Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton


The exterior of the Museum of Northern Arizona, founded in 1928 by Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Dr. Harold Colton. Photo by user Jllm06/licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Mary-Russel Ferrell Colton was a painter, author and educator. But she's most famous for co-founding of the Museum of Northern Arizona and related programs and projects intended to preserve and continue the art traditions of the Colorado Plateau.

Holly's Research:

  • Cleere, Jan. “Western Women: Mary Colton Dedicated Life’s Work to Indigenous Arts.” Arizona Daily Star, published on Tucson.com. Jan. 16, 2017. http://tucson.com/news/local/western-women-mary-colton-dedicated-life-s-work-to-indigenous/article_53e5fcb8-cb19-5feb-a65a-48bde2f4bd78.html
  • Burns, William James, "We Must Grow Our Own Artists: Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Northern Arizona's Early Art Educator." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2010. http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/eps_diss/54
  • “Colorado Plateaus.” National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/articles/coloradoplateaus.htm
  • “Cerebral Arteriosclerosis Information Page.” National Institure of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. May 25, 2017. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Cerebral-Arteriosclerosis-Information-Page
  • Mangum, Richard K. and Sherry G. Mangum. “One Woman’s West: The Life of Mary Russell Ferrell Colton.” Northland Publishing Co. Flagstaff, Arizona. 1997.

Topics in this Podcast: 20th century, art history, U.S. history, archaeology, Arizona, biographies, women