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Guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, [ca. 1880-1943]
BANC MSS P-D 116  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1880-1943
    Collection Number: BANC MSS P-D 116
    Creator: Ashurst, Henry F. (Henry Fountain), 1874-1962
    Extent: Number of containers: 1 box
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Mainly letters and invitations relating to his career as U.S. Senator from Arizona.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of the Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, BANC MSS P-D 116, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Materials Cataloged Separately

    • Printed items have been removed for separate cataloging.
    • A photocopy, with translation, of a Porfirio Díaz letter dated Sept. 14, 1903, was placed in
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS M-M 1700 (no. 57).

    Biographical Sketch

    Henry Fountain Ashurst, Senator from Arizona, was born in Winnemucca, Nevada, September 13, 1874. In 1875 his parents moved to Arizona, settling near Flagstaff. He attended the public schools of Flagstaff, graduated from the Stockton Business College in California in 1896, and studied law at the University of Michigan. He began his law practice at Williams, Arizona. In 1897 and in 1899 he was a member of the Territorial house of representatives, and served as speaker in 1899. He served in the Territorial senate in 1903, and was district attorney of Coconino County from 1905 to 1908. He moved to Prescott in 1903, continuing his law practice. When Arizona was admitted as a state into the Union, he was elected Democratic Senator in 1912, and re-elected in 1916, 1922, 1928, and 1934. From 1941 to 1943 he was appointed member of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice. He retired in 1943.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of papers, consisting mainly of official invitations and of letters written to Ashurst during his senatorial career, was given to The Bancroft Library by Donald E. Metzler on Nov. 9, 1964. Single items of correspondence have been placed in an A-Z Miscellany, followed by folders containing multiple items, arranged alphabetically. A group of invitations (2 folders), clippings (1 folder), and miscellaneous personalia completes the collection. A partial list of correspondence follows.