Finding Aid to the Joseph Fish Manuscript and Letters MS.616

Finding aid prepared by James Foster, Anna Liza Posas
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2013


Title: Joseph Fish Manuscript and Letters
Identifier/Call Number: MS.616
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (8 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1897-1905
Abstract: Joseph Fish (1840-1926) lived in northern Arizona at Snowflake and was an official of the Mormon Church. He was among the early settlers of Iron County, Utah, Snowflake Arizona, and the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. The collection contains manuscript material created by Fish and correspondence from 1897 to 1905. Fish's manuscript covers topics such as the Indian wars; the Capital questions; colonization and land grants; Indian raids; military posts; the founding of Phoenix; the Camp Grant massacre; General George H. Crook campaigns; Mormon colonization on the Little Colorado River; and the development of early industries, agricultural, mining, and railroads. The collection also includes correspondence from Marion Clark, W.W. Damron and Chas Trumbull Hayden.
creator: Clark, Marion
creator: Damron, W. W.
creator: Fish, Joseph, 1840-1926
creator: Hayden, Charles Trumbull, 1825-1900

Access

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Preferred citation

Joseph Fish Manuscript and Letters, 1897-1905, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.616; [folder number] [folder title][date].

Scope and contents

The collection contains manuscript material created by Fish. His unpublished material covers topics such as the Indian wars; the Capital questions; colonization and land grants; Indian raids; military posts; the founding of Phoenix; the Camp Grant massacre; General George H. Crook campaigns; Mormon colonization on the Little Colorado River; and the development of early industries, agricultural, mining, and railroads.
Also included in the collection are correspondence from Marion Clark, W.W. Damron and Chas Trumbull Hayden.
Letters from Marion Clark, dated 1897 April 1, are concerning a trip taken by William Milligan with a bull train of corn and the settling of farms in Round Valley and a second letter concerning William Milligan and Round Valley. Another letter from W.W. Damron concerns the organization in 1881 of Graham County by John Charles Frémont.
The letter from Chas Trumbull Hayden briefly describes Hayden’s life including two trips as a merchant to Santa Fe and Tucson. It also mentions his first overland mail coach to Tucson, his position as first probate judge of Tucson, and a meeting with Henry Clay. The letter from Trumbell is undated.

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph Fish (1840-1926) lived in northern Arizona at Snowflake and was an official of the Mormon Church. He was among the early settlers of Iron County, Utah, Snowflake Arizona, and the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. He was mostly self-educated. He was a storekeeper, newspaper editor, school teacher, attorney, justice of the peace, sawyer, surveyor, territorial legislator, and historian. His writings have long been valuable resources for later historians and genealogists in researching life in the early days of white settlement of the American West. Fish's manuscript was never published due to financial constraints.

Acquisition

Donation for the Munk Library of Arizoniana, between 1910-1931.

Processing history

Initial processing conducted by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Biographical note drafted by James Foster, 2008. Finding aid completed by Anna Liza Posas, 2013. Final processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cochise, Apache Chief, d. 1874
Crook, George, General, 1829-1890
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Geronimo, Apache Chief, 1829-1909
Apache Indians
Arizona -- History
Holbrook (Ariz.)
Indians of North America -- Wars
Manuscripts
Mormons -- Arizona
Phoenix (Ariz.)
Tucson (Ariz.)