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Ina Sizer Cassidy papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8811

Content Description

Contains ethnographic notes and accounts of Ina Sizer Cassidy's interactions with Native Americans in Arizona while the author was living there as well as descriptions of Hopi life. Materials are from Oraibi, Arizona in 1915 and shortly afterward. Some of the documents are copies from original Cassidy typescripts. The materials are dated between 1915-1965.


  • approximately 1915-1965
  • Majority of material found within 1915-1917


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ina Sizer Cassidy papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Ina Sizer Cassidy (1869-1965) was a writer and active member of the Santa Fe arts community who spent most of her life in New Mexico serving as the Director of the Federal Writer's Project, a participant of the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs as well as the Spanish Colonial Arts Society and Daughters of the American Revolution.

Ina Sizer Cassidy was born on a ranch in Colorado and later moved to Santa Fe in January 1912. During her life, she and her husband Gerald were an active participant of the Santa Fe arts community. During her life, she was the director of the Federal Writers Project in New Mexico, a writer on the subjects of artists and art, a Director of the Federal Writer's Project in New Mexico, and an author who wrote articles about art and artists for the New Mexico Magazine. On top of this, she participated in the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the Historical Society of New Mexico, was a founder of the Folklore Society of New Mexico, and was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Having lived for almost 96 years, she died in 1965.


1 folder (0.04 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased from Ron Lerner, former board member of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, on October 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Ron Lerner; October 2015.


Ethnic and minority history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.IV, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Julie Anne Kohler, student manuscript processor; 2016.
Register of Ina Sizer Cassidy papers
Julie Anne Kohler
2016 May 18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States