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Contributed by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona
The Pageant of Arizona Progress is a series of murals by Jay Datus (1914-1974) portraying the major phases of Arizona's history. The murals were painted in 1937-38 while the 1938 Arizona Capitol addition was being built. Jay Datus was 23 years old when he received a Works Progress Administration (WPA) commission to paint four large murals for the Capitol addition. The artist spent two years researching his topic and completing the murals which depict natives, explorers, missionaries, pioneers, miners, and contemporary figures. Datus collaborated with Mulford Winsor, Arizona State Librarian. They can be seen on the third floor of the State Library of Arizona. There are four main panels plus two side panels each on the north and south walls.
Learn more about the murals on the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records website, or visit the State Library of Arizona located in the historic Arizona Capitol.