Jerry Prather
Notes on Kitt
Thu Sep 22, 14:40

Hello Sharon,
This is not going to add much to what has already been provided, but Edith Kitt is mentioned in two notes in Mark Dworkin's book: Edith Kitt to Burns, on Arizona Pioneer's Historical Society letterhead, November 1, 1927, BP, box 3, folder 1. Kitt's only unstinting praise regarding Tombstone was for the chapter on Ed Schieffelin. Edith Kitt (1878-1968) was recognized in 1963 for her contributions in preserving Arizona history, including the transcription of many oral histories. She was named "First Lady of Arizona's Territorial Centennial." She recommended other subjects to write on for Burns after Tombstone.

The second note mentions that Burns sent her an autographed copy of his book.

The only mention of Frank Vaughn in Mark's book is that he was one of the Tombstone old timers who thought Burns' book was poor history.


  • Edith KittSharon Cunningham, Thu Sep 22 7:50
    Was this Edith Kitt, the 1934 interviewer of FRANCIS J. VAUGHAN, whose comments re many of the Cochise County citizens was spoken of here earlier in the year? If so, Bob, what exactly did her position... more
    • Re: Edith KittBob Cash, Sun Sep 25 18:04
      Sharon, in a quick search of for "F.J. Vaughn" and "Frank Vaughn" I came up with literally hundreds of articles fom Tucson, Tombstone, and Bisbee papers. There seems to have been two 'F.J.... more
      • Bob/ you have the right man...Joyce A. Aros, Sun Sep 25 18:11
        ...and so you can see why his statements might be more acceptable regarding the situation out at Drew's. Sadly, Mrs. Kitt did not seem to have a curious nature as she did not attempt to pursue any additional... more
    • Notes on Kitt — Jerry Prather, Thu Sep 22 14:40
    • Re: Edith KittBob Atwood, Thu Sep 22 12:58
      The online bio says that Edith Kitt assumed the position of secretary of the Arizona Historical Society and remained the secretary for the Society for 22 years and became a leading authority on Arizona... more
      • Re: Re: Edith KittSharon Cunningham, Mon Sep 26 7:06
        Bob - sorry for waiting so long in responding. I THINK, in my mess of books, I have Burns', but can't find it with a hay rake! Books stacked everywhere! Does Burns' sources state the names of the "pioneers... more
      • Re: Edith Kitt...Joyce A. Aros, Thu Sep 22 13:27
        ...It is interesting that Edith Kitt had an impressive Resume and was considered a leading authority on Arizona history; but when reading over Frank Vaughn's memoirs recorded by Mrs. Kitt, I am disappointed... more
        • Ms. Kitttom gsumer, Sun Sep 25 13:37
          Sharon Ahs told me Ms. Kitt's interviews are not together in one file but separated and placed in separate files of the people she spoke with.
        • Edith KittSharon Cunningham, Fri Sep 23 7:09
          Hi, Jerry, Joyce and Bob... Thanks for your input on Mrs. Kitt. After learning her given name, I finally found her online and saw her ages-long contribution to AZ history. Joyce, I agree with you about... more