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JOHN S. HELLENTHAL. Papers; 1907, 1917, 1923, 1941, 1950-1966, 1969-1973, 1980, 1984, 1987-1988. 4.5 cu. ft.

John Simon Hellenthal was born in Juneau, Alaska, in 1915. He received his law degree in 1939 and began practicing with his father in Anchorage. In 1955 he was elected as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in Fairbanks. After statehood was announced he was elected to the State House of Representatives and served from 1959-1962. While a member of the legislature he served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and in 1960-1961 he chaired the state Democratic Party. In 1963 he worked on the Legislative Council which passed Alaska's first state code. He also served as chairman of Bill Egan's gubernatorial campaign in 1966. Mr. Hellenthal continued to be an active member of the community until his death.

This collection consists of papers relating to John Hellenthal's personal and political activities, as well as his work as a member of the State House of Representatives. The collection is divided between his legislative files, and his personal and political files. The personal and political files include: correspondence files; files on the Alaska statehood movement; Egan campaign materials; personal business files; and miscellaneous maps and photographs. The legislative files includes general legislative files with a focus on the 1960 session; general files and reports from the Judiciary Committee; files on the Judiciary and Administrative Procedures Act; files on pending bills; and publications.

The collection was presented to the archives in 1996.

HMC-0447
KRH (12/1998)

Box and Folder List:

Box 1

SUBGROUP A. Personal and Political Papers; 1917, 1923, 1941, 1950-1966, 1980, 1987-1988.

Series 1. Correspondence; 1950, 1952-1956, 1958-1961, 1987-1988. .25 cu. ft.
This series contains correspondence between Hellenthal and a variety of writers including politicians, investors, and friends and relatives. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

1. Correspondence; 1950.
2. Correspondence; 1952-1954.
3. Correspondence; 1955.
4. Correspondence; 1956.
5. Correspondence; 1958.
6. Correspondence; 1959.
7. Correspondence; 1960.
8. Correspondence; 1961.
8a. Correspondence; 1967-1977.
9. Correspondence; 1987-1988.

Series 2. Alaska Statehood Files; 1955. .2 cu. ft.
This series contains miscellaneous items relating to Hellenthal's work with the State Constitutional Convention and transition into statehood. Items include a published set of studies on the constitutions of other states, and copies speeches and brochures promoting statehood. Items are arranged by type.

1. Copies of speeches, instructions for candidates, flyers, brochures, clippings and blank forms; 1955.
2. Constitutional Studies, prepared on behalf of the Alaska Statehood Committee for the Alaska Constitutional Convention, vol 1-3; 1955.
3. Constitutional Convention stationary; 1955.

Box 2

Series 3. Bill Egan Gubernatorial Campaign; n.d., 1955, 1965-1966. .4 cu. ft.
This series contains materials from Hellenthal's work as chairman of Bill Egan's 1966 gubernatorial campaign. Items in this series include correspondence, lists of campaign workers, and advertising and promotional materials. Items are arranged by type of material.

1. Correspondence; December 1955, March-July 1966.
2. Correspondence; August 1966-November 1966.
3. Lists of campaign workers and contributors; 1966.
4. Campaign speeches and press releases, drafts and transcripts; 1966.
5. Campaign itineraries for Bill Egan; 1966.
6. Advertisements, "third term" explanatory and promotional materials, drafts; 1966.
7. Advertisements, radio and television, drafts, schedules, scripts; 1966.
8. Advertisements, print, drafts, samples, orders, invoices; 1966.
9. Promotional materials, "Bill Egan and Alaska: a pictorial tribute to a gallant leader of a courageous state," booklet; 1965.
10. Promotional materials, "B.E. for Alaska, You Bet Bill Egan is for Alaska!", flyer, 1966.
11. Promotional materials, "Re-elect Governor Egan, Best for Alaska," bumper sticker, 1966.
12. Jaycees Newsletters, with campaign ads; 1966.
13. Poll by Ptarmigan Business and Professional Women's Club by Ernst & Ernst, poll, correspondence; 1966.
14. Misc. notes, reprints, and copies; n.d., 1966.
15. Clippings; 1966.
16. Egan Campaign, posters; 1966. (Oversized files)

Series 4. Personal Business Files; 1959-1961. 1 folder.
This series contains the stock and annual reports of business in which Hellenthal invested.

1a. Obituaries; USA Today, Anchorage Times; February 1989.
1. Stock reports and annual reports; 1955-1961

Series 5. Maps; n.d., 1917, 1923, 1941, 1959, 1961, 1966, 1980. (Located in Flat Cabinets)
This series contains maps related to industries and property in which Hellenthal invested. The maps are arranged chronological order.

1. "Road Constructed by Union Ohio," map; n.d.
2. "Amended Plat of Anchorage Townsite with South, East and Third Additions," map; December 19, 1917.
3. "Plat of U.S. Survey No. 1456, Fourth Addition to Anchorage Townsite," map; February 14, 1923.
4. "Supplemental Plat of East Addition to Anchorage, Alaska," map; February 13, 1941.
5. "Portion Swanson River and Soldotna Creek Units, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, Showing Route of Auto Trip Through Swanson River Field," map; February 9, 1959.
6. "Route of Air Trip over Kenai Oil and Gas Areas," map; January 13, 1961.
7. "Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, December 2, 1980," map, U.S. Geological Survey; 1980.

Series 6. Photographs; n.d. (Oversize, located in Box 9).
This series contains photographs of Alaskan scenes and are arranged alphabetically by subject.

1. "Arctic Brotherhood" meeting room, photograph; n.d.
2. "Greek Church, Sitka, Alaska," photograph, Winter and Pond; n.d.
3. Miscellaneous Personal photographs; n.d.

Series 7. John F. Kennedy Campaign Files; 1960.

1. Press releases, Inauguration Ceremony; January 1960.
2. Fundraising telegrams; 1960.

Box 3

SUBGROUP B. Legislature; 1907, 1917, 1950, 1954-1962, 1969-1973, 1980, 1984.

Series 1. Alaska Legislature, general files; 1958, 1961, 1964-1967, 1972, 1980, 1984. .25 cu. ft.
This series contains general legislative files created by Hellenthal during his involvement in state government. Included is an article written by Hellenthal, related reports, congressional newsletters, and files on mental health planning, Native claims, reapportionment, mining, geese management, and a clipping file. Items are arranged chronologically.

1a. Third Division Democratic Convention, Party Platform; December 16, 1953.
1. "Alaska's Heralded Constitution: The Forty-Ninth State Sets and Example," John S. Hellenthal, article, American Bar Association Journal; December 1958.
2. "Canada and the United States, Neighbors in Democracy," report; 1961.
3. State capitol move, reports, correspondence; 1962.
4. Sen. Bob Bartlett, Sen. Ernest Gruening, Rep. Ralph Rivers, newsletters from Washington; 1964.
4a. John Hellenthal, "Mental Illness, Incompetency, 'Insanity', and Alaska Law", Alaska Law Journal; June 1965.
5. Congressional Record, reports on earthquake and Native Claims Settlement Act; 1964, 1971.
6. Mental Health Planing for Alaska, report; 1965.
7. Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; 1971.
8. Reapportionment, report; 1972.
9. Status of Mining Claims, draft of report; 1980.
10. Geese Management, fund raising materials; 1980.
11. Clippings and sample ballots; 1955, 1960, 1966, 1975.
12. Political Cartoon about Juneau, Alaska; n.d.
13. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings; 1961-1985.

Series 2. 1960 Legislative Session files; 1956, 1959-1960. .2 cu. ft.
This series contains files created by Hellenthal during the 1960 State Legislative session. Included are a correspondence file, lists of bills carried over from previous sessions, and several bills under consideration or in committee. These files include copies of the bills and related notes. Items are arranged by type.

1. Correspondence; January 1956, November 1959-January 1960.
2. Alaska Legislative Council, "Status of Senate Bills Carried over to Second Session;" December 1959.
3. Alaska Legislative Council, "Status of House Bills Carried over to Second Session;" December 1959.
4. Bills in Committee, effective January 1960; January 1960.
5. House Bill #127; 1960.
6. House Bill #188; 1960.
7. House Bill #227; 1960.
8. "Uniform Rules;" 1959.
9. Clippings; 1959-1960.

Box 4

Series 3. Judiciary Committee, general files; 1958-1961. .45 cu. ft.
This series contains copies of bills under consideration in the house Judiciary Committee while Hellenthal was its chairman. Many files include notes, annotations, and related correspondence. Items are divided between the House and Senate and arranged by bill number.

1. Correspondence; 1958.
2. House Bill #31; 1959.
3. House Bill #52; 1959.
4. House Bill #69; 1959.
5. House Bill #72; 1959.
6. House Bill #93; 1959.
7. House Bill #94; 1959.
8. House Bill #107; 1959.
9. House Bill #112; 1959.
10. House Bill #130; 1959.
11. House Bill #133; 1959.
12. House Bill #144; 1959.
13. House Bill #149; 1959.
14. House Bill #169; 1959.
15. House Bill #170; 1959.
16. House Bill #188; 1959.
17. House Bill #189; 1959.
18. House Bill #192; 1959.
19. House Bill #193; 1959.
20. House Bill #194; 1959.
21. House Bill #195; 1959.
22. House Bill #196; 1959.
23. House Bill #197; 1959.
24. House Bill #203; 1959.
25. House Bill #205; 1959.
26. House Bill #206; 1959.
27. House Bill #211; 1959.
28. House Bill #215; 1959.
29. House Bill #216; 1959.
30. House Bill #227; 1959.
31. House Bill #237; 1959.
32. House Bill #241; 1959.
33. House Bill #243; 1959.
34. House Bill #247; 1959.
35. House Bill #249; 1959.
36. House Bill #250; 1959.
37. House Bill #254; 1959.
38. House Bill #256; 1959.
39. House Bill #265; 1959.
40. House Bill #268; 1959.
41. House Bill #321; 1959.
42. Senate Bill #25; 1959.
43. Senate Bill #66; 1959.
44. Senate Bill #105; 1959.
45. Amendments to Senate Bill #105; 1959.
46. Amendments to Senate Bill #119; 1961.
47. Senate Bill #120; 1959.
48. Senate Bill #136; 1959.
49. House Concurrent Resolution #5; 1959.
50. House Joint Resolution #8; 1959.
51. House Joint Resolution #13; 1959.

Box 5

Series 4. Judiciary Committee Reports; 1959. .45 cu. ft.
This series contains reports of the House Judiciary Committee on numerous bills presented in the State House and Senate. Files include the Committee report, and a copy of the bill. Many files also contain notes, annotated copies of the bills, memos, and related correspondence. Items are divided between the House and Senate and arranged by bill number.

1. "Public Accountancy Act of 1959," draft; 1959.
2. House Joint Memorial #3; 1959.
3. Report, House Bill #5; 1959.
4. Report, House Bill #11; 1959.
5. Report, House Bill #13; 1959.
6. Report, House Bill #20; 1959.
7. Report, House Bill #23; 1959.
8. Report, House Bill #24; 1959.
9. Report, House Bill #26; 1959.
10. Report extract, House Bill #30; 1959.
11. Report, House Bill #33; 1959.
12. Report, House Bill #34; 1959.
13. Report, House Bill #39; 1959.
14. Report, House Bill #40; 1959.
15. Report, House Bill #51; 1959.
16. Report, House Bill #54; 1959.
17. Report, House Bill #56; 1959.
18. Report, House Bill #57; 1959.
19. Report, House Bill #61; 1959.
20. Report, House Bill #89; 1959.
21. Report, House Bill #95; 1959.
22. Report, House Bill #96; 1959.
23. Report, House Bill #99; 1959.
24. Report, House Bill #100; 1959.
25. Report, House Bill #101; 1959.
26. Report, House Bill #102; 1959.
27. Report, House Bill #103; 1959.
28. Report, House Bill #106; 1959.
29. Report, House Bill #109; 1959.
30. Report, House Bill #117; 1959.
31. Report, House Bill #119; 1959.
32. Report, House Bill #123; 1959.
33. Report, House Bill #126; 1959.
34. Report, House Bill #135; 1959.
35. Report, House Bill #151; 1959.
36. Report, House Bill #152; 1959.
37. Report, House Bill #160; 1959.
38. Report, House Bill #165; 1959.
39. Report, House Bill #166; 1959.
40. Report, House Bill #199; 1959.
41. Report, House Bill #229; 1959.
42. Report, Senate Bill #2; 1959.
43. Report, Senate Bill #9; 1959.
44. Report, Senate Bill #25; 1959.
45. Report, Senate Bill #37; 1959.
46. Report, Senate Bill #41; 1959.
47. Report, Senate Bill #42; 1959.
48. Report, Senate Bill #49; 1959.
49. Report, Senate Bill #50; 1959.
50. Report, Senate Bill #56; 1959.
51. Report, Senate Bill #59; 1959.
52. Report, Senate Bill #61; 1959.
53. Report, Senate Bill #79; 1959.
54. Report, Senate Bill #83; 1959.
55. Report, Senate Bill #109; 1959.
56. Report, Senate Bill #111; 1959.
57. Report; Senate Bill #116; 1959.
58. Report on Many Bills; 1959.

Box 6

Series 5. Administrative Procedures Act files; 1959, 1961-1962. .2 cu. ft.
This series contains items relating to the development and passage of the state Administrative Procedure Acts. Included are drafts and copies of the bills, correspondence with committees and other legislators, and related bills. Items are arranged by type of material.

1a. Proposed Administrative Procedures Act; January 12, 1959.
1. Administrative Procedures Act, House Bill #13, drafts; January 1959.
2. Administrative Procedures Act, printed edition; April 1959.
3. Amendments to House Bill #13; 1959.
4. Instructions to Administrators on preparations of regulations for Alaska Administrative Code; 1959.
5. Correspondence and Memos; n.d., 1959, 1961, 1962.
6. Joint House-Senate Committee Report; January 12, 1959.
7. Report of the Annual Review of Administrative Regulations; Jan. 1960, Jan., Dec. 1962.
8. Code of Civil Procedure, Senate Bill #105, House Committee Substitute, Judiciary Committee Report; 1959.
9. Code of Criminal Procedure, Senate Bill #119, House Committee Substitute, Judiciary Committee Report; 1959.
10. Uniform Commercial Code, House Bill #120, Judiciary Committee Report; 1959.
11. Speech to House, handwritten draft; 1959.
12. List of boards with notes; 1959.
13. Related Administrative Procedures legislation from outside states; 1961, 1962.

Series 6. Judiciary Acts Files; n.d., 1958-1961, 1970-1973. .25 cu. ft.
This series contains items relating to the development and passage of the state Judiciary Acts. Included are drafts and copies of the bills, correspondence with committees, and other legislators, committee reports, and related court rulings. Items are arranged by type of material.

1. Copies of Senate Bill # 7; 1959.
2. Committee Substitutes for Senate Bill #7; 1959.
3. Proposed amendments to Senate Bill #7; 1959.
4. Section on Territorial Police; 1959.
5. Senate/House Judiciary Committee memo; n.d.
6. Memo to Board of Governors; September 4, 1958.
7. Memo to Board of Governors; September 15, 1958.
8. Correspondence; 1958.
9. Correspondence; 1959.
10. Correspondence; 1970.
11. Correspondence; 1972.
12. Correspondence; n.d., 1973.
13. Alaska Bar Association Committee report on Comparative Negligence Rule and Majority Verdict Rule; n.d.
14. Alaska Bar Association Committee report on Lower Courts; n.d.
15. Alaska Bar Association Committee revised report; n.d.
16. Alaska Bar Association Committee, "Some Proposals for Alaska Rules Civil Procedure, and an Appraisal of Federal Rules Civil Procedure;" 1959.
17. Salary scale for court reporters, "Court Reporting and Facts for Public Officials;" 1956.
18. "Compensation of Judges of State Appellate Courts and Trial Courts;" 1958-1959.
19. Copy of House Journal with Committee Substitute for Senate Bill #119; Feb. 1961.
20. Related Cases, U.S. vs. Everett Starling; U.S. vs. Thomas and Floyd Curnutt; National Labor Relations Board vs. Carpenters' Union Local 1281; and Wolfe's Department Store vs. Maryland Casualty Co.; 1959.
21. Related Cases, U.S. vs. Frank Marrone; 1959.

Box 7

Series 7. Pending Bills; n.d., 1958-1960, 1971. .45 cu. ft.
This series contains copies of bills which were pending in the House or Senate during Hellenthal's term in the legislature. Included are drafts and annotated copies of the bills, notes, and correspondence with colleagues and constituents. Items are divided between the House and Senate and arranged by bill number.

1. Committee Substitute for House Bill #5; 1959.
2. House Resolution #23; 1959.
3. House Resolution #30; 1959.
4. House Bill #63; 1959.
5. House Bill #68; 1959.
6. House Bill #78; 1959.
7. House Bill #90; 1959.
8. House Bill #96; 1959.
9. House Bill #99-100; 1959.
10. House Bill #105; 1959.
11. House Bill #113; 1959.
12. Committee Substitute for House Hill #117; 1959.
13. House Bill #124; 1959.
14. House Bill #140; 1959.
15. House Bill #141; 1959.
16. House Bill #147; 1959.
17. House Bill #158; 1959.
18. House Bill #165; 1959.
19. House Bill #173; 1959.
20. House Bill #177; 1959.
21. Committee Substitute for House Bill #198; 1959.
22. House Bill #199; 1959.
23. House Bill #205; 1959.
24. House Bill #248; 1959.
25. House Bill #255; 1959.
26. House Bill #300; 1959.
27. House Bill #329; 1959.
28. House Bill #332; 1959.
29. House Bill #354; 1959.
30. House Bill #374; 1959.
31. Senate Bill #25; 1959.
32. Committee Substitute for Senate Bill #41; 1959.
33. Senate Bill #57; 1959.
34. Senate Bill #60; 1959.
35. Senate Bill #63; 1959.
36. Senate Bill #68; 1959.
37. Committee Substitute for Senate Bill #83; 1959.
38. Senate Bill #87; 1959.
39. Senate Bill #91; 1959.
40. Senate Bill #92; 1959.
41. Committee Substitute for Senate Bill #104; 1959.
42. Senate Bill #110; 1959.
43. Senate Bill #112; 1959.
44. Committee Substitute for Senate Bill #116; 1959.
45. Senate Bill #164; 1959.
46. Senate Bill #178; 1959.
47. Senate Bill #218; 1959.
48. Senate Bill #224; 1959.
49. Alaska Ferry System; 1959.
50. Appropriations Bill; 1958-1959.
51. Capital Improvements Program; 1959.
52. Civil Air Regulations; 1959.
53. Coal Leasing (in-state) Regulations; 1959.
54. Constitutional issues; 1959-1960.
55. Fish and Game; 1959.
56. Legislative Salaries; 1959.
57. Lending Agencies; 1959.
58. Northwest District; 1959.
59. Organic Act; 1959.
60. Rivers and Valleys Development Authority; 1959.
61. List of Reviewed Bills; April 29, 1959.
62. Memo to legislators limiting bills to one subject; n.d.

Box 8

Series 8. Publications; 1907, 1917, 1950, 1954-1955, 1961, 1969-1971. .45 cu. ft.
This series contains publication collected by Hellenthal relating to his career in the legislature, and Alaska law. Items are arranged in alphabetical order.

1. "Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1970," report; June 1970.
2. "Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act," conference report; December 13, 1971.
3. "Alaska Statehood," Hearings before the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, on H.R. 331 and S. 2036 (bills to provide for the admission of Alaska into the Union); April, 1950.
4. Bastait, Frederic, The Law, (New York, The Foundation for Economic Education; 1961).
5. "Brief and Argument for Contestant," James Wickersham, contestant vs. Charles A. Sulzer, contestee, Alaska Contest before the House of Representatives; 1917?
6. "Brief and Argument for Contestee," James Wickersham, contestant vs. Charles A. Sulzer, contestee, Alaska Contest before the House of Representatives; 1917?
7. Findlay, B.A., and E.B. Findlay, Your Rugged Constitution, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press; 1954).
8. "Interior Nomination," Hearings before the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, on the nomination of Governor Walter J. Hickel, of Alaska, to be Secretary of the Interior; January 1969.
8a. Llorente, Segundo, S.J.; Five articles; n.d.
9. Manual for United States Commissioners in the Territory of Alaska; 1950.
10. "Ordinances, 1907, City of Fairbanks, Alaska, Ordinance No. 60," (Fairbanks: Daily Times Press; 1907).
11. 'Right-to-Work' Laws, Three Moral Studies, (Washington, D.C.: International Association of Machinists; 1955).