The Archives holds nearly 400 manuscript collections which include textual material such as correspondence or field notes, photographs, sound recordings, and moving images relating to regionally significant authors and subjects. These materials were donated by families, individuals, or organizations and document the archaeology, geology, natural science, and history of the Colorado Plateau and/or Flagstaff. The Colton family collection is a major holding that contains a wealth of information about the founders of the Museum and its early history.
Finding aids for manuscript collections are linked if one is available. Please note that not all collections have been described to current professional standards, as this is an ongoing project, and the Archivist can answer more detailed questions.
Restricted collections are marked. These collections contain culturally sensitive materials and require special approval prior to access. The notice specifies the type of restriction and the agency to contact for permission to view the materials. Many of the restrictions have been put in place in consultation with Tribal communities, and they may allow access after consultation and approval, a process in line with the Protocols for Native American Archival Material.
Some collections labeled as restricted may have only portions that have restrictions. Please contact the Archivist to learn more about these restrictions if not specified at the series or folder level within the finding aid.
If the manuscript you seek isn’t listed below, check the Historic Reference Collection
ContactMelissa Lawton, Archivist
MS-001 Wetherill Family collection - 1867-1964, predominantly 1906-1946
The Wetherill family was involved in a number of activities in the Colorado Plateau. While they may be best known for their various trading posts, many of them were involved with expeditions in the region. This collection contains records that detail these activities, as well as provides genealogical and photographic records of the family itself.
MS-058 Wetherill Collection was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-003 Alfred Whiting collection - 1930-1981
Botanist, Anthropologist, and Ethnobotanist, Alfred Whiting’s career took to institutions across the United States (Museum of Northern Arizona, Michigan Ethnobotanical Laboratory, University of Oregon, Dartmouth College Museum). This collection consists of his research materials, particularly as they relate to his research at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
MS-140, MS-164, MS-202, MS-219, MS-248 and MS-268 were incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-004 Francis Jack collection - 1900-1902
Francis Jack was not published but was an enthusiastic observer of the culture and history of the Colorado Plateau, as evidenced by his personal notes and observations of various events and readings.View Publication
MS-005 Edward Curtis collection - 1907-1913
Photographer Edward Curtis’ collection at the Museum of Northern Arizona consists of correspondence between Curtis and a researcher, as well as promotional material for his famous volume set, The North American Indian.View Publication
MS-006 James Simmons collection - 1928, 1935
Amateur archaeologist James W. Simmons is credited with discovering Black Mesa and Perry Mesa, two important archaeological sites. This collection consists of correspondence with a friend regarding his work, as well as a report he prepared on Walnut Canyon.View Publication
MS-007 Harry Rorick collection - 1942-1944
Collection consists of four envelopes – postmarked and addressed – to Harry Rorick, proprietor at Betatakin Trading Post. Also includes one letter from Verkamp’s Indian Handicraft and Souvenirs at the Grand Canyon, requesting to purchase Navajo blankets and Indian silverware.View Publication
MS-008 Charles Kelly collection - 1925-1946
Charles Kelly (1889-1971) was an amateur archaeologist who developed a passion for petroglyphs and petrographs while working as a caretaker at Capitol Reef in Utah. He photographed and wrote about them for nearly twenty years.View Publication
MS-010 Stuart Young collection - 1912
Young served as the expedition photographer on Byron Cummings’ Utah Expedition of Rainbow Bridge in 1909 and 1912. This expedition remains significant because the group discovered Keet Seel and Inscription House.View Publication
MS-011 Alexander Lindsay
Materials related to NA2521 (Turkey Cave)and NA2519 (Keet Seel) were moved to the Museum of Northern Arizona Archaeological Site Archives in 2009.
MS-013 Navajo Agriculture collection - Circa 1950-1960
Collection consists of a livestock census statement by John Deering (circa 1950), a Navajo Tribe Feed Grain Program tag (1959), and a livestock poster from the Cooperative Extension Service in Tuba City.View Publication
MS-015 Evans School collection - 1898-1924
The Evans Ranch School for Boys was founded in 1902 by Harry David Evans, a Cambridge-educated Briton, as a college-preparatory academy for twenty boys aged 15-18. It operated out of Mesa (later Tucson) in the winter and Flagstaff in the summer. This collection contains photographs and yearbooks from 1905-1925.
MS-120 Evans School Collection was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-016 Frederic Maude collection - 1910-1930
Frederic Maude’s collection consists entirely of 4 x 5 lantern slides focusing on Native Americans and landscapes in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Many images taken and hand-colored by Frederic Maude and staff in his studio.View Publication
MS-018 André Malraux collection - circa 1957
This collection consists of a photo of André Malraux (author, adventurer, and statesman) posing with a number of Jimmy Kewanwytewa’s kachina dolls.View Publication
MS-020 Mary-Russell F. Colton Collection
Typed manuscript containing notes on a visit to the Navajo Tribal Council Wool Carding Project at Leupp in June 1952 by Robert C. Euler. Also contains correspondence related to the Hopi Arts and Crafts show for 1939 – 1948. Issues covered relate to the Hopi Tribal Council Ordinance No. 7 on the display of Hopi crafts, reactions to the War Production Board’s decision to forbid the use of wool for draperies and floor coverings, founding of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild, and the goals of the Hopi High School art program.
MS-022 Gladys A. Reichard collection - 1883-1984, 1905-1967
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2007. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection includes drafts, notes, and manuscripts for many of Reichard’s published and unpublished works, as well as correspondence about her interests in Navajo ethnology, language, and sandpaintings. The collection also includes sandpainting reproductions, manuscripts written by colleagues and edited by Reichard, photograph albums belonging to Reichard and her colleagues, and biographical records relating to Reichard.
MS-029 Gladys Reichard was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-023 Charles Spencer collection - 1910-1920
Collection consists of correspondence related to the founding of the Coconino Water Development and Stock Company, the Arizona Cattle and Sheep Company, and the Great Western Cattle and Sheep Company. It also contains material related to plans for water development in the San Francisco Mountains. There are also plans for the Charles H. Spencer Steamship.View Publication
MS-024 Joseph Fish collection - 1897-1915
A man of many careers, Joseph Fish (1840-1926) is perhaps best known for his time as the elected representative from Graham County. With an interest in history, Smith created this scrapbook of newspaper clippings. Clippings are glued into the pages of the 1896 Report of the Director of the Mint.View Publication
MS-025 Bright Angel Hotel collection - 1896-1904
Guest registers from the Bright Angel Hotel, 1896-1904. The Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins replaced the original hotel in 1935.View Publication
MS-026 Charles Vary collection - 1901-1903
Charles Vary lived in Flagstaff from 1901-1903. He took many trips to local attractions during this time, including the Grand Canyon, Havasu/Cataract Canyon, and Tonto Natural Bridge. This collection consists of albums of these trips.View Publication
MS-027 Louisa Wade Wetherill collection - 1906-1936
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2001 and 2004. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection includes notes and typescripts of many Navajo myths, histories, and prayers, as well as notes on the Navajo language, ethnology, and ethnobotany. The collection also contains a number of Wetherill’s diaries from the early 20th century. Another aspect of MS-27 is Wetherill’s sandpainting reproductions and her notes and typescripts explaining the images and the stories behind them.View Publication
MS-031 Hal Hoberecht collection - 1956
Collection consists of 13 images of Hopi communities and people (prayer sticks at Hotevilla, Eagles’ burial at Walpi, Chief and Bert Sequoptewa, Bear Kiva, ruin of Mennonite church.View Publication
MS-032 Robert C. Euler collection - circa 1940s
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2001 and 2004. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection consists of 6 Nightway sandpainting reproductions drawn by Elsie Spangle in the late 1940s. The original artist of the sandpaintings, Red Woman’s Son (Ashon Bechee Beyaj), had asked another Navajo 40 years prior to copy the sandpaintings on wrapping paper. Red Woman’s Son then carried these around with him until he decided he would like better copies made. The superintendant at Wupatki had his ranger, Robert Euler, and Elsie Spangle copy the drawings down on wrapping paper. Red Woman’s Son agreed that the copies made by Spangle should be deposited at the Museum of Northern Arizona, so long as he could keep the photographic copies.
MS-033 Leland C. Wyman Sandpainting collection - undated, 1950-1952
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2007. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. Collection includes illustration materials for Wyman’s book, “Sandpaintings of the Kayenta Navaho,” as well as sandpainting reproductions painted by Wyman, a series of which are copies of sandpainting reproductions in the L.W. Wetherill collection (MS-27).
MS-034 Katherine M. Harvey Sandpainting collection - 1938-1939
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2004. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection consists of 36 sandpainting reproductions, some of which were published, as well as illustration materials for various published and unpublished publications by Gladys Reichard and the Fred Harvey Company.
MS-035 National Park Service Collection
Reports on excavations at Wupatki National Monument. Researchers should request access to this collection through the National Park Service. Please contact the MNA Archivist for the NPS contact person.
MS-036 Shuichi Nagata collection - 1963-1965, 1978
Collection consists of compiled research notes from Keams Canyon Agency letter books (dated 1880-1916) and research material from residents of Moenkopi in anticipation of Nagata’s PhD thesis, which was completed in 1966. Also included is material from a presentation Nagata gave in 1978 on Hopi Status systems, as well as an expanded version that was to be published.View Publication
MS-039 Robert Trennert, Jr. collection - 1887, 1909-1964, 1980
Collection consists of research materials compiled by historian Robert Trennert, mostly in anticipation of his 1964 article “The Logging Railroad of the Flagstaff Lumber Company.” Photographs consist predominantly of images of locomotives and their use by local Flagstaff lumber companies during the 20th century.View Publication
MS-040 Western Speleological Institute collection - 1929, 1953-1955
The Western Speleological Institute (W.S.I.) was organized in the early 1950s through the efforts of staff at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. This collection consists of materials related to expedition discoveries and are manifest in various notes and maps. Sites are located in Coconino and Yavapai counties, as well as the Grand Canyon region.View Publication
MS-041 David DeHarport
Photocopies of materials pertaining to the Udall vs. Littell case. The accession file notes that this collection may not be accessed without permission from either David DeHarport or Dr. Ned Danson. According to the Social Security Death Index, both individuals are deceased. Access to this collection is under review pending locating the heirs of David DeHarport.
MS-044 Bruce Babbitt collection - 1960
Bruce Babbitt is perhaps best known for his tenure as the Governor of Arizona (1978-1987) and his appointment as U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1993-2001). This collection contains a manuscript of “Composition, Distribution and Sources of the Triassic Chinle Conglomerates,” by Bruce E. Babbitt, which he wrote as an undergraduate at Notre Dame.View Publication
MS-048 Carl O. Lampland collection - 1928
Carl Lampland was an astronomer who began working at Lowell Observatory in 1902. This collection consists of 41 photographic travel images of Lampland’s from across Northern Arizona (Tanner Crossing, Echo Cliffs, Lees Ferry, the Grand Canyon, and construction of the Hoover Dam).View Publication
MS-049 Harry E. (Two Guns) Miller collection - 1923-1929, 1943-1988, predominantly 1946-1951
Collection consists of Miller’s excavation bulletins and notes on his work in the Lupton area, news paper clippings, correspondence between Miller, Dr. Harold Colton, the Department of the Interior, and other archaeologists. Also included are various biographical notes and photographs. There are also various published materials written by Miller, including a complete 35-volume set of Songs of the Navajo Sea.View Publication
MS-051 Editha Watson
Drawings created by a coma patient, Paul Begay, circa 1951, and a 1964 letter from Editha L. Watson describing the drawings and providing a brief history of their origin.
MS-052 Louis Akin collection - circa 1905-1913
Collection is comprised of 3 photographs of Louis Akin 1868-1913, two of which are him painting at the Grand Canyon. Also included is correspondence and poetry written by Akin to his friend “Billy” Crane and information pertaining to Akin’s death and estate, including correspondence between W.B Crane and Akin’s lawyer, a newspaper clipping and an inventory of Akin’s estate.View Publication
MS-054 Riley Smith papers - 1951-1954
This collection contains field notes and aerial photographs related to the research Smith did for his thesis.View Publication
MS-055 Leisa Bronson collection - 1899-1907
Collection consists of a photographic image of “the rock that killed Al Sieber” who was Chief of Scouts for Gen. George Cook from 1871 to 1873. Sieber was killed by a rolling rock during his work on the construction of Roosevelt Dam in 1907. The collection also includes 52 postcards with images of Southwest Indians from 1899 to 1906 produced by Fred Harvey, Karl Moon, the Detroit Photographic Company and others.
MS-056 Lyndon L. Hargrave Collection
A 10 May 1937 letter from Charlie R. Steen, Jr., an archaeologist with the National Park Service, describing nine sites in southeastern Utah.
MS-057 Mischa Titiev collection - 1933-1941, 1992
Collection consists of some of Mischa Titiev’s manuscripts including one copy of “The Hopi Indians” and two edits of “Old Oraibi”. The collection also contains research information (census data from Old Oraibi from 1933-34) and correspondence between Mischa Titiev and Elsie Clews Parson concerning Titiev’s work on “Old Oraibi.”View Publication
MS-059 Alfred Whiting
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO
Field notes, notes, manuscripts and recordings compiled by Whiting concerning the Hopi ethnobotany, ethnozoology, musical instruments, astronomy and linguistics from 1964 thru 1967.
MS-117 Alfred Whiting was incorporated into this holding.
MS-060 Harold S. Colton Collection
Notebooks documenting archaeological sites from 1916-1919. Also a manuscript by Colton on Zuni Kachinas which is marked restricted, but has no notation as to why the manuscript is restricted.
MS-062 Leland Wyman
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This accession was incorporated into MS-110. Research materials like field notebooks, and manuscripts related to culturally sensitive topics like sandpaintings, ceremonial material, ethnobotany, ethnoentomology, and ethnography. Dates range from 1934 through 1964.
MS-063 Father Berard Haile collection - 1929-1934
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2004. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection consists of English and Navajo manuscripts about Navajo myths and ceremonies written by Haile as well as a large number of sandpainting reproductions recorded by Haile and Franc J. Newcomb.
MS-064 Douglas W. Schwartz collection - 1964-1965
Collection is comprised of a manuscript of Schwartz’s An Historical Analysis of Grand Canyon Archaeology and a letter to Schwartz from A.J. Lindsay, Jr. containing comments on this manuscript.View Publication
MS-065 Frank Casanova collection - 1881-1886, 1964-1966
Collection contains a manuscript of John Gregory Bourke on Cataract Canyon, correspondence regarding the publication of Frank Casanova’s manuscript, and part of Casanova’s research material including a copy of an 1881 report by Lieutenant-Colonel WM Redwood Price and copies of 1885-86 correspondence concerning aid to the Havasupai.View Publication
MS-066 Fred Kabotie
A 1965 letter from Kabotie to Edward Danson regarding the history of the Hopi Silvercraft Guild.
MS-067 George Ennis collection - 1949
George Harrison Ennis was a student at the University of Pennsylvania in 1949, where he wrote “A Survey of the Prehistory of Concho Flat.” This collection consists of an early draft of that publication.View Publication
MS-068 George Marshall collection - 1899-1957
George H. Marshall (1879-1963) was in the United States Indians Service from 1903-1905, beginning as teacher at the Havasupai school. This Collection is comprised of 68 photographic images of the Havasupai school and of the Grand Canyon, Marshall’s diaries and articles written about his experiences, school materials including a class list and attendance records, various correspondence and samples of hair from four Native Americans.View Publication
MS-069 E. B. Danson Collection
Correspondence related to the Blue Mountain Mining Company. Photographs of the dedication of the Albright Training Center, Grand Canyon in 1963.
MS-070 A&B Schuster Co. collection - 1862-1952
The collection contains various news articles and publications written about A&B Schuster Co. (in Holbrook) at its fifty year anniversary and afterwards, an invitation to the hanging of George Smiley, and news paper clippings regarding the transfer of the Schuster’s artifact collection from the Los Angeles Museum to Petrified Forest National Monument in 1934. Additionally the collection contains photocopies of Schuster family genealogical information, and eight photographic images.View Publication
MS-071 Grenville Goodwin collection - 1932-1971
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL
This material contains culturally sensitive material and thus some items are restricted. Please contact the MNA Archivist for more information. Collection consists of Goodwin’s original notes and partial manuscript on Apache ethnobotany, the original manuscript of Apache Ethnobotany and notes written by Alfred F. Whiting who reviewed Goodwin’s work some thirty years later. Also included is a listing that links Goodwin’s ID numbers with MNA specimens in the botany collection.
MS-072 Edna Hope Gregory collection - 1907-1952
This collection contains diaries related to Gregory’s travel with her husband, Dr. Herbert E. Gregory of the US Geological Survey, regarding Mr. Gregory’s work field trips. The collection also contains correspondence between Mrs. Gregory and her husband, photographs, and an article written by Mrs. Gregory on Kanaka Ranch (aka. Iosepa), a settlement of Mormon Hawaiians in Utah.View Publication
MS-073 Clarence G. Salsbury collection - 1934-1935
This collection contains photographs and correspondence related to the Navajo Chautauqua, which was held at Ganado in 1934.View Publication
MS-074 Walter Runke collection - 1901-1978, predominant 1901-1903
Walter Runke worked as a teacher and superintendant for the Blue Canyon School (1900-1902), which was located in the now-abandoned ghost town of Algert, Arizona. Photos in this collection relate to his school activities, as well as other leisurely pursuits of his in northern Arizona during that time. Portions of this collection are available online at the Arizona Memory Project with funding from the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.View Publication
MS-077 Huckel collection at the Taylor Museum - 1903-1940
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
Written permission to view is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. Collection contains descriptions of the sandpaintings in the collection in the Taylor Museum, including notes describing the male and female Shootingways, the Windway, Beadway, Mountainway, Big Starway, Beautyway, and Plumeway. Additionally there is a description of the Shootingway written by Miguelito, the creator of a number of the collection’s sandpaintings. Biographical information on J.F. Huckel and his wife is also included.
MS-080 Ruth de Young Elkus collection - 1925
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and has been restricted. Written permission from the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office is required to view restricted material and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. Collection consists of notes on the Antelope Dance at Mishongnovi written by Mrs. Elkus on 18 August 1925.
MS-083 Alvin K. Stabler collection - 1914-1915
Collection contains a hand-written poem “An Old Timers Lament” by Alvin Stabler.View Publication
MS-085 C.D. Moore collection - 1964
Collection consists of a phonograph record in Navajo and a filmstrip which explain Social Security.View Publication
MS-086 B.M. Atwood collection - 1911-1926
Collection consists of 3 photographs taken by B.M Atwood.View Publication
MS-089 Gladwell Richardson collection - 1965
Collection consists of a manuscript titled “Chief Scarbreast, Master Killer,” by Maurice Kildare (a.k.a. Gladwell Richardson).View Publication
MS-090 Flora Bailey collection - 1938-1970
Flora Bailey (1909-1974) was a physical education teacher who enjoyed spending her summers conducting research on the Navajo reservation. In addition to authoring a number of children’s books, Bailey researched subjects of a medical and religious nature and published a number of articles relating to the Navajo people based on her research.View Publication
MS-091 Ben Doney Collection - 1922
This collection consists of a Notice of Mining Location Lode Claim, for the Lost Padre (Lost Padry) Mine.View Publication
MS-092 Clark Mining Claim collection - 1922, 1966
Collection consists of J.W. Francis’ Mining Location Lode Claim to the Clark Mine (1922) and six photographic images taken by Robert Euler of the area surrounding the claim as well as inscriptions on a nearby sandstone outcrop.View Publication
MS-093 Neil Judd collection - 1907-1909
This collection consists of 104 photographic images of Byron Cummings’ 1908 and 1909 expeditions. Photographed locations include Tsegi Canyon, Tsegi-ot-Sosi, Monument Valley, the San Juan River, Butler’s Wash, Alkali Ridge, Bluff City, White Mesa, Kiet Siel, and Betatakin.View Publication
MS-095 John H. Chilcott collection - 1962-1965
This collection contains two manuscripts by John Chilcott: “The Emotional Response of Navajo Children to Public School Situations,” and “The Acculturation and Assimilation of Public School Culture by Navaho Dormitory Students – Flagstaff, Arizona, 1963.”View Publication
MS-098 Julian Hayden collection - circa 1960
This collection contains a photograph of Alberto Celeya taken by Julian Hayden.View Publication
MS-099 Vincent Schaefer collection - 1963
Collection consists of a photograph of lightning hitting a ponderosa pine from the porch of Gilbert Cottage on the grounds of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Research Center.View Publication
MS-100 Tom Bahti collection - 1887-1965
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2004. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. Collection contains five silkscreen sandpainting reproductions as well as five slides made from these images.
MS-102 Glen Canyon Project Archaeology collection - 1958-1961
This collection contains a manuscript titled “Inventory of Archaeological Sites in Lower Glen Canyon (Preliminary report on the Gene Foster Archaeological Surveys),” by Dr. William Y. Adams and 13 field notebooks produced by William Y. Adams, A.J. Lindsay, J. Richard Ambler and Paul V. Long during the archaeological project.View Publication
MS-105 Mary Colter
This accession was transferred to the Harold S. Colton Library. See 917.81 C724M for Manual for Drivers and Guides: Descriptive of the Indian Watchtower at Desert View and its Relation, architecturally, to The Prehistoric Ruins of the Southwest by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter.
MS-108 Alfred Whiting
MS-109 Ruidoso Pictograph collection - 1959-1961
This collection contains 3 photographs and correspondence regarding a pictograph panel near Ruidoso, NM.View Publication
MS-110 Leland C. Wyman collection - 1933-1989
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2007. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection includes L.C. Wyman’s index to sandpainting reproductions in various collections at the Museum of Northern Arizona and other institutions; notes, correspondence, and manuscripts relating to Wyman’s various publications and unpublished works, as well as notes correspondence, and manuscripts written by students of colleagues of Wyman, many of which he annotated. The collection also includes personal and professional correspondence with Wyman’s friends and colleagues, and biographical information.
MS-116 Odd Halseth collection - 1871- 1964
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – REVIEW (MULTIPLE TRIBES)
This collection may be subject to cultural restriction. Please consult the Archivist of the Museum of Northern Arizona for more information. Collection consists of 65 audio tapes of which 38 tapes are recordings of Native American music and interviews with Native Americans, 7 are lectures and interviews on archeological topics, and 20 are recordings of political speeches made by Odd Halseth. The collection also contains 26 photographic images (prints, stereoscopic images) of Native Americans (Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Apache, Mohave) taken by or collected from Halseth or his friend (Colonel) James Harvey McClintock.
MS-079 Odd Halseth was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-118 Leslie Spier collection - 1886-1936, predominant 1916-1933
This collection contains field notebooks, photographs and publications produced during Spier’s work with the Havasupai, Maricopa-Halchidoma, Southern Diegueno and Zuni tribes. Also, there are photographs from various other tribes, as well as maps.View Publication
MS-121 Museum Hopi Silver Project
This accession was transferred to the Ethnology Collection (E3023 through E3029). Silver design record showing stamps and the name of the Hopi silversmith (Paul Saufkie, Don Koitshongva, Washington Talayumptewa, Sak-hoi-oma, Titus P. Lampson, Jean Nuvahoyowma, and Frank Nutima). Please contact the Anthropology Collections Manager for access requests.
MS-122 Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition collection - 1933-1935
This collection consists of images taken during the 1933-1935 Rainbow Bridge/Monument Valley Expedition which was administered by Ansel Hall.View Publication
MS-125 Lyndon L. Hargrave Collection
Manuscript for The comparative osteology of the Mexican macaws, and the occurrence of macaws in Southwestern archaeology, circa 1967. This manuscript was published in 1969.
MS-126 Virgil Hubert collection - circa 1942, 1992-1995
The collection consists of six color plates painted by Virgil Hubert of early Sikyatki Revival Style bowls, perhaps by Nampeyo, c. 1900. The bowls belonged to the Fred Harvey Collection and were on exhibit at the Fray Marcos Hotel in Williams. Additionally, there are three cassette tapes and transcripts of oral interviews with Virgil and Ron Hubert about early work at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Hopi Silver Project and Crafts Show.View Publication
MS-127 Fred B. Eiseman collection - 1959-1987
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO
This collection contains culturally sensitive information and has been restricted at the request of the Hopi Cultural Preservation office. Collection contains a manuscript of Notes on the Hopi Salt Trail (1959) by Eiseman, 1 map of the trail by Vernon Taylor (1968), 1 photocopied map of the Salt Canyon Trail from James Babbitt, and typed directions to the Salt Canyon Trail by Chuck Minckley (1987).View Publication
MS-129 Jean Goodman collection - circa 1952
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – CULTURAL – HCPO – REVIEW
Collection consists of an original manuscript of The Other Hopi, and a photograph of Jimmy holding two kachina dolls.
MS-131 Florence Ellis
This accession was transferred to the Harold S. Colton Library. See The Hopi: Their History and Use of Lands in the Garland Press book Hopi Indians, a part of the Garland American Indian Ethnohistory Series designed to be used during the Land Claims Cases.
MS-132 Barry M. Goldwater collection
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and was restricted by the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department in 2004. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. This collection contains 10 sandpainting reproductions from the Male Shootingway ceremony, as well as 10 slides of the reproductions.
MS-133 Lorenzo Hubbell collection - 1902-1914
The collection contains 2 identical advertisement cards for the Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado and Keams Canyon, an advertising leaflet for the Hubbell Trading Post, an original photograph of Lorenzo Hubbell with President Taft at the signing of the Arizona Enabling Act, and a political poster from Hubbell’s 1914 U.S. Senate Campaign.
MS-163 Lorenzo Hubbell was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-137 Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton Collection
Notes and manuscripts related to Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton’s book on Hopi Dyes. There is also some material related to Navajo dyes and paints. This accession will be merged with her materials located in MS-207.
MS-138 Gunnar Widforss collection - 1894-1973
Correspondence, legal documents, minutes, printed materials, financial documents and photographic materials (1894-1973) document the research of Bill and Francis Belknap for their publication Gunnar Widforss: Painter of the Grand Canyon. Records include research materials, Widforss’ estate documents, and personal records of Gunnar Widforss. Materials are divided into three series. The first series, Belknap Research Materials (1924-1973), include interview notes, meeting minutes, correspondence, and Widforss’ estate documents gathered by the Belknaps in preparation for their publication and accompanying exhibit. The second series, Gunnar Widforss’ Personal Records (1929-1934), includes Widforss’ correspondence and legal documents. Photographic Materials (1894-1935), the final series, contains photographs of Widforss, friends and family, and Widforss’ paintings.View Publication
MS-139 Albert H. Schroeder collection - 1949-1969
Collection contains some 28 manuscripts of books, articles, book reviews and lectures written by Albert H. Schroeder, 36 maps and illustrations, 13 site photographs, and a small amount of biographical information.View Publication
MS-142 Leland Wyman
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – NNHPD
This accession was incorporated into MS-110. Manuscripts and research related to the Navajo Red Antway myths and songs. Includes correspondence with Kenneth E. Foster, Charlotte Johnson, and Chic Sandoval.
MS-143 Earle Forrest collection - 1881-1971
Earle R. Forrest (1883-1969) was a writer and historian from Pennsylvania who spent much of his young-adult life exploring the western United States in the early 1900s while working as a cowboy. The bulk of the collection relates to cowboys, cowboy life, Navajo and Hopi people, and the Old West in general. Predominantly photographic, the collection functions as an autobiography of his life from 1900-1968. Portions of this collection are available online at the Arizona Memory Project with funding from the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
MS-009, MS-053, and MS-123 Earle Forrest were incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-144 Wetherill Collection
MS-146 Marjorie Robinson Flaherty collection - circa 1902
The collection contains 3 photographic prints and a copper plate. The prints depict a Navajo seated on a horse, a horse in the desert, and the Arizona Lumber and Timber Company. The copper plate is a portrait of C.O. Robinson, the father of Marjorie Robinson Flaherty.View Publication
MS-147 Natural Bridges National Monument collection - 1908
Collection contains a letter, dated September 2, 1908 to Professor William Henry Holmes, Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology, from Frank Bond, Chief Clerk and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the United States Geographic Board, regarding the adoption of Hopi names for the three bridges Natural Bridges National Monument.View Publication
MS-150 Frank Spencer collection - circa 1920-1940
Collection consists of one 89-page photograph album with prints of mostly unknown provenance. Images are of the southwest (Canyon de Chelly, Cameron Trading Post, Tuba Trading Post, Gap Trading Post, Red Lake Trading Post, Kayenta Trading Post, Begashibito Trading Post, Colorado River bridge, Rainbow Lodge, Shonto School, Navajo Mountain, Monument Valley, Keams Canyon, Walpi, Ganado, Shiprock, John and Louisa Wetherill, Harry Rorick, Elizabeth Compton Hagemann), and block prints by Lillian Wilhelm Smith.View Publication
MS-151 C.E. Boyce collection - circa 1890sView Publication
MS-154 Robert Black collection - [195?]-1971, 1982-1987, 1996
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO
All items in this collection are restricted by request of the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office due to culturally sensitive information, except the transcript of an oral interview between Robert Black and Susan Olberding in 1996. Written permission to view restricted material is required and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. Records consist of a large amount of audio recordings of interviews and songs of individual Hopi community members from the late 1950s through the 1980s, as well as a brief series of textual transcriptions of a selection of the recordings.
MS-158 Lillian Wilhelm Smith collection - 190[?]-1974, predominant 1914-1968
Artist Lillian Wilhelm Smith (1882-1971) spent most of her life in Arizona, painting the people and places of the region. This collection contains sketches and photographs that helped inspire Smith in preparation of her finished works. It also contains correspondence with family and friends.View Publication
MS-159 John Wesley Powell collection - circa 1850s - 1880s
Collection consists of 7 images of Powell and other members of his family, including his wife (Harriet Emma Dean Powell), daughter (Mary Dean Powell), and sister-in-law (Mary Dean Dodsley).View Publication
MS-162 Peshlakai Etsetti collection - 1937-1991
Collection contains correspondence, documents, and two magazine articles referring to Peshlakai Etsetti’s land claim case. Involved in the matter were H.S. Colton, Director of the Museum of Northern Arizona, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Johnston, Mr. William T. Beaver, and various members of the National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs. The land in question was included in an addition to the Wupatki National Monument on July 9, 1937.View Publication
MS-165 Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton Collection
MS-166 Roger Kelly collection - 1967-1982
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY.
Collection consists of Kelly’s unpublished report from his work near Cornfields and Wide Ruins in northeastern Arizona, the culmination of work done an MNA project A-63-3. Also included are reviews of the report in anticipation of its eventual publication.View Publication
MS-168 J.W. Hildebrand collection - circa 1895-1908
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – MULTIPLE
This collection contains culturally sensitive materials from multiple tribes. Please contact the Archivist with information on what you are looking for so that you can be directed to the appropriate tribe for viewing permission. Collection consists of images of Navajo, Hopi, and other (Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Paiute) Native American people.
MS-169 Helen Margaret Greene collection - 1920s-1987
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO (VERIFY)
Helen Margaret Greene lived on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona during the 1950s and ’60s collecting language notes for her “Hopi Vocabulary” manuscript. Much of the collection relates to her research of the Hopi language, dances, and ceremonies as well as her relationships with the Hopi people, anthropologists, and linguists.
MS-170 Rose Weisberg collection - 1971
Mrs. Rose Weisberg worked for the Rock Point School on the Navajo Reservation in Chinle, Arizona. She sold artifacts to the Museum of Northern Arizona and the collection contains her correspondence with the director about a new Navajo object she found and the research being done on the objects already given to the Museum.View Publication
MS-172 Karl W. Luckert collection - 1971-1974
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – CULTURAL – NNHPD (VERIFY)
Karl W. Luckert has written extensively on world religions and has taught at multiple universities throughout his career. This collection reflects his interest in Navajo healing ceremonies and includes sound recordings and slides from some of these ceremonies performed in the 1970s.
MS-175 Bradley R. Stuart collection - 1942-1950
This collection includes correspondence from Stuart to anthropologist, John C. McGregor between 1943 and 1950. His letters also include drawings and descriptions of archeological sites and arrowheads, and 17 photographic prints from the Moapa area.View Publication
MS-178 Harry C. James collection - 1972
The collection includes a photocopy of an article from the counter-culture magazine, Clear Creek, entitled “Indians and the Counter-Culture,” a chapter in progress of the Smithsonian’s Handbook of North American Indians. James sent the article to Edward B. Danson, the director of the Museum of Northern Arizona, because he objected to statements made about Hopi traditionalists. There are six letters between James, Danson, and William C, Sturtevant, the editor of the Handbook of North American Indians.View Publication
MS-181 John A. Frost collection - 1956-1958, 1997-1998
Collection includes correspondence, mainly concerning petroglyphs along the San Juan and Colorado Rivers and the MNA sponsored expedition of the Glen Canyon Dam site, between Frost and Katharine Bartlett, L.P. Wylie, Harold Colton, Robert Weber, Waldemere Bejnar, Robert Zeller, Charles P. Myers (son-in-law), and William C. Miller. Also included are photographic prints of the expedition, 1956-1957. The correspondence from 1997 and 1998 is from Ruth E. Myers (Frost’s daughter) and Susan Deaver Olberding (MNA) concerning Frost’s papers and a planned exhibition of on Glen Canyon at MNA. Collection also includes brochure for Frost Expeditions circa 1946.View Publication
MS-186 Day Family collection - 1900-1930
The Days were a well-known family of traders that owned and operated trading posts across the southwest. This collection consists of family portraits, family snapshot postcards, business cards, pamphlets, and other ephemera. Some images were produced by Simeon Schwemberger and Ben Wittick. Portions of this collection are available online at the Arizona Memory Project with funding from the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.
MS-103 Samuel Day was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-189 Samuel W. Woodhouse collection - 1844-1932
Woodhouse was asked to join the 1851 expedition led by Captain Lorenzo Sitgreaves down the Zuni and Colorado rivers. He was the first naturalist to visit Northern Arizona. Woodhouse collected many specimens, including new species of mice and toads, which were later named after him. Collection includes 4 photographic prints (copies) of Samuel W. Woodhouse (1844-1854), as well as 2 short biographies from various publications.View Publication
MS-194 Elizabeth C. Hegemann collection - 1923-1934
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY
This collection consists of salon prints from an exhibit. A list of captions for the exhibit of her photographs written by Hegemann is also included. Hegemann’s photographs are mostly of Navajo, Hopi, and some Havasupai subjects. There are images of the Grand Canyon as well. John Wetherill and his family are among the non-Native American subjects.View Publication
MS-195 Edmund Nequatewa collection - circa 1945
Collection contains 2 file cards boxes with Hopi-English, English/Hopi vocabulary cards; many in sentence form.View Publication
MS-197 George W. McCormick collection - 1903-1914
Documents in this collection are exceedingly brittle. Researchers may view surrogate copies rather than the originals. Collection contains 2 mining claims, Hermit No. 2 and Copper Giant 2, filed by McCormick that were found in the Grand Canyon. One claim belonged to McCormick and the other to Lee, [Burbir], Nelson, and Fuller.View Publication
MS-199 Jan C. Green collection - 1974-1975
The collection consists of 2 reports based on oral history cassettes narrated by Florence G. Turner, who worked for C.N. Cotton, a trader of Navajo rugs in Gallup, New Mexico. The reports are entitled, “C.N. Cotton and Navajo “Rugs” with Taped Remembrances by Florence G. Turner” and “Using Oral History: Building from the Memories of Florence G. Turner.”View Publication
MS-204 George H. Billingsley collection - 1956-1997
This collection contains personal journals from Billingsley’s numerous trips to the Grand Canyon prior to his professional career as a geologic cartographer. Also included are Billingsley’s Masters thesis on the geology of Tuckup Canyon, photographs and negatives of Tuckup Canyon, and correspondence with Harvey Butchart and O. Dock Marston. — Deaccessioned and transferred to Cline Library, Northern Arizona University, February 2017.
MS-207 Colton Family collection
The Colton Family collection finding guide is currently being reviewed for accuracy and usability. The collection consists of the papers of Harold S. Colton, Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, and their son, J. Ferrell Colton. Topics covered include genealogy, art, zoology, anthropology and archaeology, as well as sailing and family vacations.View Publication
MS-208 Kate T. Cory collection - 1905-1912
This collection contains culturally sensitive information and has been restricted at the request of the Hopi Cultural Preservation office. This collection consists of the original nitrate negatives Cory took while a resident on the Hopi mesas from 1905-1912, as well as copy negatives and prints that were produced at a later date. The collection also includes a copy of a partial dictionary of the Hopi language created by Cory, and 2 copies of Cory’s diary from 1909-1910.View Publication
MS-210 Edward T. Hall collection - 1937
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY
This collection includes 11 lantern slides that hall produced during the excavation of archeological sites on the Walhalla Plateau in the Grand Canyon. Images include: maps, charts, ruins, sherds, landscapes, and a human burial.View Publication
MS-214 Marc Gaede collection - 1974
Collection consists of two audio cassette recordings of an interview with James Allen (Al) Lancaster in October 1974 regarding his time as an excavation foreman for J.O. Brew at Alkali Ridge, Awatovi, etc.View Publication
MS-215 Charles D. James III collection - 1972-1975
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY
Collection consists of handwritten ethnographic field notes from informant, Nat Bia; a photocopy of a handwritten transcript from David Brugge of an interview with Canyon Shorty, and an abridged typed copy. Also includes a letter regarding restrictions. Material relates to data on MNA archaeological sites NA11366, NA11369, and NA11371.View Publication
MS-216 Platt Cline Collection
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY
This collection contains correspondence, photographic material, photocopies of legal documents and charts, and audio recordings pertaining to Cline’s research for his book about the history of Flagstaff and the Hopi language.View Publication
MS-218 Editha L. Watson collection - 1900s-1978
Writings and research notes created by Watson, many published in journals, compose the bulk of the collection. Watson’s research focus was the Navajo people, the Navajo reservation, and other aspects of Navajo culture. Another significant section of this collection relates to Watson’s involvement with the Navajo Land Claims office, where she edited and indexed a substantial land claim against the federal government in the 1950s and 1960s. Included are extensive research notes and photographs used for the land claim. Other professional involvements with the Navajo Tribe, documented through correspondence and paperwork, relate to her work in the Navajo health community, the Navajo Tribal Parks & Recreation department, and the Navajo Tribal government. Also included are extensive correspondence files related to Watson’s personal and professional life, as well as biographical information on Watson herself.View Publication
MS-221 Harrison Begay
This collection consists of one oversized document, framed and under glass, issued by République Française, Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale to Harrison Begay naming him “Officier d’Academie,” 4 August, 1956.View Publication
MS-223 P. David Seaman collection - 1954-1977
Due to equipment obsolescence, the Museum of Northern Arizona does not have the ability to provide access to this collection at this time. If you would like to assist in preserving these records please contact the Archivist. Collection consists of audio recordings of Navajo and Hopi language lessons and printed materials concerning the Cora language of Mexico. There are two sets of Navajo language learning records: Useful Words and Phrases and Navajo Literacy Lessons. The Hopi language recordings consist of 10 lessons with Bennie Nuvanisa, recorded under the supervision of Professor Irvy Goossen at NAU, and another set of unmarked Hopi recordings made by (probably) Jonathan Ekstrom in the 1960s. Collection also includes a Cora-English, English-Cora dictionary on computer printouts from 1977.View Publication
MS-225 Eastern and New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs collection - circa 1930s
This collection consists of a set of 11 photographs of old Navajo blankets, hand-colored, wholly or partially, and mounted on heavy cardboard. These blankets have simple patterns, and part or all of each photo was painted to show the colors of the original blanket. These images were made by the EAIA, NMAIA, and the IAF in the 1930s and lent to traders on the Navajo Reservation to be shown to weavers to try to encourage them to use pleasing color combinations and simple patterns. Morris Burge and his wife, Margaret McKittrick Burge, represented the NMAIA and took the photos to the Reservation to talk over the project with the traders.View Publication
MS-230 Louis Grundel Collection
Collection consists of photographic material documenting the construction of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Needles, California. The Atlantic & Pacific Railroad later became part of the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway, which subsequently was absorbed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and has now been incorporated into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company.View Publication
MS-233 Barton A. Wright collection - 1912, 1960-1976
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY
Collection consists of oral history tapes (with some transcription) regarding the Hopi and Navajo people, as well as Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the outlying vicinity. Interviewees include Jimmy Kewanwytewa (mainly identifying Hopi images in the Voth collection), Willie Coin, Raymond Coin, Vera Nevahoioma, Tewaquoptewa, Carrie Joseph, Elizabeth White, Oswald White Bear Fredericks, Steve Honani, Agnes Mowa, Paul Long, Laura Runke, Philip Johnston, Clay Lockett, and John Ressler. Subject matter includes myths and legends, identification of people and clans, Hopi history, Piki stone making, trading posts, Mormons, songs, Hopi language, Flagstaff, kachinas, and dances.View Publication
MS-235 Fred Kabotie collection - 1965-1977
This collection contains transcriptions from an oral history interview Bill Belknap conducted with Kabotie as well as the original audio reel, which would serve as the basis for Belknap’s biography of Kabotie. Also included is a draft/excerpt of that biography. There is also a letter from Kabotie to Edward Danson detailing the history of the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild, as well as photographic images of Kabotie’s paintings (that belong to various institutions), and miscellaneous articles about Kabotie. The photographic images in this collection are the property of the Heard Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, The Corcoran Gallery, and other institutions and are only to serve as reference materials, as such they may not be photographed or photocopied.View Publication
MS-238 Philatelic CollectionView Publication
MS-239 Dorothy Gale Burak collection - 1840-1978
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO
This collection contains culturally sensitive material and has been restricted. Written permission from the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office is required to view restricted material and must be sent to the MNA Archivist prior to a scheduled visit. Collection consists of correspondence, photographic material, printed material, and manuscripts pertaining to Ms. Burak’s time spent in Arizona, in particular her time at the Grand Canyon. Many of the materials, especially images, were collected through her relationship with Emery Kolb. Images of the Grand Canyon, San Francisco Peaks, and Oak creek areas, as well as Native American subjects make up a bulk of the photographs in this collection. Also included are book plates that were removed from publications about the Southwest and wildlife, as well as published materials and ephemera.View Publication
MS-240 Emry and Anna Kopta collection - 1912-1998
The Emry and Anna Kopta collection consists of articles, clippings, photographs, personal correspondence, teaching materials, and a taped interview with transcript. The bulk of the collection concerns Emry and Anna Kopta’s personal and professional lives and their time among the Hopi and Navajo people of Arizona.View Publication
MS-241 Thelma B. Towle Collection - 1913 - 1990
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL
This collection contains culturally sensitive material. Advance permission is required to view restricted materials. The collection consists of materials related to Thelma B. Towle’s research into the Hopi Snake Dance and the ban on photography of the dance. Textual material includes articles, clippings, pamphlets, correspondence and research notes. Photographic materials include images of the Hopi Snake Dance, images of carved Snake Dance figurines, and assorted postcards depicting scenes from Arizona and of Hopi and Navajo life.View Publication
MS-246 David L. DeHarport collection - 1938-1967
This collection is separated into 3 series. The first encompasses DeHarport’s legal work on Docket 229, which includes defense and plaintiff’s exhibits and statements, reports, notes, maps, hearing transcripts, and archeological surveys. The second series consists of DeHarport’s various reports on archeological sites around the United States and India, records included are his doctoral dissertation, his report on illegal excavations, field notes, photographic images, reports for the BIA and from his trips to California and India. The third series is comprised of the “Proposed Findings of Fact” for Littell v. Udall case.View Publication
MS-254 J. C. Clarke Collection of Historic Photos
FINDING AID IS NOT COMPLETE – REVIEW. Collection consists of 739 nitrate negatives which are in cold storage.View Publication
MS-256 Albert Levine Collection
This collection consists of an unpublished manuscript entitled “The Rock Art of Silver Creek Canyon, Snowflake, Arizona” consisting of photographic materials, maps, charts, and diagrams. The manuscript arrived in 2 loose-bound volumes, which have been re-housed in folders with original sections preserved.View Publication
MS-257 Katharine Bartlett Collection
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL
This collection contains material known to be culturally sensitive in nature. As such portions have been restricted pending review by the appropriate tribal authorities. Collection consists of correspondence, diaries, printed material, financial documents, photographic material, research notes, manuscripts, scrapbooks, maps, charts, and audio recordings chronicling Katharine’s life and work from her years as an undergraduate student until her death. It contains information regarding both her personal and professional life. The bulk of the collection, however, focuses on her deep involvement with the Museum of Northern Arizona and her research in the fields of physical anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, and history within the Southwestern region of the United States.View Publication
MS-258 W.H. Carroll Collection
The collection contains photographic material documenting early Arizona history, and especially the early history of Flagstaff. Collection also contain early images of the Grand Canyon.View Publication
MS-260 Dorothy Pollock collection - 1925-1959
Legal documents, correspondence, maps, clippings and manuscripts (1925-1959) document Mrs. Pollock’s collection of materials regarding a water rights case involving the Rio de Flag and several landowners in its drainage, as well as, Dorothy Oldham Peach Pollock’s interest and friendship with Mary Russell Ferrell Colton, including note cards with information regarding MRFC’s ancestry and life and works. It also includes clippings regarding Mrs. Colton and some manuscripts of a biography on her.View Publication
MS-261 Dixon Fagerberg, Jr. collection - 1972-1974
Collection contains correspondence, agendas, notes, judicial papers, and clippings relating to the March 26, 1974 meeting of the Coconino County Planning and Zoning board to decide upon the Summit Properties appeal.View Publication
MS-271 W. W. Hill Collection, 1898-1909
Collection consists of correspondence and printed material concerning the looting of archaeological and cultural sites within Native American territory by relic hunters and non-scientific explorers. Six letters between the Office of Indian Affairs and government agents on the Navajo reservation are included, as well as a printed copy of both the American Antiquities Act of 1906 and the Uniform Rules and Regulations for its enforcement.View Publication
MS-272 Sarah Jones Tucker Collection
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MS-274 Gretchen Swinnerton CollectionView Publication
MS-279 John I. Perkins Collection
This collection consists of nitrate negatives and associated prints showing the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas in Northern Arizona. The prints are available for viewing and research. The nitrate negatives are in cold storage and unavailable due to safety concerns.View Publication
MS-285 [William C.] Miller Collection Index
Correspondence, manuscripts, and typescripts related to expeditions and excavations in the Southwest region of the United States. Please see the pdf link to the initial index created for the collection when it was initially accessioned.
MS-287 Gene Foster Collection
The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, printed materials, financial documents, photographic material, research notes, unpublished manuscripts, and maps documenting Gene’s life as an artist, archaeologist, and ornithologist. It includes personal business records, photographic images of the Southwest, records of the bird feeding and banding programs she started in Flagstaff, and information and images regarding her salvage archaeology work in Glen Canyon prior to the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam.View Publication
MS-288 Emil W. Haury Collection
This collection contains audio recordings and video productions about Haury’s career as an archaeologist in Arizona. An oral history interview with transcript, conducted by Museum of Northern Arizona staff, and a video documentary about his work are included. The video documentary “In the Field of Time” was produced and copyrighted by KUAT Television. It may be viewed for research purposes but may not be reproduced. Contact Arizona Public Media, University of Arizona, for permission to use.View Publication
MS-301 Fred Harvey Company collection - 1881-2005
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – MULTIPLE TRIBES, CONTACT ARCHIVIST
This collection contains records and media about the Fred Harvey Company as well as members of the Harvey family. Included are inventories, appraisals, correspondence, and photographs regarding Native American arts and crafts collections donated to museums. Photographic images taken for advertisements, souvenir prints and postcards show a range of subject matter including Fred Harvey Company operations at the Grand Canyon, visiting groups and dignitaries, performers, Native Americans, wildlife, and landscapes. Famous individuals appearing in the images: Jesse Owens, W.W. Bass, Edgar and Candace Bergen, the King and Queen of Greece (Paul and Fredericka), Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi (Shah of Iran), Olav V (Crown Prince of Norway), and the San Francisco Pirate Girl.
MS-021 Byron Harvey III collection (Fred Harvey Company)was relocated to this collection. RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO AND NNHPD
Correspondence, articles, and photos related to the Fred Harvey Indian shops, Hopi basketry, Kachina dolls, Otis Polelonema, Butterfly and Snake Dances, and sandpaintings.
MS-030 Byron Harvey III collection (Fred Harvey Company) was relocated to this collection.
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL – HCPO
This collection has certain items restricted pending review by the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office. Photographs and textual materials related to the Fred Harvey Company, Fred Harvey, Katharine Harvey, and the Hopi tribe.
MS-087 Fred Harvey Company was incorporated into this collection.View Publication
MS-305 Frank Schilling Cummings Film collection
Films shot between the 1940s and 1970s by Cummings in and around Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation. Harry Goulding acted as a contact point for Cummings, introducing him to the Navajo craftsmen appearing in the films.
MS-309 Sallie Pierce-Harris collection - 1918-1994
This collection includes personal papers from Pierce-Harris’ early life, including diary entries and poems, as well as diaries written during the early part of her career as an archeologist. Included are her research notes and drafts written on the archaeology, ethnology, and history of the Navajo and the National Monuments. Records and publications from the NPS and the Department of the Interior, information on the Peshlakai family, Pierce-Harris’ Mexican research, and biographical information and interviews are also included. Personal and professional correspondence span the early to late 20th century and comprise her years with NPS, her relationships with the Navajo, her relationship with her husband (Van Valkenburg) and his work with the Navajo Land Claim, and letters regarding research of the Southwest.View Publication
MS-325 Watson Smith collection - 1870-1983, predominant 1930-1979
Predominantly known for his work as an archaeologist, Watson Smith was also formally educated as a lawyer. These two disciplines took his career to a variety of institutions, including the Field Museum, the Peabody Museum, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. This collection includes material from both his professional and personal life.
MS-078, MS-173, MS-182, MS-269 Watson Smith was incorporated into this collection.
Watson Smith – This accession was incorporated into MS-325.
MS-167 Watson Smith was deaccessioned in 2009.View Publication
MS-327 Donald M. Hall collection - undated, predominant 1988-1989
Collection consists of copies of 1400 35mm transparency slides (nearly all Kodachrome) of images from around the Colorado Plateau. Locations include Utah (Capitol Reef, Boulder Mountain, Escalante, Grosvenor Arch, Johnson Canyon, Old Paria, Hells Backbone, Mexican Hat, Natural Bridges, Abajo Mountains, Arches National Park), Arizona (Lake Powell, Wupatki National Monument, Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon, Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona, San Francisco Peaks, Black Mesa, Kayenta, Monument Valley, Painted Desert, Navajo National Monument, Canyon de Chelly), Colorado (Cortez, Animas Valley, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Colorado National Monument, Unaweep Canyon, Dolores River Canyon, Paradox Valley), and New Mexico (Angel Peak, Shiprock), in addition to other sites in the region.View Publication
MS-358 Cecil Calnimptewa collection - 2006-2008
Collection consists of materials created by Cecil Calnimptewa while in prison. These include correspondence with Robert Hawk, as well as a series of colored drawings of Hopi KatsinaView Publication
MS-359 J. Richard Ambler collection - 1956-2010
POSSIBLE RESTRICTION – VERIFY
Collection consists of records related to Ambler’s professional and personal life and his many activities. Predominant in the collection are records related to his many publications, particularly with relation to the Anasazi, as well as Native American perspective on prehistoric technology. Other records in the collection document the many workshops that Ambler attended and often presented at. Ambler’s educational career is well-documented through a series of records related to his academic status as a student and faculty member. A sizeable correspondence series complements Ambler’s many personal and professional pursuits. Also included are records related to a variety of Ambler’s personal activities, including his involvement with the Libertarian party, marijuana de-criminalization, a homemade jewelry business venture, and other various community organizations. Finally, a large amount of photographic slides document many professional projects and functions, but also a number of personal/familial moments.View Publication
MS-360 W. James Burns collection - 2009
Collection consists of materials created by Burns in anticipation of his dissertation, We Must Grow Our Own Artists: Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Northern Arizona’s Early Art Educator. Research is manifest in oral interviews with five narrators (Dr. William Breed, Barton Wright, Margaret Wright, Robin Colton, Richard F. Wilson), as well as written responses to a series of questions posed to Denise Colton. All questions and responses pertain to Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and/or the Museum of Northern Arizona.View Publication
MS-361 Martha Harrison Pilorz collection - 1930s
Collection consists of 39 photographic images of Navajo people (Big Salt, Edward Tochoney, Dick Nez, Charlie Yazzie), hogans, sheep herding, tradings posts (Coconino, Gap), Oak Creek Canyon, and Walpi.View Publication
MS-364 Lester Riggs collection - circa 1911
This collection consists of an album containing approximately 90 photographic images, predominantly of Hopi people and the Hopi Reservation, circa 1911. There are also a few images of a town in southern Ontario.View Publication
MS-367 Leonard Thatcher collection - 1933
Collection consists of one journal created by Leonard Thatcher while working on the expedition in 1933, some expedition photographs, as well as some lecture notes he created at some unspecified date.View Publication
MS-368 June Wagoner collection - 1949-1954, 1987
Collection consists predominantly of photographic images of the Wagoner’s trips to the region, including Lake Canyon, Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon, Hidden Passage, Music Temple, Mystery Canyon, Twilight Canyon, Forbidding Canyon, Labyrinth Canyon, and Lees Ferry. Also included is a brief journal of the 1954 trip, a commemorative badge, and a 1987 watercolor by June Wagoner inspired by a photo taken in Glen Canyon in 1949.View Publication
MS-369 Alexander M. Stephen collection - circa 1880s-1930s
This collection contains the original notes taken by Stephen during his stays on the Navajo and Hopi lands. Stephen describes and illustrates Native American dwellings, ceremonies, medicine, games, clothing, language, etc. He also transcribed interviews between the Navajo chief Ganado Muncho and Major John Wesley Powell, and others. Parts of Stephen’s journals were later transcribed by Olive Bushnell and Elsie Clews Parsons. Their notes and manuscripts were then annotated by Gladys Reichard in the 1930s.View Publication
MS-370 Henry Claiborne Lockett collection - 1933-1943
RESTRICTED – CULTURAL
Certain images are restricted pending review by the appropriate tribal authorities. This collection includes a scrapbook of the 1933 Rainbow Bridge – Monument Valley Expedition, with prints of Lockett, L.L. Hargrave, Eddie McKee, Jerald Marsh, Charles Del Norte, and Ben Wetherill. The images are of the group, campsites, archaeological finds (artifacts and human remains), and landscapes. Also included in this collection are 3 pawn tags originally attached to necklaces collected by Lockett from the Hubbell Trading Post in 1950; these show a debt owed by former President Herbert Hoover in 1943.View Publication
MS-372 Harold Widdison Rock Art collection - 1946-2012
This collections consists of slides, photographs, maps, and other documentation of both well-known and more obscure rock art sites visited by Widdison, mostly in the American Southwest but also throughout Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Information regarding specific locations of rock art sites not monitored and open to public access is restricted; contact the Archivist with requests for access.View Publication