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Adjutants General of ArizonaAdjutants General of Arizona
Contributing Institution: Arizona Military Museum

The Arizona Adjutants General exhibit is comprised of photographs of Adjutants General in Arizona from territorial days to the present. An Adjutant General is the highest ranking officer of a state’s militia or National Guard when it is not called into federal service. When called to federal service by order of the President for deployment in foreign wars or to support large scale civil disturbances, the Guard personnel are answerable to the federal military chain of command all the way up to the President. Adjutants General are state political appointees selected by their respective governors and historically often did not need military experience to be selected.


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Alpine Area Family History Preservation ProjectAlpine Area Family History Preservation Project
Contributing Institution: Alpine Public Library, Apache County Library District

This collection of oral histories portrays the lives of pioneers and early settlers in the closely-knit communities of Alpine, Blue, Nutrioso, Eagar, Springerville, and Luna, NM in the late 1800s and first half of the 1900s.


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American Flag Ranch and Acadia Ranch - The Story of Oracle’s Post Offices American Flag Ranch and Acadia Ranch - The Story of Oracle’s Post Offices
Contributing Institution: Oracle Historical Society & Acadia Ranch Museum

This collection is a collaboration between Oracle Historical Society and the Postal History Foundation. It includes photographs, postal documents, postcards, postmarks, and covers or cachets, which are envelopes with special illustrations on them. There were a number of different post office locations in the Oracle area during the territorial period, including the American Flag Ranch, Acadia Ranch, and the Mercantile Store. The history of the town of Oracle is, like many other towns in Arizona, deeply intertwined with mining and ranching. As the population grew, post offices would open, and as mines closed and people moved away, the post offices would also close. Because postal history cannot be separated from human history, the items in this collection reflect various aspects of daily life from the Territorial period to recent years, including settlement and ranch life.


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APS Childs-Irving CollectionAPS Childs-Irving Collection
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

The APS Childs-Irving hydroelectric power plant was located between Strawberry and Camp Verde, Arizona, and was constructed in 1908, and first went online 21 June, 1909. The plant was designed to harness Fossil Creek, which receives abundant water supply from Fossil Springs at the base of the Mogollon Rim. The springs boasted rates of output of 43 cubic feet per second. In its early days, the Childs-Irving plant was able to supply all of the power needs for Yavapai County. In fact, during the 1920s, the plant also supplied 70% of the electricity to Phoenix.


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Arizona Appellate BriefsArizona Appellate Briefs
Contributing Institution: Ross-Blakley Law Library, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Legal briefs submitted to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, and the Arizona Supreme Court drawn from the Arizona Briefs Collection maintained by the Ross-Blakley Law Library at the Arizona State University. A statement of the issues presented for review, a summary of how pertinent laws affect the facts, and a statement of the relief being requested are essential elements of an appellate brief.


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Arizona Attorney General OpinionsArizona Attorney General Opinions
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

Attorney General Opinions are issued when requested by the legislature (or either house of the legislature), any public officer of the State, or a county attorney, on a question of law relating to their office.


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Arizona Aviation History - The Ruth Reinhold CollectionArizona Aviation History - The Ruth Reinhold Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

Ruth Reinhold (1902-1985), an aviation pioneer, was one of the first woman pilots in Arizona. She marked many milestones, from barnstorming to teaching pilots to fly four-engine bombers during World War II. These images were selected from the 1200 photographs researched and collected for her book Sky Pioneering. It is a remarkable survey of aerial landscapes, pilots, aircraft, airports, landing fields, and aviation events in Arizona dating from the early 1900s through the late 1970s.


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Arizona BushmastersArizona Bushmasters
Contributing Institution: Arizona Military Museum

From Indian Wars in Arizona territory to the planned land invasion of Japan in WWII, the history, lineage, and exploits of General Douglas Mac Arthur’s lead element in the Pacific are depicted in photos and documents. General Douglas MacArthur stated about the Bushmasters: "No greater fighting combat team has ever deployed for battle."  Bushmasters photos, documents, artifacts, and memorabilia can be seen at the Arizona Military Museum.


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Arizona City and Business DirectoriesArizona City and Business Directories
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

The directories document the population and businesses of 19th century Arizona and are used on a daily basis by researchers. In addition to a list of residents and businesses, researchers can find occupations, if a woman was a widow or head of household, or whether the resident owned or rented the property. Many directories contain a history of the city, state and region, information on the climate, topography and natural resources of the area, and in some instances photographs.


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Arizona County and Local PublicationsArizona County and Local Publications
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

Digital publications produced by and for Arizona counties and cities are available from this collection, which is updated on a continuing basis.


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Arizona Executive OrdersArizona Executive Orders
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

Executive Orders are issued by the Governor of Arizona to establish boards or commissions or to authorize the performance of other functions that are appropriate to the executive authority of the Governor.This listing is updated periodically. New Executive Orders are being issued as the Governor deems necessary which could amend or supersede any of the Executive Orders in the listing.


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Arizona Highways OnlineArizona Highways Online
Contributing Institution: Arizona Highways

Arizona Highways magazine was born in the early 1920s. As automobiles emerged as the preferred mode of transportation in the U.S., a handful of states throughout the country developed magazines to entice motorists to travel newly developed roads. Sponsored by the states' departments of transportation, these magazines provide a unique resource for examining how the automobile changed the history of travel and helped to shape identities of place in America. Of these magazines, none date as far back or have featured the iconic photography that has made Arizona Highways a national treasure.

This collection contains a sample of Arizona Highways issues from 1921 to 2013. It serves as a model for a larger collection currently in development which will contain all of the Arizona Highways volumes from 1921 to present.


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Arizona Latina TrailblazersArizona Latina Trailblazers
Contributing Institution: Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives

Latina Americans have had a profound, yet often overlooked, impact throughout Arizona's history. This collection shines the spotlight on Latina pioneers in government, business, law, politics, music, and arts.


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Arizona Latinos in Public ServiceArizona Latinos in Public Service
Contributing Institution: Raul H. Castro Institute and Latino Perspectives

Latinos have contributed greatly to Arizona’s heritage and history.  This collection includes a history of American Legion Post 41 and its members’  accomplishments in the military,  politics and in the community; a history of Arizona Latinos in the military from the 158th Bushmasters of World War II to the Army National Guard’s tour of duty in Afghanistan to soldiers who fight today.


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Arizona Military Museum ImagesArizona Military Museum Images
Contributing Institution: Arizona Military Museum

The Arizona Military Museum, an Arizona Centennial Legacy Project, contains exhibits of weapons, period uniforms, photos, and various other artifacts portraying the military history of Arizona and the service of Arizonans who served in the military. The displays represent periods and events relating to the Spanish-Mexican era, Civil War, American Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, On the Border, WW I, WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, Global War on Terrorism (Desert Storm, Afghanistan, and Iraq), Women in the Military, Medal of Honor recipients from Arizona, and Army Air Corps, the US Air Force, and the Arizona Air National Guard. The Museum has a repository of the history of the Arizona militia and the Arizona National Guard. Descriptive text accompanying digital objects is a result of the research done by, and conclusions of Joseph Abodeely,  President of the Arizona National Guard Historical Society and Director of the Arizona Military Museum.


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Arizona MinesArizona Mines
Contributing Institution: Arizona Geological Survey

The Mines Collection of the Arizona Geological Survey contains information on thousands of Arizona mines -- only a select few are displayed here. All told, the collection comprises more than 82 linear feet of files filled with old newspaper clippings, accounts of mine histories, geologic reports, mineral assessments, production reports, historic letters inquiries of ore reserves and economic viability, and to a lesser extent, maps, geologic cross-sections, assay reports, mine schematics, and photographs.


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Arizona Photograph Company Collection - A Centennial Legacy ProjectArizona Photograph Company Collection - A Centennial Legacy Project
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

This collection represents the photographs created by members of The Arizona Photograph Company from 1894 - 1909. The photographer who took each of the individual photographs in unknown. This is not a complete collection of the company's photographs. (Other photographs can be found at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona http://www.sharlot.org/) All photographs are 8x10 gelatin silver glass plate negatives. The original condition of the plates varied from very poor and broken, to very good with minimal scratches, dirt and dust.


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Arizona Related Federal PublicationsArizona Related Federal Publications
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records' State Library of Arizona is the Regional Federal Depository Library for Arizona designated to receive U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) publications distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program. This collection includes Congressional reports and federal publications related to Arizona.


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Arizona State Archives - State, County and Local Government RecordsArizona State Archives - State, County and Local Government Records
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

Records in the Arizona State Archives were created by individuals or agencies within state or local government organizations. Agency records include those from boards, commissions and departments, as well as executive, legislative and judicial branches and date from 1863 to the early 1990s. Local records include those from county and city governments and date from 1863 to the 1940s.


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Arizona State Archives Historic PhotographsArizona State Archives Historic Photographs
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

The photograph collections in the Arizona State Archives include images from state government as well as private collections. Archives' photographs focus upon the unique cultural heritage of the state and territory of Arizona, beginning in 1863. The principal focus within the collections are materials which predate World War II, some as early as the 1860s.  The images presented in this collection represent a sample of the images at the Arizona State Archives. If you don't find what you are looking for please contact the State Archives at 602.926.3720.


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Arizona State Archives Legislative Oral History ProjectArizona State Archives Legislative Oral History Project
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

The Legislative Oral History Project documents the memories of former state legislators about their time in office. This online collection only features excerpts of these oral histories. Full versions are available for public viewing at the Arizona State Archives, located at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History building, 1901 W. Madison, Phoenix, Arizona.


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Arizona State Archives Manuscript CollectionsArizona State Archives Manuscript Collections
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

The manuscript collections at the Arizona State Archives contain information relating to the history, culture and businesses in Arizona. They document everyday life from territorial times forward.


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Arizona State Government Publications Arizona State Government Publications
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

Publications produced by Arizona territorial and state agencies have been collected by the Library since territorial times and cover a wide variety of subjects including agriculture, mining, transportation, economics, education and government. Arizona state agency annual reports and Legislative Study Committee Reports are also present in this collection.


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Arizona State Library, Archives and Public RecordsArizona State Library, Archives and Public Records' 150th Anniversary
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

This collection celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.  It currently contains items from different branches and will grow over the next year with representative items from each of the branches of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records - the State Library of Arizona, the Arizona Capitol Museum, the Braille and Talking Book Library, State Records, State Archives and the Library Development Division.


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Arizona Territorial Post OfficesArizona Territorial Post Offices
Contributing Institution: Postal History Foundation

This exhibit  is a representative sample of items in the archives of the Postal History Foundation in Tucson. Each page contains, in philatelic terms, a “cover” - either an envelope or postcard with one or more adhesive postage stamps, or an envelope or postal card with a pre-stamped frank (called postal stationery in philately). Each cover is postmarked at a post office in Arizona. Most of these images are from Arizona Territory before statehood in 1912.


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Arizona WomenArizona Women's Hall of Fame
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

The Arizona Women's Hall of Fame posthumously commemorates Arizona women who have greatly contributed to their communities and state through hard work and leadership. Four to six Arizona women are inducted every two years. The exhibit features custom quilts, made by the Arizona Quilter's Guild and the Phoenix Area Quilters Association, of the women who were inducted by 2006. The Arizona Women's Hall of Fame is helmed by the Archives division of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records and housed at the Carnegie Center in Phoenix.


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ArizonaArizona's Saints and Shady Ladies
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

The women of the West were both saints and shady ladies. They did not and could not fit the Victorian models of womanhood. Those artificial standards were impossible to maintain in the newly settled West. Instead they lived practically and industriously. Famous or "unsung heroines," their lives and works shaped the form and spirit of the state of Arizona. This selection of images found within our various photograph collections is in honor of both the saints and shady ladies of our state.


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ASU Science Pioneers 1955-1970ASU Science Pioneers 1955-1970
Contributing Institution: Arizona State University Libraries

Arizona State University's early research scientists were scholarly pioneers of earth, ice, animal, mineral, and space. In Arizona State's first days of transformation from a small college to a true university, these men of science were already leaders in their fields, asking tough questions and seeking elusive answers. Their work at ASU helped others to understand venomous animals, meteorites, genetics, rare earth oxides, frozen deserts, and local geology.


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Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company  (A.T.&S.F.Ry.Co.) Collection HighlightsAtchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company (A.T.&S.F.Ry.Co.) Collection Highlights
Contributing Institution: Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society

The A.T.&S.F.Ry.Co. collection contains an estimated 40,000 engineering documents and records from the Santa Fe Railway's old Albuquerque Division, which had approximately 1,100 miles of track across northern New Mexico and Arizona. The old Albuquerque Division was, and remains so today, an important portion of the BNSF main line between Chicago and the west coast. Over 700 documented are represented in this online subset of the full collection.

The Arizona State Railroad Museum Foundation, located in Williams, Arizona, is the caretaker of this collection.

Both the Arizona Memory Project, sponsor of this website, and the Arizona State Railroad Museum are Arizona Centennial 2012 Legacy Projects.


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The Barry Goldwater Statue ProjectThe Barry Goldwater Statue Project
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC)

Commissioned by the Arizona House Joint Resolution from 2008, the Senator Barry Goldwater statue was created to replace one of the existing statues dedicated to Arizona in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. The bronze statue was created by Deborah Copenhaver Fellows and is 8 feet tall featuring Senator Goldwater gesturing as if speaking. This collection features photographs from the statue's beginning as a clay model to its unveiling and temporary placement within the rotunda of the Arizona State Capital Museum.


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Basketry from the Pueblo Grande MuseumBasketry from the Pueblo Grande Museum
Contributing Institution: Pueblo Grande Museum

The baskets in this online collection date from the late 19th century to the present. The baskets in the Museum’s collection come from private donations by collectors, from the basket weavers themselves, and from occasional purchases by their non-profit support group, the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary.


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The Bass Photo Collection - Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau Lantern SlidesThe Bass Photo Collection - Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau Lantern Slides
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson

Grand Canyon explorer, prospector and entrepreneur William Wallace Bass shaped the early 20th century understanding and use of the Grand Canyon. One of his chroniclers, photographer F.H. Maude, captured images of Bass and the Grand Canyon before it became part of the National Park System. This collection consists of 446, hand-tinted, 3.25" by 4" lantern slides created by Maude which are from PC 181 Bass Family Photograph Collection, part of the Library and Archives collections at the Arizona Historical Society.


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The Bead Museum Collection HighlightsThe Bead Museum Collection Highlights
Contributing Institution: The Bead Museum

The Bead Museum presents a selection of intriguing examples of beads and beaded objects from ancient times to contemporary glass beads and native cultures around the world.


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Between the Tracks - The Story of the Old Vail Post OfficeBetween the Tracks - The Story of the Old Vail Post Office
Contributing Institution: Vail Preservation Society

This collection of photographs, documents, postal covers and oral histories tells the story of Vail, Arizona. It is often called the "Town Between the Tracks" because of its location between the east and west bound tracks of first, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and later the Union Pacific. Since 1908 the adobe post office has been a focal point for government, communication and commerce in Vail and the surrounding region. All other traces of Vail's railroad, mining and ranching roots are gone, erased by time, population growth, and development. The post office characterizes the connections between the economic and cultural forces that converged at Vail in the late 19th and early 20th century.


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CAMA International Museum Day CollectionCAMA International Museum Day Collection
Contributing Institution: CAMA - Central Arizona Museum Association

For many years, CAMA has urged its member institutions to celebrate International Museum Day (IMD) sponsored by the International Council of Museums. In 2011, eleven CAMA museums joined the IMD May 18th celebration by offering free or reduced admissions, museum store discounts, and special performances. Visit CAMA online.


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Capturing ArizonaCapturing Arizona's Stories
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

Capturing Arizona Stories is a collection of oral histories contributed by public libraries across Arizona as part of the Capturing Arizona Stories project which encourages communities to take an active role in collecting their own histories by sharing and recording stories. The oral histories cover a range of topics and provide insights into local communities, their people, and events through the experiences of individuals. This project was funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant.


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A Celebration of the Human Spirit - Japanese-American Relocation Camps in ArizonaA Celebration of the Human Spirit - Japanese-American Relocation Camps in Arizona
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

The Arizona Historical Foundation houses two collections pertaining to Arizona's two World War II Japanese Relocation Camps, Gila River and Poston. Wade Head served as director of the Poston camp from 1942-1944, and his collection focuses on the administration and documentation of camp life. Frances & Mary Montgomery were teachers at Butte High School, located at the Gila River camp. The Montgomery collection contains student photographs and correspondence, yearbooks, and educational materials. This exhibition showcases original artwork, documents and photographs that illustrate the dichotomy of these two collections while honoring the spirit and culture of their American subjects.


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City of Glendale Council Minutes of 1910-1914City of Glendale Council Minutes of 1910-1914
Contributing Institution: City of Glendale

In celebration of Glendale’s approaching 100-year anniversary, this collection of City Council minutes dating from August 1st, 1910 to December 28th, 1914 has been compiled electronically for the first time. Minutes include roll calls of council members in attendance, agreements made with organizations outside of the city, calls of election and the canvassing of votes, and the adoption of ordinances and resolutions into law.


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Cochise County Clerk of Superior Court - Bisbee Deportation DocumentsCochise County Clerk of Superior Court - Bisbee Deportation Documents
Contributing Institution: Cochise County Clerk of the Superior Court

The Bisbee Deportation documents are comprised of about 1,600 court documents filed in 1919 and 1920 in Cochise County Superior Court, pertaining to Cochise County Case number 2725, entitled, State of Arizona, Plaintiff, vs. Phelps Dodge Corporation, A Corporation, et als., Defendants,. The Bisbee Deportation started as a labor dispute between some members of the International Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union and the three mining companies in early June of 1917. The issues were focused on working rules, safety regulations and the requirement for a physical examination, rather than wages and benefits. With the arrival of hundreds of Industrial Workers of the World sympathizers in late June who were vowing to shut down all the copper mines from Montana to Mexico, the conflict intensified and culminated in a community action on July 12, 1917.


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Cochise County Historical & Archeological CollectionCochise County Historical & Archeological Collection
Contributing Institution: Cochise College Library

History and culture of Southeastern Arizona from early archealogical digs to modern times are represented by images, documents and a video from the Cochise College Libraries. 


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Cochise County Rock Art Cochise County Rock Art
Contributing Institution: Cochise College Library

This collection presents a brief introduction to the rock art of Cochise County, Arizona. A wide diversity of prehistoric and historic rock art is found in the county including petroglyphs and pictographs. Petroglyphs are carved rock designs and pictographs are painted rock designs. Five different cultures are represented in the collection images; Apache, Hohokam, Mimbres and Mogollon. This collection is Cochise College Libraries effort toward its preservation.


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Cochise County Territorial Court DocumentsCochise County Territorial Court Documents
Contributing Institution: Cochise County Clerk of the Superior Court

In May of 1881, just three months after Cochise County was formed out of southeastern Pima County, district court sessions began in Tombstone, Arizona. The 652 page collection contains brief notations by the district court clerk of matters and proceedings taken up by the judge – in the order they were presented. Aficionados of Cochise County Territorial history will enjoy “seeing” the characters of the day make their appearance in court – and getting a sense of the cadence of court business procedures from a time long past.


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Cochise County Territorial Tax Roll IndexCochise County Territorial Tax Roll Index
Contributing Institution: Cochise County Treasurer's Office

This collection contains Cochise County, Arizona tax rolls from the Territorial Years (1886-1912).


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Colorado Plateau Digital Archives SelectionsColorado Plateau Digital Archives Selections
Contributing Institution: Northern Arizona University Cline Library

The topics represented in this selection from Northern Arizona University Cline Library include: Colorado River running, surveying, and exploration; Grand Canyon hiking and tourism; railroad and timber; landscape photography of Northern Arizona; and Native American communities on the Colorado Plateau. Formats include photographs, textual materials, maps, oral histories, and moving images. To view the entire online collection, please visit the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives.


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Colossal Cave Mountain ParkColossal Cave Mountain Park's Civillian Conservation Corps Image Collection
Contributing Institution: Colossal Cave Mountain Park

This collection of photos depicts the work and lives of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Colossal Cave in Vail, AZ, 1934-1937. The CCC was a federal government program designed to conserve our country's natural resources and to provide jobs and training to young, unmarried men. The men of the CCC made improvements inside Colossal Cave, constructed buildings, and built picnic areas under the supervision of State Park Service personnel. They lived in a camp supervised by U.S. Army personnel, where they engaged in educational, sports, and recreational activities.


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Congressman John Rhodes CollectionCongressman John Rhodes Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona State University Libraries

The John J. Rhodes Papers consist of correspondence, reports, financial and travel records and printed matter. The collection documents Rhodes' congressional career from 1953 1983 and significant portions of the collection concern the Central Arizona Project, Indians, water, campaign activities, legislation sponsored by Rhodes, energy policy, Watergate, and the Barry Goldwater presidential campaign. The collection has been divided into eighteen series. The first fifteen series concern each of the US Congresses from 1953 to 1983. The final three series are Central Arizona Project, Campaign Files and Miscellaneous Files.


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Courtship, Wedding and Marriage BeadsCourtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads
Contributing Institution: The Bead Museum

The Courtship, Wedding and Marriage Beads exhibit is a traveling exhibit presented by The Bead Museum.  It shows beads and beaded objects that are important in courtship, wedding and marriage practices of twenty two different cultures from eight geographic regions from around the world.


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Curtis the Collector - Native American Baskets, Pottery and MiscellanyCurtis the Collector - Native American Baskets, Pottery and Miscellany
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

Edward Curtis toured North America, photographing the American Indian, for some thirty years from 1895-1925. During that time, Curtis collected baskets, pots and other items. The Arizona Capitol Museum believes these objects are too impressive to remain hidden in storage any longer. These digital images allow everyone to enjoy the artistry that Curtis photographed and collected.


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David Swing Painting CollectionDavid Swing Painting Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

David Swing (1864-1945) was both a musician and painter. He is best known as the painter of the Arizona State exhibit at the Golden Gate International Exposition, held at San Francisco, California in 1939. This collection has 37 items and consists of images of the Golden Gate International Exposition paintings along with carved reliefs, letters and hand-drawn sketches.


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Day Family CollectionDay Family Collection
Contributing Institution: Museum of Northern Arizona

The Day Family collection at the Museum of Northern Arizona is made up of images of the Day Family and their activities as traders and agents on the Navajo Reservation. This collection includes portraits and snapshots of Sam Day, Sr., his wife Anna, and their children Sam Day, Jr. and Charlie Day. Most images were taken between 1890 and 1920.


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Day Family RecordsDay Family Records
Contributing Institution: Northern Arizona University Cline Library

The Day Family were Anglo traders, on the Navajo Reservation in eastern Arizona. The collection includes the personal and business papers of Sam Day, Sr. (1845-1925) surveyor, Indian trader, legislator and United States Indian Commissioner; Anna Day, Sam Sr.'s wife (1872-1932); and of their children, Charles L. Day (1879-1918), Samuel Day, Jr. (1889-1944), United States deputy Marshall. The collection contains archaeological reports, Navajo land boundary maps and notes, business records, as well as several documents pertaining to Navajo culture, including a copy of the treaty between the U.S. Government and the Navajo nation. The Day Family Records are particularly rich in chronicling early Anglo and Navajo relations.


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Earle Forrest CollectionEarle Forrest Collection
Contributing Institution: Museum of Northern Arizona

This collection consists of 541 richly detailed photographs by author, historian, cowboy and adventurer Earle Robert Forrest (1883-1969). Photos relate to his life and travels through northern Arizona from 1900-1966. Images are predominantly of cowboy life, Native American people and dwellings, archaeological sites and artifacts, as well as the general geography of the region. Descriptions are written by Forrest himself, either in a first or third-person narrative style.


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Early Cave Creek, ArizonaEarly Cave Creek, Arizona
Contributing Institution: Cave Creek Museum

This collection documents the growth, activities and history of the Sonoran Desert Foothills spanning the time period of the 1870’s to the 1920’s. Within this time span military operations, mining activity, sheep herding, pioneering and dude ranches have a part at shaping the foothills area that brings us to our present day western flair town site offering small town hospitality.


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Early Life in Taylor, Arizona 1878-1940Early Life in Taylor, Arizona 1878-1940
Contributing Institution: Taylor/Shumway Heritage Foundation

The artifacts and historic sites that are included in this collection not only serve as examples of daily pioneer living in Taylor, Arizona, but also provide insight into the changes which occurred as the citizens of Taylor adjusted to world, national and community development.


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Early Publications of Yavapai College Early Publications of Yavapai College
Contributing Institution: Yavapai College

This collection captures what it was like to be a student at Yavapai College when it was a small, rural community college in the late 1960's - early 1980's. It includes the first published College Catalog, class schedule, and Student Handbook (be sure to read the sections on the dress code and standards for women students). Also included are yearbooks and publications written by journalism students, which highlight college departments and campus activities during the early years.

 


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Early Southwest Archaeology at Point of Pines Early Southwest Archaeology at Point of Pines
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

From 1946 to 1960, in the remote pine country of east-central Arizona, the University of Arizona’s Department of Anthropology, under the direction of Dr. Emil W. Haury, operated one of the first archaeological field schools in the nation where hundreds of students were trained in archaeological field work. The school was called the Point of Pines Field School because it was situated and surrounded by significant Mogollon pueblo ruins, the largest being Point of Pines Pueblo. This collection of 39 images from the Arizona State Museum’s Photograph Collection documents the daily life of the camp and the early archaeological processes used in their site excavations. Most of the photos presented here were taken during the 1946-1956 period.


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Early Years of Sun City, ArizonaEarly Years of Sun City, Arizona
Contributing Institution: Sun Cities Area Historical Society

Sun City is the first active retirement community in the United States. As late as a month before Sun City's grand opening, the development still did not have a name, however that was by design. More than 100,000 people came to see Sun City during its three-day weekend opening, which began on January 1, 1960. Del Webb, the owner of Webb Construction Company was featured on the cover of the Time magazine on August 3, 1962.


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Father Augustine Schwarz Photograph CollectionFather Augustine Schwarz Photograph Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona State University Libraries

This collection reconstructs the thirty years of Father Augustine’s service to his Church through his photographs. It contains 163 photographs taken between 1916 and 1940 documenting Franciscan chapels, missions and religious activities at numerous American Indian villages in Arizona. The majority of the images fall into three groups: the Pima people of Central Arizona; the Tohono O’odham of the south, and the Apache in the Whiteriver area of northern Arizona. St. John’s Mission in the village of Komatke, some 14 miles southwest of Phoenix, received the most extensive photographic coverage. To view the Father Augustine Schwarz Mission to Arizona Exhibit which includes contemporary photographs of several missions see http://www.asu.edu/lib/archives/schwarz/index.htm.


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Flagstaff Telephone and City DirectoriesFlagstaff Telephone and City Directories
Contributing Institution: Flagstaff City - Coconino County Public Library

The Flagstaff Telephone Directories span the years of 1931 through 1981 (some years are missing). They include various communities in north central Arizona, including Grand Canyon, Williams, Winslow, Ash Fork, Munds Park, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Sedona, Seligman, Page, Jerome, and more. The directories sometimes include community street maps. White and Yellow pages are included.


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Forman Hanna - Selected Photographs from the Arizona State Museum CollectionForman Hanna - Selected Photographs from the Arizona State Museum Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

This exhibit of twenty-seven Forman Hanna photographs from the Arizona State Museum’s collection showcases the tradition of pictorial photography as practiced in the early twentieth century by photographers in the American West. Native Americans, cowboys and scenic landscapes were some of Forman Hanna’s favorite subjects.


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Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona 1929-1959Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona 1929-1959
Contributing Institution: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The site for Taliesin West was purchased by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937 and minor site work and temporary construction was done by Wright and the Fellowship before their return to Wisconsin for the summer. Work continued on the walls and terraces of the buildings during the summer of 1938 by local laborers, with occasional supervision by a Taliesin apprentice. Questions regarding construction issues, and progress on the site was communicated to Wright by telegram to Taliesin in Wisconsin. Images in this collection reflect the early years of Taliesin West.

 


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From Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train CollectionFrom Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

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.


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From Lizard Acres to Lush Oasis - The Building of Sun City West, ArizonaFrom Lizard Acres to Lush Oasis - The Building of Sun City West, Arizona
Contributing Institution: Sun Cities Area Historical Society

Newcomers to Sun City West are impressed with its gently curving streets, neat homes, lovely landscaping, lush golf courses and inviting recreation centers. Few of them realize that as recently as 1976 this was the home of the Circle One Livestock Company with its thousands of cattle - land that, according to one rancher, was "fit only for raising lizards."


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George Burr Etchings at the Arizona Capitol MuseumGeorge Burr Etchings at the Arizona Capitol Museum
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

George Burr, born in Monroe Falls, Ohio in 1859, began sketching and painting by the time he was 8. By age 11 he knew he wanted to be an artist. By 14 he experimented with etching. In 1877 he attended a business college in Oskaloosa, Iowa and then 1878-79 studied at the Chicago Academy of Design. This collection of 47 etchings is some of his best work and was donated to the Arizona Capitol Museum by the estate of Carolann Smurthwaite.


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Geronimo!  Revered and Reviled (The Man Behind the Legend)Geronimo! Revered and Reviled (The Man Behind the Legend)
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson

The Geronimo! Revered and Reviled collection of photographs is based on the Charles B. Gatewood and Camillus Sidney (C.S.) Fly collections at Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Southern Division. Included are views of Geronimo, Chief Naiche, Gen. George Crook, Santiago McKinn, Indian scouts, and Apache men, women, and children. The C.S. Fly photographs taken at Cañon de los Embudos during the peace conference of March, 1886 represent the only known photographs documenting the meeting. Additionally, there is a copy of Geronimo's signature and drawings of Fort Lowell, Fort Grant, and Fort Bowie in Arizona Territory.


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GFWC Desert Jade WomanGFWC Desert Jade Woman's Club
Contributing Institution: GFWC Desert Jade Woman's Club

In the early 1960s, ten young Asian-American women joined together to develop friendships and organized to provide community service as the Desert Jade Junior Woman's Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Within a year, club membership grew to 20. Today the group is known as the GFWC (General Federation of Women's Clubs) Desert Jade Woman's Club. The many philanthropic and civic projects of the group have included donations of time, money, and energy to various local fire departments, veteran's groups, community, service, and family organizations. The Phoenix Art Museum as well as St. Vincent De Paul are just two of the many organizations who have benefitted from the club's efforts.


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Gifts to the GovernorGifts to the Governor
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

Gifts to the Governor is a sampling of items that have been given to the State of Arizona over the last 100 years. The Arizona Revised Statutes declare that any item given to the Governor on behalf of the State belongs to the State of Arizona. Items in this collection date from the first Governor of Arizona, George W.P. Hunt, to Governor Janet Napolitano and include gifts from other states, foreign dignitaries, and the people of Arizona. See some of these items on display at the Arizona Capitol Museum.


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Gila County MapsGila County Maps
Contributing Institution: Gila County Recorder

Our collection is a gathering of historic maps of Gila County dating back over 100 years. Some of these maps include historic places, names and marking of the Territory of Arizona.


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Girl Scouts in Arizona 1920-1940 Girl Scouts in Arizona 1920-1940
Contributing Institution: Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Historical Society

The Phoenix Girl Scouts were formed into the Maricopa Girl Scout Council in 1936. By 1968, the 50th Anniversary of Girl Scouting in Arizona, the Maricopa Girl Scout Council had grown into the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GS - ACPC) and covered the northern 2/3 of the state. In 1988, Dorothy Canfield Foster compiled a history of the GS - ACPC, relying on the artifacts and memory of Jean Clark, leader of Girl Scout Troop 1 for 50 years. Barbara Anderson, a Council staff member, was inspired by this history and later used it as a foundation for creating the Historical Society after her retirement in 1985.


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Glendale Community College ArchivesGlendale Community College Archives
Contributing Institution: Glendale Community College John F. Prince Library Media Center

This collection records GCC's founding and growth in its beginning years. Over time, the collection will provide an historical record of the physical campus as it expanded through the decades, along with representative images of instructional programs and student life.


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Glendale Public Library HistoryGlendale Public Library History
Contributing Institution: Glendale Public Library

In 1937 a $6,000 bond issue and a Public Works Administration grant from the government enabled the city to construct a $12,000 library building in 1938. The 2,200 sq. ft. building would serve a population of 3,500. The Spanish-style mission library was located in the center of Murphy Park. It was built in the form of a "T", with an arched entrance in the center which led to the reading rooms. It was considered one of the most attractive buildings in the city.


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Harvey Girls of the Winslow Harvey HousesHarvey Girls of the Winslow Harvey Houses
Contributing Institution: Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society

Fred Harvey saw a need for better food and service along the rails and in 1876 pioneered a chain of restaurants and inns known as Harvey Houses from Chicago to San Francisco. Experience soon demonstrated that women made better servers, and the ‘Harvey Girls’ were born.


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Highlights of the Catholic Diocese of TucsonHighlights of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson
Contributing Institution: Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson

Highlights of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson includes documents and letters from the time of Bishop Salpointe, from the late 1860’s to the mid 1880’s. Most of the documents are written by or addressed to Bishop Salpointe himself. The collection also includes the first baptismal register from St. Augustine, the mother church of the Diocese of Tucson, from 1861-1878, as well as an alphabetical index.


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Historic Arizona County Road MapsHistoric Arizona County Road Maps
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

This collection of historic Arizona county maps includes maps of each Arizona county, dating from the mid 1880s to 1937. Most of the maps were produced by the County Engineer or County Surveyor and published by the county Board of Supervisors. The 1937 map set covers the entire state and was published by the Arizona State Highway Department.


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Historic Downtown GlendaleHistoric Downtown Glendale
Contributing Institution: Glendale Historical Society

This collection represents South 1st Avenue, now 58th Drive and Glendale Avenue, from around 1910 to 1950. It depicts early development in downtown Glendale, Arizona. The collection also includes photos of the Sine Family, a pioneering family to Glendale, who were instrumental in the development of downtown Glendale. Most of the photos were collected by pioneering Glendale citizens and given to the Glendale Arizona Historical Society. The pictures depicting the Sine Family and their businesses were donated to the Society by Arthur Sine.


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The History of SedonaThe History of Sedona
Contributing Institution: Sedona Historical Society

The “History of Sedona” is a collection of historic images presented as a series of sub-collections divided by historical theme or context. Lacking a newspaper before the 1960s and a city government before 1988, these photographs come from private collections of area pioneer families who have generously shared this wealth with the Sedona Historical Society. The images reflect the rich and unique history of Oak Creek Canyon and the greater Sedona area beginning in the 1870s with the arrival of the first permanent Euroamerican settler.


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The History of the Powwow in FlagstaffThe History of the Powwow in Flagstaff
Contributing Institution: Flagstaff City - Coconino County Public Library

In 1930, the first Southwest All-Indian Pow-Wow came to Flagstaff. This event, centered around the Fourth of July, featured rodeos, parades, authentic ceremonials, and the sale of arts and crafts. It quickly became an occasion for celebration and attracted members of tribes from all over America. It was Flagstaff's primary festival for many years, but the size of the crowds became unmanageable for Flagstaff residents. In 1980 Flagstaff decided to cancel the Pow-Wow permanently. This collection of historic powwow programs captures many of the images and stories behind this old tradition.


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The Hohokam of Pueblo GrandeThe Hohokam of Pueblo Grande
Contributing Institution: Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande was a major Hohokam village on the north bank of the Salt River in what is now Phoenix, Arizona. Pueblo Grande was occupied for 1000 years, from about AD 500 - 1450. In addition to dwellings, it contained public architecture, such as the platform mound, a stone reinforced adobe structure the size of a football field, and a multi-storey adobe “big house” like the one at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.


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Hopi Artists and the Museum of Northern ArizonaHopi Artists and the Museum of Northern Arizona
Contributing Institution: Museum of Northern Arizona

This collection consists of images/portraits of Hopi Artists (with their arts and crafts) who contributed works to the Museum of Northern Arizona's yearly Hopi festival from 1956-1965. This sampling of images represents only a small portion of the vast original images that exist in the Museum's vault.


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Images from the Edward Curtis Collection at the Arizona Capitol MuseumImages from the Edward Curtis Collection at the Arizona Capitol Museum
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

"The North American Indian," is Edward Curtis's grand attempt to represent the various cultures of the American Indians. The twenty volume set, with the twenty accompanying portfolios, contains over 1,500 photographic plates and vast descriptions of American Indian culture. These are the three volumes of "The North American Indian" which include most of the work Curtis did pertaining to the American Indians of Arizona.


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Images of the Arizona Capitol MuseumImages of the Arizona Capitol Museum
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

Welcome to a virtual tour of the Arizona Capitol Museum. Beginning at the main entrance of the Arizona Capitol Museum's historic Greek Revival exterior and continuing through each exhibit to the fourth floor where life size figures from Arizona's past reside, this virtual tour attempts to capture the basic elements of the museum. Also included in this virtual tour are Arizona's Great Seal, a 17-foot tall Greek goddess atop a copper dome, exhibits explaining Arizona's history, water rights, government structure and process, and statehood. The Arizona Capitol Museum also has many traveling exhibits which are not included in this virtual tour. Visit the majestic Arizona Capitol Museum, the building with the giant copper dome, to really experience the history of Arizona.


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Images of the Catholic Diocese of TucsonImages of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson
Contributing Institution: Archives of the Catholic Diocese of Tucson

The Images collection consists of photographs of bishops and priests who served Catholics of Arizona from as early as the 1860s. Most of the earliest priests and bishops came from France through the recruitment of Archbishop Salpointe and Archbishop Lamy, of Santa Fe. The collection includes some later priests, those ordained in the 1920s and 1930s, who, like Rev. Msgr. Don Hughes, were active in building and improving the Diocese as Arizona began to grow.


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Images of Tohono OImages of Tohono O'odham Polychrome Pottery Making Study
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

On June 2nd through 6th, 1980, Helga Teiwes visited Hickiwan Village, Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, Arizona. It was there that she documented Rupert Angea creating several polychrome pots. The process was documented from the gathering of supplies for the actual pot to the gathering of the materials for the creation of the paint. The polychrome pots that were created were donated to the Arizona State Museum.


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Indigenous Peoples Near WinslowIndigenous Peoples Near Winslow
Contributing Institution: Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society

This collection offers snapshots, some over 100 years old, from Native American life in and around Winslow, AZ, a border town to the Navajo and Hopi Reservations. These two tribes comprise most of the native population near here, but Winslow became a second home to a contingent of Laguna Indians and members of various other tribes. No matter what the tribe, the Indigenous Peoples are an intrinsic element of the Southwest and Winslow.


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J.W. Hoover Lantern Slide Collection - A Centennial Legacy ProjectJ.W. Hoover Lantern Slide Collection - A Centennial Legacy Project
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

J.W. Hoover used this lantern slide collection in his class lectures, professional talks, and to illustrate his writings. It is a diverse collection of approximately 3,200 lantern slides representing geographical locations, people, illustrations and hand drawings. As such, this collection covers a wide range of topics including: Agriculture, Animals, Art, Buildings, Canals, Dams, Geology and Geography; Oceans, Lakes, and Rivers; People, Places, Vegetation and Transportation.


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Jerome Postal HistoryJerome Postal History
Contributing Institution: Jerome Historical Society

This collection is a collaboration between Jerome Historical Society and the Postal History Foundation. It includes photographs, postal documents, postcards, postmarks, and covers or cachets, which are envelopes with special illustrations on them. Like many other towns in Arizona, the postal history of Jerome closely reflects the boom and bust of the mining industry. As the mining operations grew and the population soared, the post office also was established and expanded. Later, as fires swept through the town on multiple occasions, the post office also suffered. Then when the use of dynamite increased, the entire town began to shift and the post office collapsed in slides that affected much of the town. But the post office also demonstrated the strength of the community. In the 1970s when it was threatened with closure, a group of citizens gathered to protest. Although the population had dwindled to a handful at that point, the inhabitants recognized that their survival as a town was closely linked to the survival of the post office. At its height, the population of Jerome was close to 15,000 and today it is 400 (with an annual visitation reportedly at close to one million people).


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Jewish Life in ArizonaJewish Life in Arizona
Contributing Institution: Arizona Jewish Historical Society

This collection presents selections from the archives of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society of over 50,000 photographs depicting aspects of Jewish life in Arizona. Photographs in this collection were donated to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society by a variety of sources, including photography studios, newspapers, local organizations, and private donors.


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Jordan Family Clothing - One FamilyJordan Family Clothing - One Family's Closet
Contributing Institution: Sedona Historical Society

"One Family's Closet" features nine focus areas representing clothing from 1912-1962. The display includes items that belonged to various members of one Arizona pioneer family. They include: Annie Bristow Jordan (Sally's great-grandmother), Ruth Woolf Jordan (her grandmother), Anne Jordan Jackson (her mother, and the Jordan's eldest daughter), Helen Jordan (her great-aunt), and other family members.


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Law CollectionLaw Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

The Law Collection contains legal materials pertaining to Arizona. These materials are held by law libraries in Arizona and pertain to laws and regulations, decisions and orders, cases, and opinions (i.e., Attorney General Opinions). This collection is a joint effort which includes materials from more than one library.


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Left for Interpretation - Petroglyphs & ArtifactsLeft for Interpretation - Petroglyphs & Artifacts
Contributing Institution: Deer Valley Rock Art Center

The Hedgpeth Hills face east, towards the rising sun. At one time, the hills were next to a flowing creek that supported communities of people, plants and animals. Archaic, Hohokam, and Patayan peoples passed through the area and left their mark by pecking over 1,500 symbols into the basalt boulders. We do not know the reason they left the petroglyphs, or what story the markings tell. However, we do know that each generation plays a role in changing the land by communicating their traditions. Today, the Deer Valley Rock Art Center protects the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site and offers an opportunity for interpretation and appreciation of cultural expressions.


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Legal and Court History of Cochise CountyLegal and Court History of Cochise County
Contributing Institution: Cochise County Clerk of the Superior Court

The first submission to this collection is the recently rediscovered Coroner's Inquest of the October 26, 1881 incident commonly referred to as "The Gunfight at the OK Corral." On March 31, 2010, while reorganizing a records storage area in the old county jail, two deputy clerks discovered these long-missing documents. The OK Corral documents section of this collection includes typewritten versions created in the 1960s by deputy clerks. While there are a few errors in these transcriptions, they can be of help in deciphering the handwritten originals.


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Listening to GlendaleListening to Glendale's Past
Contributing Institution: Glendale Public Library

Listening to Glendale's Past is a collection of oral and video histories, most with transcripts, of people connected with Glendale in a myriad of ways, reliving life from the early 1900s to the present. These histories are presented in a series of sub-collections divided by the organizations that collected them.


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Lon Megargee PaintingsLon Megargee Paintings
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

Lon Megargee (1883-1960) was successful as an artist, Megargee lived a wild cowboy lifestyle; he is equally well known for his financial instability and for having been married at least seven times. This collection consists of 27 items including paintings commissioned by the Arizona State Capitol after statehood, Depression-era WPA paintings, A-1 Beer advertisements and personal correspondences.


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The Many Personas of Stephen ShadeggThe Many Personas of Stephen Shadegg
Contributing Institution: Arizona State University Libraries

The Shadegg Collection at Arizona State University is significant, not only for documenting a remarkably diverse career, but also for capturing the culture and commerce of modern day Phoenix. From 1932 when he first came to Phoenix until the 1980s, Shadegg pursued a wide range of occupations: mail order salesman; newspaper columnist; radio, film script, and pulp magazine writer; historian, biographer and novelist; actor and theatre director; polygraph expert and sheriff's deputy; insurance agent and a pharmaceutical company owner. He also operated a longstanding public relations business representing such influential clients as the Salt River Project and the Phelps Dodge Corporation, and was considered an authority on Arizona water issues.


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Maricopa County Land Ownership Maps 1903-1929Maricopa County Land Ownership Maps 1903-1929
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

This map collection depicts land ownership in Maricopa County for 1903, 1911, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1926 and 1929. Each map sheet depicts one township and range and shows land owners in each square mile section. Note that only land ownership outside the city limits is shown. Individual lots within city limits are not shown.


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Maricopa Pottery (Connell Collection)Maricopa Pottery (Connell Collection)
Contributing Institution: Pueblo Grande Museum

The Connell Collection of Historic Maricopa Pottery consists of pots that were collected by Eliza Ann Connell and her daughter, Caroline, between 1895 and 1907, in Phoenix. According to documents on file at both Pueblo Grande Museum and the Arizona State Museum, Burridge D. Butler purchased the collection from Caroline Connell Smurthwaite for $500, at the urging of Emil Haury, on behalf of the Arizona State Museum in Tucson. The collection was given to the ASM, where it was cataloged, and, at the request of the donor, 173 pieces were transferred to Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix. The stated intent of the donor was to have at least part of the collection close to where Maricopa people currently reside. The Connell Collection forms the core of Pueblo Grande’s Maricopa pottery collection.

 


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Marshall Trimble On ArizonaMarshall Trimble On Arizona
Contributing Institution: Scottsdale Community College

Marshall Trimble is considered the "dean of Arizona historians" and has taught Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College for 40 years. His first book was published in 1977 by Doubleday & Company, New York. Since then he's written more than twenty books on Arizona and the West. Trimble is one of the state's most popular speakers and performers. He's also an educator, lecturer, folk singer and stage performer.


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Mecham Impeachment HearingsMecham Impeachment Hearings
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

On January 20, 1988, the Arizona House of Representatives hearings on Governor Evan Mecham's for alleged illegal activities and on February 8th voted to impeach him. The impeachment trial commenced in the Arizona State Senate, with the Senate acting as the Court of Impeachment, on February 29, 1988 and ended on April 8 of that same year with Mecham's conviction and subsequent impeachment for obstruction of justice and misuse of government funds. The Senate failed to muster the votes necessary to bar the ex-governor from holding elected office in the future, and thus the next several years saw his failed attempts to retake the governorship and win a United States Senate seat.


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Medallion PapersMedallion Papers
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

The Medallion Papers is a series of 39 publications issued between 1928-1950 by the Gila Pueblo Archaeological Foundation. Gila Pueblo, as it later became known, was one of the earliest Arizona institutions doing archaeological surveying and research in the Southwest.


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Men, Mines and MoneyMen, Mines and Money
Contributing Institution: Jerome Historical Society

These photos represent a small portion of the collection from Herbert V. Young who was engaged as secretary to the general manager of the United Verde Copper Company mine from 1912-1955.


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Mexican Heritage ProjectMexican Heritage Project
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson

This assortment of images was selected to share a broad sampling of the images collected as part of the Mexican Heritage Project. These photographs portray a wide range of subjects, including formal studio portraits of individuals and groups, street scenes, parades, wedding portraits, interiors, ranch scenes, musical groups, workers, theatrical productions, school class photos, and casual family snapshots.


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Minutes of the Pima County Medical Society 1904-1954Minutes of the Pima County Medical Society 1904-1954
Contributing Institution: Arizona Health Sciences Library

Spanning half a century, this collection begins during the Arizona Territorial period and continues through the era of the polio epidemic, the Korean War and the birth of television. The minutes of the Pima County Medical Society offer a detailed look into a broad range of medical, social, political and professional issues -- some of these at the local level and many at the national level. Any thorough study of the history of medicine in Arizona will benefit from a careful exploration of these documents.

NOTE: For detailed subject, personal name and date searching of this collection, visit
http://resources.ahsl.arizona.edu/search/pcms/index.cfm.


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Mohave Museum - History of Transportation in Mohave CountyMohave Museum - History of Transportation in Mohave County
Contributing Institution: Mohave Museum of History and Arts

This collection of photographs, 1890’s through the 1940’s, provide a snapshot of the role transportation systems and vehicles played in the development of Mohave County.  Subjects presented are: horses, mules, burros, railroads, stagecoaches, freight wagons, trucks, buses, hotels, motels, service stations, cafes, airplanes, boats, automobiles, and the people who were a part of that time in Arizona’s history.


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Mohave Museum - U.S. Presidents and the History of ArizonaMohave Museum - U.S. Presidents and the History of Arizona
Contributing Institution: Mohave Museum of History and Arts

This digital collection, U.S. Presidents and the History of Arizona, provides a portrait and a brief biography of each President and First Lady with descriptions of major issues and historical events during the president’s term in office. A concurrent time-line of Arizona and Mohave County history is included for reference and education.


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MontezumaMontezuma's Castle Historic Photo Archive
Contributing Institution: National Park Service

The Montezuma Castle Historic Photo Archive collection represents the history of Montezuma Castle National Monument, from its time before National Park Service control in the late nineteenth century, through the 1960’s. These images chronicle not only early interest and exploration of the site, but also document efforts by the National Park Service to preserve and stabilize these prehistoric structures for the benefit of future generations.


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Murder & Mayhem - The Strange Saga of Winnie Ruth JuddMurder & Mayhem - The Strange Saga of Winnie Ruth Judd
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Archives

A selection of photographs and letters from around Arizona about the infamous "trunk murderess"; Winnie Ruth Judd. She was tried and convicted of the murder and subsequent dismemberment of her two friends. In a strange turn of events, she was found insane and placed in the state mental hospital for almost forty years. This is her saga.


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Navajo County Historical Society Collection HighlightsNavajo County Historical Society Collection Highlights
Contributing Institution: Navajo County Historical Society

This collection showcases the art and artifacts that document the history of Navajo County. This items are currently on display at the Navajo County Historical Society, Holbook, Arizona branch.


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New Deal ArtNew Deal Art
Contributing Institution: Pueblo Grande Museum

There are at least 482 works of art in the Pueblo Grande Museum's archive. Most can be traced to the Federal Art Project, during 1940 - 1941. Prehistoric pottery designs are particularly well represented, with a series of silk screens and color drawings of sherds from the Museum's collection. Historic native cultures are well represented, with black-and-white as well as color drawings of Maricopa, Pima, Mohave, and Yuman objects; especially numerous are examples of Pima baskets. There are detailed architectural drawings, floor plans, and color renditions of native houses. There are also examples of the use of the "swastika" motif in art, throughout time and around the world.


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Oasis - Frank Lloyd WrightOasis - Frank Lloyd Wright's Designs for the Arizona Capitol
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

In 1957 Arizona made plans to construct a new Capitol building. Believing that the submitted plans for the new Capitol were tombs to the past, Frank Lloyd Wright offered an alternative to the people of Arizona. Wright felt that Arizona's Capitol should inspire the citizens to loftier heights. Wright's architectural dream of the Oasis captures the spirit of his vision - an oasis from the heat of the desert, an oasis from the mediocrity of our past decisions, an oasis for open government and unconstrained ideas.


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Old Trails Museum Collection HighlightsOld Trails Museum Collection Highlights
Contributing Institution: Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society

The Old Trails Museum, located in Winslow, Arizona, houses exhibits centered around Route 66, Anasazi artifacts, Fred Harvey and La Posada, Santa Fe Railroad, vintage clothing and ranch life.


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Oral Histories of Gila CountyOral Histories of Gila County
Contributing Institution: Gila County Historical Museum

Oral Histories of Gila County is a compilation of interviews, a part of the Arizona Memory Project, to commemorate Arizona’s first 100 years of Statehood. It was made possible by partial funding by an LSTA Grant. The oral historian, Joyce McBride, began interviewing in September 2007, choosing Gila County because it uniquely represents every aspect of Arizona’s culturally diverse history.


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Oral Histories of Gila County RanchersOral Histories of Gila County Ranchers
Contributing Institution: Arizona Heritage Research Foundation

The Oral Histories of Gila County Ranchers captures 5-7 generations of stories from pioneers and early settlers in Arizona, some arriving shortly after the Civil War. Not only did these families come early, but they also remain in place, or nearby, to this very day. Their stories provide a unique and fluid account of how this segment of Arizona’s culture has adapted to pressures and influences brought about by environmental and political events. 


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Oral Histories of Pinetop, Lakeside, McNary and Whiteriver, ArizonaOral Histories of Pinetop, Lakeside, McNary and Whiteriver, Arizona
Contributing Institution: Pinetop-Lakeside Historical Society

The Oral Histories of Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary and Whiteriver project captures the cultural history of SE Navajo County from before Arizona's statehood to the turn of the 21st Century. Each of their achievements helped make Arizona the great state it has become.


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Oral Histories of the White MountainsOral Histories of the White Mountains
Contributing Institution: Show Low Historical Society Museum

This audio collection consists of snippets from interviews with residents who lived in and around the White Mountains area. The 1977 interviews were part of a Northland Pioneer College project to document the history of the Northeastern Arizona region. Complete interviews can be obtained from the Show Low Historical Society Museum.


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Perspectives of the Past - Pima County Oral History ProjectPerspectives of the Past - Pima County Oral History Project
Contributing Institution: Pima County Public Library

To celebrate Arizona's centennial, Pima County Public Library interviewed longtime residents to gain perspective on how our area has changed over the last 100 years. These oral histories preserve the stories of Pima County and connect us with our past.


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Petrified Forest Historic PhotographsPetrified Forest Historic Photographs
Contributing Institution: National Park Service

Many years of southwestern history and culture are represented within Petrified Forest National Park and some have been captured in this collection of photographs. From prehistoric peoples to early explorers, from the Civilian Conservation Corps to Historic Route 66, the park has many stories to tell.


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Phoenix City Building Drawings, 1925-1991Phoenix City Building Drawings, 1925-1991
Contributing Institution: Arizona Science Center

This collection contains 81 sets of drawings of buildings in Phoenix and spans the years 1919 (Heard Building) to 1991 (the Mercado). Included in this collection are hospitals, banks, shopping malls, the San Carlos Hotel, Maricopa County Courthouse, Phoenix Little Theatre, and the YMCA and YWCA buildings, just to name a few. Noted architectural firms including Lescher and Mahoney, Fitzhugh and Byron, and Trost and Trost are represented.


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Phoenix College - The Early YearsPhoenix College - The Early Years
Contributing Institution: Phoenix College

This collection of photographs provides a feel for what Phoenix College was like during its first several decades. Images were selected to represent college life, as well as the architecture of the various campus locations. The photographs come from the Library and the Alumni Office’s collections.


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Phoenix Jewish News Photographs Collection Phoenix Jewish News Photographs Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona Jewish Historical Society

The Jewish News Photographic Collection consists of over 10,000 photographs and other documentation donated by the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix to the Arizona Jewish Historic Society in May 2007. The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix is a privately owned weekly newspaper reporting on local, national and international stories of interest to the Jewish community of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The newspaper has been published continuously since 1948. The collection spans the six decades of the newspaper’s existence with most of the material dating from the 1960’s and onwards.


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Photographs of the Maricopa People by Daniel Boone LindermanPhotographs of the Maricopa People by Daniel Boone Linderman
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

As a missionary, teacher, and photographer, Daniel Boone Linderman documented the Pima and Maricopa during the early 20th century. His photographs center on Native American ethnography, particularly showcasing mission schools, group portraits of families and their homes, and farming.


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The Pictures We Took - Aguila in PhotographsThe Pictures We Took - Aguila in Photographs
Contributing Institution: Maricopa County Library District

There was a time when the small town of Aguila, Arizona wasn't such a nice place to be. After a few years of being plagued by crime, community members decided to make a change. They got the town's issues in the press, which set off a chain reaction of events that resulted in a local cultural shift. Within months, most of Aguila's problems faded into history. But then a new issue arose: even though the crime was down, the town's reputation stuck.


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Portraits of Poets by LaVerne Harrell ClarkPortraits of Poets by LaVerne Harrell Clark
Contributing Institution: University of Arizona Poetry Center

LaVerne Harrell Clark, the first director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, was also a writer of fiction and nonfiction, an expert on Southwestern folklore and mythology, and an accomplished photographer. During her tenure, and for many years after her retirement, Clark created photographic portraits of the poets who read at the Poetry Center.


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Postal Campaigns - Tucson Az and Surrounding AreasPostal Campaigns - Tucson Az and Surrounding Areas
Contributing Institution: Postal History Foundation

This collection, consisting primarily of black and white photographs, covers seven different campaigns in Tucson and the surrounding areas from the 1950's and 1960's. These photographs and other materials document postal activity at the time and were used for marketing, education, increasing public awareness, improved service, and publicity related purposes. The collection includes the following topics: Mail Early for Christmas Campaign, Mail Early in the Day Campaign, Zip Code Campaign, Automation and Self-Service, Forest Conservation Stamp Campaign, Campaign against Obscene Mail, and Morris K. Udall and the Post Office.


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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - AgriculturePosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Agriculture
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. Many of these posters chronicle American agriculture the 1970s and 1980s and show us a time when innovations we take for granted today did not yet exist or represented the bleeding edge of technology and a reminder of how quickly our world has changed.



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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Air ForcePosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Air Force
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. These posters were created to showcase the only branch of the Armed Forces that was created in the 20th century. Many of the posters reflect not only aspects of our nation's past, but where we might go in the future.



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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Public HealthPosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Public Health
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that address public health in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). These posters were created as part of public awareness campaigns and highlight federal public health programs. They are an interesting look back at the way different federal agencies and departments have tackled major public health issues.



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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - SciencePosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Science
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover science in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. These posters cover a broad range of topics, including several wildlife series and another on volcanism.



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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. ArmyPosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. Army
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. These posters chronicle America's soldiers and their allies throughout the years, as well as the vital work overseen by the Corps of Engineers in keeping our rivers and harbors running smoothly.



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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. Marine CorpsPosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. Marine Corps
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. These posters were created for a variety of reasons, but all serve to honor the vital and varied roles played by Marines throughout our nation's history.



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Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. NavyPosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. Navy
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona

This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). These posters show the Navy in action across the years, as well as changes to official uniforms over 3 centuries.



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Powwow Photographs by Ann LeonardPowwow Photographs by Ann Leonard
Contributing Institution: Arizona State University Libraries

The Powwow Photographs by Ann Leonard collection consists of 69 color digital photographs by Arizona State University’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center’s Library Aid, Ann Leonard. Leonard documented the Tohono O’odham’s Wa:K Pow Wow, held at Tucson’s San Xavier del Bac Mission in March of 2008. The images feature multiple dance competitions, including shots of Fancy, Grass, Southern Straight, Jingle, and Shawl dancers. The images have been displayed at Labriola Center during the Spring and Summer of 2008, and will be displayed at ASU’s Discovery Hall in Fall 2008.


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Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots - Tribute Fence Preservation ProjectPrescott Granite Mountain Hotshots - Tribute Fence Preservation Project
Contributing Institution: Prescott Public Library, City of Prescott

At mid-afternoon June 30, 2013 early monsoon storms were brewing over the Bradshaw Mountains south of Prescott, Arizona. Four days prior, a minor brush fire had been sparked by a lightning strike near the small town of Yarnell. Little did anyone suspect the mergence of these two events would create a huge fire which would at 4:42 pm take the lives of 19 Prescott firefighters.


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Prescription for Health, 1983-1997, Pima County Medical SocietyPrescription for Health, 1983-1997, Pima County Medical Society
Contributing Institution: Arizona Health Sciences Library

Originally a radio program (1980-1990), Prescription for Health also became a cable television program created by the Pima County Medical Society. This public access program focused on providing in-depth medical information on a broad range of topics of interest to the general public. At least 284 episodes (and perhaps as many as 320) were produced from 1983 to 1997. 


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The Restoration of Heritage SquareThe Restoration of Heritage Square
Contributing Institution: Heritage Square Phoenix

This collection documents the restoration of Phoenix's Block 14. Located at the heart of downtown Phoenix, Block 14 is the only remaining residential block from the original Phoenix townsite. As the city grew over time, Block 14 and other residential areas were encompassed by commercial development. Over the years, many homes fell into disrepair and were demolished.


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Richard Schaus Ranching CollectionRichard Schaus Ranching Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

The Richard Schaus Ranching Collection is one of the Arizona Historical Society's premier research collections. Together with the Foundation's closely-related Arizona Cattle Growers Association Collection, the two sources offer abundant research material about the history of the ranching and cattle industry in Arizona.


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Rosa Ronquillo Rhodes - The Life of the Redington Ranch PostmistressRosa Ronquillo Rhodes - The Life of the Redington Ranch Postmistress
Contributing Institution: Postal History Foundation

Rosa Ronquillo Rhodes (1894-1982) was the postmistress on a ranch in Redington, Arizona (Pima County) from 1922 to 1936. Of Mexican descent, she was the first child in her family to become literate, and held a position that was central to the ranching community in which she lived. This collection of photographs, postcards, and postal documents portray her life as a postmistress, as well as offering a glimpse into ranch life in rural Arizona during that period.


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Sahuaro Ranch History Sahuaro Ranch History
Contributing Institution: Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area

This collection has two components. It features images from the last private owner of Sahuaro Ranch, Richard S. Smith, as well as photographs from the early administration of this historic site by the City of Glendale. These images show Sahuaro Ranch in the 1930s and 1940s, and the transformation of the ranch into a historic site and city park in the 1980s.


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San Luis Takes Its Place in ArizonaSan Luis Takes Its Place in Arizona's History - The Migrant Worker Experience
Contributing Institution: Yuma County Library District

This collection of oral histories and photographs provides insight into a part of the history of Yuma County Arizona that has been overlooked. The interviewees are Mexicans and Anglo-Americans who settled in the southern towns of Yuma County, primarily in San Luis. They came to farm the land as Braceros, migrant field workers, and homesteaders and they stayed to play an important role in the history and development of Arizona.


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Scottsdale Remembers - Recollections of Our PastScottsdale Remembers - Recollections of Our Past
Contributing Institution: Scottsdale Public Library

Many active community organizations worked to create the Scottsdale of today and some worked to preserve its past.  This collection contains material from three Scottsdale repositories:  the Scottsdale Historical Society, the Scottsdale Jaycees, and the Scottsdale Charros.  


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ScottsdaleScottsdale's History in Images
Contributing Institution: Scottsdale Public Library

An essential portion of Scottsdale history is contained in a photograph collection located in the Scottsdale Room. This collection showcases the history and growth of what has changed from a small farming community into a world-class city. The collection's time period spans the late 1800s to the mid-twentieth century and beyond.


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The Seal and Symbols of ArizonaThe Seal and Symbols of Arizona
Contributing Institution: Arizona Secretary of State and the Arizona Capitol Museum

Fifteen state symbols represent Arizona's environment, society and economy. Since the Great Seal was chosen in 1911, the state legislature has been petitioned to recognize everything from a state flower, the saguaro blossom, to a state fossil, petrified wood. The Arizona's State Symbols exhibit at the Arizona Capitol Museum is a unique interactive experience for the sighted and visually impaired. Braille and tactile overlays of the state symbols can be felt on each section of the Arizona mapa assisting the blind and visually impaired read the text and explore graphic elements of this exhibit.


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Select Photos from Arizona Native Basketry TraditionsSelect Photos from Arizona Native Basketry Traditions
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

On April 12, 1973, Helga Teiwes visited the Gila River Indian Reservation, near Bapchule, Arizona, to document Julia Francisco's basket making processes. She photographed the gathering, cleaning, drying, and stripping of basket making supplies, such as willow, devil's claw, and martynia, as well as the creation of a woven basket depicting a squash blossom design. Helga later returned on August 17, 1973 to observe the Cattail Harvest at Stanfield Ditch, where she documented Julia Francisco cutting and collecting cattail, a plant commonly used in her basket making.


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Selections from the A.P. Miller Photograph CollectionSelections from the A.P. Miller Photograph Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

The A.P. Miller Photograph Collection was donated to the Arizona State Museum by Dr. Lorraine M. Sherer in 1979. A.P. Miller, a railroad engineer from Needles, CA, was also an avid photographer whose favorite subjects included the Mojave Desert, locomotives, and the Hualapai and Mojave peoples. This selection of 25 photographs of locomotives was taken in California from 1938-1942. A.P. Miller died in 1944.


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Selections from the Lowell Observatory ArchivesSelections from the Lowell Observatory Archives
Contributing Institution: Lowell Observatory Archives

This collection highlights photographs, drawings and documents from the Lowell Observatory Archives. It includes images of people, buildings and telescopes from the institution's early days, drawings of Mars made by Percival Lowell, and documents from significant events in the observatory's history, such as the discovery of Pluto. There are also contemporary photographs of the Discovery Channel Telescope.


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Selections from the Morris K. Udall PapersSelections from the Morris K. Udall Papers
Contributing Institution: University of Arizona Special Collections

This digital collection contains photographic images and documents from the Morris K. Udall Collection at the University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections. The photographic images and documents showcase Morris K. Udall's lifetime service and achievements in Arizona and the United States.


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Selections from the Stewart L. Udall PapersSelections from the Stewart L. Udall Papers
Contributing Institution: University of Arizona Special Collections

This digital collection serves to highlight some of the images and text documents within the Stewart L. Udall Collection at the University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections. The material in this exhibit will provide the user with an introduction to the manuscript collection, including selected photographic images documenting Stewart Udall's public career and private interests. The collection spans the course of Stewart Udall's life, including his time as Secretary of the Interior, under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, 1961-1969.


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Selections of Photographs from Helga TeiwesSelections of Photographs from Helga Teiwes' Hopi Basket Weaving Project
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

Prompted by her interest in Hopi arts and crafts, Helga Teiwes, photographer for the Arizona State Museum, documented Hopi basket weavers over the course of three years in the early 1990's.  She captured the three styles of basketry woven at Hopi: the wicker basketry of Third Mesa, the coiled basketry of Second Mesa and plaited basketry from all of the Mesas. In addition she documented the women who created these works of art and photographed the materials including siváapi (rabbitbrush), siwi (dune broom) suuvi (sumac) and mooho (yucca). Her photographs illustrate how the materials were gathered and prepared and show the weaving techniques used. This collection of photographs is a representative sample of Ms. Teiwes's work.
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Selections of Rosamond SpicerSelections of Rosamond Spicer's Tohono O'odham Photographs
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

Rosamond Spicer (1913-1999) received a bachelor's degree in archaeology from Northwestern University in 1934 and a Master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1938. She lived on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, previously known as the Papago Reservation, from October, 1942, to July, 1943. The photos were taken as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the University of Chicago Committee on Human Development Indian Education and Research Project. The majority of the photos were taken by Rosamond in Topawa, Arizona, where Rosamond lived in the Feast House with her young son Barry. The photos are a mix of representations of everyday life on the reservation and special events such as Rodeo and religious processions. Descriptions of the photos come from an index typed up by Rosamond Spicer in 1994, information she wrote on the back of prints, and from Tohono O'odham members.


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Senator Barry M. Goldwater - An Arizona LegendSenator Barry M. Goldwater - An Arizona Legend
Contributing Institution: Arizona State University Libraries

These images (some rare and rarely seen) were selected from over 5,000 photographs found in the Personal and Political Papers of Senator Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998). They document his interests in aviation, Arizona history, photography and travel as well as his military, political, social and family life. Arizona legend and political icon, Barry Goldwater remains the quintessential Man of the West - rugged, independent, and fearless.


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Sharlot Hall Museum Audio CollectionSharlot Hall Museum Audio Collection
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

The Sharlot Hall Museum Oral History collection represents a cross-section of a larger collection of interviews, presentations, speeches and radio programs conducted mainly in Prescott, Arizona from 1939 to present.


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Sharlot Hall Museum Map CollectionSharlot Hall Museum Map Collection
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

The Sharlot Hall Museum Map Collection consists of approximately 5,000 maps relating to Prescott, Arizona, Yavapai County, and Arizona and the west in general, 1850-present.


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Sharlot Hall Museum Military Image CollectionSharlot Hall Museum Military Image Collection
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

This collection of still images represent military activity in Arizona, specifically Yavapai County and Northern Arizona, 1864-Present. Subjects included in the collection are Ft. Whipple, Camp Verde, Ft. Apache, Ft. Grant, San Carlos, Ft. McDowell, Camp Huachuca, Ft. Bowie, Camp Hualipai, the Rough Riders and general Arizona military history.


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Sharlot Hall Museum Mining Image CollectionSharlot Hall Museum Mining Image Collection
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

This collection of still images is related to mining activities in Yavapai County and Northern Arizona(1864-1975). Gold, copper, iron, onyx, and silver mining are represented, as well as placer, hydraulic, underground, and open pit mining.


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Sharlot M. Hall: ArizonaSharlot M. Hall: Arizona's Curator
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

Sharlot M. Hall, the first woman to hold any salaried office in territorial Arizona, was a forward-thinking woman, a woman of vision and daring living during an era when most women didn't dare have any vision at all. Sharlot developed an intense fascination and love for Arizona and southwest frontier life and history and sought to conserve what she understood to be its vanishing heritage and traditions. The images, documents, letters, newspaper clippings, and ephemera (some rare and rarely seen) were selected from a collection encompassing over eight (8) cubic feet of materials held at Sharlot Hall Museum Archives.


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Show Low Collection HighlightsShow Low Collection Highlights
Contributing Institution: Show Low Historical Society Museum

The Show Low Historical Society Museum has a varied collection of objects and photographs that document the history of the City of Show Low, including images from the Rodeo-Chediski fire.


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Sonoran Heritage - A Learning Library ProgramSonoran Heritage - A Learning Library Program
Contributing Institution: Pima County Public Library

The Sonoran Heritage Collection is a series of learning packets, materials and resources, media, and posters released in the late 1970s and early 1980s by the Tucson Public Library. This program was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was designed to explore the history, culture, and peoples of the Sonoran desert region of Arizona and Mexico. Topics include "Clothes and Costumers," "Play," "Power," "Shelter," "Family," "Work," "Genius," and "Destiny."


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Territorial and Early Statehood Arizona PostcardsTerritorial and Early Statehood Arizona Postcards
Contributing Institution: Postal History Foundation

This collection includes postcards which represent Arizona subjects or were posted from Arizona post offices up until the year 1920. They are a visual demonstration of how Arizona has changed since the territorial period and many of the cards show towns, buildings, and ways of life which no longer exist.


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Territorial Governor Portraits by William BesserTerritorial Governor Portraits by William Besser
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

The Arizona Territory was created in 1863 and existed until 1912, when statehood was achieved. During that time 16 people served 17 terms as Territorial Governor. In 1913 the State of Arizona commissioned William Besser to paint portraits of each Territorial Governor. Besser painted all but three of the portraits from photographs; Richard E. Sloan, Joseph H. Kibbey, and Louis Cameron Hughes still resided in Arizona and had sittings with the artist. Today these 16 portraits hang in the Arizona Capitol Museum.


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This Day in Arizona HistoryThis Day in Arizona History
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson

This Day In Arizona History charts some of the memorable moments in our state's history spanning Arizona's Territorial Days to the late 20th century. This Memory Project collection shows the breadth of history from the political to the personal, noting the births and deaths of the famous and the infamous, the building of key Arizona landmarks, and the twists and turns of government, the economy, science and technology and society. The impact of Arizona's growth, the Great Depression, two World Wars and social revolutions in the mid-20th century can be seen throughout the collection. Also included are smaller (but just as telling) moments in history such as local dairy price wars, the trial use of camels in the desert, and Girl Scout cookie sales. The images corresponding to each day's event come from the more than 750,000 images in the Arizona Historical Society's photographic collections.


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Thunderbird Classic Balloon RaceThunderbird Classic Balloon Race
Contributing Institution: Thunderbird School of Global Management

The Thunderbird Balloon Race digital collection is a collection of photographs, ephemera and memorabilia that chronicles the history of the Thunderbird Classic Balloon Race. The race started in 1975 and was originally held on campus at the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM). The event was organized by the Friends of Thunderbird to raise money for student scholarships. The race grew in the number of participants and spectators every year and was eventually moved to the Glendale Airport (for two years) and WestWorld in Scottsdale. By the early 2000's, Thunderbird (AGSIM) was no longer a race sponsor.


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Thunderbird School of Global Management - Alumni Magazine ArchiveThunderbird School of Global Management - Alumni Magazine Archive
Contributing Institution: Thunderbird School of Global Management

The alumni magazine archive is a collection of the school's main publication, originally known as The Thunderbird, and later, Thunderbird Magazine. Each issue of the magazine highlights the school's activities, targeting alumni but also featuring articles and photos of Thunderbird students, staff, faculty, and friends.


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Thunderbird School of Global Management - Historical CollectionsThunderbird School of Global Management - Historical Collections
Contributing Institution: Thunderbird School of Global Management

This collection depicts the story of Thunderbird Field I, a vital World War II air training base at which more than 10,000 pilots learned to fly. The collection then shows the early years of the school, known as American Institute for Foreign Trade. Thanks to the vision of retired Lt. General Barton Kyle Yount and his colleagues, the postwar property was transformed into a school that would become the world's leading international school of management.

 


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Thunderbird School of Global Management - YearbooksThunderbird School of Global Management - Yearbooks
Contributing Institution: Thunderbird School of Global Management

The Thunderbird Yearbook Collection chronicles the history of the School. Each yearbook is a snapshot of life at Thunderbird with photos of students, administration, faculty and staff as well as campus scenery. The Yearbook Collection represents graduating classes from 1947-1998. The collection begins with the first yearbook published in 1951, as a tribute to the first five years of the American Institute for Foreign Trade and encompasses the first five graduating classes. The last yearbook published was in 1998. Yearbooks are continually being digitized and added to the collection on a monthly basis.


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Tohono OTohono O'odham Collection 1970-1980, Helga Teiwes Photographer
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

This exhibit is composed of 109 photographs of the Tohono O'odham people taken by Arizona State Museum photographer Helga Teiwes during the years 1970 - 1980. The exhibit is arranged into eleven themes and covers arts and crafts, traditional practices, customs, and way of life.


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Town of Marana HistoryTown of Marana History
Contributing Institution: Town of Marana

This is a collection of photos and oral histories that represent Marana from the 1930s to the present. The images represent the agricultural significance and community efforts that provided an exceptional quality of life. The oral histories describe cotton farming, the Marana Unified School District, and the 1977 incorporation, among many wonderful stories about growing up and raising a family in Marana.


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Trading Post Families of Winslow, AZTrading Post Families of Winslow, AZ
Contributing Institution: Old Trails Museum / Winslow Historical Society

Trading posts were not just a western phonenoma, as Congress established Federal Trading Houses at the urging of George Washington in 1796. By the time posts were dotting the landscape in northern Arizona, laws had changed several times, but traders were still required to register in those early years.


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Tucson High School Memories 1906-1939Tucson High School Memories 1906-1939
Contributing Institution: Tucson High Magnet School / Tucson High Badger Foundation

The Tucsonian annuals, 1906-1939, are important to Tucson's history because THS was the city's only high school for 50 years (1906-1956). The vast majority of schools in the Tucson Unified School District are named for Tucson High faculty and graduates from this era. The yearbooks provide insight into the community's cultural heritage.


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Tucson Museum of Art Historic Block Homes - A Window on Bygone DaysTucson Museum of Art Historic Block Homes - A Window on Bygone Days
Contributing Institution: Tucson Museum of Art Research Library

This archive consists of photographs and research into the 5 historic homes that comprise the block, and the families that lived in them: La Casa Cordova (Gabino Ortega and Navarrete Cordova families), the Edward Nye Fish House, the Leonard Romero House (Romero and Rambaud families), the Hiram Stevens House (Stevens and Duffield families), and the J. Knox Corbett House. The archive was created in the 1970s and early 1980s by Museum Curator Bettina Lyons O'Neill; the documents here are a small selection of what is available at the Tucson Museum of Art Research Library.


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Tucson Museum of Art, A History - Posters, Print and Photographs from the Library ArchivesTucson Museum of Art, A History - Posters, Print and Photographs from the Library Archives
Contributing Institution: Tucson Museum of Art Research Library

How did Tucson open itself up to the larger world of art? When was the Tucson Museum of Art founded? What exhibits did it show? How did the public respond? This collection contains publicity posters ("broadsides"), photographs, exhibit invitations, and newspaper articles documenting the history of the Tucson Museum of Art.


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Tucson Territorial Pioneer ProjectTucson Territorial Pioneer Project
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson

This collection of over 100 images of early Tucson and Southern Arizona pioneers is the result of a collaborative effort by the Arizona Historical Society, the Arizona State Genealogical Society (ASGS) and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHAS) Tucson Chapter. The three organizations teamed up for a Library Services Technology ACT (LSTA) grant in 2008 to encourage collaboration between the institutions and to improve access to genealogical resources.


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TucsonTucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation - Remembering the Tucson Tragedy
Contributing Institution: Tucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation

January 8, 2011 is a day seared into memory of our community, our state and our nation. The shootings that occurred at U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' "Congress on your Corner" event in Tucson wounded thirteen and killed six individuals who were participating in a fundamental act of democracy. On Saturday morning, Jan. 8, 2011, at 10:10 a.m., a young man shot nineteen people who were gathered at the Safeway store on the corner of Ina and Oracle in northwest Tucson to talk with their congresswoman about varied issues and concerns. In the days that followed the shootings, scores of community members gathered together to create spontaneous tribute memorials around Tucson. This collection is intended as way to share these heartfelt materials with the community once again in the spirit of healing, unity and hope for a better future.


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University of Arizona Poetry Center - Celebrating 50 YearsUniversity of Arizona Poetry Center - Celebrating 50 Years
Contributing Institution: University of Arizona Poetry Center

This collection traces the story of the University of Arizona Poetry Center from its modest beginnings in two Highland Avenue cottages to its permanent home in the award-winning Helen S. Schaefer Building. As the Poetry Center celebrated its 50th anniversary, its current and former leaders looked back at the Center's history in a series of essays collected in The University of Arizona Poetry Center: Celebrating 50 Years. That volume is reproduced here, together with photographs and reproductions of artifacts from the Poetry Center's institutional archives.


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USS Arizona Silver Service CollectionUSS Arizona Silver Service Collection
Contributing Institution: Arizona Capitol Museum

The Arizona Capitol Museum is home to the silver service that was donated to the USS Arizona by the citizens of this state in 1919. This service is comprised of 59 distinct pieces on display at the Capitol Museum. Documents associated with the service are located in the Arizona State Archives.


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Video Histories of Arizona Jewish ResidentsVideo Histories of Arizona Jewish Residents
Contributing Institution: Arizona Jewish Historical Society

The collection of Video Histories of Arizona Jewish Residents consists of short video interviews of notable Jewish residents in the Greater Phoenix area. Important subjects such as Anti-semitism, family life, business, religion, and the vitality of the Phoenix Jewish community are discussed in the interviews. Subjects share memories which span from Arizona's admittance to the Union up until the collection's creation in 2008-2009.  This collection was produced by the Arizona Jewish Historical Society with funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix. Additional funds were provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.


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Views of Old Morenci and MetcalfViews of Old Morenci and Metcalf
Contributing Institution: Greenlee County Historical Society

Old Morenci and Metcalf mining townsites were located on the eastern border of Arizona from 1870 - 1984. Morenci was originally known as "Joy Camp" (after Captain Miles Joy). In 1882, "Joy Camp" was renamed "Morenci" by William Church, head of the Detroit Copper Company. Metcalf was named after Robert and James Metcalf, two pioneer copper miners. Through 1932 all mining was underground. Open pit mining began in 1937 when Morenci was moved to Plantsite. By 1983, old Morenci was completely gone. New Morenci is now located where Plantsite was situated. Both old Morenci and Metcalf are now completely engulfed by the open pit.


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Vintage Poetry Center PostersVintage Poetry Center Posters
Contributing Institution: University of Arizona Poetry Center

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, University of Arizona visual art students collaborated with the Poetry Center to create silkscreen publicity posters for Poetry Center readings. Former Poetry Center Director Richard Shelton initiated a student competition to produce designs for these posters; the winning design for each reading was selected by the Poetry Center staff, produced by a professional lithographer, and distributed widely. The resulting posters are colorful, exuberant, and frequently emblematic of the times.


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The Voices of the Cienega WatershedThe Voices of the Cienega Watershed
Contributing Institution: Cienega Watershed Partnership

The Voices of the Cienega Watershed is a collection of oral histories and images of the people and places of the Cienega Watershed in southeastern Arizona. This collection showcases the Cienega Watershed, including the viewpoints of the individuals who work, live, or appreciate the special qualities. It is a collaborative effort of these individual partner institutions: Amerind Foundation; Cienega Watershed Partnership; Colossal Cave Mountain Park; and the Empire Ranch Foundation.


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Walter Runke Collection 1901-1903Walter Runke Collection 1901-1903
Contributing Institution: Museum of Northern Arizona

This collection contains images taken by Walter Runke at the short-lived Blue Canyon School when he was there from 1901-1903. Images are of the physical buildings, students, school employees (Runke, Nettie Morris, Laura Williams, others), school activities, Blue Canyon, Navajo and Hopi people, Hopi villages, and Navajo textiles.


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Watercolor Paintings of Maricopa Pottery from the Arizona State MuseumWatercolor Paintings of Maricopa Pottery from the Arizona State Museum
Contributing Institution: Arizona State Museum

These 102 watercolor paintings depict Maricopa pottery from the Arizona State Museum's Smurthwaite Collection. The watercolor paintings were completed by unknown artists employed by the Works Progress Administration in 1939. The watercolors are on lightweight matboard. The pottery showcased in the paintings was purchased by the Arizona State Museum from Caroline Smurthwaite and Burridge D. Butler in March 1938.


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Western Ways Features Company PhotographsWestern Ways Features Company Photographs
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tucson

The Western Ways Features Company Photographs were selected from over 22,000 photographic prints and negatives contained within the Western Ways Feature Manuscript and Photograph Collection, ca. 1930-1970. The images include localities and landscapes throughout Arizona and Northern Mexico.


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Why ArizonaWhy Arizona
Contributing Institution: Arizona Universities: Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and University of Arizona

Why Arizona? is an online collection of materials describing the history of migration to, from and within Arizona. Materials are derived from special collections of Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. Why Arizona? appears with the generous support of Institute of Museum and Library Services funds distributed by the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records, and it is designated an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission. For more information, please visit whyarizona.org


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William P. Jones CollectionWilliam P. Jones Collection
Contributing Institution: Sharlot Hall Museum, Library and Archives

The William P. Jones collection is a small series letters dating from 1860 to 1867. William Jones was born to Porter Jones and Elizabeth Jenkins Pendleton in 1837, and was listed in the Arizona census of 1864. As a young man, Jones traveled first to Virginia, California, then to Aurora, Nevada Territory, and finally to the Hassayampa, Arizona Territory, where he worked in the mining industry. The letters home to his family in the east detail Jones' travels, work, and day-to-day existence. Jones' letters to his family end in 1864, and are picked up in 1866 by J.T. Alsap (a member of the Masons with William P. Jones), informing Mr. and Mrs. Porter Jones that their son was killed in a conflict with local Native Americans. Jones passed away at the age of 27, and is buried in plot 56 at the Masonic Cemetery in Prescott.


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Williams, Arizona Photo History ProjectWilliams, Arizona Photo History Project
Contributing Institution: City of Williams Public Library

This collection of photographs depicting the early days of Williams is a collaboration between the Williams Public Library and the Kaibab National Forest. It features photos of local ranching, logging, railroad activity, people and places of Williams.


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Writers of the Purple Sage - Origins of a National MythWriters of the Purple Sage - Origins of a National Myth
Contributing Institution: Pima County Public Library

In 1983 the Tucson Public Library (now the Pima County Public Library), in cooperation with the Arizona Historical Society and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, produced Writers of the Purple Sage: Origins of a National Myth. The purpose of this project was to examine how the Southwest was viewed by popular writers between 1875 and 1925, and investigate what effect the written portrayal of their perceptions may have had on the actual development of the region. The project produced four resource kits intended for use by humanities programmers on Southwest topics throughout Arizona and across the nation.


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The Writing LifeThe Writing Life
Contributing Institution: Arizona Authors Association

The Arizona Authors Association collection includes several years of the Arizona Literary Magazine, brochures for sponsored events, photos of book signings, book festival booths, photos of members, and photos of literary contest winners.


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Yavapai College Creative Arts MagazinesYavapai College Creative Arts Magazines
Contributing Institution: Yavapai College

Since 1979 Yavapai College has produced an annual publication which highlights the creative efforts of its students’ writings (stories, poems, and essays), photography, paintings, illustrations, ceramics and sculptures. Yavapai College’s student population covers a broad age group from teenagers to senior citizens. A variety of topics and themes are covered some of which include Arizona, Yavapai County, family, relationships, and more. Also included is a 1977 creative arts publication from the Verde Valley Campus, Clarkdale, Arizona.


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Yuma Climate RecordsYuma Climate Records
Contributing Institution: Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

This collection contains PDF versions of daily weather reports of territorial Yuma from the mid- to late- 1880s. These entries were the work of the Signal Service U.S.A. United States Army Signal Corps, whose work was the precursor and foundation of the now National Weather Service (NWS). These weather reports contain information on an array of topics ranging from natural phenomenon such as sunrises, sunsets, and weather (wind, cloud, rain, sandstorms) to effects of weather on transportation, information regarding station inspections, issues with cleaning staff, and other items relating to the running of the station.


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