Dora Allen Photograph Collection

TITLE: Dora Allen Photograph Collection

DATE RANGE: 1890s - 1912 


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: .5 linear ft. (1 box)


COPYRIGHT: Yuma County Library District owns the copyright to this collection.

RESTRICTIONS: This collection is unrestricted.   

CREDIT LINE: Dora Allen Photograph Collection, Y-PC 1, Yuma County Library District

 PROCESSED BY: Rebekah Tabah, June 2014

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:  In 1898, Dora Greer Allen came to Yuma with her family at the age of six. She lived in Yuma until 1912, when she married Henry Allen and moved to Hemet, California. However, Dora continued to make yearly visits to Yuma until 1925 when her parents also moved to California.

Dora’s father Andrew Y. Greer homesteaded in the Yuma Valley near Somerton. Before official government photographers were sent to Laguna Dam, Mr. Greer took pictures at the dam and sold them to the workers. 

An interview with Mrs. Allen was conducted in 1964. See Yuma Biography Files: Allen, Dora; for more information. 

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: This collection consists mostly of mounted prints, many taken by Andrew Greer. They document early Yuma, Yuma Valley, and the building of the Laguna Dam. The collection contains about 70 prints which range in condition from good to excellent. The photographs are arranged topically and chronologically within. 


Box Folder Title Dates
1 1 Allen Family 1900s
  2 Beechler’s Ostrich Farm 1900s
  3 Castle Dome and Picacho Mine 1900s
  4 Colorado River 1900s
  5 F.E. Elliott 1900s
  6 Fort Yuma Indian School 1905
  7 Groups (includes Arizona Commission of Agriculture) 1900s
  8 Imperial Valley 1900s
  9 Laguna Dam Construction (1 of 2) 1903 - 1905
  10 Laguna Dam Construction (2 of 2) (includes opening ceremony) 1903 – 1905
  11 Methodist Church of Yuma 1900s
  12 Quechan Indian ND
  13 Schools 1900s
  14 Statehood Day in Yuma 1912
  15 Supply Wagons 1900s
  16 Yuma Businesses (includes Gandolfo Hotel, Southern Pacific Hotel) 1905 – 1908
  17 Yuma Canal 1900s
  18 Yuma Ice Plant 1900s
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