Petrified Forest and Northern Arizona Ranching Photograph Collection, circa 1890-1900

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Petrified Forest and Northern Arizona Ranching Photograph Collection, circa 1890-1900

MS 517

Collection Summary

Creator: University of Arizona. Library. Special Collections
Collection Name:Petrified Forest and Northern Arizona Ranching Photograph Collection,
Inclusive Dates: circa 1890-1900
Physical Description:0.75 linear feet
Abstract:Thirty-five cyanotypes, taken by an amateur photographer about 1900, of calf roping and branding, a freight team, children at play, and a visit to the Petrified Forest in northern Arizona.
Collection Number:MS 517
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

Historical Note

The Petrified Forest National Monument was established in 1906 for the protection of the fossils, particularly fossilized wood, in the area which includes parts of Navajo and Apache Counties in northern Arizona. The photographs represent an unidentified family on a small ranch. Two men are identified as Barney and Lee; a woman and two small children are not identified.

Scope and Content Note

Thirty-five cyanotype photographs taken, circa 1890-1900, at the Petrified Forest and northern Arizona and possibly in southeastern Nevada. Several images show horses, calf roping and branding, and groups on horseback. A woman on horseback assists in the calf roping and branding. Other images show a trip to the Petrified Forest including a woman and a guide crossing Agate Bridge (a petrified tree used as a bridge). A few photographs show spoke-wheeled surreys, or two-seated carriages. One surrey is labeled “Sandy and Goodsprings”, two towns in southeastern Nevada, the other is not identified. Also present is an image of a freight team labeled “Mr. Moon’s 10-horse team.” There are also views of two small children playing outdoors with a windmill and small building in the background and two scenic views are labeled “Turquoise camp” and “near lumber camp.”


This collection is organized into one series.



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Access Terms

Geographic Name(s)
Petrified Forest National Park - Arizona.

Arizona—Pictorial works
Carriages and carts—Pictorial works
Cowboys—Arizona—Pictorial works
Freight and freightage—Pictorial works
Frontier and pioneer life—Pictorial works
Petrified forests—Arizona—Pictorial works
Ranch life—Arizona—Pictorial works

Genre Form(s)
Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Petrified Forest and Northern Arizona Ranching cyanotype collection (MS 517). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Container List

11 People and Transportation (includes Petrified Forest) circa 1890-1900
12 Ranch Scenes and Children circa 1890-1900
13 Scenic Views circa 1890-1900