Finding Aid to the Charles T. Connell Manuscript and Clippings Collection MS.515

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2012 September 27

Title: Charles T. Connell Manuscript and Clippings Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.515
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.4 Linear feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1910-1932
Abstract: This collection of papers includes the Connell's 1910 manuscript The Apache Past and Present, a manuscript for Douglas Daily Dispatch article "Geronimo the bad, a rank quitter," a clipping of a 1932 article from Touring Topics entitled "To the Gallows Went Jose," and a clipping of another 1932 article from Touring Topics entitled "Lying Waters," about the Hassayampa river.
creator: Connell, Charles T., 1859-1934

Scope and Contents

This collection of papers includes Connell's 1910 manuscript "The Apache Past and Present," a manuscript for Douglas Daily Dispatch; article "Geronimo the bad, a rank quitter;" and a 1932 article from Touring Topics titled "To the Gallows Went Jose." Another 1932 article, "Lying Waters", published in Touring Topics, is about the Hassayampa River.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 September 27, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Preferred citation

Charles T. Connell Manuscript and Clippings Collection, 1910-1932, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.515; [folder number] [folder title][date].


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Charles T. Connell was born in Mount Vernon, Iowa 1859 January 2. He attended Mount Pleasant Military Academy at Ossining, New York. In 1879, he arrived in Arizona and began work at San Carlos with John P. Clum. In 1880 he directed the first Indian census in Arizona. Later he worked as a government scout and Indian trader. In 1884, he served as a deputy United States Marshall for the southern district in the territory of Arizona. Subsequently Connell became superintendent of the Old Saginaw Gold Mine located nine miles southwest of Tucson. In 1896, he was elected Tucson recorder and served in that position until 1903. Connell was employed as a federal immigration inspector in 1903 with headquarters in Douglas, Arizona. Later he was placed in charge of Arizona with headquarters at Tucson and in 1910 Connell was transferred to Los Angeles where he served until 1931. After 1932 he was employed with Shell Oil Company.
Since retirement from government service in 1931, Connell devoted himself to writing about early Arizona history. He wrote two articles for publication in Progressive Arizona and Arizona Magazine. Connell’s major accomplishment was a series of articles for the Tucson Citizen titled “The Apache, Past and Present” which went through 26 installments between February 6 and July 31 in 1921.
In addition, he wrote newspaper articles on Arizona history and the Apache Indians. In 1931, he accompanied former President Calvin Coolidge and Mrs. Coolidge to the dedication of Coolidge dam near Gila, Arizona. In 1933, he was a member of the Los Angeles county grand jury. Connell was also a charter member of the Elks of Tucson. He died in 1934 November 15 in Los Angeles, California.


Purchase from Joseph Amasa Munk as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, 1910 May 10; Donation from Frederick Webb Hodge, 1932 September; and Donation from Frederick Webb Hodge and Eva Scott Fenyes, 1936 October.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cochise, Apache Chief, d. 1874
Crook, George, General, 1829-1890
Geronimo, Apache Chief, 1829-1909
Apache Indians
Arizona -- History
Douglas Daily Dispatch
Hassayampa River (Ariz.)
Navajo Indians
Pima Indians
Tohono O'odham Indians
Touring Topics
Yuma Indians

folders 1-23

The Apache Past and Present 1910

Language of Material: English
Folder 24

Geronimo the bad, a rank quitter circa 1910

Folder 24

To the Gallows Went Jose 1932

Language of Material: English
Folder 24

Lying Waters 1932

Language of Material: English