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Papers of Bernice Cosulich "1923-1956"

AZ 283

Collection Summary

Creator: Cosulich, Bernice, 1896-1956
Collection Name:Papers of Bernice Cosulich
Inclusive Dates: 1923-1956
Physical Description:12 linear ft.
Abstract:Papers of Bernice Cosulich consists of correspondence, published and unpublished articles, clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, and notes related to Cosulich’s work writing for the Arizona Daily Star newspaper and various magazines, her book Tucson, and future projects including a projected biography of actress Helena Modjeska and a work on Arizona’s ghost towns, dating between 1923 and 1956.
Collection Number:AZ 283
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

Journalist and author, Tucson, Arizona; Bernice Cosulich was born in Iowa in 1896. She married Gilbert Cosulich in 1916 and they had one daughter. Ms. Cosulich was on the staff of the Arizona Daily Star newspaper from 1922 to 1948. She also worked as a special correspondent for the New York Times, and Life, Time and Fortune magazines and her work was published in many other magazines. She worked as the social editor from 1922 to 1929 and interviewed famous visitors to Arizona. Later she covered the state legislature from 1941 to 1946, and participated in a study of the Colorado River which led to the 1944 Colorado River Compact concerning water allocations. Her book, entitled Tucson, contains stories of pioneers and historic sites.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, notes, clippings, photographs, typescripts, and publications relating chiefly to her career with the Arizona Daily Star and as a freelance writer. Material, chiefly articles and newspaper clippings, concerns local and statewide subjects, including Indians, mining operations, and desert plants for medicinal purposes; also letters from various American and English authors, notes for a projected biography of actress Helena Modjeska, and notes and snapshots for a projected work on Arizona ghost towns. Also present are published and unpublished articles about John Galsworthy, Lewis W. Douglas, and Harold Bell Wright. Correspondents include George Doran, Oliver St. John Gogarty, and Frances Gillmor. There are photographs of Morenci, Arizona mining operations; excavations at Ventana Cave, Tucson; the 1946 building of Davis Dam on the Colorado River; and the 1946 Point of Pines, University of Arizona Field Archaeology School. A detailed index to newspaper clippings in the scrapbooks is present.


This Collection is organized into five series.
Series I: Personal material, correspondence, notes, unpublished materials, 1922-1953
Series II: Published articles (by Cosulich and other authors, with accompanying correspondence), 1927-1953
Series III: Ghost towns, Tucson, Tubac (miscellaneous research material).
Series IV: Helena Modjeska research material.
Series V: Scrapbooks,(news articles and photographs by BC) 1923-1954



There are no restrictions on this collection.


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Cosulich, Bernice--Archives
Doran, George H. (George Henry)--1869-1956
Douglas, Lewis W. (Lewis Williams), 1894-
Galsworthy, John, 1867-1933
Gillmor, Frances, 1903-
Gogarty, Olivers St. John, 1878-1957
Modjeska, Helena, 1840-1909
Wright, Harold Bell, 1872-1944

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona daily star
University of Arizona--History

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona--Description and travel
Arizona--History, Local
Arizona--Politics and government
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)--Water rights--Arizona
Mexico--Description and travel
Morenci (Ariz.)--History
Tombstone (Ariz.)--History
Tubac (Ariz.)--History
Tucson (Ariz.)--History
Tucson (Ariz.)--Social life and customs

Authors, American--Correspondence
Copper mines and mining--Arizona
Extinct cities--Arizona
Ghost towns--Arizona
Medicinal plants--Southwestern States
Mines and mineral resources--Arizona
Women journalists--Arizona

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Papers of Bernice Cosulich,(AZ 283). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Personal material, correspondence, notes, unpublished manuscripts, 1922-1953
Consists chiefly of responses to interview requests, requests for Cosulich to review books, and comments on published interviews. Some are friends and acquaintances of Cosulich. Many are writing from local guest ranches where they were staying. This series is arranged by correspondent or topic.
11 Miscellaneous personal material (photographs of Cosulich, clippings, inscribed fly-leaves from books given to B.C., letters regarding her illness,) 1948
12 Correspondence (Professional, personal, condolence) (A-E)
Aero Corporation of California, (1929)
American Press Institute and William R. Mathews, 1946
Anderson, Sherwood (postcard), 1936
Andrews, Roy Chapman, 1948, 1953
Astor, Lord (includes photograph), 1948, 1953
Baker, Ray Stannard, 1932, 1942
Birney, Hoffman, 1931
Bolton, Herbert, 1936
Chaliapin, Feodor, 1926
Collins, Joseph, 1946
Coolidge, Mary Roberts, 1934
Cooper, Dr. Frederic T. 1931-1937,
Croy, Homer 1942-1943,
Cummings, E. E.(includes regrets in form of brief poem), 1946
Curtis, Cyrus H. K., 1925
Dowdey, Clifford, undated
Dreiser, Theodore, 1936
13 Correspondence (F-Z)
Fergusson, Erna, 1935-1936,1948
Finney, Charles, 1936
Foreman, Grant, 1941
Gillmor, Frances, 1932-1935, 1940
Hanley, T. E., 1948
Haunz, Dr. Edward, 1946
Hawthorne, Hildegard, 1931-1935
Hughes, Charles E. to Fred Finney, 1942
Kidd, Rear Admiral I.C. of the U.S.S. Arizona, 1939
Kitt, Katherine, 1933
Lavender, Harrison M., 1948
Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1942
McCutcheon, John T., 1932
Mullett, Mary B., 1932-1933
Pegler, Westbrook, 1948
Petrova, Olga, undated
Pfeiffer, C. Leonard, 1948
Rak, Mary Kidder, 1945
Reed, W. Maxwell, 1946
Scully, Frank, 1935-1936
Sherwood, Robert, 1941
Stokes, Harold, 1938, 1940
Steele, Wilbur Daniel, 1933
Tarbell, Ida M., 1940
Taylor, Rosemary Drachman, 1943, 1948
TIME Magazine-telegram, 1947
Wiley, Louis,( 1935
Williamson, Thames and Billiy, 1935
14 Correspondence - George H. Doran, 1935-1946
15 Correspondence - Oliver St. John Gogarty, 1933-1948
16 Correspondence – Right to work, 1946
17 Medicinal plants (Notes, photos, seeds, etc.) Typed interviews and correspondence with Delphina and Sam Angelo at Sells, Arizona, about Tohono O'odham use of native plants for medicine, 1952
18 Mining operations at Morenci and Metcalf (Notes, photos, etc.)
19 Forest Service material (copies of Fred Winn's research)
110 Unpublished manuscripts:
"Secession and Seceders", 1922
"Indian Bells for Christmas: A Copper Story"
"The Rug"
Series II: Published Articles (chiefly by Cosulich with accompanying correspondence), 1922-1953
21 Articles (about John Galsworthy), 1925-1933
Draft of 1925 interview, published in Arizona Daily Star “Lifes Ironies Inspire John Galsworthy,” International Book Review, April 1926
"A Dumb but Grateful Diner—John Galsworthy.” Unpublished
John Galsworthy’s talk to Tucson Rotary Club
22 Articles about Harold Bell Wright, 1924-1927, 1944
"The Methods of Harold Bell Wright," The Editor, August 3, 1930
"Bad Things Don’t Pay," Success, July 1925
"Crumbs from the Table of Success," Writer’s Monthly, December 1925
"Harold Bell Wright Pays for Success," the Studebaker Wheel, July 1927
“Mr. Wright Builds a Boat,” Sunset, August 1927
“An Abode of Peace on the Painted Desert,” (Wright’s home),Sunset September 1927
Letter, February 11, 1944
23 Articles Lewis W. Douglas, 1947, 1952-1953
“Mr. Douglas of Arizona, friend of Cowboys and Kings,” Arizona Highways, September 1953
24 Articles “Making the ‘Old Bit’ Pay.”(prison libraries) New York Herald Tribune, Aug. 3, 1930
25 Articles “Seeing Southern Arizona with Bernice Cosulich,” Arizona Daily Star(newspaper series), Spring 1935
26 Articles (Arizona – local)
“The Newspaper Takes a Hand: A Successful Book Review Contest,” The Elementary English Review, October 1927
"The New Temple of Music and Art in Tucson," Progressive Arizona, December 1927
“Dudes on the Last Frontier,” New York Herald Tribune, January. 26, 1930
“Airing Arizona,” (photos only), Air Travel News. Proof of text: “The Land that God Forgot.” (not published) January 1930
“Arizona State Chapter Convention,” P.E.O. Record, June 1935
“Looking at Arizona,” Overland Trails, January 1936
“The Vulture, Henry Wickenburg’s Mine,” Arizona Highways, May 1942
“History of Flight” [mural at Davis-Monthan Field],Arizona Highways, May 1942
“Eighty Years of Growth in Tucson, 1903-1953:" The Southern Arizona Bank and Trust Company. 32-page booklet by Cosulich, undated
“Home of Hope” [Arizona Girls Ranch] American Soroptimist, November/December 1955
Various contributions to Sunset magazine: November 1953, March 1954, Janurary 1955
27 Articles (Indians and Archaeology)
Review of “I Have Seen Them Dance,” published in a previous issue, The Literary Workshop,.1, no.3, [1934?]
“A Yaqui Passion Play in Arizona,” Travel, March 1931
“Past and Present Meet at Ventana Cave,” Arizona Highways, September 1941
“Christmas Eve at San Xavier,” Arizona Highways, December. 1941
Digging in Arizona,” Life, [Point of Pines] September. 9, 1946
28 Articles (Nature and Science)
“Deer in Laboratory Yield Odd Discoveries,” Outdoor Life, November 1935
“Careful! … It’s a Porcupine,” Outdoor Life, May 1937
“Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument,” Tucson, June 1937
“Photometer for Measuring Light from Far Distant Stars” [at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona], Sky, August 1937
“The Colorado,” Life, [unsigned but BC doubtless supplied much of the information on this] October. 23, 1944
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum [Tucson] Brochure (unsigned) [1950]
29 Articles-People
“Wives of Public Utility Men Remind Us,” by E. C. Deal, Pres., People’s Light and Power Corp., Forbes, (Ghosted by Cosulich) June 15, 1930
“Arizona History Makers,” Union Oil Bulletin,(unsigned) September 1938
“They Built a Home That Crowns a Desert Hill,” [Mr. and Mrs. William Graham Bell] Arizona Highways, Feburuary 1942
“Wilshaw – Presenting the Home of the Cowlinshaws in Santa Cruz,” and “Lee Brothers – Big Game Hunters,” Arizona Highways, November 1942
“Old Pueblo Authors and Artists,” Arizona Highways,(famous visitors and residents of Tucson) January 1944
“Lady Rancher” [Renee Donnet] Arizona Highways, April 1948
210 Articles (Misc.)
Operation Democracy: The Town Affiliation Program. [N.Y., 1952?] Brochure (unsigned), [1952]
“Future Riviera is at Guaymas,” Tucson, March 1936
Fortune. Issue devoted to the Western States. (B.C. supplied copy) Feburary 1945
Series III: Ghost Towns, Tucson and Tubac research material,
Note: The folders marked “Ghost Towns” contain materials removed from their original notebooks, but they remain in the same sequence as arranged by B.C. topically by subject or personal name. These include places and people in southern Arizona.
31 “Ghost Towns” (Outline and miscellaneous material.)
32 “Ghost Towns” (A – E)
33 “Ghost Towns” (F) (includes Fort Bowie, Fort Grant)
34 “Ghost Towns” (G – O)
35 “Ghost Towns” (P)
36 “Ghost Towns” (R) (includes Redington)
37 “Ghost Towns” (S) includes San Simon Valley)
38 “Ghost Towns” (T – Z)
39 “Ghost Towns” (Chapter 4: Tubac)
310 “Ghost Towns” (Tombstone)
311 Tucson (Correspondence, publicity, notes, etc.)
312 “Notes for Tubac novel”
313 Three Centuries of Tubac History,” Arizona Highways, Oct. 1942 (Accompanied by notes and reference material.)
Series IV: , Helena Modjeska research
41 Interviews, notes, translations of letters, etc.
42 Photographs
43 Ralph Modjeska (Article by B.C.: “Bridges that Led to Fame, New York Herald Tribune, Jan. 19, 1930, and accompanying correspondence.
44 2 notebooks containing references, background material, notes, etc.
Cook, Mabel (Collins), The Story of Helen Modjeska. 2nd edition. London, W. H. Allen and Co., 1885
Modjeska, Helena, Memories and Impressions of Helena Modjeska; an autobiography. N.Y., Macmillan, 1910
5 Personal materials
51 Estate papers, 1956-1957
52 Legal documents, 1916-1951
53 Newspaper articles about death of Cosulich, 1956
54 Autobiographical writings "Grandparents", user copy
55 Autobiographical writings "Grandparents", original
56 Autobiographical research material, 1940-1952
57 Musical composition "Bernice" by Pacheco, 1917
58 Biographical 1917
59 Master's thesis on Cosulich by M. Bantlin, 1982
510 Correspondence, 1920, 1950s, 1970
511 Condolence letters, death of Cosulich, 1956
512 Published article, "A Visit to the U.S.S. Arizona", 1959
513 Scrapbook, 1943-1950, photocopies of articles
514 Scrapbook, 1943-1950, photocopies of articles
515 Unpublished "Border Bride"
516 Photographs - Portraits
517 Photographs - Cosulich and family
518 Photographs - Cosulich and friends (Includes Jane Rider)
519 Photographs - Publicity for "Tucson" book
520 Photographs - Cosulich's house
521 Photographs, Oversized - Portraits
Series V: Scrapbooks, 1923-1954 (New clippings and photographs)
Volumes 1-3 and part of Volume 4 were prepared by Bernice Cosulich; the remainder were prepared by Special Collections in 1958-1959. The index was also prepared at that time. Volume 9 is entirely photographs and is only partially included in the index.
1 1923-1929
Includes photographs of aviation, 1928 (p.5), Harold Bell Wright (p.14); Ajo and Sells (p.23); Triangle T Dude Ranch (p.26); the O.K. Corral, 1929 (p.27, 30); and Circle Z Ranch (p.63).

2 1930-1934 (some 1925)
Includes dispatches and telegrams to and from the New York Times relating to Cosulich's reporting on the Dillinger capture; articles about Margaret Sanger; coverage of Martha Breasted wedding.

3 1927-1935
Includes photographs of Chiricahua Mountain ranches and the grave of Johnny Ringo. Also photographs (8x10) of the scene of the discovery of June Robles, a kidnapped child (p.120-124).

4 1935-1936
Includes photographs of people and buildings on the Tohono O'odham reservation (p.12-13); Casa Grande ruins (p.24); Molybdenum mine (p.34); Apache homes (p.37); Willcox (p.39); Greaterville (p.43); Ruby (p.62); Tubac and Tumacacori (p.65); the Arizona State Prison (p.57); and Dane Coolidge (p.97).

5 1937-1942
Includes photographs of Old Tucson and the movie Arizona (p.73), and Ventana Cave excavations (p.115).

6 1943-1946
Includes photographs of Point of Pines excavations (p.116); and Davis Dam (p.106).

7 1947-1948
Includes photographs of Tohono O'odham (p.7); Alamos, Mexico (p.28); a Pasqua Yaqui ceremony, 1948 (p.32); and desert birds and trees (p.47, 49).

8 1954
Includes one photograph of Cosulich with friends.

9 Photographs 1923-1954
Highlights include musicians, authors, and actors including John Galsworthy, Harold Bell Wright, Helen Keller, Rosemary Drachman Taylor, Jeff Milton, and Lone Wolf. Places represented include San Xavier Mission, Tombstone (the OK Corral, stage coach, and Epitaph office), Ajo, Sabino Canyon dam, and Mexico.

There are also a few photographs by Dane Coolidge, images of filming of the movie "The Mine With the Iron Door" near Canada del Oro; a rodeo at Circle Z Ranch, 1931; gymkhana at Hacienda del Sol, 1932; and the Lee's Ferry Bridge dedication