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Papers of the Hein family 1860-1900 (bulk 1880-1900)

AZ 013

Collection Summary

Creator: Hein family
Collection Name:Papers of the Hein family
Inclusive Dates: 1860-1900
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1890-1900)
Physical Description: 60 items; 25 cm.
Abstract: Letters from the Hein family to the Hagedorn family pertaining to frontier life in Skull Valley, Arizona Territory. Also includes documents from the Prescott Coal Development Company; Hagedorn's passport and ship papers; four photographs of the Hagedorn family in New York; and other miscellaneous documents.
Collection Number:AZ 013
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

The William Hagedorns family was a German family who came to the United States in the 1880's; one branch settling in Brooklyn, another emigrating to the far-disant Arizona Territory, where they bought part-interest in the Prescott Coal Development Company and established themselves in Skull Valley, Arizona. The Hagedorm prospecting for coal was not sucessful, and it is possible to trace through the letters the rise and fall of the aspirations of the family with regard to getting rich off coal production. The Hagedorn family returned to their more propsperous hotel business Brooklyn after the unfortunate experience in the Far West.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the Hien family papers, a Germam American family, who were early settlers in Skull Vallley, Arizona. The collection consists mainly of letters in English and German with various members of the Hagedorn and Loske families. The letters exchanged between these branches of the family and their Loske relatives gives an extremely interesting portayal of the life in the Arizona Territory , and the letters give a good picture of economic condition during this period. There are fifty nine letters, nineteen documents and four photographs. These materials are in various sizes, principally from Skull Valley and Prescott, Arizona Territory, but with a few other letters from Gewersdorf, Germany, New York, and Galvseston, 1887-1899.


This collection is organized chronologically





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Hein, Diederich von--Correspondence.

Family Name(s)
Hein Family

Geographic Name(s)
Skull Valley (Ariz.)--History--Sources.
Yavapai County (Ariz.)--History--Sources.

Frontier and pioneer life--Arizona

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Papers of the Hein family (AZ 012). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.