Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962)

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Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962)Ashurst (Henry Fountain) Papers

AZ 002

Collection Summary

Creator: Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962
Collection Name:Henry Fountain Ashurst papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1896-1963 (bulk 1920-1962)
Physical Description:4 linear feet
Collection Number: AZ 002
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Senator from Arizona; born in Winnemucca, Humboldt County, Nev., September 13, 1874; moved with his parents to Arizona in 1875 and settled near the present town of Flagstaff, Coconino County; attended the public schools of Flagstaff and was graduated from the Stockton (Calif.) Business College in 1896; studied law and political economy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Williams, Ariz.

Ashurst was a member of the Territorial house of representatives in 1897 and 1899, serving as speaker in 1899; served in the Territorial senate in 1903; district attorney of Coconino County 1905-1908; moved to Prescott, Ariz., in 1909 and continued the practice of law; upon the admission of Arizona as a State was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on March 27, 1912 and served to January 3, 1941.

Senator Ashurst was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Sixty-third through Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Industrial Expositions (Sixty-third Congress), Committee to Investigate Trespassers on Indian Land (Sixty-sixth Congress), and the Committee on the Judiciary (Seventy-third through Seventy-sixth Congresses). Ashurst was appointed a member of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice on April 8, 1941, and served until February 28, 1943, when he retired. Senator Ashurst died in Washington, D.C., May 31, 1962.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, typescripts of speeches, and biographical materials, including clippings, photographs, diary, expense records, cartoons, and reprints relating to his career and studies of his career by George Fray Sparks and others.


This collection is organized into three series:





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Related Material

Geroge Sparks's thesis on Ashurst is located under call number: AZ 123.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-1962 -- Archives
Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909- -- Correspondence
Quezon, Manuel Luis, 1878-1944
Sparks, George Fray, 1912-1983

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Politics and government -- 20th century
United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945

Legislators -- United States
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- 20th century -- Arizona

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Henry Fountain Ashurst papers (AZ 002). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1912-1962
11 Correspondence. , No Date
12-6 Correspondence. , 1912-September 23, 1940
21-6 Correspondence. , September 24, 1940-1954
31 Correspondence. , 1955-1957
32 Correspondence: Barry Goldwater letters regarding Ashurst's speech to the Arizona Bar Association. , 1957
33-4 Correspondence. , 1958-1962
35 Correspondence: George Sparks and H.F.A. , 1950-1962
36 Correspondence: George Sparks and others regarding his various Ashurst studies. , 1951-1962
Series II: Speeches, 1906-1962
41 Speeches (most representative and important). , 1906-1960
42 H.F.A. in the Congressional Record (bound volume). , 1913-1914
43 H.F.A. in the Congressional Record. , 1916-1962
44 Reprints of speeches. , 1909-1929
45 Reprints of speeches. , 1932-1960
46 Speeches (typescripts). , 1915-1961
47 Speeches (typescripts). , No Date
48 Miscellaneous notes for speeches.
49 Franked mail to constituents (examples).
Series III: Biographical Material, 1896-1963
51 Personal and biographical papers--miscellaneous.
52-6 Clippings. , 1896-1963
57 Photographs (family). , 1920s
58 Photographs. , 1930-1962
61-4 Diary (typescript, carbon). , June 1910-July 1937
65 "Up in Coconino County," (extract from H.F.A.'s journal). , May 10, 1919
66 Biographical sketches.
67 Certificates of election.
68 Washington social life: Evalyn Walsh McLean (clippings, invitations).
69 Washington social life: Perle Mesta and others (clippings, invitations).
610 Expense records. , 1922, 1928, 1934
611 Expense records. , 1940
612 George Sparks: miscellaneous material regarding his dissertation, "The Speaking of Henry Fountain Ashurst."
613 George Sparks: miscellaneous studies regarding H.F.A.
71 Words (clippings, notes).
72 Poems and Parodies (by various persons, including H.F.A.).
73 Bible material (notes, clippings, typescripts of addresses).
74 Shakespeare material (notes, clippings, fragments of addresses).
75 Inauguration of M.L. Quezon, first President of the Philippines and related material. , 1935
7 Notebook, containing addresses, necrology lists, vocabulary lists, quotations, notes on theatres and plays, some personal thoughts.
7 William Blackstone's Commentaties on the Laws of England, 3rd ed. Chicago, 1884, 2 volumes.
7 Speeches of Henry Fountain Ashurst of Arizona. Published by Senator Barry Goldwater, copy inscribed to George F. Sparks by H.F.A. 1953
7 Envelope containing photographs of U.S. Senators, about the turn of the century.
7 Miscellaneous envelopes (empty) addressed in H.F.A.'s hand.
8 Scrapbook of clippings. , 1916-1962
9 Cartoons (8 original cartoons of H.F.A.; folder of newspaper reporductions).
10 Miscellaneous oversize items (photographs, certificates and awards, etc.).