Virginia Hash Collection
- The collection consists of 223 black and white photographs, 77 black and
white copy photographs; some with negatives. Some photographs were produced
by a panoramic camera then in popular use.
- Views include:
- Images include Hopi Indian Snake Dances; Hotevila, Arizona; Hopi Indian
Reservation; Beaver Creek Schoolhouse; Payson, Arizona townscapes — all ca.1915;
Havasupai Indians, Havasupai Canyon, Grand Canyon, Clarkdale, and Jerome,
Arizona. Also, portraits of Mary Funston Hash; Edgar Hash and family; Funston
family; Hernandez family 1920; Snody family; Northern Arizona Normal School
group portrait of 1902, and other campus scenes.
- Mary Funston Hash; Edgar Hash and family; Funston family; Hernandes family,
1920; Snody family; Northern Arizona Normal School group portrait, 1902
- Biographic Note:
- Virginia Hash, 1913 – 1988, a third generation Arizonan, was a member of
a family prominent in the formative years of Flagstaff. During World War II
she enlisted as a WASP – the Womens Airforce Service Pilots. After the war,
Virginia secured a J.D. degree at the University of Arizona, was admitted
to the bar in 1949, and became senior partner in a Phoenix law firm. She was
one of the first women to enter private practice in Arizona. However, Virginia's
early interest in aviation never left her. She also headed and served on various
boards and committees dealing with development of the Phoenix airport and
of aviation generally.
Her grandparents, C. M. and Harriett (Snody) Funston,
moved to Flagstaff in 1891, and purchased the Arizona Champion newspaper.
Besides publishing the leading newspaper, C. M. Funston became active in the
Board of Trade and other business developments in the pioneer community. As
a result, the Funstons met and entertained many of the visitors who came West
to see the wonders of the Grand Canyon and Hopi Snake Dances. Frequently among
these were educators from New Mexico and California. This association may
have encouraged Funston to become a founder of the Northern Arizona Normal
School (now known as Northern Arizona University), and his daughter Mary,
in 1902, was a member of its second graduating class. She married Edgar Hash,
formerly manager of Babbitt Bros. general store, who later moved to Phoenix.
Mary was the mother of Virginia, and Edgar, Jr. Mary had two sisters, Harriett
and Hannah; Harriett married Fred Hernandez.
- See the Curator of Photography regarding permission to duplicate images
of Hopi religious ceremonies.
- Related Material:
- NAU Manuscript Collection #206
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