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Arizona Historical Photographs Collection
MS.251  
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Description
The Arizona Historical Photograph collection includes various photographic formats created between 1883-1955. It focuses on two main groups: 1. Civic development subjects such as agriculture, construction, mining, and water reclamation, and 2. Scenic views in and around the Grand Canyon. The collection was assembled by the Southwest Museum staff and includes works from multiple creators and collectors.
Background
Arizona was the 48th state to enter the United States of America, being granted statehood on 1912 February 14th. It has been populated by Native American tribes such as Apache, Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, and Tohono O'odham, for at least 12,000 years. Spanish explorers from Mexico entered Arizona starting in 1539 and started settlements there in 1629. When Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, it claimed the land covering Arizona and New Mexico as a Mexican territory. The United States claimed this territory in 1848 after winning the Mexican War. Native Americans were always battling the various settlers, but the last raiding party of Apaches surrendered in 1886. Arizona is still home to the third-largest Native American population, with reservations inhabiting over a quarter of the state.
Extent
6 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Museum of the American West. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Research Services and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Museum of the American West 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.
Availability
Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit https://theautry.org/research-collections/library-and-archives and fill out the Researcher Application Form.