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Contributed by 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.
The photographs from this collection are housed amongst hundreds of thousands of portraits at the Arizona Historical Society, Southern Division in Tucson. The images represent a wide array of individuals, including men, women, children, ranchers, lawyers, merchants, housewives, politicians, and more.
Selection and research of early African American pioneers was conducted by Bernard Wilson of AAHAS using individuals chosen for his recent publication The Black Residents of Tucson and Their Achievements, 1860-1900: A Reference Guide. All other images were selected and researched by members of the ASGS working on the completion of the book Tucson Territorial Pioneers, 140 Biographical Sketches and Photos of Early Tucson Residents.