John Watkins Photographs 1882-1920 (Bulk circa 1900-1910)

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John Watkins Photographs 1882-1920 (Bulk circa 1900-1910)


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Watkins, John B. (John Boyce), 1888-1969
Title: John Watkins Photographs
Inclusive Dates: 1882-1920
Bulk Dates: 1900-1910
Quantity: 2 Folders (0.2 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection houses eighteen photographs depicting members of the Apache tribe; Congress, Arizona; the Congress mine; Tempe, Arizona; and collections of Native American crafts.
Identification: CP SPC 81
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

John Boyce Watkins was born in Virgina on July 26, 1888. He came to Arizona with his brother, Dr. William Warner Watkins (1883-1956), and settled in Metcalf. Watkins lived in Phoenix from 1906 until 1929, where he operated the Blue Moon Café at 1st and Adams from 1923 to 1929. He was a pioneer settler of Salome, Arizona, owning and operating the general store from 1931 until his retirement in 1954 and serving as the town's second postmaster. Watkins died in Wickenburg, Arizona on June 27, 1969. He was survived by his wife, Evelyn Esther (Jones) Watkins (1892-1980) and son, John Boyce (1925-).

Scope and Content Note

This collection houses eighteen photographs depicting members of the Apache tribe; Congress, Arizona; the Congress mine; Tempe, Arizona; and collections of Native American crafts.


This collection consists of eighteen photographs.


Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of the Arizona State University Library. Requests to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.

Access Terms

Geographic Name(s)
Congress (Ariz.) -- Photographs
Jerome (Ariz.) -- Photographs
Tempe (Ariz.) -- Photographs

Apache Indians -- Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Watkins Photographs, CP SPC 81, Arizona State University Library.


John B. Watkins Jr. donated these photographs to the Arizona Collection in 1988 (Accession #1993-00934).

Container List

1-2Street Scenes of Downtown. Tempe [?], Arizona, circa 1910
3Bridge Over the Salt River. Tempe, Arizona, circa 1910
4Railroad Bridge at Flood Time on the Salt River. Tempe, Arizona, 1911
5Apache Woman Making a Basket. Congress Mine, Arizona, circa 1900
6Two Apache Women. Congress, Arizona, circa 1900
One woman is holding a baby; the other is shown with a pot. Both are standing in front of a wikiup.
7Apache Woman by a Wickiup Sending her Child off to School. Congress, Arizona, circa 1900
8Interior View of an Apache Wickiup. Congress, Arizona, 1897
9Apache Woman Carrying a Basket on her Head. Congress, Arizona, circa 1900
10Apache Woman and Child Standing on Railroad Tracks. Congress, Arizona, 1900
11Apache Man with a Dog. Congress, Arizona, circa 1900
12Native Americans on Porch of Company Store. Congress, Arizona, circa 1900
13Native American Basket Collection. Congress, Arizona, 1903
14Interior of the Home of "Grandmother" Jones. Congress, Arizona, circa 1900
15Gila Valley Bank and Trust Building. Jerome, Arizona, circa 1900
16Ernest Hall and his Woodpecker Hole Collection. S. L., circa 1910
Ernest Hall is DeForest "Dick Wick" Hall's brother.
Personal Name(s)
Hall, Ernest (Ernest Raymond), 1880-1959

17Billboard Advertising Dick Wick Hall's Gas Station. Arizona, circa 1920
Personal Name(s)
Cooley, Ben D. (Benjamin Dawson), 1878-1935 (Photographer)

18Group of Women Students. Tempe, Arizona, 1908
21Cocopah River Boat on the Colorado River, Arizona, 1882