Finding Aid to the J.W. Simmons Papers MS.776

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 December 5


Title: J.W. Simmons Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.776
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet (1 folder)
Date (inclusive): 1934-1935
Abstract: This is a collection of correspondence, papers, and hand-drawn maps made by J. W. Simmons between 1934 and 1935 regarding archaeological sites in Arizona. Much of the correspondence is between Simmons and Southwest Museum Secretary Charles Avery Amsden. This collection also includes photographs.
creator: Amsden, Charles Avery, 1899-1941
creator: Simmons, James W., fl. 1930s

Related Archival Materials

James Simmons collection, MS-6. The Museum of Northern Arizona; Correspondence, site reports, and catalogue of archaeological collections by J. W. Simmons, A-0020, Arizona State Museum;

Biographical note

James W. Simmons, amateur archaeologist, became known during the 1930s for discovering Black Mesa and Perry Mesa on either side of the Agua Fria River. Both sites would later become important archaeological sites. Simmons documented a great deal of his archaeological work, particularly related to pueblos and petroglyphs, through reports funded by the Federal Writer’s Project. He worked as a building laborer when he was not engaged in some type of archaeological endeavor. He was the first person to attempt to describe the prehistoric culture of the Yavapai County, Ariz., area.

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of correspondence, papers, and hand-drawn maps made by J. W. Simmons between 1934 and 1935 regarding archaeological sites in Arizona. Much of the correspondence is between Simmons and Southwest Museum Secretary Charles Avery Amsden. This collection also includes photographs.

Preferred citation

J.W. Simmons Papers, 1934-1935, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.776.

Processing history

Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 December 5, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donated by Charles Avery Amsden between 1934 and 1935.

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.

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Arizona -- Antiquities
Correspondence
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Arizona
Flagstaff (Ariz.)
Indians of North America -- Arizona
Maps
Mound-builders
Oak Creek Canyon (Ariz.)
Photographs
Prescott (Ariz.)
Pueblo Grande Cultural Park (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Tuzigoot National Monument (Ariz.)
Verde River (Ariz.)
Yavapai County (Ariz.)
Yavapai Indians -- Antiquities