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  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing History
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  • Conditions Governing Access

  • Contributing Institution: Library and Archives at the Autry
    Title: Tom Pavatea Collection
    Creator: Pavatea, Tom
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.881
    Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet (4 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1947
    Abstract: Tom Pavatea was a Hopi Indian who was a trader on the Hopi reservation beginning in the late 1890s and running through the 1940s. This collection includes official correspondence and papers of Tom Pavatea from 1933 to 1947.
    Language of Material: English .

    Biographical Note

    Tom Pavatea was a Hopi Indian who was a trader on the Hopi reservation. He started his store in the late 1890s and passed away circa 1947. The store lasted until 1965, under the management of Byron Hunter. In that year, the store burned down and was not rebuilt.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection includes official correspondence and papers of Tom Pavatea from 1933 to 1947. Materials include correspondence, bulletins of the United Indian Traders Association from the 1930s, correspondence to Superintendents from the Commissioners of the Department of the Interior, correspondence to reservation dealers and traders from the Internal Revenue Service, and for TMS and sales reports from 1933-1934.

    Preferred Citation

    Tom Pavatea Collection, 1933-1947, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; MS.881; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Processing History

    Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 December 13, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


    Donated by Byron Hunter, 1981 December 17.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hopi Indian Reservation (Ariz.)
    Hopi Indians
    Hopi Indians -- Commerce
    Merchants -- Hopi Indian Reservation
    Trading posts
    United States. Dept. of the Interior
    United Indian Traders Association (U.S.)
    United States. Internal Revenue Service
    Tom Pavatea Store (Polacca, Ariz.)