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Papers of Joseph Thomas McKinney 1841-1927 (bulk 1841-1887)

AZ 087

Collection Summary

Creator: McKinney, Joseph T., 1858-1948
Collection Name: Papers of Joseph Thomas McKinney
Inclusive Dates: 1841-1927
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1841-1887)
Physical Description:0.2 linear ft.
Abstract:This archive contains a biography of Joseph T. McKinney, a letter he wrote to his son and a telegram from George P.Hunt, Governor of Arizona. Also included are bills of sales for slaves, deeds, and other legal papers for his granfather (Joseph T. Cook) and his uncle (J.W. Cook).
Collection Number:AZ 087
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

Joseph Thomas McKinney was born June 20th 1858 in Arkansas. McKinney was a pioneer and law enforcement officer in the Arizona territory. He arrived in Arizona in 1885 and worked for the Wabash Cattle Company in St. Johns for about a year. In 1885 he was appointed undersheriff of Apache County by Commodore Perry Owens and several years later he became Constable for Winslow. Joseph T. McKinney ranched in Fort Thomas until he moved to Bowie, Arizona in 1896. In 1905 he relocated to Yuma where he became a guard at the state pen. He died at the age of 90 in 1948.

Scope and Content Note

Autobiographical sketch, letter, and documents. The 19-page sketch includes his involvement as a law enforcement officer in the Graham- Tewksbury feud; and a letter, 1927, to his son describes a hanging at the Arizona State Prison at Florence. Also present are deeds, tax receipts, certificates of land purchases, bills of sale for slaves during the 1840s, and other documents relating to his grandfather, Joseph Thomas Cook, in Arkansas in Alabama, and to his uncle, J.W. Cook, in Texas.


This collection is organized into three series
Series I: Joseph T. McKinney papers,
Series II: J.W. Cook papers,
Series III: Joseph T. Cook papers,



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Cook, J.W.
Cook, Joseph T.
McKinney, Joseph T., 1858-1948

Frontier and pioneer life – Arizona.
Graham - Tewksbury Feud.
Land titles - Arkansas.
Pioneers - Arizona.
Sheriffs - Arizona.
Slavery -- United States -- History -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Papers of Joseph Thomas McKinney(AZ 087). University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections.

Container List

Series I: Joseph T. McKinney papers 1927 1943
Arranged chronologically. This series contains Joseph Thomas McKinney's autobiography; telegram from Arizona Governor Hunt; letter to son concerning a hanging in Arizona.
11 Joseph T. McKinney
Series II: J.W. Cook miscellanous papers, 1841 1943/1846 1887
Arranged chronologically
12 Miscellaneous papers.
Series III: Joseph Cook papers, 1841-1857
Arranged chronologically
13 Bills of sale for slaves, 1841-1846
14 Deeds and land purchases, 1850-1857