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Mary Kidder Rak papers, 1920-1950

AZ 017

Collection Summary

Creator: Rak, Mary Kidder, 1879-1958
Collection Name:Mary Kidder Rak papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1920-1950
Physical Description:.8 linear feet
Abstract:Mary Kidder Rak papers contain correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, notes, photographs, and other papers relating to her writing career.
Collection Number: AZ 017
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

Mary Kidder Rak is most widely known for being an author and a rancher in Southern Arizona. Rak wrote the book A Cowman's Wife.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, notes, photographs, and other papers relating to her writing career. Included are three unpublished manuscripts of western fiction; articles and stories; a letter containing Kidder family genealogy; two photographs of Charles Rak and their ranch home, 1920; and five crayon drawings by Charles H. Owen which were used to illustrate her book, A Cowman's Wife, 1934.


This collection is organized into three series:
Series I: Manuscripts, ca. 1930-1950
Series II: Correspondence, 1934-1944
Series III: Miscellaneous, 1920-1936





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Access Terms

Ranch life -- Arizona
Ranches -- Arizona
Western stories -- Women authors

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Administrative Information

Credit Line

Mary Kidder Rak papers (AZ 017). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Manuscripts, ca. 1930-1950
11 Unpublished manuscript: Mystery at Pecos High Bridge.
12 Unpublished manuscript: The Dark Brown Mystery.
13 Unpublished manuscript: At the Cross Roads of Life.
14 Notes, short pieces, photographs.
15 Miscellaneous articles.
Series II: Correspondence, 1934-1944
16 Correspondence: letters to Bobbie Scott; letters from Walter C. Hovey; and letters to Gertrude Hills. , 1934-1944
Series III: Miscellaneous, 1920-1936
17 Kidder Family Geneology.
18 Crayon sketches by Garles H. Owens.
21-3 Roving Cowboy, typescript.