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Evans School collection, 1989-1924


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Evans School, (Mesa, AZ)
Title: Evans School collection, ,
Inclusive Dates: 1989-1924
Quantity: 102 loose photographic images, 3 scrapbooks (2104 photographic images), 0.5 cm textual material, 5 yearbooks
Abstract: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.
Identification: MS-015
Language: Materialare entirely inEnglish
Repository: Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, Az 86001
928-774-5211 ext. 256 or 269

Administrative Note

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 was located on El Rancho Bonito in Mesa, Arizona and was intended to provide students from the eastern seaboard with a western, ranch-style setting.

Students lived at the Mesa location for most of the year, and around May 1st of each year, they were moved to a property near Flagstaff, Arizona for the summer months. This property was located a block north of where Schultz Creek joins the Rio de Flag, and it included cabins for a students and a summer home for Evans and wife Mabel, called Evancoyd. While at the summer location, students often took horseback trips to places of interest, including Grand Canyon, Wupatki and Walnut Canyon; they also attended numerous events such as round-ups, rodeos, Hopi Snake Dances and Fourth of July celebrations in Flagstaff.

In 1921, the Evans School was moved to Tucson, Arizona. Lionel F. Brady, who had been a master at the school since 1910, purchased the Mesa property and renamed it the Mesa Ranch School in 1922. He also purchased Evancoyd and continued to bring students to Flagstaff each summer. The Mesa Ranch School was destroyed by fire in 1943; the fate of the Tucson location of the Evans School is not clear from materials provided with the collection.

Scope and Content

The collection includes legal documents establishing ownership of the land on which the school was located. Also included are a large number of photographic images in scrapbooks, depicting a wide range of locations and activities around Arizona. These include the Mesa and Tucson school locations and surrounding areas, life on the school campuses, different routes taken by students to Flagstaff, and trips to locations in Northern Arizona. Many of the photographs depict Native Americans, primarily Hopi, as well as their ceremonies and dances. The collection also includes five yearbooks produced by the school.


This collection is arranged in the following three series:
Series 1: Photographs and Scrapbooks
Series 2: Legal Documents
Series 3: Yearbooks


Conditions Governing Access

Viewing restrictions were placed on particular photographs in this collection due to the culturally sensitive nature of the subjects. These restrictions were placed by the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office. Contact the Museum of Northern Arizona archivist for information on obtaining permission for viewing these images.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished and published manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Controlled Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Lowell, John

Corporate Name(s)
Santa Fe Railroad

Geographic Name(s)
Agua Fria River (Ariz.)
Black River (Ariz.)
Buckeye (Ariz.)
Camp Verde (Ariz.)
Canyon Diablo (Coconino County, Ariz. : Canyon)
Casa Grande Ruins (Ariz.)
Chandler (Ariz.)
El Tovar Hotel
Evans School (Tucson, Ariz.)
Flagstaff (Ariz.)
Florence (Ariz.)
Fort Apache (Ariz.)
Fort McDowell (Ariz.)
Globe (Ariz.)
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Granite Reef Dam (Ariz.)
Hassayampa (Ariz.)
Holbrook (Ariz.)
Hopi Indian Reservation (Ariz.)
Jerome (Ariz.)
Lake Mary (Coconino County, Ariz.)
Little Colorado River (N.M. and Ariz.)
Long Valley (Ariz. : Valley)
Mesa (Ariz.)
Mission San Xavier del Bac (Tucson, Ariz.)
Montezuma Castle (Ariz.)
Montezuma Well (Yavapai County, Ariz.)
Mormon Flat (Utah)
Mormon Lake (Coconino County, Ariz. : Lake)
Natural Bridges National Monument (Utah)
Oraibi (Ariz.)
Painted Desert (Ariz.)
Payson (Ariz.)
Phoenix (Ariz.)
Prescott (Ariz.)
Roosevelt Dam (Ariz.)
Roosevelt Lake (Ariz.)
Salt River (Ariz. : River)
San Francisco Peaks (Ariz.)
Snowflake (Ariz.)
Sunset Crater (Ariz.)
Taylor (Ariz.)
Tonto Basin (Ariz.)
Walpi (Ariz.) -- Social life and customs

Apache Indians
Baseball -– Arizona -– History
Goodfellow family
Hopi Indians
Hopi dance
Horse racing
Model T automobile
Mohave Indians
Navajo Indians
Private Schools – Arizona
Ranch houses
Tohono O'Odham Indians
Trading posts -- Arizona
Yaqui Indians

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Evans School collection, MS-015 [Box Number]. The Museum of Northern Arizona. Flagstaff, Arizona.

Acquisition Information

M.T. Edwards donated the photographs and scrapbooks in 1962 (MS-15). A subsequent donation of scrapbooks and yearbooks was made by Mrs. David P. Small, niece of Mabel T. Evans, in 1967 (MS-120). Legal documents were donated by Marc Gaede in 1973 (MS-273).

Processing Information

Processed in October of 2009.

Container List

Series 1: Photographs and Scrapbooks circa 1889-1915 102 loose photographic images, 11 scrapbooks (2104 photographic images)
41 Miscellaneous unmounted photos, 1889-1902
43 Miscellaneous unmounted photos, circa 1889-1911
11 Trip to Hopi photo scrapbook, 1905
12 Evans Summer Tutoring Camp photo scrapbook, circa 1905-1915
21-2 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1908, 1909
23 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1809-1910
31 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1910-1911
32 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1911
13 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1912
33 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1913, 1914
24 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1917, 1918
25 Evans School photo scrapbook, 1921, 1922
26 Evans School photo scrapbook, circa 1923
Series 2: Legal Documents 1900, 1908 0.5 cm textual material
42 Legal documents, 1900, 1908
Series 3: Yearbooks 1920-1924 5 yearbooks
45 The Rodeo yearbook, 1920
46 The Rodeo yearbook, 1921
47 The Rodeo yearbook, 1922
48 The Rodeo yearbook, 1923
49 The Rodeo yearbook, 1924