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The collection contains diaries, letters, and bills, business catalogs, books and articles by and about Walter Arnold, as well as a small group of books owned by him. Arnold was very much aware of the historical value of his papers and carefully annotated many items in the collection, giving insight into their history and meaning.

Walter Arnold kept a daily diary from 1919 through 1976 in which he recorded his activities, the weather, and the wildlife he saw and hunted. Written in his vivid style, the diaries give a clear picture of his long and adventuresome life. He also kept two scrapbooks throughout his life which contain photographs, correspondence, information about other trappers all over the country, articles he wrote, etc. One of them also contains extensive information about the exhibits he installed at various sportsmen's shows.

Publication Date



Recreation and Tourism, Social Life and Customs



Size of Collection

6 boxes

Dates of Collection

1893-1980, bulk 1920-1959

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0023

Arnold (Walter L.) Papers, 1893-1980

Included in

History Commons