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George Babbitt Jr. Papers, ca. 1890-1970.


Creator: Babbitt, George, 1900-1980
Title: George Babbitt Jr. Papers,
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1890-1970
Physical Description7 linear feet (9 boxes), 1 photo album
AbstractThe George Babbitt Jr. papers consists mostly of various government reports, pamphlet, maps and clippings that have a western or southwestern focus -- specifically including water development and Native American issues. Some of Babbitt's personal correspondence, notebooks and manuscript material can also be found in the collection. The collection has a large amount of primary material that Babbitt collection, such as hotel registers, court dockets and other related material from Coconino County.
Collection NumberNAU.MS.255
Language English.
Repository Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Department.
Northern Arizona University
Box 6022
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022
Phone: 928 523 5551
Fax: 928 523 3770

Biographical Note

Born in Flagstaff on June 4, 1899, George Babbitt Jr. was a member of the well-known Babbitt family of Flagstaff, Arizona. His father, George Babbitt Sr., came to Northern Arizona in 1886 with four brothers. The brothers set up a trading post and soon expanded into the ranching business. The Babbitts rapidly acquired political power in Northern Arizona and throughout the territory. George Babbitt, Jr. went to college at Loyola University in Los Angeles, California. By 1920 he had finished his Bachelor of Arts and went on to be awarded a Master of Arts from Loyola. Babbitt married Ruth Behn in 1929.

Throughout the 1920s, Babbitt worked at various jobs, including sales manager for the Babbitt Brothers Trading Post from 1927-1930. During the 1930s, he served as Coconino County Democratic Committee chairman. In 1936, he became Postmaster of Flagstaff and continued in that position until 1953. In 1942, Babbitt organized the Babbitt Investment Company, which he later merged with his own George Babbitt Land Company to form the George Babbitt Company in 1957. Among his contributions to the Northern Arizona community was his service to business and community organizations. He was a board member or chairman of as many as 20 organizations, ranging from the Bank of Flagstaff to the Pioneer Living History Museum to the National Mental Health Association. He helped form Greater Arizona, Inc. which became one of the forerunners of the Arizona Town Hall.

After his first wife, Ruth Behn, died, Babbitt married Madeline Hunter, a Los Angeles real estate broker. In 1964, the Babbitts moved from Sedona to Paradise Valley, where George Babbitt had contributed land to the new country club. His interests beyond business were principally in history and historic preservation. He was a member of the Arizona Historical Society and the Northern Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society. Babbitt collected many rare books and informational material on topics ranging from water development to Northern Arizona History. He also conducted oral history interviews of some of Arizona's oldest living pioneers.

George Babbitt, Jr. died October 24, 1980.

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the George Babbitt Jr. Papers consists of history and travel information and represents the most valuable part of the dealing with the establishment and construction of Hoover Dam, as well as information concerning the Salt River project and the Central Arizona Project (these items are kept in the Water subseries). Another interesting part of this collection are brochures and pamphlets for towns and parks in Arizona and the Southwest. Many of the items of this type date back as far as the early twentieth century. Other topics that are addressed include the mining and cattle industries.

Much of the material in the George Babbitt Jr. papers are secondary sources related to research activities, grouped according to research subject(s).

The oral history interviews section includes 48 interviews, the majority of which were conducted by George Babbitt Jr. Most of the interviews occurred in the 1940s and 1950s, and were primarily of Flagstaff pioneers and Northern Arizona pioneers. Unfortunately, many interviews were not dated. Narrators discussed Northern Arizona events from the 1870s through the 1960s. Highlights include interviews with several Arizona Rangers, cowboys, and early settlers.

Views of Flagstaff, Ariz., streets, residential dwellings, parades, business buildings, railroad depot, churches, and Arizona Normal School (ca. 1890-1915). Portraits of early pioneers of Flagstaff and Oak Creek Canyon; Flagstaff and Prescott, Ariz., street scenes ca. 1900-1905; Coconino County Courthouse and Northern Arizona Normal School shortly after their construction; postcard image of Harold Betts' painting, Pena blanca tienda.


The George Babbitt Jr. papers were arranged in 6 series by SCA staff:
Series 1: History and travel, circa 1940-1970
Series 2: Personal papers, circa 1890-1970
Series 3. Financial Records, circa 1890-1970
Series 4: Oral history interviews, 1948-1961
Series 5: Photographs, circa 1890-1940
Series 6: Maps, circa 1694-1966





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Related Material

Babbitt, George manuscript collection, AHS-NAD 44
Colorado River Controversy manuscript collection, NAU.MS.248
Hochderffer, George manuscript collection, AHS-NAD 3.

Books from George Babbitt Jr.'s rare book collection have been separated from his archival materials and catalogued for circulation and access through Special Collections & Archives' general stacks.

Click here for a list of all the books from George Babbitt Jr.'s collection currently available through the Cline Library catalog.

Access Points

Personal Name(s)
Babbitt, George, 1900---Archives.
Hochderffer, George, 1863-1955.

Corporate Name(s)
Atchison Topeka And Santa Fe Railroad Company.
Central Arizona Project (U.S.)
Salt River Project.

Geographic Name(s)
Flagstaff (Ariz.)--History--Sources.
Flagstaff (Ariz.)--History.
Flagstaff (Ariz.)--Pictorial works.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)
Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)
Oak Creek Canyon (Ariz.)--History--Sources.
Oak Creek Canyon (Ariz.)--Pictorial works.
Prescott (Ariz.)--History--Sources.
Prescott (Ariz.)--Pictorial works.
Salt River (Ariz.)

Buildings--Arizona--Prescott--Pictorial works.
Cattle trade--Arizona.
Church buildings--Arizona--Flagstaff.
Church buildings--Arizona.
Cities and towns--Arizona.
Cities and towns--Southwest, New.
Commercial buildings--Arizona--Flagstaff.
Commercial buildings--Arizona.
County courts--Arizona.
Indians of North America--Southwest, New.
Mines and mineral resources--Arizona.
Parks--Southwest, New.
Pioneers--Arizona--Oak Creek Canyon--Portraits.
Railroad stations--Arizona--Flagstaff.
Railroad stations--Arizona.
Water resources development--Arizona.

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Babbitt Jr. papers, NAU.MS.255, Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Dept.

George Babbitt Jr. papers, NAU.OH.57, Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Dept.

George Babbitt Jr. papers, NAU.PH.91.21.1-25, Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Dept.

George Babbitt Jr. papers, NAU.PH.92.08.1-14, Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Dept.

George Babbitt Jr. papers,[ ], Cline Library. Special Collections and Archives Dept.

In 2019, Special Collections and Archives changed the title for this group of material from the "George Babbitt collection" to the "George Babbitt Jr. papers" in accordance with Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Previous to 2020 all SCA maps were assigned map numbers. In 2020 our extensive map collections were reorganized. Maps which were not associated with collections were assigned Library of Congress call numbers while maps that were associated with collections maintained the original map number within the associated manuscript collection. For assistance with maps, please ask an SCA employee.

Container List

Series 1: History and Travel, circa 1940-1970
Scope & Content
Series One, History and Travel consists of 67 folders arranged broadly by subject. The greater part of this portion of the collection contains an array of pamphlet and related material from the time frame covering the 1940-early 1970s. Most of the travel oriented material draws from Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, and contain pamphlets from national parks and monuments, and commercial publications from chambers of commerce and business groups. Also included in Series 1 are materials pertaining to Glen Canyon and Colorado River water issues.
11 Collection Information and Separation sheets
12 Geology- Arizona
13-18 Arizona
119 Arizona National Monuments and National Parks
120-23 Flagstaff
124-31 Native Americans
232-35 Native Americans
236 Navajo Army Depot
237 New Mexico-National Monuments and National Parks
238 Northern Arizona University
7 Northern Arizona University-Student Union proposal
239 Route 66
240 Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon- Research notes
241 Utah National Monuments and National Parks
242 WPA Works in Progress in Arizona
243 Yavapai County
244-44a Westerners material-publications
244b Westerners material-organization
245-47 Southwest
248 Railroad related
249 Fr. Kino related material
250-55 History & Travel-Water
256 Arizona Politics and Government
257 Holme, Frank Publications
558-59 Arizona
591 Grand Canyon
592 Native Americans
593-98 History & Travel- Water
Series Two, Personal Papers, ca. 1890-1970.
Scope & Content
Series Two, Personal Papers contains 30 folders of varied materials covering 1908-1978. There are some interesting materials (like the draft of Flagstaff Whoa by George Horchderffer), and an array of art and rare book catalogs. There are a number of personal and business oriented papers, records and related materials.
258-59 Personal Papers- correspondence
360-61 Personal Papers- correspondence
362-65 Personal Papers- notes & manuscripts
366-71 Personal papers- Clubs & organizations
9 Personal papers- Clubs & organizations -Grand Army of the Republic (1892-1910)
372-74 Personal Papers- Art & related information
475-83 Personal Papers- Rare book information
484 Personal papers- Rare book ledger
595-96 Personal Papers- correspondence
597 Personal Papers-Art & related information
7 Personal Papers-Art & related information-Frederic Remington's Buckskin prints
598 Personal Papers- notes & manuscripts
Series Three, Financial Records, ca. 1890-1970.
Series Three, Financial Records is comprised of 9 folders containing a mixture of business and governmental financial materials.
585-86 Personal Papers- Financial records (governmental).
487-88 Personal Papers- Financial records (business).
599-100 Personal Papers- Financial records (governmental).
5101-103 Personal Papers- Financial records (business) ,
6 Personal Papers- Financial records (business)
8104 Personal Papers- Financial records (governmental)
8 Personal Papers- Financial records (business)
Series Four, George Babbitt Oral History Collection, NAU.OH.57, 1948-1961.
Scope & Content
The George Babbitt collection includes 48 interviews. Most of the interviews occurred in the 1940s and 1950s, and were primarily of Flagstaff pioneers and northern Arizona pioneers. Unfortunately many interviews were not dated. Narrators discussed Northern Arizona events from the 1870s through the 1960s. Highlights of the collection include interviews with several Arizona Rangers, cowboys and early settlers. The majority of the interviews were conducted by George Babbitt.
571 Arizona Rangers, Joe Pearce and Rube Neill, interviewed by George Babbitt, May 30, 1957
Joe Pearce was a cowboy on the Hashknife Ranch from its inception in 1885. He tells how the Hashknife came into existence, how it was stocked, and about the cowboys brought in from Texas to operate it. He explains why the ranch was not a successful ranching operation. His family operated a ranch near Heber and Pearce, and he became acquainted with many of the participants in the Pleasant Valley war, including Andy Cooper (Blevins), the Tewksburys and Grahams. Pearce knew them well and describes their character and the incidents that turned ordinary ranchers into deadly antagonists. He provides details of the Blevins gang attack upon the Tewksbury ranch house and describes the subsequent shooting of Andy Blevins by Sheriff Commodore Owens. The sheriff was a frequent visitor at the Heber ranch. Pearce knew him well, and furnishes many details about Commodore's characteristics, appearance, and of the events that proved his courage. At age 28, Pearce was eager for adventure and joined the Arizona Rangers. He tells about the pay, and how badge number 13 came to be assigned to him.
Rube Neill also was a Hashknife cowboy. He describes how the Hashknife outfit was formed and gives particulars of the cattle they ran, the condition of the range, and their constant troubles with drought and rustlers. In addition to ordinary rustlers, Neill mentions the "rawhide artists" who came in and made off with many cattle by altering a rancher's cattle brand with their own new creation. The Hashknife ranch suffered also from this manner of thievery. Neill names the five Daggs brothers that brought in the first bands of sheep. He describes the type of sheep and where the lambs were marketed. They hired the Tewksburys to take the sheep down into Pleasant Valley for winter pasture. And he describes this act as precipitating the killing of an Indian sheepherder and the start of the Pleasant Valley war between the Tewksburys and Grahams.
Jack Redmond enters the conversation during tape 3. Redmond was born in New York and worked at the the Calument and Arizona Mining Co. at Lowell. He was a member of the Arizona Rangers.
Transcript and 4 audio tapes available.
572 Charles Babbitt, June 3, 1949
Year and the order the Babbitt men came to Flagstaff. Babbitt stores and Opera house and the establishments that Flagstaff had at the time; homesteading and railroad development.
Transcript and 1 audio tape available.
573 Space Tapes Recorded in Sedona, November 1959
574 Ralph Cameron.
Ralph Cameron was one of the earliest settlers in Flagstaff. He describes the first buildings erected and names some of the builders. One of those was the surveyor whose party erected the first flagpole at Flagstaff. He describes the living conditions of mill workers, how saloons were constructed, and how whiskey and water were sold. Cameron tells how the two boilers that powered the sawmill were brought into Flagstaff by ox team, which was before arrival of the railroad. He describes Flagstaff as not particularly lawless, but gives particulars of how Holbrook suffered from the wild Hashknife cowboys and what happened to nine of them. Cameron and Tom McMillan ran a band of sheep on shares and the pair had a gun battle with some 25 Mexicans who had brought in their own large band of sheep and tried to run them off the range. Cameron gives details of their gunfight and ultimate disposition of the 18,000 to 20,000 sheep.
He tells of the expense he endured upon going to Prescott for jury duties. That led to his forming a group of Flagstaff citizens to divide the large Yavapai County, an effort that spanned six months. To split the county required getting Governor Zulick to sign the legislation to do so, and Cameron describes how he persuaded a friend of the governor to obtain Zulick's cooperation. He tells how quickly the state records were seized in Prescott after passage of the legislation and how they got to California and eventually back to Phoenix.
Abstract, written summary, and 1 audio tape available
575 Samuel Irby, Claude Dick Richardson, Hubert Richardson, and Tony Richardson, March 3, 1950
A round table discussion with four veteran Indian trading post operators who tell of their arrival in Arizona, and of the various trading posts they operated. Hubert Richardson describes meeting Lorenzo and Charles Hubbell on his way to the Sunrise Springs trading post. C.D. Richardson recalls the killing of a Navajo who refused to send his children to the government school. And the group discusses dangers the traders face from their Indian customers. S. I. outlines the attempted arrest, and resulting battle, when a posse comes upon a camp of angry Navajos. Billy Roden, an early day cattleman, claimed an enormous part of northern Arizona as "his" ranch, and S. I. describes the manner in which he poisoned Navajos when they transgressed upon it. Hubert tells how he and a party were the among the first white men to penetrate the Navajo Mountain area, and their effort to construct a road to remote Rainbow Lodge trading post. He explains how the post became the property of Barry Goldwater.
Transcript and 1 audio tape available.
576 Bill Wilson-Knots and Packing.
A veteran mule packer, Bill Wilson, shows George Babbitt how to tie four types of hitches to fix a load atop a mule. The different hitches are designed to best serve various kinds and sizes of burdens. He first became interested in mules and packing when in the Philippine Islands. Wilson describes how a pair of men will load the pack mules, how long it takes them, and how much an average mule ought to carry. He tells how a bell mare is used to get the pack mules to follow along. And relates how many hours the mules can work and how far a typical mule train would travel in a day. "Keeping the hair on your mule is important," he advises, and explains that a blanket and pad should always be used to cushion the load. Wilson and Babbitt engage in discussion about other old mule packers. Babbitt urges Wilson to organize a reunion of old packers, and if he should do so, Babbitt offers to supply the whiskey for the get-together.
Abstract, written summary and 1 audio tape available.
577 First Pioneer Reunion.
George Babbitt, as interviewer, presided at the First Pioneer Reunion at Flagstaff, Arizona (date unknown) and invited comments from those present. Those making brief comments of their early day experience were: Pete Micheldorf, Bill Sweitzer, Bert Cameron, and George Babbitt. The microphone was passed among the attendees with the request they state name and date of their arrival in Flagstaff. Some of the names and dates were inaudible on the tape. Twenty-six were partially, or fully, audible. Many arrival dates were in the 1880's and 1890's.
Abstract, written summary, and 1 audio tape available
578 Joe Kellem, 1960.
1 audio tape available
579 Mr. Wise.
Joe Wise describes Tucson in the 1880's and of the promotion of Calabasas by Sykes, who later was to become his father-in-law. Sykes was an exceptionally able promoter who spurred development of Calabasas with railroads and mining. Wise tells about the changing fortunes of that community, as well as of Sykes who had a phenomenal run of luck in real estate development and mining that finally ended in disaster on Wall Street. Wise discusses the close encounters he had with the Apaches, and tells of the heavy toll that Apaches inflicted upon the early settlers of southern Arizona. Wise knew and interacted with many of the well-known names of early Arizona history, such as Pete Kitchen, Charles Posten, Louie Parker and Edwin Tewksbury. He tells of negotiating with Kitchen for purchase of Kitchen's fortified ranch that was made famous by Kitchen's successful defense against Apaches raids. And of how Kitchen fared thereafter.
Joe Wise filed numerous land claims but he found himself frequently fighting other claimants for clear title. He ascribes his losses, in words plain and blunt, to southern sympathizers who dominated the courts. Since his claims involved land on several Spanish land grants he gives the history of their origination. His court battles involved the Baca Float land grant and he tells how the U.S. government settled conflicting claims to it. Wise settled in Nogales and describes its appearance in the late 1880's
As a young man, he operated a ranch, and tells in detail how the lush grazing land of southern Arizona produced so many cattle. But, the appearance of cattle on the range was a mixed blessing. He explains how cattle caused the spread of mesquite trees that subsequently crowded out the desirable grasses. He notes the degradation of the Santa Cruz River by erosion that he attributes to the absence of those grasses.
Abstract, written summary, and 2 audio tapes available.
5710 Will Sweitzer, February 2, 1961.
Sweitzer came to Flagstaff in September of 1883, at age 15 by train from Los Angeles. Father worked in the logging camps in the winter. Discussed how Flagstaff got its name and the businesses that used to be here. Talks about well-known persons who lived here at that time; watched as cattlemen entered the area.
Transcript and 1 audio tape available
5711 Cliff Kramer, February 4, 1961.
Born in 1895; moved to Flagstaff in 1908. Also lived in Little Spring where he worked on a ranch rounding up wild horses. Served in the army in 1918.
Transcript and 1 audio tape available
5712 Reunion Verde Pioneers-Jerome, 1949.
3 audio tapes available
5713 Joe Lee-Navajo Trading, Henry "Tag" Garris, Mrs. Cart, 1949.
Joe Lee was born in 1870 and came to Tuba City at the age of 3. Later in life he prospected for gold and iron, and worked as a wool and rug trader at McGovern's trading Post in Preston Mesa. He was also nicknamed Aold gambler
Henry "Tag" Garris was born in 1873. He came to Arizona from Missouri as a child. His family settled in Camp Verde in 1875. He worked at a cattle ranch at Rogers Lake
Mrs. Cart was born in 1870 and moved to Arizona from California in 1879. Her family brought 1000 head of cattle/horses. The settled in old Bristol Place in Verde Valley.
Abstract, written summary, and 1 audio tape available.
5714 Anniversary/Birthday, June 29, 1957.
5715 Senator Henry Ashurst interviewed at the Monte Vista Hotel in Flagstaff, May 19, 1959.
Ashurst was born in Winnemucca, Nevada on September 13, 1874, in a wagon. His family herded sheep to California.. In 1883 he moved to Flagstaff where he lived in a log house and attended school. Later in life he became involved in politics.
Transcript and 2 audio tapes available.
5716 Mother's Day-Oak Creek Blizzard, 1957.
5717 Troutdale Advertisement. ,
5718 Old Medicine next hit Man. ,
Translated by Nelly (?) Because he spoke in Navajo. Purpose of interview is to ask questions about a painting the old man has (dying man has around him objects that belong to him and that he will distribute to relatives). previous hitMedicine man describes the painting and tells a story around it; Indian name is Sam Joe.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available
5719 John/Amy Neal, Ed Johnson.
1 Audio tape available
5720 Stanley Sykes.
Emigrated to Arizona in 1886 from England. He started a cattle operation at Turkey Tanks east of Flagstaff. He was involved with forming a band and helping to build Lowell Observatory. Remembers Indian trouble, guns and gun men. He married Billy Switzer's sister.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available.
5721 Charlie Clark.
Arrived in Flagstaff June 15, 1883, at the age of 15, from New Hampshire. His uncle, John Clark, was one of the first white men to settle in Flagstaff. He talked about the history of the Old Clark ranch and related family stories about the origins of the lumber mills, cattle ranches etc.
Abstract, written summary, and 1 audio tape available.
5722 Durward McKinney.
5723 Oak Creek-"Old Cowboy."
5724 John Kimball, 1949.
5725 Pow Wow.
5726 Post Office Christmas Party, 1948.
5727 J.H. Macia interviewed in Tombstone, Arizona, January 1, 1949.
Early days in Tombstone around 1900; father was a miner there. Drove a freight train and mined as well; met wife in 1887.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available.
5728 Mrs. Cook interviewed in Oak Creek, July 12, 1949.
Cook was born in March of 1858 near Yosemite, California. She married Steve Purtyman and had 6 sons; moved to Oak Creek in 1887. Remembers the animals in the area, Indians, guns, parties in Oak Creek. Son Albert and daughter-in-law both interviewed as well.
5729 Lynk Smith.
Came to Flagstaff in 1876-77. Discussed Apache Indians and how they rustled horses and cattle. Talked about the RR not coming to Flagstaff until 1882 and how the mail was delivered before then. Road 40-50 miles a day on a dirt trail; talked about the old cattle brands, rustlers, and cowboys. Talked about early days on the range; met Billy The Kid once.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available.
5730 Shine Smith, Joe Lee.
5731 Les Hart (Dean Howard).
5732 Colonel George Hochderfer, June 11, 1952.
On its 61st anniversary, George Hochderfer tells how he organized Company I of the Arizona National Guard at Flagstaff, Arizona, and introduces two men present who are two of the last three living enlistees of that original muster. Details of the military uniforms they wore are given. He tells how he was motivated to form the guard unit as a result of danger to his family from outlaw Indians. He explains how Sheriff Francis of Flagstaff, fearing an Indian massacre, appealed for help from the newly formed National Guard unit and how a severe rebuke was received from the Adjutant General for his doing so. That prompted Hochderfer and the commander of Company C to tender their resignations, but the governor refused to accept that of Hochderfer. He traces the campaigns of his unit, in coordination with the sheriff, against two separate groups of Indians who posed a threat to overrun Flagstaff, and how their leader was arrested and the remainder disarmed.
Hochderfer and his fellow guardsmen discuss the story about the hanging of nine men in Flagstaff for robbery and their reasons for believing it to be true. He tells about Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson whom he knew when he was deputy sheriff in Dodge City, Kansas, and how the shootings in Dodge were primarily among the lawmen, which contrasted with the conduct of peace officers in Flagstaff who always came to the aid of each other.
Transcript and 1 audio tape available.
5733 Boy Scout Meeting-Silver Beaver Award.
5734 Mr. and Mrs. Terry "Tump" Freeman.
Came to Flagstaff in 1879; settled there for awhile and then migrated south. Got grazing contracts, but then cattle were stolen by Mexicans. Discussed family's first settlers; in Phoenix in 1890 worked on a ranch and land ownership.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available.
5735 Charlie Stemmer, George Buckler.
Interviewed in 1949; early settler in early days of Flagstaff. Arrived in Flagstaff in 1885 when population was only 300 people. Babbitt family remembered; killing of lumberjacks at saloons. Also lived in Oak Creek and Sedona.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available.
5736 Mamie McMillan Fleming.
Mamie born in 1894; talks of her father's life. Arrived in Flagstaff in 1876; homesteader w/ a log house and 320 acres. Grand Canyon stage, Hart Prairie and origins of McMillan Ranch talked about.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available.
5737 City Zoning Meeting/Greater Arizona.
Abstract and 1 audio tape available
5738 Ralph Cameron, May 5, 1951.
Came to Flagstaff in 1883; worked in sawmill out here; started the road to Globe. Spoke of people like the Riordans, E.E Ayer, Dave Babbitt. He had business affiliations with many of them. Remembers impressions, history and personal involvements. No houses, no tents, no buildings in the area while they were deciding on a name for the town. Describes types of entertainment and recreation; lobbyist in politics and re-drew the lines for the state capitol.
Transcript and 1 audio tape available.
5739 Jack Wheeler (abstract only).
Tape 1, Side 1, 2: Learned to drive oxen in the 1880's as a child; describes the ox yoke, ox bow and the way they are used to harness oxen for pulling wagons. Led pack mule to Arizona in 1905; talks about techniques and methods and personality of the oxen.
5740 Northern Arizona Historical Society Meeting.
5741 Charles Burrus, John Cooney, Pete Michaelbaugh, Pauline Roland.
5742 Music: Polkas, Christmas music, Strauss Waltzes, Organ.
5743 Unidentified.
5744 Walter Durham.
5745 Howard Reed.
5746 Mary Platten.
5747 Florence, Las Vegas.
5748 A.B. Peach.
Series 5, Photographs, ca. 1890-1940.
NAU.PH.91.21.1-25 George Babbitt collection, [photographs]. , ca. 1890-1915
Scope & Content
1 album (25 photographs) : b&w : 18 x 26 cm. Views of Flagstaff, Ariz., streets, residential dwellings, parades, business buildings, railroad depot, churches, and Arizona Normal School (ca. 1890-1915).
Digital versions of these images can be found by clicking here.
NAU.PH.92.08.1-18 George Babbitt collection, [photographs]. , 1895-1959.
Scope & Content
16 photographic prints : b&w. 7 negatives : gelatin dry plate. 2 postcards : col. Portraits of early pioneers of Flagstaff and Oak Creek Canyon; Flagstaff and Prescott, Ariz., street scenes ca. 1900-1905; Coconino County Courthouse and Northern Arizona Normal School shortly after their construction; postcard image of Harold Betts' painting, Pena blanca tienda.
Digital Material Available
Digitized materials from the George Babbitt papers are available through Digital Collections. Select "Colorado Plateau Archives." Use the advanced search menu to search for "George Babbitt Jr." in the "Collection name" field.
Series 6, Published Maps, ca. 1694-1966. 19 encapsulated published maps
Scope and Content
These published maps are historical representations of North and South America. None of them are annotated
Can be found in one folder located in the oversize map drawers.
Map 559 - Mexico and Guatemala, 1834.
Map 561 - Sketch of Public Surveys in New Mexico and Arizona, 1866.
Map 562 - North America Showing it's Political Divisions, 1860.
Map 563 - Indexed Atlas of the World - Arizona, no date.
Map 564 - Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Utah and New Mexico, no date.
Map 565 - Map of the United States, no date.
Map 566 - Arizona [Colorful map with graphics and historical facts], 1939.
Map 567 - County and Township map of Arizona and New Mexico, 1887.
Map 568 - Coltons new Mexico and Arizona, 1873.
Map 569 - Coltons  New Mexico and Arizona, 1873.
Map 571 - Geographical, Historical and Statistical Map of America, 1828.
Map 572 - Carte Generale Des Descouvertes, 1752.
Map 573 - Mappo Mondo o Vero Carta Generale Del Globo Terestre, 1700.
Map 575 - Audience de Guadalajara, 1957.
Map 576 - Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, 1966.
Map 577 - L'Amerique Septentrionale, no date.
Map 578 - L'Amerique - a 1694 map of the Americas, 1694.
Map 579 - Arizona Lost Mines and Ghost Towns - Military Forts, 1963.
Map 580 - Johnson's Mexico, no date.