Harrison Yocum Papers 1864-2010 (bulk 1953-2008)

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Harrison Yocum Papers 1864-2010 (bulk 1953-2008)

MS 572


Collection Summary

Creator: Yocum,Harrison
Collection Name: Harrison Yocum Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1864-2010
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1953-2008)
Physical Description:9.9 linear feet
Abstract:This collection is centered on Yocum’s academic and professional interests in horticulture, botany and geology as well as his personal interests in musical composition, his family’s history and Christian religion and his role in the creation and development of Tucson Botanical Gardens. Items included in the collection are his notes on botany, research into palm trees, publications, autobiographical and family history information, press clippings; records regarding the Rockhounds, the Arizona branch of the International Palm Society and Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Collection Number:MS 572
Language: Materials are in English.
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
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

Harrison Yocum (1923-2010) studied horticulture with a minor in botany at Penn State, graduating in 1955 then earning his MS in Botany at Rutgers in 1959. A lifelong botanist and horticulturalist, Harrison Yocum had a large collection of palm trees when he moved to Tucson from Bethlehem, PA in 1964. In Tucson he worked at the Dendrochronology Lab at the University of Arizona (UA). He moved on to supervising landscaping at Tucson International Airport (TIA), winning a number of awards for his work there. His home became the first site of the Tucson Botanical Gardens before it moved temporarily to Reid Park and finally to the Porter family’s nursery on Alvernon Way in 1975.

After retiring from TIA in 1982, he taught classes in geology at Pima Community College, organizing the Pima College Rockhounds’ field trips. Yocum led field trips to collect geologic samples far afield in southern Arizona, producing handouts with his whimsical original ink drawings and maps. His students at Pima College along with returning friends and students were referred to as the Pima College Rockhounds (which he also rendered as Rock Hounds and Rock-hounds; we have preserved his usage).

Harrison Yocum also had extensive training in music starting at about the time he graduated high school. He wrote 195 original compositions for piano which are also included in this collection, including his favorite piece, The Cardboard Mountains.


Scope and Content Note

Harrison Yocum was instrumental in the establishment of the Tucson Botanical Gardens (TBG), however the bulk of this collection focuses on his geology club, the Pima College Rockhounds; his schoolwork and independent research on botany; his piano compositions; his autobiography and family history, with some material focused on TBG.

Also housed in the collection is much history and some genealogy of the Yocum family, including correspondence from his ancestor George Seifert as well as letters and mementoes from Harrison's parents Harrison senior (Harry) and Bertha Yocum and a book about his sister, Eloise as well as materials gathered from his parents’ trip to California in 1915.

This collection is arranged by medium: documents, cassettes, photo albums. Documents are arranged topically and by date when given.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series
Series 1: Work in Botany, Work in Botany, 1950-2010
Sub-Series 1: Academic and Professional Work, 1951-1989
Sub-Series 2: Work on Palm Trees, 1950-1986
Sub-Series 3: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 1964-2010
Series 2: Work and Teaching in Geology, 1976-2010
Sub-Series 1: Records of the Pima College Rockhounds, 1976-2010
Sub-Series 2: Miscellaneous Geology Materials, 1960-2010
Series 3: Musical Compositions,1945-2003
Series 4: Harrison Yocum Personal and Family History, 1864-2010
Sub-Series 1: Biographical Information about Harrison Yocum, 1952-2010
Sub-Series 2: Yocum Family History, 1864-2006
Sub-Series 3: Publications about and by Harrison Yocum, 2005-2009
Sub-Series 4: Large Format Objects, 2005-2009
Series 5: Audio Cassettes of Yocum's Piano Compositions, undated
Series 6: Photographs, undated
Series 7: Photo Albums, 1962-2010
Sub-Series 1: Tucson Botanical Gardens, 1962-2005
Sub-Series 2: Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds, 1997-2009
Sub-Series 3: Horticulture Newsclippings, undated
Sub-Series 4: Travel Photos of Harrison Yocum, 2002-2009
Sub-Series 5: Harrison Yocum's Family and Friends, 1961-2005

Restrictions

Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

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

Corporate Name(s)
International Palm Society.
Pima Community College.
Tucson Airport Authority.
Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Subject(s)
Botany--Arizona.
Geology--Arizona--Cochise County.
Geology--Arizona--Pima County.
Geology--New Mexico--Grant County.
Horticulture--Arizona.
Mineralogy--Arizona.
Music by American composers--in manuscript.
Palms--Arizona.
Rock collectors--United States.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Harrison Yocum Papers (MS 572). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Doug Welch.


Container List

Series 1 Work in Botany, 1950-2010
Contains academic notes, schoolwork, academic projects, independent research focused on botany.
Subseries 1: Academic and Professional Work 1951-1989
boxfolder
11 Plant Propagation, 1951
12 Agronomy Notes from Penn State Botanical Labs (1 of 2), 1953
13 Agronomy Notes from Penn State Botanical Labs (2 of 2), 1953
14 Geology 20, 1954
15 Horticulture 8, 1954
16 Horticulture 211, 1955
17 Entomology 9, 1955
18 Flower Arranging, Horticulture 151, 1956
19 Agriculture 432, U Tenn, 1957-1958
110 Ferns, circa 1959
111 Academic Diplomas, 1935-1961
112 Academic and Professional Publications, 1961-1970
113 Press Clippings, 1966-1996
114 Professional and Academic Records, 1951-1989
115 Academic and Professional Awards and Certifications, 1956-2001
116 Garden Writers of America Manual for Writers, TV/Radio Commentators and Public Speakers, 1988
117 Biblical Notes on Botany, undated
Subseries 2 Work on Palm Trees, 1950-1986
boxfolder
118 Palm Seed Record, 1950-1985
119 Palm Material (1 of 4), 1959
120 Palm Material (2 of 4), 1959
121 Palm Material (3 of 4), 1959
122 Palm Material (4 of 4), 1959
123 Re; Palms Varied Items, 1964-1993
124 International Palm Society, 1957-1968
125 Arizona Chapter of International Palm Society, 1977-1986
Subseries 3 Tucson Botanical Gardens, 1964-2010
boxfolder
126 Tucson Botanical Gardens Early Records, 1964-1974
127 Tucson Botanical Gardens Early Photos, circa 1965
128 Plans for Tucson Botanical Gardens, circa 1965
129 Tucson Botanical Gardens Foundational Documents, 1965
130 Tucson Botanical Gardens Correspondence, 1965-1975
131 Harrison Yocum Tucson Botanical Gardens Press Clippings and Articles, 1965-2010
132 Tucson Botanical Garden, Inc. Articles Published Concerning Tucson Botanical Garden Including Papers by Harrison Yocum (1 of 2), 1968-2008
133 Tucson Botanical Garden, Inc. Articles Published Concerning Tucson Botanical Garden Including Papers by Harrison Yocum (2 of 2), 1968-2008
boxfolder
21 Guides to Various Gardens (1 of 2), 1952-1981
22 Guides to Various Gardens (2 of 2), 1952-1981
23 Botanical Garden Brochures, undated
Series 2 Work in Geology, 1976-2010
Subseries 1 Records of the Pima College Rockhounds, 1976-2010
boxfolder
24 Perambulations of Pleasant Delights: Areas Frequented by the PIMA COLLEGE ROCK-HOUNDS (1 of 2), 1976
25 Perambulations of Pleasant Delights: Areas Frequented by the PIMA COLLEGE ROCK-HOUNDS (2 of 2), 1976
26 Pima College Rock-hounds Complete Records (1 of 3), 1977-2008
27 Pima College Rock-hounds Complete Records (2 of 3), 1977-2008
28 Pima College Rock-hounds Complete Records (3 of 3), 1977-2008
29 Rockhound Intineraries and Maps, 1977-2008
210 A Rockhound's Handbook (Manuscript), circa 1982
211 Pima College Rockhounds, 1982-2008
212 Maps and Articles for the Rockhounds (1 of 2), 1988-2002
213 Maps and Articles for the Rockhounds (2 of 2), 1988-2002
214 Pima College Rockhound Handouts, circa 1999
215 A Rockhound's Handbook(Revised), Circa 1999
216 Pima College Rockhounds Large Photos, 2001
217 Perambulations of the Pima College Rock-Hounds Book no. 6, 2007
218 Historical Notes on Southern Arizona, undated
Subseries 2 Miscellaneous Geology Materials, 1960-2010
This subseries deals with Yocum's work in geology that was not directly related to the Rockhounds, including his participation in the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club.
boxfolder
219 Historical Background of the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club, 2007
220 Catalog of Minerals, 1960-2010
221 Brochures from Geology-related Destinations, circa 1969
222 Notes on Minerals, undated
Series 3 Musical Compositions, 1945-2003
Aside from work in botany and geology, Harrison Yocum studied music, the piano and composed a large number of original music, including many polkas and waltzes inspired by his observations and understanding of the natural world. Prominent among his works is the Catalina Suite in four movements, inspired by the mountain ranges surrounding Tucson.
boxfolder
31 Opus 4The Cardboard Mountains(Catalina Suite), 1965
32 Piano Compositions (1 of 2), 1945-1976
33 Piano Compositions (2 of 2), 1945-1976
34 Piano Compositions (1 of 2), 1976-1989
35 Piano Compositions (2 of 2), 1976-1989
36 Piano Compositions (1 of 2), 1989-2003
37 Piano Compositions (2 of 2), 1989-2003
Series 4 Autobiography and Family History of Harrison Yocum, 1952-2008
Harrison Yocum became a custodian of his family history while caring for his parents.
Subseries 1 Biographical Information About Harrison Yocum, 1952-2008
This subseries focuses on Harrison Yocum himself, his autobiography, corrsepondence and his press clippings.
boxfolder
38 Autobiography of Harrison Yocum, 2007
39 Harrison Yocum Press Clippings and Poems, 1956-2006
310 Who's Who Entries and Press Clippings, 2000-2004
311 Harrison Yocum Autobiographical Material Sent to Penn State, 2006
312 Correspondence, 1952-2010
313 Correspondence from Children, 2007
314 Video Interviews with Harrison Yocum (Contains CD/ROM), 2006
315 Visitors' Log from Funeral of Harrison Yocum, 2010
316 Badges from Professional Societies, undated
Subseries 2 Yocum Family History, 1864-2006
A great deal of material focused on Harrison Yocum's parents and their family background were included in the papers, including documents from an ancestor dating back to the Civil War era. A few items of interest include Harrison Senior's draft notice ordering him for induction at a date two days after World War 1 ended along with an Army pamphlet warning of the dangers of "venereal disease" and publicity materials from the Yocum family's trip to California and the Panama-Pacific Exhibition in 1915.
boxfolder
317 Family Correspodence, 1864-1917
318 Harrison Youcm Sr's Inspirational Books, circa 1900
319 Yocum Family History, 1900-1999
320 Tourist Literature from California, 1915
321 Program from a Charles Schwab Banquet, 1916
322 Harrison Yocum Sr's Draft Notice, 1918
323 Family Correspondence, 2005
324 Art and Life of Eloise June Johnson (nee Yocum), 2006
325 Harrison Yocum and Family Large Photos, undated
Subseries 3 Publications by and about Harrison Yocum, 2005-2009
These are full issues of magazines featuring articles about Harrison Yocum, correspondence with a writer from Rock & Gem Magazine and a book containing his poem, "Contemplations"
boxfolder
326 "Harrison Yocum Prizes His Backyard Kingdom,"Arizona Highways May 2005 (2 copies), 2005
327 Rockhounding Pioneer Harrison Yocum, Rock & Gem Magazine 2008
328 Correspondence and Manuscript re: Rock & Gem Article 2008
329 Timeless Voicescontains poem by Harrison Yocum undated
Subseries 4 Large Format Objects, 1900-2001
These larger format flat objects are arranged smallest to largest.
boxfolder
41 Harrison Yocum's Freemason's Apron undated
42 Photocollage circa 2001
43 Confirmation Certificate for Harrison Yocum Sr. 1919
44 Baptism Certificates of Harrison Yocum's Parents 1900
45 Artwork by Harrison Yocum undated
46 Large Masonic Certificate 1972
Series 5 Cassettes of Yocum's Piano Compositions, undated
This is a group of 20 cassettes with minimal documentation stating they are recordings of Yocum playing his compositions.
box
5 Cassettes of Yocum's Piano Compositions undated
Series 6 Photographs, undated
An aggregation of unorganized photos of Harrison Yocum and his friends and Rockhounds over the years.
box
6 Photographs, undated
Series 7 Scrapbooks, 1962-2010
Harrison Yocum organized a number of edited and captioned scrapbooks of his life, his family, his parties and his Rockhounding expeditions. Although some are numbered sequentially, not all volumes are in the possession of our collection.
Subseries 1 Tucson Botanical Gardens, 1952-2008
This subseries focuses on the development of Tucson Botanical Gardens in Yocum's backyard.
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1 House and Garden of Harrison Yocum and Development at 1628 N. Jefferson Ave. original home of Tucson Botanical Gardens, 1962-1992
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2 House and Garden of Harrison Yocum Volume 3 “Original Home of Tucson Botanical Gardens” , 2002-2005
Subseries 2 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds 1997-2009, 1997-2009
Photos of Harrison Yocum and his Rockhounds out on their field trips.
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3 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds Volume II, 1997-1999
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4 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds Volume III, 2000-2001
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5 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds Volume IV, 2001-2002
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6 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds Volume V, 2002-2003
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7 Rockhounds, 2001-2010
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8 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds Volume IX, 2007
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9 Perambulations of the Pima College Rockhounds Volume X, 2008-2009
Subseries 3 Horticulture, Undated
Press clippings about horticulture.
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10 Horticulture, 2008-2010
Subseries 4 Travel Photos, 2002-2009
Travel photos of Harrison Yocum on vacation from Europe to Alaska.
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11 Heritage Album of Harrison Yocum, 2002
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12 Photos from a trip to the Baltic Sea, 2004
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13 Photos from a trip to the British Isles, 2006
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14 Photos from a trip to Alaska, 2009
Subseries 5 Harrison Yocum's Family and Friends, 1952-2008
Scrapbooks of parties and family events.
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15 Party Album of Harrison Gerald Yocum “Golden Memories of my Cherished Friends” Volume I, 1986-1997
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16 “Golden Memories of my Cherished Friends” Volume 2, 1978-2005
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17 Family Scrapbook, 1961-2005