Finding Aid to Arizona Historical Photographs Collection, 1873-1955
Finding aid prepared by Craig Klyver and Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
Title: Arizona Historical Photographs Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.251
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material:
6.0 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1873-1926
Date (inclusive): 1873-1955
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.
Located in the Braun Research Library Photo Archives
C. C. Pierce & Co.
Hodge, Gene Meany
James, George Wharton, 1858-1923
Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.
Maude, F. H. (Frederic Hamer)
Munk, J. A. (Joseph Amasa), 1847-1927
Southwest Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Vroman, A. C. (Adam Clark), 1856-1916
Waite, C. B.
Watkins, Frances E. (Frances Emma), 1899-1987
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Box lists and item-level inventory are available from library staff.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at 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 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.
Arizona Historical Photograph Collection, 1873-1955, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.251; [box number] [folder number] [folder
Mrs. Hector Alliot, 1941; Ralph Braddock, 1950-1951; John Dewar, circa 1980-circa 1995; P. G. Gates, circa 1923; M. C. Harris,
1917; Zahrah Preble Hodge, 1932-1935; George Wharton James, 1923-1932; Charles Fletcher Lummis, 1928; Joseph Amasa Munk, 1910;
H. G. Odland, 1952; Gen. Charles McCormack Reeve, 1930s-1960s; Frank A. Schilling, 1932-1948; Theodore Arthur Willard, circa
1933; and unidentified donors.
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.
Due to Arizona's dry climate and sparse water resources, the Federal government constructed the Roosevelt Dam in 1911. Many
other dams followed, allowing for irrigation throughout the state. Agriculture, mining, and manufacturing are Arizona’s biggest
industries. Tourism is also a great economic factor, with many natural and man-made destinations such as the Grand Canyon,
Glen Canyon, the Petrified Forest, Fort Apache, and the Hoover Dam.
Arizona’s nickname is the Grand Canyon State because of its most popular tourist destination. The Grand Canyon is a gorge
in northwest Arizona, formed by the Colorado River. It began forming 6 million years ago, and its rock walls date back 2 million
years. It is up to one mile deep, up to 18 miles wide in some parts, and over 200 miles long. Grand Canyon National Monument
was recognized in 1908, and it was designated as a National Park in 1919. Its 1,904 square miles are comprised of wilderness
habitats, trails, campgrounds, vistas, rock formations, and various bodies of water.
Scope and Contents
The Arizona Historical Photograph collection includes various photographic formats created between 1883-1955. They include
albumen prints, cyanotypes, card photographs, copy prints, gelatin silver prints, photographic prints, salted paper prints,
and stereographs. Images focus on civic development subjects such as agriculture, construction, mining, and water reclamation,
and scenic views in and around the Grand Canyon.
Initial organization of the collection was performed by the registrar department of the Southwest Museum. Craig Klyver performed
additional processing. A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) and the Ida Hull Crotty
Foundation allowed for the images to be photographed and placed on an analog video disc system in the late 1980s. Additional
processing and cataloging of the remaining series was performed by Holly Rose Larson, Project Archivist, funded by a later
grant from the NHPRC in 2011.
These items were collected and donated by several individuals. See the online catalog for more information about individual
items. Collectors include Dr. & Mrs. Hector Alliot, Mr. Clifford Park Baldwin, Mr. Ralph Braddock, John Dewar, Dr. E. Leslie
Eames, Mrs. Turbese Lummis Fiske, P. G. Gates, Miss Eleanor Hague, M. C. Harris, Mr. Fred Kimpton Hinchman, Mrs. Zahrah Preble
Hodge, Mr. and Mrs. George Wharton James, Lt.-Com. Everette G. Lewis, Charles Fletcher Lummis, Dr. Joseph A. Munk, Mr. H.
G. Odland, Mr. P. T. Reilly, Mrs. Fannie W. Palmer, Gen. Charles McCormack Reeve, Mrs. William Reeves, Mr. Frank A. Schilling,
Mr. Richard Van Valkenburgh, Mr. Theodore Arthur Willard, Roscoe Willson.
- Arizona History P.4100-P.4385A, 1868-1927, 1946
- Arizona History P.4386-P.4597, 1902-1926
- Arizona History P.4598-P.4705, 1888-1906
- Arizona History P.4706-P.4829, 1915-1924
- Arizona History P.4830-4999, 1880-1955
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.43966-P.44194, 1893-1900
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.44195-P.44417, 1873-1897
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.44418-P.44583, 1897
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.44585-P.44790, 1898-1930
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.44791-P.44932, 1888-1899
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.44943-P.45143, 1899
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.45144-P.45309, 1890-1915
- Arizona, Grand Canyon P.45310-P.45590, 1893-1925
- Arizona Scenery P.45591-P.45855, 1915
Other Finding Aids
Please see the online catalog for individual catalog records. http://autry.iii.com/
Related Archival Materials
J. A. (Joseph Amasa) Munk Papers, and other material, 1834-1928, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Ca.; MS.209
George Wharton James Manuscript Collection, undated, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Ca.; MS.4
Frederick Webb Hodge Manuscript Collection, 1884-1956, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Ca.; MS.7
Charles Fletcher Lummis Papers, 1888-1928, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Ca.; MS.1
Hector and Laurena Alliot Manuscript Collection, 1901-1925, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles, Ca.; MS.216
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Agriculture -- Arizona
Arizona -- History
Building -- Design and construction
Gelatin silver prints
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Missions -- Arizona
Salted paper prints
Arizona History P.4100-P.4385A,