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Walter A. Soboleff Papers, 1920-2009 | Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

By Zachary R. Jones, Archivist

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Title: Walter A. Soboleff Papers, 1920-2009Add to your cart.

ID: MS/007

Primary Creator: Alaska Native Brotherhoood

Other Creators: Alaska Native Sisterhood, Soboleff, Walter A. (1908-2011)

Extent: 39.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 10/10/2008

Subjects: Alaska Native Brotherhood--History., Alaska Native Sisterhood--History., Haida Indians--History., Tlingit Indians--History.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This thirty-nine collection consists of the official records documenting the Alaska Native Brotherhood (ANB) and Sisterhood (ANS) for nearly a century of its operation. This collection’s papers, the bulk those of the organization’s Grand Camp, its top administrative branch, begin in 1915 and consist of extensive correspondence, meeting minutes, and working files documenting a wide array of Alaska Native issues. Various ANB and ANS Camps (chapters) are also represented by correspondence and meeting minutes. While the bulk of the collection concerns the three tribes of Southeast Alaska, the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian, many Alaska Native groups are represented with ANB Camps (chapters) forming across Alaska during the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the issues, though not all, documented in the collection concern ANB and ANS addressing U.S. Federal Indian policy, boarding schools, fisheries legislation, aboriginal title/land tenure, subsistence, social issues, and civil rights. The collection also contains legal papers or those addressing Federal Indian policy, including the papers of William L. Paul Sr., such as concerning his work to have the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 amended to allow Alaska Natives to create IRA governments and papers concerning Paul’s work toward various cases, including Supreme Court case Tee-Hit-Ton v. United States.

The collection has been organized into three series; Series 1: Correspondence (13 boxes), Series 2: Meeting Minutes, Resolutions, and Programs (20 boxes), and Series 3: Working Files (6 boxes). Some files have been organized chronologically and topically, such as in Series 2, while in some portions of the collection the original order kept by ANB was retained, such as with Series 1, Boxes 7-10. It should also be noted that the materials in Series 1, Boxes 11-13 are primarily papers of a legal nature, being the correspondence and papers of ANB’s lawyers.

Researcher Note: Researchers should see other ANB and ANS collections held by SHI that connect to this collection, including the Curry-Weissbrodt Papers and the Hope/Hayes Papers. Researchers should also note that the William L. Paul Sr. Papers are archived at University of Washington, Seattle.

Subject/Index Terms

Alaska Native Brotherhood--History.
Alaska Native Sisterhood--History.
Haida Indians--History.
Tlingit Indians--History.

Administrative Information

Repository: Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives

Acquisition Source: Walter A. Soboleff

Acquisition Method:

The materials in the collection were donated to SHI in various batches between the period of 2000 and 2008 by life-long member and ranking ANB official Walter A. Soboleff. Soboleff signed an official deed of gift for these materials on Dec. 12, 2007. Additional donations of ANB papers were made on Sept. 3, 2008 and Oct. 10, 2008 by Soboleff. Lastly, a three box donation of W. A. Soboleff’s papers were found in ANB Grand Camp’s offices, which were donated by Brad Fluetsch, ANB Grand President, on Dec. 2, 2008. Accession numbers 2007.005 and 2008.007.

Some periodicals from this collection have been separated and cataloged; these include issues of The Voice of Brotherhood and Tundra Times.

Preferred Citation: Mss 7, Series #, Box #, Fd #, Walter A. Soboleff Papers, Sealaska Heritage Institute Archives, Juneau, AK

Processing Information: Processed by: Zachary R. Jones, Archivist, on October 24, 2012.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Meeting Minutes, Resolutions, and Programs],
[Series 3: Working Files],

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Box 1: Working files.Add to your cart.

Fd 1:    Unofficial list of “Founders & Grand Presidents of ANB”, 1966.

Fd 2:    Lists of ANB officials, 1930-1970s.

Fd 3:    ANB Camp 2 membership records, 1950s-1960s.

Fd 4:    Meeting attendance rolls, 1960s.

Fd 5:    Reports.         

Fd 6:    Speeches, some at ANB Grand Camp Conventions.

Fd 7:    Scholarship program papers.

Fd 8:    Agreements and contracts.

Fd 9:    Legislative file, 1940s-1970s.

Fd 10:  Legislative file, 1940s-1970s.

Fd 11:  Working files, miscellaneous papers, 1940s-1970s.

Fd 12:  Working files, miscellaneous papers, 1940s-1970s.

Fd 13:  Memorial service programs, undated.

Fd 14:  Clippings file, 1930-1960.

Fd 15:  Press releases, 1940s-1970s.

Box 2: Working files.Add to your cart.

Fd 1:    ANB camp reports to the ANB Grand Council, 1931-1933, 1936.

Fd 2:    Agenda papers, grand camps, 1994-1995

Fd 3:    Program, 2nd Annual 1st Americans Emphasis Week, 1979 [two copies].

Fd 4:    Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indians file, 1940s-1990s.

Fd 5:    ANB Manual of Ceremonies, 1968.

Fd 6:    “Bibliography of Alaska Native Organizations and Selected References …,” 1971.

Fd 7:    Grand Camp Convention ANS handbook, first produced, 1982.

Fd 8:    Report to Grand Camp of ANB/S, 1991 and 1992, by Jerry Mackie.

Fd 9:    Report to ANB/S by William Paul Sr., 1972

Fd 10: Working file on the history of ANB/ANS, includes clippings, correspondence, programs, and other, 1980s-1990s.

Fd 11:  Certificates of appreciation.

Fd 12:  Legal file on Koon-a-kay-dait Hit House, 1965.

Box 3: Working files.Add to your cart.

Fd 1:    Legislative Service guide adapted from the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc., 1945.

Fd 2:    Grand Camp Convention committee reports 1951-1968 and undated.

Fd 3:    Grand Camp Convention paper by Dr. Evelyn Butlet, 1945.

Fd 4:    Grand Camp Convention papers, 1960s.

Fd 5:    Grand Camp Convention papers, 1970s.

Fd 6:    Grand Camp Convention papers, 1988-2005.

Fd 7:    Grand Camp officers, 1991-1993.

Fd 8:    Constitutions and bylaws, circa 2001.

Fd 9:    Constitution and bylaws, Klawock Cooperative Association, 1937.

Fd 10:  Programs for various events, 1988-2005.

Box 4: Working files.Add to your cart.

Fd 1:    Photocopy of the original charter document creating the Douglas, Alaska ANB camp, circa 1922.

Fd 2:    Health Councils symposium at annual Public Health meeting, 1949.

Fd 3:    Handwritten notes from various non-ANB meeting minutes, 1949-1953.

Fd 5:    Southeast Alaska Native Leaders Conference documents, 1966.

Fd 6:    SEACAP Whoosh-Gee-Een newsletter, 1970.

Fd 7:    Various working drafts concerning Alaska legislation, 1960s-1970s.

Fd 8:    Various Alaska departmental agreements, proposal, annual reports and legislative summaries, 1960s-1970s.

Fd 9:    Proposal for native language and cultural centers at the University of Alaska, 1971.

Fd 10:  Testimony of Governor William Egan at the National Park Service public hearings, 1971.

Fd 11:  Agreement between the Territorial Sportsman and ANB, 1997.

Fd 12:  Paper by Andrew Hope III, “Founders of ANB,” circa 2000.

Fd 13:  File: Southeast Alaska Intertribal Fisheries Commission, 2001-2003.

Fd 14:  SEACAP questionnaire on native land allotment, undated.

Fd 15:  Biographical information from various resources, undated.

Fd 16:  ANB dance program, Camp #2, Juneau, dated January 29, 1942, describing the Peace Dance, Spirit Dance, Tsimshian Dance, Indian Doctor Dance and Foreigners Dance performed in response to World War II.

Fd 17:  Newspaper clippings about ANB, 1949-1952 and undated.

Fd 18:  Newspaper clippings about ANB, 1970s-2000s.

Fd 19:  Congressional Record news releases, 1944-1954.

Fd 20:  National Congress of American Indians bulletins, 1947-1949.

Fd 21:  National Congress of American Indians bulletins, 1950s.

Fd 22:  National Congress of American Indians resolutions, 1969.

Fd 23:  National Congress of American Indians invitation to 27th Annual National Convention in Anchorage, AK, 1970.

Fd 24:  Various newsletters concerning Native American issues, circa 1970.

Fd 25:  Copies of Executive Echoes, ANS Executive Committee newsletter, 1997-2001.

Fd 26:  Issues of Monty Bay Times, Yakutat, 2002.

Fd 27:  Newsletter Indian Affairs for October 1953 speaking about Alaska Native land claims.

Box 5: Working files and programs, 1928-1990s.Add to your cart.

Fd 1:    Constitutions, by-laws, preambles, and other, 1930s-2007.

Fd 2:    Small programs for various ANB/ANS functions, 1940s-1970s.

Fd 3:    Small programs for various ANB/ANS functions, 1980s.

Fd 4:    Small programs for various ANB/ANS functions, 1990s.

Box 6: ANB financial records, 1928-1990s.Add to your cart.

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