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Finding Aid to the J.W. Simmons Papers MS.776
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  • Related Archival Materials
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Preferred citation
  • Processing history
  • Acquisition
  • Use
  • Access

  • Title: J.W. Simmons Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.776
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 linear feet (1 folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1935
    Abstract: This is a collection of correspondence, papers, and hand-drawn maps made by J. W. Simmons between 1934 and 1935 regarding archaeological sites in Arizona. Much of the correspondence is between Simmons and Southwest Museum Secretary Charles Avery Amsden. This collection also includes photographs.
    creator: Amsden, Charles Avery, 1899-1941
    creator: Simmons, James W., fl. 1930s

    Related Archival Materials

    James Simmons collection, MS-6. The Museum of Northern Arizona; Correspondence, site reports, and catalogue of archaeological collections by J. W. Simmons, A-0020, Arizona State Museum;

    Biographical note

    James W. Simmons, amateur archaeologist, became known during the 1930s for discovering Black Mesa and Perry Mesa on either side of the Agua Fria River. Both sites would later become important archaeological sites. Simmons documented a great deal of his archaeological work, particularly related to pueblos and petroglyphs, through reports funded by the Federal Writer’s Project. He worked as a building laborer when he was not engaged in some type of archaeological endeavor. He was the first person to attempt to describe the prehistoric culture of the Yavapai County, Ariz., area.

    Scope and Contents

    This is a collection of correspondence, papers, and hand-drawn maps made by J. W. Simmons between 1934 and 1935 regarding archaeological sites in Arizona. Much of the correspondence is between Simmons and Southwest Museum Secretary Charles Avery Amsden. This collection also includes photographs.

    Preferred citation

    J.W. Simmons Papers, 1934-1935, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.776.

    Processing history

    Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 December 5, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

    Acquisition

    Donated by Charles Avery Amsden between 1934 and 1935.

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Autry Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry National Center as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Arizona -- Antiquities
    Correspondence
    Excavations (Archaeology) -- Arizona
    Flagstaff (Ariz.)
    Indians of North America -- Arizona
    Maps
    Mound-builders
    Oak Creek Canyon (Ariz.)
    Photographs
    Prescott (Ariz.)
    Pueblo Grande Cultural Park (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    Tuzigoot National Monument (Ariz.)
    Verde River (Ariz.)
    Yavapai County (Ariz.)
    Yavapai Indians -- Antiquities