Conservation of natural resources
- Forests and forestry -- Alaska
- Garratt, George A. (George Alfred), 1898-1984
- Heintzleman, Benjamin Frank, 1888-1965
- Patty, Ernest N. (Ernest Newton), 1894-1976
- Public officers
- Yale University. School of Forestry
- Guide to the Benjamin Frank Heintzleman Papers
- compiled by Diane E. Kaplan, William E. Brown, Jr. and Robert Richards
- October 1985
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.