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Behan Family papers, 1883-1944 (bulk 1907-1944)

AZ 011

Collection Summary

Creator: Behan family
Collection Name:Behan Family papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1883-1944 (bulk 1907-1944)
Physical Description:.8 linear feet
Abstract:Personal and official correspondence, financial records, notes, a photograph album, and photographs relating chiefly to personal and family life.
Collection Number: AZ 011
Respository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Pioneer Arizona family, prominent in public service and law enforcement. John Behan, 1845-1912, was county deputy sheriff at Tombstone, Ariz., 1879-1881, then became first county sheriff when Cochise County was created in 1881. He served as sheriff of several other Arizona counties during his career. He also served as Chinese Inspector, 1896-1897; worked in government service, in Cuba during the War of 1898, and in China during the Boxer Rebellion; and as business manager of the Tucson Citizen, 1901-1911. Julia Behan was his sister. Albert P. Behan, his son, worked for the U.S. Customs Service along the Mexican border, 1913-1928.

Scope and Content Note

Personal and official correspondence, financial records, notes, a photograph album, and photographs relating chiefly to personal and family life. Includes approximately 100 photographs of family members; most are studio portraits. A photograph album contains snapshots of Julia Behan, her family and friends, in California, 1907-1924. Also present is a diary of John Behan's railway travels, expenses, and inspections while a Chinese Inspector, 1896-1897; and account books and journals from Albert Behan's customs work.


This collection is organized into two series:
Series I: Behan Family Papers, 1883-1944
Series II: Photographs, ca. 1890-1940





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Behan family -- Photographs
Behan, Albert P., 1873-
Behan, John Harris, 1845-1912

Geographic Name(s)
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- Sources

Chinese -- Arizona
Customs administration -- United States -- History -- Sources
Smuggling -- United States -- History -- Sources

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Behan Family papers (AZ 011). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Behan Family Papers, 1883-1944
11 John H. Behan: letters and miscelaneous material. , 1883-1910
Contains several account record books, railroad passes and membership cards; a legal document appointing John. H. Behan as Railway Policeman for the Southern Pacific Company; miscellaneous personal and business correspondence. Also contains a section of letters from "Bert."
12 John H. Behan: "Chinese Inspector," notebook. , 1896-1897
Contains one leather bound diary with notes about Behan's railway travels, expenses and inspections. The diary is inscribed, "John H. Behan, Chinese Inspector."
13 Albert P. Behan: letters and miscellaneous material. , 1908-1940
Contains mainly miscellaneous personal correspondence received by Albert P. Behan.
14 Albert P. Behan: Customs collector on Mexican border. , 1913-1928
Contains several small account books and journals from Albert P. Behan's work with the U.S. Customs Service along the Mexican border, plus a Treasury Department manual for the Gudiance of the Outdoor Force of the Customs Service. Also contains several letters on Treasury Department letterhead.
15 Albert P. Behan: miscellaneous financial records. , 1914-1944
Contains several small ban account record books and other bank records, plus miscellaneous papers relating to personal property.
16 Julia M. Behan: will, estate papers. , 1931-1936
Contains will, and estate papers of Julia M. Behan, and a letter from the California Trust company to Albert T. Behan regarding same, dated 1936. Also contains a handwritten bill of sale from a gallery in Florence, Italy.
Series II: Photographs, ca. 1890-1940
21 Behan Family: photo album, and letter from Mrs. Nancy Behan Meeker. , 1907-1924
22 Photographs: miscellaneous photographs, mainly portraits of Behan family members.
23-4 Photographs: unidentified.