Finding Aid to the Sharlot Mabridth Hall, Tonto Basin Row Manuscript MS.526
Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library2012 September 28
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
Title: Sharlot Mabridth Hall, Tonto Basin Row Manuscript
Identifier/Call Number: MS.526
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract: This is a typed copy of a manuscript entitled "The Tonto Basin Row" by Sharlot Mabridth Hall, which may have appeared in the Flagstaff Champion newspaper in August 1887.
creator: Hall, Sharlot Mabridth, 1870-1943
Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 September 28, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).
This is a typed copy of a manuscript entitled "The Tonto Basin Row" by Sharlot Mabridth Hall, which may have appeared in the Flagstaff Champion newspaper in August 1887.
Sharlot Mabridth Hall, Tonto Basin Row Manuscript, undated, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.526.
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Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870 October 27 – 1943 April 9) was an American journalist, poet and historian. She was the first woman to hold an office in the Arizona Territorial government and her personal collection of photographs and artifacts served as the starting collection for a history museum which bears her name.
Hall was born to James Polk Knox and Adeline Susannah Boblett Hall in Lincoln County, Kansas on October 27, 1870. In November 1881, her family followed the Santa Fe Trail to Arizona Territory, moving to the Orchard Ranch on the Lynx Creek 20 miles south of Prescott. At the age of 20, Hall sold her first article to a children's magazine for US$4.00. By age 22 she was working as a journalist, poet, and essayist. Hall became a regular contributor to Charles Lummis' magazine Land of Sunshine and in 1901, when two other poets were unable to complete their deadline, she wrote the poem which announced the magazine's new name of Out West. In 1906, Hall was promoted to associate editor for the magazine.
Following the death of her father, Hall acquired the cabin which had served as the "Governor's mansion" for Arizona Territory's first governors. In addition to her living quarters, she used the building to house her collection of artifacts related to Arizona pioneers and pre-historic Yavapai county.This move was followed, in 1928, with her founding of the Prescott Historical Society.The same year she opened what she called the Old Governor's Mansion Museum, now known as the Sharlot Hall Museum. Over the following years, Hall oversaw the expansion of her museum through the acquisition of a variety of additional historical buildings. She was also a popular speaker, giving talks on local history and folklore to schools and clubs throughout the state. Hall died on April 9, 1943 and was buried in a family plot in Prescott's Pioneer Cemetery.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Arizona -- History
Feuds -- Arizona
Tonto Basin (Ariz.)