Dorothy Awes Haaland

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Dorothy Awes Haaland
Born Dorothy Awes
(1918-10-03)October 3, 1918
Moorhead, Minnesota, United States
Died February 23, 1996(1996-02-23) (aged 77)
Washington, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Lawyer
Known for First woman admitted to Alaska Bar Association

Dorothy Awes Haaland (October 3, 1918[1] – February 23, 1996[2] ) was an American lawyer and politician. She served in the final Alaska Territorial Legislature when Alaska was still the Territory of Alaska. In 2009, she was added to the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to be admitted to the Alaska Bar Association.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dorothy Awes was born in 1918 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She attended the University of Iowa College of Law and received her degree from there. In 1945, she moved to Alaska, when she was working for the Office of Price Administration.[1]


She was the first woman to be admitted to the Alaska Bar Association.[3] In 1946, she started working in Cordova, Alaska as Justice of the Peace and a commissioner. She served in that position until 1948. She relocated to Anchorage, Alaska and ran a law firm from 1950 until 1955.[1] That year, she served as a delegate at the Alaska Constitutional Convention, alongside Helen Fischer.[1][4] In 1956, she got married to Ragnar Haaland. In 1957 she served one term in, and the final year of, the Alaska Territorial Legislature. She became assistant Alaska Attorney General in 1960. She retired in 1976. Haaland co-founded the National Organization for Women chapter in Anchorage. She served on the board of the Women's Resource Center and was president of St. Joan's International Alliance.[1]

Later life and legacy[edit]

Haaland recorded an oral history regarding Alaska statehood in 1981. It resides in the University of Alaska Fairbanks.[5] In 1984, she was honored alongside Alaska statehood founders, including Robert Atwood, and fellow delegates at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.[6] Around 1994, she suffered a stroke. She died in 1996, living in Washington.[1]

In 2009, Haaland was placed in the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Delegate Dorothy Haaland Dies". Daily Sitka Sentinel. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Obituaries of Alaska's Pioneers". E-L. USGenWeb. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dorothy Awes Haaland". Hall of Fame. Alaska Women's Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ "Dorothy J. Awes Haaland". Alaska and Polar Regions Collections. Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alaska Statehood Commission Alaska statehood movement oral history records". Archives and Special Collections. Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Dermot Cole (2008). North to the Future: The Alaska Story, 1959-2009. Epicenter Press. p. 182. ISBN 978-0-9800825-3-1. 

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