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Melvin Hecht papers, 1950-1982

MS 714

Collection Summary

Creator: Hecht, Melvin E.
Collection Name:Melvin Hecht papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1950-1982
Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet
Abstract:The Melvin Hecht papers contain his professional research from 1950-1982. Included are research notes, newspaper clippings, maps, and photographic material focusing on the geography of southern Arizona, most of which was created during his time as a geography professor at the University of Arizona.
Collection Number:MS 714
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

Melvin Hecht was born in 1926. He received his Ph. D in geography from the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1956. The first trained geographer in the faculty, Hecht taught in the Department of Geography and Regional Development. As a professor, he taught beginning courses in geography and business administration, developed new courses in the department, and aided in program planning. During this time, he also co-authored The Arizona Atlas with Richard Reeves. He retired to emeritus status in 1983, and he died in 1985.

Scope and Content Note

The Melvin Hecht papers contain his professional research between 1950 and 1982, the bulk of which was created during his time at the University of Arizona. The research focuses primarily on the geography of southern Arizona, specifically man-made structures such as houses. The papers contain research notes, newspaper clippings, lecture notes, and a research index. In addition, the papers contain a variety of photographic materials such as photographs, slides, and photographic negatives.


This collection is organized into two series.
Series I: Research materials
Series II: Photographic materials



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Maps
Tucson (Ariz.)

Geography -- Study and teaching
Human Geography

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Melvin Hecht papers (MS 714). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

Processing History

Processed by Caroline Kinsley in 2019.

Container List

Series I: Research materials, 1950-1982
Scope and Contents
This series contains Hecht's research notes, including maps of Arizona, newspaper clippings from the Tucson area, pamphlets of local housing projects, and a research index he created.
11 Morning Star map and evaluation, March 23, 1971
12 Names, streets, parks, subdivision layouts, 1957, 1972-1978
13 Sense of place, 1950, 1970-1982
14 Tucson barrios, undated
15 Tucson city maps and newspaper clippings, 1962-1978
16 Tucson housing pamphlets, 1963-1965
17 Tucson field trip notes and maps, 1962-1979, undated
18 Tucson newspaper clippings 1, 1966-1978
19 Tucson newspaper clippings 2, 1975, 1978
Box 2 Research index, 1950-1977
Scope and Contents
Tucson and other house types. Tucson and Nogales field trip
Series II: Photographic materials, 1950-1982
Scope and Contents
This series contains the photographic materials created by Hecht, including slides, photographic negatives, and a photograph index. Included in the photograph index is a small collection of Arizona postcards.
110 Building and climate, Tucson and non-Tucson, 1968-1977
111 General - lumbering and adobe, 1968-1974
112 Great Plains - Kansas, 1952-1956, 1976
113 Landscaping Arizona, non-Tucson, 1963-1977
114 Mideast, 1969, 1971, 1974
115 Midwest, 1950-1953, 1960, undated
116 Plants, 1965-1982
117 Remote subdivisions, 1975, 1978
118 South , 1968-1971
Scope and Contents
Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Florida
119 Tucson landscape and landscaping, 1964-1978
120 Tucson non-residential, 1964-1971, 1982
121 Photo negatives, 1973-1978, undated
3 Photograph index, 1950, 1972-1978, undated
Scope and Contents
Townscapes, taken and to take. Postcards