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Tony Zimmerman papers, 1929-2007

MS 640

Collection Summary

Creator: Zimmerman, Tony, 1892-1996
Collection Name Tony Zimmerman papers
Inclusive Dates: 1929-2007
Physical Description: 1.75 linear feet
AbstractThis collection contains the manuscripts of Tony Zimmerman who was a contributor to the development of Mount Lemmon. The writings are largely short stories that cover topics from personal and family history to commentary pieces. Also included are photographs and personal materials.
Collection NumberMS 640
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

Tony Zimmerman was born in Osborn, Kansas in 1893 to Swedish parents. In 1912 Zimmerman earned his teaching certificate and took a job in Blue, Arizona. In 1920 Zimmerman married Sena, a fellow teacher, and they had five children, Marjorie Joyce, Franklin, Mary Ellen, Norma Ann, and Robert. He taught and worked in several small towns in eastern Arizona before a drought drove him and his family back to Kansas. In 1926 Zimmerman and his family moved to Tucson where he taught at Stafford Junior High for eighteen years. Zimmerman traveled to Mount Lemmon with a friend in 1937 and in 1943 he resigned from his teaching position to move his family to Mount Lemmon permanently. Until his death in 1996 at the age of 103, Zimmerman worked to develop the community of Summerhaven.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the manuscripts of Tony Zimmerman. The writings are largely short stories that cover topics from personal and family history to commentary pieces. Also included are photographs of Mount Lemmon, newspapers, manuscripts by other authors, research materials, and personal materials. Some of the material in the collection was included in the published work The Road to Mount Lemmon by his daughter Mary Ellen Barnes.


This collection is organized into 3 series.
Series I: Writings, 1964-1996
Series II: Personal Material, 1929-2007
Series III: Photographs, 1942-2003



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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Zimmerman, Tony, 1982-1996.

Geographic Name(s)
Lemmon, Mount (Ariz.).

American literature -- Southwest, New.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Arizona.
Lemmon, Mount (Ariz.) -- History.

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Tony Zimmerman papers (MS 640) Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Amy Cook.

Container List

Writings, 1964-1996
This series contains family histories, autobiographical works, commentaries, fictional works and manuscripts of works by other authors. Original order of creator maintained with writings arranged according to subject.
11 "A Story of Life Experiences in Kansas and Arizona", 1979
12 "Memorabilia" Handwritten, 1984
13 "Memorabilia" Photocopy, 1986
14 "Memorabilia" Typed, 1984
15 "Life of a Centenarian", 1996
16 Untitled Family History, 1990
17 Multiple Stories, 1984-1993
18 Arizona, 1979-1992
19 Stories on Mount Lemmon, 1964
110-11 Mount Lemmon, 1950-1993
112 Other Authors, 1970-1990
113 Essays, 1993
114 Essays on Health Issues, 1987-1994
115 Travels, 1984-1986
116 History, 1981-1993
117 U.S. Government, 1983-1989
118 Family Sketches, 1993
Personal materials, 1929-2007
This series contains biographical information, obituaries, letters of sympathy, a 1988 Safford Junior High yearbook, a personal notebook, research materials, and newspapers.
119 Biographical Information, Obituaries, Letters of Sympathy, 1995-1996
120 Personal Material, 1990
121 Yearbook, 1998
21-2 Research Material, 1964-1990
23 Newspapers, 1929-2007
31-3 Newspapers, 1929-2007
Photographs, 1942-2003
This series contains postcards and photographs of locations on Mount Lemmon. Maintained original order of creator according to subject.
34-8 Photographs of Mount Lemmon, 1942-2003