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Phyllis and Weldon Heald papers, 1872-1993 (bulk 1955-1993)

MS 359

Collection Summary

Creator: Phyllis and Weldon Heald
Collection Name:Phyllis and Weldon Heald papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1872-1993 (bulk 1955-1993)
Physical Description:1.7 linear feet
Abstract:Most of the collection consists of manuscripts of various works by Phyllis and Weldon Heald. Also within the collection are articles, clippings, and miscellaneous materials about the Healds and other topics. The majority of the photographs were taken by the Healds during their travels throughout the Southwest.
Collection Number:MS 359
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

Phyllis and Weldon Heald were free-lance writers who relocated to southeast Arizona from the northeast. They owned the Flying H Ranch in the Huachuca Mountains, and the Painted Canyon Ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains before settling down to write full-time in Tucson. They wrote books, articles, short stories, poems, plays and screenplays. Much of their writing was on the flora and fauna of the Southwest as well as historical sites in Arizona. Before his career as a writer, artist and photographer, Weldon worked as an architect. He wrote several books including, "Sky Island," and "The Arizona Scenic Guide." Phyllis began her career as a playwright and she continued to write plays with her husband. The Healds taught writing workshops at the Southwest Writers Conference in Flagstaff. Later in her career, Phyllis was a writing consultant for writers.

Scope and Content Note

Most of the collection consists of manuscripts of various works by Phyllis and Weldon Heald. Also within the collection are articles, clippings, and miscellaneous materials about the Healds and other topics. The majority of the photographs were taken by the Healds during their travels throughout the Southwest. Other images were made by Stephan Blake, Manley photography, the Las Vegas News Bureau, or are reproductions from various historical societies . The photographs are of outdoor scenes taken throughout the Southwest.


This collection is organized into five series
Series I: Manuscripts, 1958-1991
Series II: Articles and Clippings, 1952-1993
Series III: Certificates and Awards, 1972-1980
Series IV: Miscellaneous, 1955-1992
Series V: Photographs, ca 1872-1993





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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Heald, Phyllis
Heald, Weldon

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona--Description and travel

Manuscripts, American
Natural history--Arizona
Southwest, New--Description and travel
Wildlife refuges--Arizona

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Phyllis and Weldon Heald papers (MS 359). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

Series I: Manuscripts , 1958-1991
Subseries: Articles and Short Stories
11 Articles and short stories: A, 1970, 1988, Unknown dates
12 Articles and short stories: B, 1972, 1991, Unknown dates
13 Articles and short stories: C, 1980s, Unknown dates
14 Articles and short stories: D, Unknown dates
15 Articles and short stories: E, 1967, Unknown dates
16 Articles and short stories: F, 1989, Unknown dates
17 Articles and short stories: G, Unknown dates
18 Articles and short stories: H, 1966, Unknown dates
19 Articles and short stories: I, 1967, 1990s, Unknown dates
110 Articles and short stories: J, 1959, Unknown dates
111 Articles and short stories: L, 1990
112 Articles and short stories: M, 1990s, Unknown dates
113 Articles and short stories: O, 1966, 1989, Unknown dates
114 Articles and short stories: P, 1980s, Unknown dates
115 Articles and short stories: R, 1987, 1990, Unknown dates
116 Articles and short stories: S, 1966, 1983, Unknown dates
117 Articles and short stories: T, 1958, Unknown dates
118 Articles and short stories: U, Unknown dates
119 Articles and short stories: W-Y , 1983,1990, Unknown dates
Subseries: Books
220 Big Bird, 1977
221 Heaven is Too Far, Unknown date
222 Once Upon a Rainy Day, Unknown date
223 Once Upon a Rainy Day, 1990
Subseries: Poems
224 A-W, 1989, Unknown dates
Subseries: Plays
225 Tumble Weeds, 1940s
226 Woman from the North, Unknown date
227 The Woman Who Didn't, Unknown date
328 Women in His Life, 1936?
329 White Fences, 1940s
Subseries: Screenplays
330 Blueberry Pie and Coffee, Unknown date
331 Good Tactics, Unknown date
332 The Mikado takes a Boo! , Unknown date
Series II: Articles and Clippings , 1952-1993, Unknown dates
333 A-I, 1950-1990s
334 L-O, 1950-1960s, Unknown dates
335 R-W, 1960s, Unknown dates
Series III: Certificates and Awards , 1972-1980
336 Certificates and Awards, 1972-1980
Series IV: Miscellaneous , 1955-1992, Unknown dates
337 Miscellaneous: Biographical and reference materials, 1955-1992, Unknown dates
Series V: Photographs , ca.1872-1993
437 Phyllis and Weldon Heald, ca. 1950s
438 People including authors Francis P. Farquhar and C.P. Snow, 1930-1971
439 Heald home: Painted Canyon Ranch. Photographs by Stephen Blake, ca. 1950s
440 Arizona places: Mission in the Sun, Parker Canyon Lake, Coronado National Memorial, Mt. Graham, Huachuca Mtns., Weaver's Needle, Montezuma Castle, Post Hospital at old Ft. Lowell, All Creed's Chapel, ca. 1950s
441 Tombstone, AZ , ca. 1950s
442 San Xavier del Bac, ca. 1950s
443 Other states: California, Washington, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah, ca. 1950s
444 Unidentified places, ca. 1950s
445 Animals, ca. 1940-50s
446 Arizona plants, ca. 1950s