Swigart family papers, 1912-1953

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Swigart family papers, 1912-1953

MS 631

Collection Summary

Collection NameSwigart family papers
Inclusive Dates: 1912-1953
Physical Description 0.5 Linear Feet
AbstractThe Swigart family papers contains correspondence, photographs, and songs and poems pertaining to the Rothrock extended family. The correspondence in this collection is written between the three Swigart sisters, Esther (Rothrock), Rhoda (McCarthy) and Carrie (Frazier) detailing daily life in Elgin, Arizona from 1914 to 1953.
Collection NumberMS 631
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

In 1912, Rhoda and Carrie Swigart joined their sister Esther (Rothrock) in Elgin, Arizona. Rhoda and Carrie eventually claimed side by side homesteads, 260 acres each. For the first few years, the sisters lived in tents on their land. Later, Rhoda married John McCarthy and built a house upon her land and Carrie married Jim Frazier and decided to build a house on his land. Both sisters planted and harvested pink beans, raised cattle, and owned horses. Rhoda died in 1946 and Carrie died at the age of 92 in 1973.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a variety of material pertaining to Rhoda McCarthy, Carrie Fraizer and their sister Esther Rothrock. The majority of the collection are correspondence written to Esther Rothrock from her sisters. The letters describe daily life in Elgin, Arizona from 1912 to 1953. In addition, the collection contains a variety of photographs that depict the families' homesteads and various family members. Also included are few poems and songs written for and by extended family members of the Rothrock family.


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Related Material

Arizona Historical Society Tempe, Richard Schaus Collection, FM MSS6

Barr, Betty. (n.d.). Arizona Cattlewoman, the Remarkable Life of Carrie Swigart Fraizer. Publisher: Author.

Access Terms

Geographic Name(s)
Elgin (Ariz.)

Cattle -- Arizona
Frontier and pioneer life--Arizona.
Ranching -- Arizona -- Santa Cruz County
Ranching -- Arizona
Women in the cattle industry

Genre Form(s)

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Swigart family papers (MS 631). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed in 2018.

Container List

11 Correspondence 1914-1930
12 Correspondence 1931-1940
13 Correspondence undated
14 Receipts 1912-1922
15-6 Photographs undated
17 Poems and Songs undated