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Papers of Anton Mazzanovich

U.S. Postal Serviceman in the Southwest

Anton Mazzanovich was an author, thespian, and soldier who served with Troop F of the 6th Cavalry from 1881-82 in both Arizona and New Mexico. Mazzanovich later wrote several books on life in the West and went on to work in New York as a stage carpenter and mechanic in local theater companies.

Collection includes correspondence, diary, newspaper clippings, articles, theater programs, photographs, and other materials relating to Mazzanovich's experiences in Arizona and New Mexico, and his theatrical activities in New York. Includes the original typescript of a projected work, Southwest Frontier; material relating to his 1926 book, Trailing Geronimo, and several U.S. patents obtained by Mazzanovich for stage and scenery construction, bottles, and streetcars. Theater materials include playbills, programs, and a diary from his 1891-92 theater season tour. Photographs are reprints accumulated for use in Southwest Frontier and are early views of Arizona and New Mexico towns, Apache Indians, Fort Grant, and army life.