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Papers of Angela Hutchinson Hammer 1917-1952

AZ 012

Collection Summary

Creator: Hammer, Angela Hutchinson
Collection Name:Papers of Angela Hutchinson Hammer
Inclusive Dates: 1917-1952
Physical Description:0.4 linear ft.
Abstract:Autobiographical reminiscenses, correspondence, and a short story relating to Angela Hammer's life in Arizona.
Collection Number:AZ 012
Repository: 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

Angela Hutchison Hammer was Arizona’s Pioneer Newspapers woman. She was born November 30, 1870 in Virginia City, Nevada. She and her parents moved to Picket Post, Arizona, in 1883. Angela earned her teaching certificate in 1889 and taught school in Wickenburg, 1889-90, 1894-1896 and Gila Bend from 1893-1894. She married Joseph S. Hammer in 1896 and had three sons: Louis Joseph Fairfax, William and Marvin. The marriage was dissolved ater 8 years. In 1905 Angela bought her first newspaper the Wickenburg Miner. From 1908 to 1910, she worked hard to establish a chain of newspapers in four rapidly growing Arizona mining towns. Angela had her own printing plant in Congress Junction, where she published the Wickenburg Miner, Swansea Times, and Wenden News.

In 1912 she moved her printing plant from Congress Junction to Casa Grande to assist Ted Healey with the publishing of the Casa Grande Bulletin. The Bulletin didn't make it but Angela went on to publish the Casa Grande Dispatch on January 1, 1914. Mrs. Hammer quickly earned a reputation for aggressive, honest reporting and her strong editorial opinions. She used the editorial power of her newspapers to effect social change, order and lawfulness in those early mining towns, women's suffrage, statehood and, later, conservation of ground water and the promotion of dam projects for agricultural irrigation.

In 1925 Mrs. Hammer moved to Phoenix and the established the Messenger Printing Co., operated by her two sons, William and Marvin. That company merged in April 1951 with Arizona Printers Inc., and Mrs. Hammer became a board member of the combined operation.

In 1938 she was appointed by Governor R. C. Stanford to the State Board of Social Security and Welfare, a position she held until 1943. Angela H. Hammer was a member of many professional organizations, including the Phoenix Business and Professional Women's Club, the Phoenix branch of The National League of American Pen Women and the Phoenix Writers Club. She also has the distinction of holding membership in two Halls of Fame in Arizona. The Women's Hall of Fame and the Arizona Newspaper Hall of Fame in 1965.

She died April 9, 1952, and is buried in Phoenix.

Scope and Content Note

Autobiographical reminiscences, correspondence, and a short story relating to Mrs. Hammer's life in Arizona. Also includes a pencil sketch of Wickenburg School in 1890, and a photograph of the Messenger Printing Co., Phoenix, ca. 1940-1950.


This collection is organized into 2 series
Series I: Reminiscences 1940-1952
Series II: Correspondence 1917-1952



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
Wickenburg Miner (Newspaper)--History.

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona--History, Local.
Pinal County (Ariz.)--History.
Wickenburg (Ariz.)--Newspapers--History.

American newspapers--Arizona.
Cities and towns--Arizona--History.
Frontier and pioneer life--Arizona.
Public schools--Arizona--Casa Grande--History.
Public schools--Arizona--Wickerw|x History.
Women editors--Arizona.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Papers of Angela Hutchinson Hammer,(MS 012). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Reminiscences 1917-1950
This series is organized by date.
11 Outlines, chronology, "reminders" undated
12 Newspaper experience general, survey, notes) undated
13 )Family history, parents undated
14 Childhood: California, Nevada, Arkansas, 1870-1885
15 Wickenburg and Vulture mine,
16 Phoenix (Summer vacations), 1870-1885
17 Wickenburg (School teaching,Walnut Grove flood), 1889-1891, 1894-1895
18 Gila Bend (Enterprise school), 1893-1894
19 Phoenix California,El Paso, 1896-1903
110 Wickenburg, Bouse, Congress Junction, 1904-1919?
111 Casa Grande (Partially completed MS), 1913-1915
112 Casa Grande, Phoenix, 1914-1929
113 "Depression plans" 1930-1934
114 Wickenburg Pageant, 1930-1934
114 TV, 1950
115 Story "The Country editor" undated
Series II: Correspondence, 1917-1952
This series is arranged by date
116 Correspondence