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Fred Wilson Collection 1907-1967

MSS-109


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wilson, Fred (Frederic Edwards), 1883-1969
Title: Fred Wilson Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1907-1967
Quantity: 7 Boxes (4.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Fred Wilson Collection contains correspondence, ephemera, news clippings, and memorabilia dating from 1907 to 1967. These papers document Wilson's careers as merchandiser, public servant, and patron of Native American arts and are divided into four series.
Identification: MSS-109
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Frederic Edwards Wilson was born to William and Laura (Edwards) Wilson in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 15, 1883. He was the oldest of three children, including Ella Campbell (Wilson) Johnson (1886-) and Margaret (Wilson) Newell (1890-1978). Fred Wilson began his career with Maxwell-Briscoe, a Tarrytown, New York car company, in 1905. In 1909, he moved to the Overland Automobile Company (later known as Willis-Overland), where he was in charge of sales, marketing, and service in Houston, Dallas, and Cleveland. He worked for the Midwest Engine Company (1918-1920), Stutz Motor Car (1921-1923), Chrysler (1923-1925), and R. H. Collins Automobile Company (1925-1928) before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1933. Here, Wilson served as City Manger (1935-1936) before purchasing Vaughn's Indian Store in 1936. He changed the name to Fred Wilson's Indian Trading Post and operated a chain of these stores throught the southwest. Wilson retired from the business in 1962 but continued to study Native American art and patronize artists until his death in 1969.

Wilson first married Georgiana Pendleton McIntosh and the couple had one son, William E. (1910-). Georgiana was deceased in 1915, and Wilson later married Ruth Rardin (1888-1962).


Scope and Content Note

The Fred Wilson Collection contains correspondence, ephemera, news clippings, and memorabilia dating from 1907 to 1967. These papers document Wilson's careers as merchandiser, public servant, and patron of Native American arts and are divided into four series.

Series I: Native American Arts Subject Files is divided into two subseries. Sub-Series A: Trading Posts and Fairs consists of correspondence files and collected ephemera, news clippings, and memorabilia showing Wilson's trading posts and exhibitions between 1930 and 1965. Box 1, Folder 1 contains Wilson's correspondence with William Wrigley, Jr. concerning the opening of a branch of Wilson's trading post at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Sub-Series B: Native American Artists contains correspondence and printed matter concerning Native American mythology, artistry and handicrafts, and noted artists dating from 1927 to 1961. Box 4, Folders 1 and 3 contain correspondence with, and biographical printed matter about, Pawnee artist Acee Blue Eagle and Navajo artist Pop Chalee (Merina Lujan Hopkins).

Series II: Phoenix Municipal Government is composed of clipping files describing Wilson's work at two governmental posts between 1933 and 1945.

Series III: Commercial Enterprises contains correspondence, printed matter, and memorabilia dating from 1908 to 1931 and documenting automobile sales, racing, and construction exhibits.

Series IV: Miscellaneous Subjects houses personal correspondence, ephemera, news clippings, and memorabilia dating from 1908 to 1927. These materials include biographical information about Wilson and document some of his commercial and civic activities.


Arrangement

This collection consists of seven boxes divided into four series:
Series I: Native American Arts Subject Files
Sub-Series A: Trading Posts and Fairs
Sub-Series B: Native American Artists
Series II: Phoenix Municipal Government
Series III: Commercial Enterprises
Series IV: Miscellaneous Subjects

Restrictions

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.

Copyright

Arizona State University does not own the copyright to this collection. We recognize that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.


Related Material

Separated Materials

Photographs received with this collection have been separated and processed as CP W: Fred Wilson Photographs (guide available at http://www.azarchivesonline.org/xtf/view?docId=ead/asu/cp_w.xml.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Blue Eagle, Acee, 1907-1959.
Pop Chalee, 1906-1993.
Wilson, Fred (Frederic Edwards), 1883-1969.
Wrigley, William, 1861-1932.

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona Biltmore.

Subject(s)
Automobile industry and trade.
Automobiles -- Marketing.
Indian art -- Arizona.
Indian art -- Southwest, New.
Indian arts -- Southwest, New.
Indian pottery -- North America.
Indians of North America -- Industries.
Indians of North America -- Religion.
Trading posts -- North America.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fred Wilson Collection, MSS-109, Arizona State University Library.

Provenance

Fred Wilson's estate donated these papers to the Arizona Collection in 1969 (Accession #1969-00086).


Container List

Series I: Native American Arts Subject Files
Sub-Series A: Trading Posts and Fairs
BoxFolder
11 Arizona Biltmore Hotel Trading Post, 1931
12 Copper Trading Post Memorabilia, 1950
13 Correspondence: Byron Cummings and A. L. Flagg Regarding Trade Books, 1941-1949
14 Fred Wilson Indian Trading Post, 1930-1958
14A Fred Wilson Indian Trading Post, 1930-1958
15 Indian Trading Post Catalogs and Advertising, 1937-1955
15A Indian Trading Post Catalogs and Advertising, 1937-1955
16 Indian Trading Posts, 1937-1949
17 Inter-Tribal Fair Council, 1948-1962
BoxFolder
21 Memorabilia, 1907-1938
22 Newspaper Clippings, 1940-1965
23 Vaughn's Trading Post, 1936
23A Vaughn's Trading Post, 1936
Sub-Series B: Native American Artists
BoxFolder
24 Correspondence, 1927-1956
25 Articles by Wilson and Others on Indian Arts and Crafts, 1948-1955
26 Baskets, 1950-1958
27 Children's Thank You Letters, 1949-1950
28 Denver Art Museum Indian Leaflet Series, 1930-1953
29 Indian Arts and Crafts, 1959-1960
210 Kachina Legends, 1949-1950
211 Masks, 1952-1955
212 Navajo Firedance, 1939-1961
213 Pottery: Maricopa, Hopi, 1937-1958
214 Pottery: New Mexico, 1939-1942
Box
3/OV1 Native American Arts Scrapbook, 1939-1951
BoxFolder
41 Acee Blue Eagle (Oklahoma), 1958-1959
42 Biographies of Artists, 1947-1958
43 Pop Chalee, 1940-1950
Series II: Phoenix Municipal Government
BoxFolder
44 Newspaper Clippings Regarding Wilson Candidacy, 1943
45 Phoenix City Government, 1933-1945
46 Phoenix Street Railway, 1935-1936
Series III: Commercial Enterprises
BoxFolder
47 Automobile Racing, 1925-1930
47A Automobile Racing, 1925-1930
48 Automobile Sales Correspondence, 1908-1918
49-9/OV2 Building Industries Exhibit Inc., 1929-1931
410 Collins Automobile Company and Chrysler Corporation, 1925-1928
Box
7/OV2 "Collins Brothers Jollification, Chehalis, Wash.", 1921 December 29 (Photograph)
Fred Wilson is standing in the center of the photograph wearing a plaid suit.
BoxFolder
51 Columbia Motors Company, 1924
52 Harrington Jerome, 1910
53 Job Recommendations, 1907-1919
54 Job Requests, 1927-1929
55 Miscellaneous Brochures, 1924-1928
56/OV1 Automotive Distribution Scrapbook, 1912-1919
57/OV1 Automotive Distribution Scrapbook, 1912-1917
Series IV: Miscellaneous Subjects
BoxFolder
58 Autobiographical Note and Personal Correspondence, 1928-1967
59 Dons Club, 1935-1952
510-10/OV2 Hoover Dam Tourism, 1937
511 Ruth Wilson: Personal and Business Correspondence, 1930-1948
Box
6 Memorabilia, Undated