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Joyous Journey: The Joyous Journey of LeRoy R. and Ann W. Hafen: An Autobiography
172 / Dialogue As in A House of Many Rooms and Wyoming Wife, Mrs. Hunter uses an organizational style reminiscent of a cluttered hall closet, in which one idea or story detail triggers off an avalanche of other associations which are not necessarily logical or chronological. However, like the closet, the book is a goldmine, some of it is funny, some sad, little of it weighty, but all of it interesting. And taken as a whole, the clutter turns out to be a remarkably balanced and fair collage of modern Mormondom. joyous Journey John Caughey The Joyous Journey of LeRoy R. and Ann W. Hafen: An Autobiography. Glendale, California and Denver, Colorado, The Arthur H. Clark Company and Fred A. Rosenstock, 1973. 335 pp. $11.50. Among historians of the West LeRoy Hafen is well known for his prodigious shelf of books—The Overland Mail, History of Colorado, Broken Hand, Fort Lara-mie, Western America, and two score more of documentary and reference volumes for which his was author, editor, coordinator, or all three. Since few historians operate with that much efficacy, one of the interests in The Joyous Journey is the clues provided on how this efficiency was generated. The work ethic in which Hafen grew up clearly helped, but not more than his like-minded and collaborative wife. Ann is a presence throughout this book, though the structure and content relate more specifically to LeRoy's life and career. From the beginning he was ambitious, diligent, and industrious. He and Ann indulged in travel and other relaxations but never much interrupting their self-assigned research and writing. With his thesis and dissertation on the Handcart Migration and the Overland Mail, LeRoy staked out the mid-nineteenth-century and the Rockies and their immediate eastern and western slopes as his field. He reached back into the epoch of the Rocky Mountain fur trade, which fitted in well with his penchant for topics in travel and transportation history. In this compact and exciting time and place he was never at a loss for subject matter. Nor was he ever lacking a publisher. The Colorado Magazine, which he edited from 1924 to 1954, was the natural and eager vehicle for many of his shorter pieces, and his first several books were quickly placed. Early in the forties, the Arthur H. Clark Company signed him on to round out the Southwest Historical Series, which he did with dispatch. Clark then contracted for a fifteen-volume series on the Far West and the Rockies, and after that for a series on the Mountain Men. In 1924, having earned his Ph.D. at Berkeley, Hafen became State Historian of Colorado, a post he held for the next thirty years. On the side he taught part-time in Denver University. As State Historian his administrative and ingratiating duties were mild, and the main thrust of his assignment was to carry on with re-