Correspondence of Merrill Pingree Freeman, 1907-1943

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Correspondence of Merrill Pingree Freeman, 1907-1943

AZ 215

Collection Summary

Creator: Freeman, M. P. (Merrill P.), 1844-1919.
Collection Name: Correspondence of Merrill Pingree Freeman
Inclusive Dates: 1907-1915
Physical Description:.1 linear ft.
Abstract:Correspondence to and from Merrill Freeman dating from 1907-1915.
Collection Number:AZ 215
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

Merrill Freeman was born in Ohio in February 1844. He was a resident of Nevada for 18 years and moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1880. In 1884 he was appointed postmaster for the city of Tucson, but resigned this position in 1887 to accept the position as a cashier for the Bank of D. Henderson (this bank consolidated with the Bank of Tucson and eventually became the Consolidated National Bank). Freeman went on to establish the Santa Cruz Valley Bank. He became very notable and influential in Arizona’s financial history. He was also a member of Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona for 16 years and served as its Chancellor for 10 years. In 1911, on nomination by the governor of the state, he was given the degree of LL. D. (honorary doctorate), "for constant and conspicuous service to the state and university, for devotion to every detail of his high office as regent and chancellor." Merrill freeman died in 1919.

Scope and Content Note

Holograph and typescript letters, to and from Freeman, concerning personal matters, Apache Kid and various reminiscences of Apache attacks, camels in Arizona, and various incidents of law and order in frontier life, some of which were utilized by him in subsequent publications. Also includes letters from F.W. Hodge regarding Grossman's Pima vocabulary.


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Personal Name(s)
Apache Kid, ca. 1860.
Freeman, M. P. (Merrill P.), b. 1844.
Hodge, Frederick Webb, 1864-1956.

Apache Indians--History--19th century
Frontier and pioneer life--Arizona

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Correspondence of Merrill Pingree Freeman,(AZ 215). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.