Celebrating Women’s History in Arizona: Women of Territorial Arizona

Sharlot M. Hall, Sarah Herring Sorin, and Sallie Davis Hayden are a few of the Arizona women who made their mark during Arizona’s territorial days. In 1909, Governor Richard Sloan appointed Sharlot M. Hall as the Territorial Historian, making her the first woman to hold an office in Arizona. Sarah Herring Sorin passed the state bar exam in 1902, making her the first woman in Arizona to become a lawyer. Sorin was also the first woman to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Sallie Davis Hayden made diverse contributions as a teacher, postmistress and local school board member. Hayden also campaigned for politicians, entertained suffrage speakers, and built a library in her home to bring English and American classics to the Southwest.

Cover Image from Arizona The New State Magazine February 1912

Cover image from, Arizona the New State Magazine: Women’s Number, Vol. 2, No. 5, February 1912.

 

Discover more about these pioneering women with the many resources found in Arizona’s DAZL, Digital Arizona Library Collection

 

Arizona Digital Newspaper Project

“Pneumonia Is Cause of Mrs. Sorin’s Death,” The Copper Era and Morenci Leader, May 8, 1914, cover, column 4.

“‘A Woman of the Old Frontier,’” Weekly Arizona Journal – Miner, November 28, 1906, p. 7, column 4.

“Pioneer Lawyer Among Women,” Arizona Republican, April 17, 1906, p. 8, column 6.

“Historian of Arizona,” Arizona Republican, October 1, 1909, p. 1, column 1.

 

Arizona Memory Project

“Women Who Broke the Trails for Us,” Arizona the New State Magazine: Women’s Number, February 1912, Arizona Historical Books and Periodicals Collection, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division, Vol. 2, No. 5, p. 5. – Click on February’s issue in the Content list to the right to view this article.    

“Experiences of a Pioneer Teacher,” Arizona the New State Magazine: Women’s Number, February 1912, Arizona Historical Books and Periodicals Collection, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division,  Vol. 2, No. 5, p. 15. – Click on February’s issue in the Content list to the right to view this article.  

“The Early Catholic Sisters,” Arizona the New State Magazine: Women’s Number, February 1912, Arizona Historical Books and Periodicals Collection, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division, Vol. 2 No. 5, p.17.  – Click on February’s issue in the Content list to the right to view this article.  

“The Homestead Women,” Arizona the New State Magazine: Women’s Number, February 1912, Arizona Historical Books and Periodicals Collection, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division, Vol. 2, No. 5, p. 10. – Click on February’s issue in the Content list to the right to view this article.  

Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame Collection, 1985-2011, Carnegie Center.

Sharlot M. Hall-Arizona’s Curator Collection, 1910-1919, Sharlot Hall Museum Archives.

Sharlot M. Hall, “Diary of a Journey Through Arizona,”Arizona: the New State Magazine, Arizona Historical Books and Periodicals Collection, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, History and Archives Division. Full article spans multiple issues:

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 2 No. 4 January 1912

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 2 No. 6 April 1912

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 2 No. 7 May 1912

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 2 No. 8 June 1912

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 2 No. 9 July 1912

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 2 No. 10 August 1912

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 3 No. 4 February 1913

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 3 No. 5 March 1913

Arizona The New State Magazine Vol 3 No. 6 April 1913

 

Reading Arizona

Mary Logan Rothschild, Doing What the Day Brought: An Oral History of Arizona Women, University of Arizona Press, 1991, pp. 16-35, (Ch. Introduction: Framing Arizona Women’s History).

Dorothy Daniels Anderson, Arizona Legends and Lore, American Traveler Press, 2011, pp. 28-56, (Ch. No Tame House – Cat Woman).