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Image of cover of Patricia Stephenson's print edition
Downtown Tucson. Tom and his horse and carriage stop to look at a "horseless carriage," a 1902/03 Rambler

Thomas Keith Marshall

During his life, Tom Marshall was a farm laborer, gold miner, university student, newspaper editor, politician, crusader, avid photographer and husband of one of the most powerful women in Tucson history. Over the three-decade period that he lived in Tucson, Tom Marshall took several hundred photographs that documented his community.

This website includes some of that magnificent collection along with a narrative by author Patricia Stephenson and historian Alex Jay Kimmelman. It brings a photographic gold-mine to the Web for the Old Pueblo aficionado.

Thomas Keith Marshall began recording Tucson's history through photography from 1899 until his death in 1931. Visitors will find the visual record and accompanying history a fascinating telling of a Tucson long past.

In 1956, Louise Foucar Marshall bequeathed her personal possessions to Ms. Stephenson's mother. Among these possessions were Louise Foucar Marshall's photo collection, diaries, record books, personal and business letters. Re-prints of Tom Marshall's photographs may be found in archives and personal collections. However, Ms. Stephenson owns the original glass plates and film negatives and, therefore, the rights to this unique, wonderful collection. Begin with Ms. Stephenson's Preface for a virtual trip to Tucson in the early 20th century and to read a history of two of Tucson's most famous citizens, Thomas Keith Marshall and Louise Henriette Foucar Marshall.

This website is possible because of Patricia Peters Stephenson and Alex Jay Kimmelman's willingness to make their book, Tom Marshall's Tucson, and Ms. Stephenson's wish to make Tom Marshall's photography available to students, scholars, community members, and everyone interested in Tucson's history.

All photographs, maps, and drawings © Patricia Peters Stephenson. Visitors to Tom Marshall's Tucson are welcome to use the images and content for educational purposes without requesting permission. Please cite the website accordingly and attribute permission to the University of Arizona and Ms. Patricia Peters Stephenson.

Visitors will find these two maps prepared for the 1996 print version of Tom Marshall's Tucson helpful. Tucson c. 1904 | Tucson c. 1910

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Tom at his typewriter on thescreened porch at the rear (north) side of the Marshall home, c. 1914
Tom at his typewriter on the screened porch at the rear (north) side of the
Marshall home, c. 1914. He was actually feeding a bird on the typewriter.

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