Sallie Pierce Harris papers circa 1912-1989

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Sallie Pierce Harris papers circa 1912-1989

MS 638

Collection Summary

Creator: Harris, Sallie Van Valkenburgh
Collection NameSallie Pierce Harris papers
Inclusive Dates: circa 1912-1989
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet
Abstract:Reminiscences, research correspondence and printed materials, from 1917 to 1989, and photographs and a photograph album, circa 1912 to 1917, relating to the history of Mansfield Mining Camp near Patagonia, Ariz. and the Pierce, Rood and Etchells families.
Collection Number:MS 638
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

Biographical Note

Sallie Pierce was born in 1911 in Colorado to Colwell and Mary (Rood) Pierce. They moved to Patagonia, Arizona in 1912 where Colwell worked as a mining engineer at the Mansfield Mining Camp. Later Sallie studied archaeology at the University of Arizona graduating in the 1930s. She married Jim Brewer, a ranger for the National Parks Service (NPS) and worked with him at various northern Arizona national monuments. During World War II, she became the first permanent woman park ranger in the Southwest working at Casa Grande and Tumacacori. She was divorced after the war and in the 1950s, married Richard Van Valkenburgh, a NPS archaeological researcher working with the Navajo. They divorced in the 1960s. She later worked at the Southwest Archeological Center in Globe and married William Harris, Jr. In retirement, she lived in Prescott until her death in 1994.

Scope and Content Note

Paper and photographs including correspondence, collected reminiscences, photocopies of newspaper articles, along with an article by Harris relating memories of the Mansfield Mining Camp in Patagonia, Arizona. Reminiscences are contributed by members of the Rood and Etchells families. Correspondents include Bob Lenon and Doris Seibold. There are photographs and a photograph album, dated mostly from 1912 to 1917, with images of family and the Patagonia, Arizona and Mansfield Canyon areas of Santa Cruz County. These include views of the Patagonia Development Company, the railroad depot, freight teams, miners and mining activity. Also included are images of Mexico, both photographs and postcards, particularly Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona. These include images of the international line, customs house, school, and a July 4th parade. Two cyanotypes in folder 5 show a mine building and town.



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Access Terms

Family Name(s)
Etchells family
Pierce family
Rood family

Corporate Name(s)
Patagonia Development Corporation

Geographic Name(s)
Mansfield Mining Camp (Ariz.)
Nogales (Ariz.) -- Photographs
Patagonia (Ariz.) -- Photographs

Cyanotypes (photographic prints)
Fourth of July celebrations -- Arizona -- Nogales -- Photographs
Miners -- Arizona -- Photographs
Parades -- Arizona -- Nogales -- Photographs
Rural life -- Arizona -- Santa Cruz County -- Photographs

Genre Form(s)
Letters (correspondence)
Photograph albums

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Sallie Pierce Harris papers (MS 638). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

Processing History

Processed in 2018 by Kim Frontz.

Container List

Series I: Papers, circa 1912-1989
11 Correspondence, 1968-1989
12 Collected reminiscences, 1949-1987
13 Article: Memories of Mansfield Mining Camp, 1987
14 Research, printed materials, news articles, 1912-1916
Series II: Photographs and photograph album, circa 1912-1917
15 Photographs, including cyanotypes, circa 1912-1917
2 (Vault) Photograph album, circa 1912-1917