Guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, [ca. 1880-1943]

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Guide to the Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers, [ca. 1880-1943]

Collection number: BANC MSS P-D 116

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Henry Fountain Ashurst Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1880-1943
Collection Number: BANC MSS P-D 116
Creator: Ashurst, Henry F. (Henry Fountain), 1874-1962
Extent: Number of containers: 1 box
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Mainly letters and invitations relating to his career as U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of the Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Fountain Ashurst papers, BANC MSS P-D 116, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Printed items have been removed for separate cataloging.
  • A photocopy, with translation, of a Porfirio Díaz letter dated Sept. 14, 1903, was placed in
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS M-M 1700 (no. 57).

Biographical Sketch

Henry Fountain Ashurst, Senator from Arizona, was born in Winnemucca, Nevada, September 13, 1874. In 1875 his parents moved to Arizona, settling near Flagstaff. He attended the public schools of Flagstaff, graduated from the Stockton Business College in California in 1896, and studied law at the University of Michigan. He began his law practice at Williams, Arizona. In 1897 and in 1899 he was a member of the Territorial house of representatives, and served as speaker in 1899. He served in the Territorial senate in 1903, and was district attorney of Coconino County from 1905 to 1908. He moved to Prescott in 1903, continuing his law practice. When Arizona was admitted as a state into the Union, he was elected Democratic Senator in 1912, and re-elected in 1916, 1922, 1928, and 1934. From 1941 to 1943 he was appointed member of the Board of Immigration Appeals in the Department of Justice. He retired in 1943.

Scope and Content

This collection of papers, consisting mainly of official invitations and of letters written to Ashurst during his senatorial career, was given to The Bancroft Library by Donald E. Metzler on Nov. 9, 1964. Single items of correspondence have been placed in an A-Z Miscellany, followed by folders containing multiple items, arranged alphabetically. A group of invitations (2 folders), clippings (1 folder), and miscellaneous personalia completes the collection. A partial list of correspondence follows.

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


American Legion


Letter, Sept. 1, 1922, by Hanford MacNider


Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941


Letter, July 14, 1917


Burke, Charles Henry, 1861-1941


Letter, Apr. 18, 1929


Burton, Theodore Elijah, 1851-1929


Letter, Aug. 14, 1918


Commager, Henry Steele, 1902-


Letter, July 5, 1936


Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933


Letter, Sept. 23, 1927

Additional Note


Harding, Warren Gamaliel, 1865-1923


Letter, Feb. 20, 1923

Additional Note


Heney, Francis Joseph, 1859-1937


Letter, May 31, 1924


Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948


Letter, Aug. 16, 1919


Keenan, Joseph Berry, 1888-1954


Letter, Dec. 14, 1934


McAdoo, William Gibbs, 1863-1941


Letter, Oct. 17, 1913


Martine, James Edgar, 1850-1925


Letter, July 30, 1917


Obregón, Alcaro, Pres. Mexico, 1880-1928


Letter, Aug. 22, 1921

Additional Note

Translation only.

Penrose, Boies, 1860-1921


Letter, Aug. 13, 1921


Society of Tammany


Letter, May 28, 1919, by Thomas F. Smith, Secretary

Additional Note

Program included.

Smith, Thomas F., d. 1923

See Society of Tammany


Sulzer, William, 1863-1941


Letter, Apr. 17, 1917


Walsh, David Ignatius, 1872-1947


Letter, n.d.


Ashurst, Henry Fountain, 1874-


2 letters, 1880-1943


Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925


8 letters, 1917-1921


Cummings, Homer Stillé, 1870-1956


4 letters, 1934-1936


Davis, John William, 1873-1955


2 letters, 1924


Fitch, Thomas, 1838-1923


3 letters, 1917-1920


Hoover, Herbert Clark, 1874-1964


2 letters, 1917-1931

Additional Note

1917 letter is photocopy.

Hunt, George Wylie Paule, 1859-1934


6 letters, 1918-1924

Additional Note

Some written as Governor of Arizona.

Johnson, Hiram Warren, 1866- 1945


2 letters, 1917


Lane, Franklin Knight, 1864-1921


5 letters, 1914-1918

Additional Note

3 letters undated.

Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-


2 letters, 1934-1936


Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945


4 letters, 1933-1940

Additional Note

3 are photocopies.

Smith, Marcus Aurelius, 1851-1924


3 letters, 1916-1920


Taft, William Howard, 1857-1930


2 letters, 1928

Additional Note


Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924


4 letters, 1912-1918

Additional Note