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A service of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records The years 1859-1922 represent a time when Arizona grew up. A broad documentation of this valuable history can be found in the newspapers of the day. In accordance with their mission to ensure that Arizona's history is documented and preserved, and in joint effort with the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress, The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is proud to contribute to the National Digital Newspaper Program by digitizing select Arizona newspaper titles from this vital time in history in preparation for global online access. Visit

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  • Year of PlutoYear of Pluto

    This collection celebrates the Year of Pluto. Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto at Lowell Observatory in 1930, and 2015 marks the flyby of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The collection contains letters, calculations, photographs and documents that illustrate the history of the search for Pluto, its discovery, and the subsequent public excitement and fascination.


  • Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - World War IIPosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - World War II

    This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government during World War II. These posters cover a broad range of topics, though they primarily focus on the way this conflict changed life on the American home front.

  • Chris-Town Shopping Center - 24 Arizona Heritage PortraitsChris-Town Shopping Center - 24 Arizona Heritage Portraits

    The Arizona Heritage Commemorative Portrait Collection was generously donated to the Arizona State Capitol Museum in October 1982 by the Chris-Town Chamber of Commerce and the merchants of the Chris-Town Shopping Center. This collection was commissioned by the merchants of the Chris-Town Shopping Center for the enjoyment of all Arizonans. These 24 original oil-pencil portraits by Roger Whitney honor people who contributed to the growth and development of Arizona. Each picture reflects the person's major area of interest and influence on our state's heritage. Chris-Town gratefully acknowledged research assistance from the Central Arizona Museum of History, the Arizona State Capitol Museum and the Arizona Department of Education. The research helped determine the interests and contributions of each of the subjects. Whitney, a well-known Phoenix artist, often worked from photos to portray both Arizonan and national sports figures in his work.

  • Robert Lenon Map CollectionRobert Lenon Map Collection

    The Robert Lenon Map Collection consists of maps from the collection of Patagonia, Arizona-based mining engineer Robert Lenon. The majority of these maps depict ore and mineral mining in the Sonoran desert region of southern Arizona and northern Mexico, spanning the Arizona territorial period of the 1800s up to the 1960s. Additional selections include historical maps of the region, including an 1880 Nogales city block map by Henry Flipper, and maps drawn by Lenon tracing Father Eusebio Kino's route through Pimeria Alta in the 17th century. This digital collection represents just a small sample of the 9000 maps collected or created by Lenon over the course of his long and varied career.

  • Jane Karl Mid-Century Modern Architectural RenderingsJane Karl Mid-Century Modern Architectural Renderings

    Jane Karl was born in Kansas City Missouri on October 10, 1920, and grew up in Washington DC. In 1940, she moved to New York City to study commercial art at Columbia University. She married Walter Karl, and in 1956, the couple and their three year old son relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. They established an architectural firm "Karl Visuals," and provided architectural renderings for noted Phoenix architects John Long, Del Webb, and others. After her husband's death in 1960, Jane continued the business until her retirement. She was an accomplished painter, sculptor, ceramicist, and fiber artist, and was involved in the arts in Phoenix. She passed away on February 14, 2012. The collection was donated to the Arizona State Archives in 2014 by her son. Descriptive information on the collection was generously contributed by her son, Phil Karl, and Alison King of

  • Selections from the Masterworks Arts and Artists SeriesSelections from the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series

    This collection features a selection of art and archives from the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series of the Heard Museum. Images of artists' work in the museum's collection are connected to documents related to the artists' careers from various major collections in the Library and Archives.

  • From Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train CollectionFrom Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train Collection

    The Merci Train Collection contains a sampling of items from the 1949 Merci (Gratitude) Train. "Merci" means thank you in French. Each boxcar was filled with gifts from the people of France showing their gratitude to the American people for sending food and other supplies on the Friendship Train and for liberating France from the invading German army during World War II. The Merci Train Collection contains various objects, such as paper stars, photographs, clothing, tablecloths, pillows, toys, paintings, books, trench art, glassware, and lovely dolls showing the traditional dress of several French provinces. A Peugeot bicycle and a wedding dress grace the Merci Train Exhibit in the Arizona Capitol Museum. The following items also can be seen in the exhibit: a crystal ashtray, paintings, a commemorative medal, a glass hand mirror, handmade stars, tourist publications, books, souvenir postcards, hand-painted postcards, a religious medal, a Napoleon Medal, and children's clothing and toys.

Spotlight On

  • loaplutoPluto Symbol
    Symbol for the planet Pluto. P and L are the first two letters in the planet's name and also Percival Lowell's intitials. The symbol made its first appearance in the May 1, 1930 Lowell Observatory Observation Circular and was slightly modified in the following years.
    ~   Year of Pluto
  • ahslenonMap of the Ajo Copper Basin, Arizona, 1908
    Map of the Ajo Copper Basin, Arizona. Other geographic locations include Arkansas Mountain.
    ~   Robert Lenon Map Collection
  • acmchrisPortrait of Isabella Greenway
    From the Chris-Town Brochure: ISABELLA GREENWAY (1886-1953) From a background of business and civic prominence in Tucson, Isabella Greenway was elected in 1933 to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her tenure as Arizona's first and only Congresswoman she helped reopen the state's Depression-hit copper mines, fought for veterans' benefits and brought many New Deal programs to the state, including resettlement projects for destitute families in Phoenix, Mesa and Casa Grande.
    ~   Chris-Town Shopping Center - 24 Arizona Heritage Portraits
  • posterswwiiI'm Counting on You!
    Uncle Sam admonishes Americans to avoid discussing potentially important information such as troop movements; concern over Axis spies learning information like departure times for convoys or equipment shortages was genuine. Uncle Sam is still a well-known symbol of America to many, made famous to many through James Montgomery Flagg's "I Want You" recruiting poster.
    ~   Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - World War II
  • hmselectBasketry plaque
    Close coiled with a bundle foundation of galleta grass and yucca sewing elements, with decorative stitches in the beading technique and raised coils to denote facial features. 10" x 11 1/8". The basket depicts Koyemsimana.
    ~   Selections from the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series
  • careEl Conquistador by Ron Dirlam
    This statue titled "Conquistador" stands just outside of the Spanish Village shopping center in Carefree, AZ. Sculpted by Ron Dirlam out of bronze, the statue stands over five feet high and continues to be a prominent figure in the area. Dressed as a typical sixteenth century conquistador (explorer) in a metal hat with his flag and sword filling both hands, "Conquistador" affords a glimpse into Carefree's past of Spanish expeditions north from Mexico.
    ~   Town of Carefree, Arizona
  • acmfriendCloth Doll from the Merci Friendship Train
    Cloth doll with painted face, black velvet eyes, and hair made of yellow thread. Shoes are black velvet with pink ribbon shoelaces. Dress is made of gold silk with blue velvet apron.
    ~   From Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train Collection
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