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Chester J. Higman papers, 1957-1984

MS 292

Collection Summary

Creator: Higman, Chester J., d1910-
Collection Name:Chester J. Higman papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1957-1984
Physical Description:1.5 linear feet
Abstract:This collection is comprised of council minutes, development programs, journals, mining and mineral rights, range ordinances, correspondence, and background materials that document Higman's efforts to assist the Tribal Council in improving conditions. Among the correspondence is material relating to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' construction of the Painted Rocks Reservoir.
Collection Number:MS 292
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

A graduate of the University of Washington, Chester Higman worked in a variety of businesses in the United States, and served as a volunteer for the American Friends Service Committee in Mexico prior to 1958.

As the first Administrative Assistant employed by the Tribal Council, Higman was involved in all aspects of tribal affairs. His chief duties included advising the Chairman and Council, drafting resolutions and ordinances, compiling Council minutes, managing business affairs of the reservation and personnel in the Tribal Office, and directing public relations. He resigned his position in June 1961.

Scope and Content Note

The collection best documents Higman's efforts to assist the Tribal Council in improving their internal communications and policies, and in consolidating their endeavors to improve economic conditions on the reservation.

The larger files include Council Minutes, Development Programs, Journals, Mining and Mineral Rights, and Range Ordinances. Of interest are his reflections on daily developments in administration of the office in the Journals, and his evaluations and suggestions for restructuring in Recommendations for Improvements.

Most of the files contain both correspondence and background materials relating the specific topic; some folders contain items that predate Higman's tenure but relate to the topic. For example, the Districts file contains letters about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' construction of the Painted Rocks Reservoir, and articles of incorporation for the East Chuichu Project and the San Xavier Non-Profit Development Company.





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Higman, Chester J., 1910- -- Archives

Corporate Name(s)
Tohono O'Odham Tribal Council

Geographic Name(s)
Painted Rocks Reservoir (Ariz.) -- History
Papago Indian Reservation (Ariz.)

Indian reservations -- Arizona
Tohono O'Odham Indians -- Politics and government

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Chester J. Higman papers(MS 292).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

11 Administrative Assistant: miscellaneous. , 1957-1963
12 Allotted Lands. , ca. 1960
13 American Friends Service Committee. , 1957-1959
14 Bureau of Indian Affairs: reorganization and relationship to tribal organizations. , 1958-1959
15 Commissioner of Indian Affairs Conference, El Paso. , 1956
16-7 Correspondence: general. , 1951-1961, 1983-1984
18 Development Program Proposals: economic and social. , 1950-1961
19 Districts: Chuichu, Gila Bend, Painted Rocks, San Xavier, Sells, Sif Oidak. , 1953-1961
110 Education. , 1959-1961
111 Financial. , 1949-1961
112 Government: Tribal Council Constitution and Bylaws; Minutes. , 1931, 1951-1958
113 Government: Minutes. , 1959
21 Government: Minutes. , 1960
22 Government: Minutes. , 1961
23 Government: Ordinances, Nos. 1-36. , 1937-1958
24 History, Maps and Statistics. , ca. 1960
25 Indians: citizenship and political participation. , 1957-1959
26-8 Journals. , 1958-1960
29 Labor Relations. , 1959-1960
210 Land Claim. , 1958-1959
211 Law and Order. Includes draft of law code. , 1957-1960
212 Leases: agricultural, commercial, mining. , 1957-1960
31 Mining and Mineral Rights. , 1956-1961
32 Other Arizona Indians: Hopi, Navajo, Salt River Pima Maricopa. , 1960-1962
33 Range Ordinances and Range Water Development. , 1958-1961
34 Recommendations for Improvements. , 1959-1961
35 Religion. , 1956-1961
36 Telephone System. , 1960
37 Tribal Business Management Conference, Phoenix. , 1959
38 Tribal Herd and Miscellaneous enterprises. , 1959-1961
39 Miscellaneous Printed Materials. , 1949-1961