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A.E. (Gene) Magee Photographs and Papers 1902-1996 (bulk 1930-1970)

MS 573


Collection Summary

Creator: Magee, A.E. (Gene), 1907-1999.
Collection Name: A.E. (Gene) Magee Photographs and Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1902-1996
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1930-1970)
Physical Description:5.4 linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains photographic prints, negatives, slides and a small number of papers created by A.E. (Gene) Magee from the 1920’s-1990’s. Subjects include aerial imagery of Tucson, Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Company, electrical engineering work, businesses and other locations throughout Tucson and the rest of Arizona and trips to California, Montana and Mexico.
Collection Number:MS 573
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

Arthur Eugene "Gene" Magee, born in 1907, moved from Oklahoma to Tucson with his family in 1924. Magee graduated from Tucson High School in 1925 and received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1930. He began working full time at Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Company (now TEP) and photographing his electrical work, a practice that continued throughout his career. Magee became the manager at Tucson Rapid Transit Company (now Sun Tran) for eight years in the late 1930s and co-founded Western Ways Photographic Services with photographer and filmmaker Charles Herbert in 1946. In 1948, Magee started his own company Magee Engineering in 1948 and left Western Ways to focus on his new business. Magee spent the next 48 years operating his firm working on over 100 schools, over 30 buildings on the University of Arizona campus, Tucson International Airport, City Hall and a variety of other buildings across Tucson. In addition to his engineering career, Magee became a licensed pilot in the 1930s and began taking aerial photos of Tucson, effectively documenting the city's post-WWII population growth over several decades. Throughout his life, Magee also traveled and photographed several cities across Arizona, McLeod, Montana, some popular destinations in California and across northern Mexico, including many missions founded by Father Kino. In 1995, Magee contributed some of his aerial images to Above Tucson Now and Then by James Glinski, a book comparing aerial views taken by Magee in the 1940s to views taken by Glinski in 1995.


Scope and Content Note

This collection has four series and contains photographic materials consisting of black and white and color negatives of varying formats from 35mm, medium and large format film and color slides, black and white and color prints of varying sizes, contact sheets, postcards, a small number of papers created or kept by Magee and a small selection of photographs from other Western Ways photographers, Manley Commercial Photography and the Buehman Collection. Many negatives have little to no background information recorded. Materials in this collection date from 1902-1996, the majority between 1930-1970, and document both aerial and ground views of Tucson, several cities across Arizona and trips to California, Montana and Mexico.

The first series pertains to Tucson from 1902-1996 and is divided into seven sub-series organized at folder level and consists of aerials of Tucson spanning several decades, airports and air shows in and around Tucson, a variety of buildings, ranches and other locations including a large number of schools Magee completed electrical work at, views of the Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Company plant and miscellaneous events and sights around Tucson like the Tucson Rodeo and its annual parade. The final sub-series contains oversize reproductions of materials found in the first six sub-series.

The second series pertains to several cities across Arizona from 1930-1970 and is divided into three sub-series organized at folder level. Magee did not record specific information such as dates for a bulk of these materials. The first series is organized by city and the subjects found in each city vary greatly from aerials, businesses, dams, ghost towns, hotels, mills, mining, Native Americans, ranches, scenery and schools. The second series consists of images of national and state parks and unidentified aerials, cacti, ranches and scenery and the third series contains oversize reproductions of works from the first two sub-series.

The third series pertains to travel outside of Arizona from 1940-1960 and is divided into three sub-series organized at folder level. The first sub-series includes popular destinations in California and scenes from McLeod, Montana. The second sub-series includes photographs from a trip Gene and his wife Pauline Magee took to Mexico in 1936 or 1937 where they visited many of Father Kino's missions, multiple cities, the country side, beaches and Rancho Alamo. The third sub-series contains oversize reproductions of materials found in the first two sub-series.

The fourth series contains a small selection of printed materials including personal letters sent to Magee, a volume of "Creative Ideas in Glass" containing a feature on an addition to the El Con Shopping Mall where Magee completed work as an electrical engineer, a newsletter from the West University Neighborhood Association and a "special list stock cards."


Arrangement

This collection is organized into 4 series and 13 subseries:
Series I: Tucson, 1902, circa 1920-1996
Sub-Series 1: Aerials, circa 1930-1996
Sub-Series 2: Aviation, circa 1940-1996
Sub-Series 3: Locations, 1902, circa 1930-1996
Sub-Series 4: Schools, circa 1960-1990
Sub-Series 5: Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Company, 1902-1950
Sub-Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1939-1963
Sub-Series 7: Oversize Tucson, circa 1930-1996
Series II: Arizona, circa 1930-1990
Sub-Series 1: Arizona Cities, circa 1930-1990
Sub-Series 2: Miscellaneous, undated
Sub-Series 3: Oversize Arizona, 1939-1950, 1975, 1984
Series III: United States and Mexico, 1936-1960
Sub-Series 1: United States, 1940-1960
Sub-Series 2: Mexico, 1936-1937
Sub-Series 3: Oversize U.S. and Mexico, 1936-1937, 1940
Series IV: Printed Materials, 1952, 1972, 1978, 1996

Restrictions

Restrictions

The following materials are restricted from access:

Box 7 Folder 3; Box 8 Folder 1 and Folder 17; Box 9 Folder 2; Box 10 Folder 9; Box 15

Please contact the archivist for assistance.

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.


Related Material

A.E. Magee Collection (PC 177). Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, Archives Department.

Above Tucson: then & now by James Glinski ; with Gene Magee's vintage photographs and a foreword by Roy P. Drachman.

Buehman Family Collection (MS 1240). Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, Archives Department.

The Western Ways Feature Files Collection (MS 1056). Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, Archives Department.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Magee, A. E. (Gene).

Corporate Name(s)
Magee Engineering.
Western Ways Photographic Services.

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Pictorial works.
California -- Pictorial works.
Mexico -- Pictorial works.
Montana -- Pictorial works.
Tucson (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works.

Subject(s)
Aerial Photography -- Arizona.
Documentary photography--United States--History--20th century.
Electrical Engineering.
Photography -- Arizona -- Tucson.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

A.E. (Gene) Magee Photographs and Papers (MS 573). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Rebecca Noble.


Container List

Series I Tucson, 1902, circa 1920-1996
This series has seven subseries. It contains mostly black and white and some color 35 mm, medium and large format negatives and prints of varying sizes, printed materials, postcards and some color slides of locations within the city of Tucson and the surrounding area.
Subseries 1 Aerials, circa 1930-1996
This series is arranged alphabetically and described at folder level and contains black and white aerial negatives and prints of various parts of Tucson spanning several decades taken during Magee's frequent flights over the city. Prints in the identified folder note street names and are often dated by Magee.
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11 Downtown -- negatives and photos, circa 1970-1990
12 Identified -- negatives and photos, circa 1930-1990
13 Tucson Residences -- negatives, 1941, undated
14 Unidentified -- negatives, circa 1930-1990
15 Unidentified -- photos, circa 1930-1990
Subseries 2 Aviation, circa 1940-1996
This series is described at folder level and is arranged alphabetically. It contains mostly black and white and some color negatives and prints including many aerial images from various early airports that have been demolished, repurposed or remodeled, the first incarnation of the Tucson International Airport where Magee worked as the engineer of record, air shows and a space shuttle launch.
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16 Avra Valley Air Show -- negatives and photos, 1984
17 Davis Monthan Air Force Base -- photo, circa 1940-1950
18 Gilpin Airport -- negatives, circa 1940-1950
19 Gilpin Airport -- photos, circa 1940-1950
110 Lockheed Hanger -- negatives and prints, 1993
111 Space Shuttle Launch -- negatives, 1986
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21 Tucson Airport -- Hodgin Family, Terminal -- negatives, circa 1940-1950
22 Tucson Airport -- Terminal -- negatives, circa 1940-1950
23 Grand Central -- photos, circa 1950-1955
24 Tucson Airport -- printed materials, 1968
25 Tucson Air Show -- negatives, circa 1970-1980
Subseries 3 Locations, 1902, circa 1930-1996
This series is described at folder level and is arranged alphabetically. It contains mostly black and white and some color negatives and prints including some aerial images, printed materials and some color slides of a variety of businesses, sport fields, popular destinations like San Xavier Mission and Saguaro National Park and other buildings in Tucson, many of which Magee did electrical work for.
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26 Arizona Historical Society -- Manley Commercial Photography -- prints, circa 1960-1970
27 Arizona Inn -- print, undated
28 Arizona Sonora Desert Museum -- Western Ways -- negatives and prints, 1938, undated
29 Arizona Trust Company -- prints, undated
210 Baseball field (railroad tracks and Speedway) -- prints, undated
211 Colossal Cave -- negative and print, 1938
212 Congress St. Bridge Statues -- negatives, undated
213 DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun -- slides, 1961
214 Downtown: East side of Park at railroad tracks -- prints, 1992
215 Downtown: assorted buildings -- negatives and prints, undated
216 Elks Club / Snob Hollow -- prints, circa 1970-1980
217 Fort Lowell Site -- print, 1943
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31 General Electric -- Gates Learjet Lighting -- prints, printed materials, circa 1970-1980, undated
32 Hi Corbett Field -- negatives and prints, 1992-1993, undated
33 Infilco, South Campbell Ave. -- prints, undated
34 Lodge in the Desert -- negatives, undated
35 Miracle Mile -- prints, 1946
36 Old Tucson -- negatives and slides, 1958, undated
37 Plaza International -- print, undated
38 Pima County Court House, Western Ways / Peter Balestrero -- prints, circa 1950-1960
39 Pond's Mansion -- prints, 1946, 1995
310 Red & Blue Drive-In -- Arthur Brown -- negative, undated
311 Ranches: Desert Haven Trailer Court, Diamond W Ranch, Double A Ranch, Double U Ranch, Flying V Ranch, Rancho del Rio -- negatives, undated
312 Saguaro National Park -- negatives, prints and color slides, 1958, undated
313 San Xavier Mission -- negatives, prints and color slides, circa 1940-1950, undated
314 San Xavier Mission: Tucson Boys' Choir -- negatives, 1944
315 Sandpit at Speedway and Pantano -- print, undated
316 Softball Field: S. 3rd St. and 22nd St. -- prints, 1948
317 Southern Arizona Bank and Trust Co. -- negatives and prints, 1971, undated
318 St. Philips in the Hills Church -- negative and photo, undated
319 Tucson Carnegie Library / Tucson Children's Museum -- print, undated
320 Tucson City Hall -- print, circa 1960-1970
321 Tucson Community Center -- negatives, 1973
322 Tucson Fire Station Corner Park fire simulator -- negatives, undated
323 Tucson House Hotel -- negative and prints, circa 1960-1970
324 Tucson Rapid Transit Co. -- negatives, 1937-1944
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41 Tucson Rock and Sand Co. -- negatives, undated
42 Union Bank -- negative and prints, undated
43 VA Hospital -- prints, 1946
44 YMCA, W. Congress -- prints, undated
45 YMCA, 6th St. and 35th Ave. -- Manley Commercial Photography / Peter Balestrero -- prints, undated
Subseries 4 Schools, circa 1960-1990
This series is described at folder level and is arranged alphabetically. It contains mostly black and white and some color negatives and prints and a postcard including aerial and interior images depicting schools throughout Tucson, including the University of Arizona.
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46 Canyon del Oro High School Football Field -- negatives and prints, undated
47 Catalina High School Gym -- prints, undated
48 Gale Elementary -- prints, undated
49 John B. Wright School -- prints, undated
410 Marana High School -- negatives and prints, 1976, undated
411 Menlo Park School -- negatives, undated
412 Pima Community College aerials -- prints, 1971
413 Pima Community College Performing Arts Center (photographed by Robert Davis), Communications Center and Art Gallery -- negatives and prints, 1991, undated
414 Pima Community College switchboard / transformer -- negatives and prints, undated
415 Sahuaro High School -- prints, 1971
416 Tucson High School -- negatives and postcard, 1989, undated
417 University of Arizona aerials -- negatives and prints, 1989, undated
418 University of Arizona Chemistry Building -- negatives and prints, 1973
419 University of Arizona Fine Arts Building -- negatives and prints, undated
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51 University of Arizona Main Library -- negatives and prints, 1978, undated
52 University of Arizona McKale Memorial Center -- negatives and prints, 1973
53 University of Arizona School of Medicine exterior and aerials -- negatives and prints, 1971, undated
54 University of Arizona School of Medicine interior -- negatives and prints, 1969, 1971, undated
55 University of Arizona Miscellaneous Buildings -- negatives and prints, 1968, 1975, undated
56 University of Arizona Optical Sciences Building -- negatives and prints, 1973
57 University of Arizona Science and Engineering Library -- negatives and prints, 1973, undated
Subseries 5 Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Co., circa 1902-1950
This series is described at folder level and arranged alphabetically and contains not only some of the earliest black and white negatives and prints made by Magee, but a selection of prints from the Buehman collection taken in 1902 of the interior and exterior of the old Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Co. power plant. Also pictured are several employees, aerial views of the plant and abstract images of industrial details in addition to small amount of printed materials.
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58 Buehman photos, old power plant -- prints, 1902
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61 Fort Huachuca Pole Line -- prints, undated
62 Power plant aerials -- prints, 1950, undated
63 Power plant exterior -- prints, circa 1920-1930, undated
64 Power plant interior -- prints, circa 1920-1930, undated
65 Printed materials, 1902, 1925
66 Turbine and first power plant -- negatives, 1937, undated
Subseries 6 Miscellaneous, circa 1939-1963
This series is described at folder level and arranged alphabetically and contains black and white negatives and prints. It contains miscellaneous subject matter within the city of Tucson like the Tucson Rodeo and parade and baby owls.
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67 Baby Owls -- negatives, undated
68 Circus -- negatives, undated
69 Father Kino plaque at City Hall -- negatives, undated
610 Tucson area mountain ranges -- negatives and print, 1945-1949
611 Tucson Mid-Winter Rodeo -- negatives, undated
612 Tucson Rodeo Parade and Rodeo -- negatives and color slides, circa 1939-1950, 1963
613 Tucson Rodeo Parade and Rodeo -- negatives and prints, 1946-1947
614 Unidentified instrument -- print, undated
615 Vasquez, ornamental iron worker -- negatives and prints, undated
Subseries 7 Oversize Tucson, circa 1930-1996
This series is described at box level and has no organization. It contains mostly black and white and some color oversize reproductions of images from the first set of series within the collection.
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6A Contents include Arizona Stadium, Avra Valley Air Show, country scenery east of Rincons, Canyon del Oro High School football field lighting, aerials of Downtown Tucson (some including the rodeo parade) and views of buildings from the ground, aerials of Hi-Corbett Field, McKale Center, Saguaro National Park, aerial of San Xavier Mission, Southern Arizona Bank and Trust Co., St. Phillips in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson Gas, Electric Light and Power Co., Tucson House, aerials of University of Arizona Medical School and other aerial views of campus., circa 1930-1996
Series 2 Arizona, circa 1930-1984
This series has three sub-series and contains black and white and some color negatives and prints of varying sizes, color slides and postcards.
Subseries 1 Arizona cities, circa 1930-1990
This series is described at folder level and is organized alphabetically by location. It contains color slides, mostly black and white and some color 35 mm, medium and large format negatives and prints of varying sizes and postcards of various subjects from businesses, mining and other industries, scenery, dams, ranches, schools, Native American reservations and ghost towns within cities and counties across Arizona. Creation dates of the materials were seldom noted by Magee.
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71 Ajo: Phelps Dodge Copper Mill, New Cornelia open pit mine -- negatives, undated
72 Amado: Amado Golf Course, Kinsley Ranch, Kinsley Ranch Rodeo, Sopori Ranch -- negatives, 1946, undated
73 Apache Reservation: Apache family -- negative (restricted), undated
74 Arivaca: scenery -- negatives, undated
75 Benson: Cattle ranch, Southern Pacific Railroad aerials -- negatives, 1948, undated
76 Bisbee: Warren area aerials -- negatives and prints, 1949, undated
77 Bowie: Desert Rose Gift Shop -- negatives, prints, postcard, undated
78 Douglas: Wonderland of Rocks -- negative, undated
79 Elgin: aerials, Collie Ranch, Diamond C Ranch at Canelo, scenics -- negatives, undated
710 Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University library and teaching building -- negatives, 1967
711 Globe: Coolidge Dam, Highway 60 (Salt River area), Gila County Hospital, Griffin Ranch -- negatives and prints, 1946-1947, undated
712 Greer: Turner's Hilltop Lodge -- negatives and prints, 1942
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81 Havasupai: residents and scenics, Western Ways -- prints (restricted), undated
82 Kitt Peak Observatory -- negatives and slides, 1963, undated
83 Mammoth: Collins Stone, Crystal Lake, Pony Express Rider Shorty Neal, smelters, Sombrero Butte -- negatives, 1946, undated
84 Marana Way: deer, scenics -- negatives, undated
85 Maricopa County: Mormon Flat Dam -- negatives, undated
86 McNary: General Store, Southwest Mills Inc., theater -- negatives and prints, 1946
87 Mohave County: Hoover Dam -- negatives, undated
88 Nogales: Mexican Air Force, Rancho Guevavi aerials -- negatives, 1939-1940, undated
89 Oracle: Church, cattle corral, Mountain View Hotel, Oracle Inn, Rancho Robles, schools, Western Antiques -- negatives, 1937, 1944-1946, undated
810 Oracle Junction: Am. Smelting and Roofing Co. -- negatives and prints, 1949
811 Patagonia: aerials, Circle Z Guest Ranch, Jeffcott Ranch, Wilshaw Ranch -- negatives, undated
812 Phoenix: Chris Town Center -- prints, 1961
813 Sahuarita: aerial of mill, Western Ways / M. T. Thomas -- print, 1946
814 Santa Cruz County, Nogales Highway: Howell Manning Ranch, Hugh Merryweather ranch house, Kenyon Ranch, Rancho Chiquito -- negatives, undated
815 Sedona: Chapel of the Holy Cross, wagon wheel -- negatives, 1938
816 Sells: Aerial, ball field, circus -- negatives and color slides, 1971, undated
817 Sells: Indian cowboys -- negatives (restricted), undated
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91 Show Low: Becker Butte, Charlson Sawmill, fish hatchery, Kinishba Curio, Nava-Pache Hospital, Ponderosa Park, Show Low scenics, Show Low Hospital -- negatives and prints, 1946, undated
92 Sierra Vista: Apaches, Western Ways -- negatives, prints, postcards(restricted), 1987, undated
93 Sierra Vista: Ft. Huachuca and housing, Western Ways -- negatives and prints, undated
94 Silver Bell: aerials -- negatives, undated
95 Sonoita: Haciendo Los Euciuos aerial, Sonoita Rodeo -- negatives, 1938-1939, undated
96 Superior Highway: AZ State Route 177, Pinal County aerials -- negatives, 1946
97 Thatcher: Eastern Arizona Junior College -- negatives and prints, 1955
98 Three Points: aerial -- negatives, undated
99 Tiger -- negatives, undated
910 Tombstone: Ed Schieffelin, scenics, World's Largest Rose Tree -- negatives and prints, undated
911 Tubac: Otero Ranch, Rancho Santa Cruz -- negatives and prints, undated
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101 Tumacacori: Tumacacori Mission, Western Ways -- negatives, undated
102 White Hills: scenics -- negatives and prints, 1935-1936, 1940
103 Willcox: Three Links Ranch -- prints, undated
104 Yuma: Arizona Western College, sand dunes -- negatives and prints, circa 1940-1960
Subseries 2 Miscellaneous undated
This series is described at folder level and arranged alphabetically and contains mostly black and white and some color negatives and prints and color slides from unidentified locations or national and state parks.
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105 Arizona National and State Parks: Chiricahua Mountains, Grand Canyon, Montezuma's Castle, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Sunset Crater, Walnut Canyon, Wupatki National Monument -- negatives and color slides, 1961, undated
106 Cacti -- negatives and color slides, circa 1960-1970, undated
107 Dude Ranches, unknown location: 61 Ranch, Round-Up Ranch, miscellaneous ranches -- negatives, undated
108 Unidentified aerials and scenics -- negatives, undated
109 Unidentified Native American Event -- color slides (restricted), 1961
Subseries 3 Oversize Arizona 1939-1950, 1975, 1984
This series is described at box level and has no organization. It contains mostly black and white and some color oversize reproductions of images from the second set of series within the collection.
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10A Contents include Arivaca, AZ – scenery, Benson, AZ – drive-in movie theater, Elgin, AZ – scenery, Sedona, AZ – Chapel of the Holy Cross and wagon wheel, Willcox, AZ – Three Links Cattle Ranch, 1939-1950, 1975, 1984
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10B Sells, AZ – Apache Cowboy (Pablo) (restricted), undated
Series 3 United States and Mexico, circa 1936-1960
This series has three sub-series and contains black and white negatives and prints, color slides and postcards from trips to California, Montana and Mexico.
Subseries 1 United States, circa 1940-1960
This series is described at folder level and contains color slides, black and white negatives and prints and postcards from Magee's travels outside of the state of Arizona to McLeod, Montana and popular destinations in California.
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111 California: Death Valley -- negatives, 1940
112 California: Hearst Castle -- color slides, 1968
113 California: Mission San Juan Capistrano, Western Ways -- negatives and color slides, 1962, undated
114 California: Redwood Forest in Yosemite -- color slides, 1968
115 California: San Diego Zoo -- negatives, undated
116 California: Palm Springs and Palm Desert Area, Western Ways -- negatives, undated
117 Montana: McLeod postcards, Western Ways -- negatives, undated
Subseries 2 Mexico, 1936-1937
This series is described at folder level and contains black and white negatives and prints from Gene and Pauline Magee's trip to Mexico in 1936 or 1937.
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118 Father Kino's Missions: Caborca, Pitiquito, Tubutama, Atil, Oquitoa, St. Ignacio, Magdalena, Tumacacori, San Xavier, Western Ways -- prints, undated
119 Magdalena, St. Ignacio Mission, bell of Atil -- negatives and prints, undated
1110 Mexico Trip -- negatives, 1936-1937
1111 Mexico Trip -- negatives and prints, 1936-1937
1112 Rancho Alamo -- negatives, 1940, undated
1113 Towns: Guayamos, Playa de Cortes, Pitiquito -- negatives, undated
Subseries 3 Oversize prints from Mexico and California, 1936-1937, 1940
This series is described at box level and has no organization.
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11A Contains a three-page travel log written by Gene's wife Pauline Magee describing sights and sounds from their trip to Mexico and black and white prints of Mexican city scenes, markets, cathedrals, bull fights, Father Kino's missions, portraits of locals, country scenes, villages and Mesoamerican ruins. The series also includes a few prints from California with images from Death Valley (1940) and one image from Mission San Juan Capistrano, 1936-1937, 1940
Series 4 Printed Materials, 1952, 1972, 1978, 1996
This series is described at folder level and contains letters to Magee and miscellaneous printed materials such as a West University Neighborhood Association newsletter and an issue of the magazine Creative Ideas in Glass.
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1114 Letters, 1952, 1978
1115 Miscellaneous papers, 1972, 1996