About AHFServicesFAQsCollectionsVisitorsNews and EventsRelated WebsitesEducation Outreach














HomeSitemapContact Us


Finding Aids
A finding aid is a descriptive guide to the content of a collection. The guide describes the origin, background, contents, and arrangement of a collection. It also includes a folder listing of the contents.

Processed Collections
The alphbetical links below lead to an annotated list of all processed collections with links to the finding aids.

Finding Aids by Collection Type

  Manuscript Collections
  Photograph Collections
  Small Manuscript Collections
  Biography Files
  Oral History Collection
  Microfilm Collection


 

 



Allen A Dutton Photograph Collection

 

Allen A. Dutton Photograph Collection
Call No. FP FPC 14
119 linear ft.

Finding Aid

Allen A Dutton

Allen Dutton was born in 1922 in Kingman, Arizona. His grandparents were pioneers who came to the Arizona Territory in the late nineteenth century and his family has been here ever since. He attended the local public schools, then journeyed to Tempe and enrolled in the then Arizona State Teachers College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in art.

In 1942, he joined the army, where he served in the third infantry division. After receiving his discharge in 1946, he went on to study painting and sculpture at the Art Center School in Los Angeles and earned a master’s in history with a minor in art from Arizona State University. He held a variety of teaching posts in public schools around the valley, before joining the art department at Phoenix College in 1960. He taught photography courses and later served as head of the department until 1982.

At the age of 62, he took early retirement from Phoenix College to devote himself full time to his art. Dutton embarked on a re-photographic survey project that netted two volumes of before and after comparisons published under the titles of Arizona Then and Now and Phoenix Then and Now. This led to his next project, photographing every street corner in every town in Arizona for the benefit of posterity.

Influenced by the cowboy culture of his youth, Dutton created the fictional Rocking A.D. Ranch in southwestern Yavapai County to breed rhinoceros. He wove tales and gave slide illustrated lectures to audiences about the 34 rhinos he kept on the ranch, all of whom were trained for a specific useful task such as cutting cattle. The realistic photographs and detailed stories caused many, including Senator Barry Goldwater, to wonder if the ranch was a genuine place.

In addition to landscapes and fictitious rhinos Dutton also captures nude camera studies. Using people of every shape, size, and age the subjects are sometimes the focal point or often the nude discreetly concealed within a larger landscape. He also has completed a series of photographs that take a humorous look at retired life in Sun City, Arizona.

Allen Dutton is a master photographer, author, sculptor, social critic, painter, poet, educator and philosopher. He currently resides with his wife Mary Ann in Prescott, Arizona.

Prescott, AZ 1900   Prescott, AZ
Prescott, Arizona 1900
 
Prescott, Arizona 1980s
 

  Bisbee Arizona 1907   Bisbee Arizona
 
Bisbee, Arizona 1907
 
Bisbee, Arizona 1980s
 

Tempe AZ 1910   Tempe Az
Tempe, Arizona 1910
 
Tempe, Arizona 1990s