VICTOR C. RIVERS FAMILY. Papers; 1869-1873, 1915-1977. 6 cu. ft. Published guide.
The family of Julian Guy and Louisa Rivers moved to Alaska from Seattle, Washington in 1906. They settled in Flat where they engaged in mining. Their first son, Ralph Julian Rivers, was born in 1903. His brother, Victor Claudius Rivers, was born January 15, 1905. Victor Rivers became a civil engineer and later a member of the Territorial Senate from Fairbanks and from Anchorage, a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and a candidate for governor of the state. Ralph Rivers became a miner, lawyer, district attorney, territorial attorney general, legislator, delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, and U.S. Congressman (1959-1966).
Most of the papers in this collection relate to Victor C. Rivers. Other materials concern his second wife, Elleighfare "Rusty" Rivers, Julian Guy Rivers, Ralph Rivers, Virginia Proffitt, Russell Guy Rivers, Richard L. Rivers, and Fern Rivers. Among the papers are correspondence with his brother and other political figures in Alaska; correspondence and papers relative to his service with the Corps of Engineers; and papers concerning both the State Constitutional Convention, Statehood, and his political campaigns. Also included are his resume, drafts of speeches and over 400 photographs. This collection also contains a number of newspapers, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets relative to his family, political activities, and to significant events in Alaskan history.
The collection was presented to the archives by Robert Wedemeier, nephew of Victor C. Rivers, in 1983. A guide to the collection, written by Lelah Powers, was published in 1986.