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    • Oral History with Louis Gradias, April 19, 2011

    • Gradias, Louis
    • Yuma County (Ariz.); Gadsden (Ariz.); Bracero Program; Agricultural laborers--Arizona; San Luis (Ariz.); Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Louie Gradias was born and raised in Gadsden. His mother was born in Gadsden in 1918 and met and married his father in 1938. They settled in Gadsden, built their own house and farmed the land. Mr. Gradias remembers attending Gadsden Elementary...
    • Oral History with Rita Hamilton, March 31, 2011

    • Hamilton, Rita
    • Scottsdale Public Library; Library administration--Arizona
    • Rita Hamilton is the Director of the Scottsdale Public Library. In this interview, she talks about her childhood, family, education, and why she choose to be a librarian. Mrs. Hamilton has worked in various libraries around the state of Arizona,...
    • Oral History with Harold Lewkowitz, March 22, 2011

    • Lewkowitz, Harold
    • Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; Lawyers--Arizona--Biography; Civic improvement--Arizona--Phoenix
    • Harold Jerome "Jerry" Lewkowitz was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents, Herman and Carrie Rebekah (Epstein) Lewkowitz, were heavily involved in the Jewish Community and with Phoenix civil endeavors. Herman Lewkowitz was a prominent...
    • Oral History with Gertrude Lopez, April 9, 2011

    • Lopez, Gertrude
    • Tohono O'Odham Indians--Social life and customs; Tohono O'odham Reservation (Ariz.); Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona. Education Department; Substance abuse--Arizona
    • Gertrude "Gertie" Lopez is Tohono O'odham. She was born in 1959 on the Pima Reservation in Sacaton, Arizona and grew up on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. Ms. Lopez talks about her family and life on the reservation, including music, food,...
    • Oral History with Molly McKasson, January 12 and February 15, 2011

    • McKasson, Molly
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Teachers--Arizona--Tucson; City council members--Arizona--Tucson; Arizona Theatre Company
    • Molly McKasson served on the Tucson City Council, representing Ward 6. She is a former teacher in Tucson and currently acts with the Arizona Theater Company (ATC) and writes. In this interview, Ms. McKasson talks about her family history, growing...
    • Oral History with Susan Medlock, April 11, 2011

    • Medlock, Susan
    • Superior (Ariz.); Police--Volunteer--Superior (Ariz.); Military spouses--Travel;
    • Susan (Bailey) Medlock has spent almost her entire life around Superior, Arizona. In this interview, she talks about the people and businesses she knew while growing up in Superior. Mrs. Medlock talks about her parents, James and Lucille (Coffee)...
    • Oral History with Paul Medlock, April 11, 2011

    • Medlock, Paul
    • Superior (Ariz.)--Social Life and customs; Magma Copper Company; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
    • Paul Medlock was born in 1949 and adopted by Ray and Grace Medlock. He grew up in Superior, Arizona, where he still lives today. Mr. Medlock related his early years living in "Smeltertown," a small housing project on the road to the Magma Copper...
    • Oral History with Dan Narramore, April 27, 2011

    • Narramore, Dan
    • Palo Verde (Ariz.)--History; Farming--Arizona--Maricopa County
    • Dan Narramore was born and raised in the Palo Verde Valley of Arizona. In this interview, he talks about growing up in Palo Verde, continuing to work the family farm, and his hobby of competing in roping contests. Mr. Narramore's family helped...
    • Oral History with Arnold Palacios, April 2, 2011

    • Palacios, Arnold
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Chicano movement--Arizona--Tucson; Mexican Americans--Arizona--Discrimination; Tucson Unified School District (Pima County, Ariz.); Community arts projects--Arizona--Tucson
    • Arnold Palacios is the Executive Directory of Tucson Youth Development. In this interview, he talks about the Chicano Movement in Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Palacios talks about how students from Tucson High School and Pueblo High School protested the...
    • Oral History with Ruth Glass, January 13, 2011

    • Glass, Ruth
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Animal rights activists; Cooperative stores; Political activists
    • Ruth Glass was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920. As a young mother, Ms. Glass moved to Tucson, Arizona for the benefit of her youngest son, who suffered from a debilitating asthma. This interview chronicles her life in Arizona. After years as...
    • Oral History with Emma Torres, February 23, 2011

    • Torres, Emma
    • Yuma County (Ariz.); Immigration and the transnational experience; Agricultural laborers--Arizona; San Luis (Ariz.); Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Emma Torres is from Guanajato, Mexico. She moved to San Luis, Arizona when she was five years old and was a field laborer by age 13. Ms. Torres is among the founders of Farm Workers Without Borders (Campesinos sin Fronteras) and worked to develop...
    • Oral History with Helen Vance, April 22, 2011

    • Vance, Helen
    • Sierra Vista (Ariz.)--History; Police--Arizona
    • Helen Vance was born in Mexico City in 1930. She talks about living and attending school in Mexico, where her father was a coffee buyer. Mrs. Vance and her husband, Reed Vance, moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona in 1959. Mr. Vance worked for the Sierra...
    • Oral History with  Dorothy Webb, February 15, 2011

    • Webb, Dorothy
    • Ranching--Arizona; World War, 1939-1945; Teachers--Arizona; Phoenix (Ariz.)--History; San Carlos (Ariz.)--History; Arizona Cattle Growers' Association; Art patrons--Arizona
    • Dorothy (Moore) Webb and her husband, Milton D. "Bud" Webb, were heavily involved in the ranching industry in Arizona. Mrs. Webb was born in 1921 and moved to Arizona when she was 4 years old. Her father worked for the railroad and moved the family...
    • Oral History with Mildred Zúñiga, February 17, 2011

    • Zúñiga, Mildred
    • World War, 1939-1945--War work--California; Educators--Michigan; Educators--Arizona; Tucson (Ariz.)--History;
    • Mildred "Millie" Carrie Zúñiga was born in 1920 in Ohio on her family's farm. She talks about her family history, life during the Great Depression, and her struggles to get an education. She moved to Lansing, Michigan to find work before moving...
    • Oral History with Guillermo Matus and Mike Yourgules, December 7, 2010

    • Matus, Guillermo; Yourgules, Mike
    • Patagonia (Ariz.); Mining camps--Arizona--History; Patagonia (Ariz.)--Biography; Mowry Mine (Ariz.); Patagonia Mine (Ariz.); Ranching--Arizona--History; Ghost towns--Arizona; Patagonia (Ariz.)--Social life and customs
    • Mike Yourgules and Guillermo “Memo” Matus are longtime residents of Patagonia. Both men grew up in the area, and have held various jobs throughout the region. In this interview, the two men talk about growing up and working in Santa Cruz...
    • Oral History with Anna Williams, December 16, 2010

    • Williams, Anna
    • Polygamy--Arizona--Short Creek--1950-1960; Polygamy--Arizona; Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Children Family relationships; Short Creek (Ariz.); Religious tolerance
    • Anna Johnson Williams was born and raised near the Arizona/Utah Border. At the age of three, Anna, her mother, and her siblings were taken away from their homes during the raid of Short Creek, Arizona. After eight years apart, Williams and her...
    • Oral History with José Burruel, April 22, 2011

    • Burruel, José María
    • Scottsdale (Ariz.); Phoenix (Ariz.); Mexican Americans--Arizona; Yakonan Indians; Mayo Indians; Scottsdale (Ariz.)--Social life and customs; Educators--Arizona--Biography; United States Commission on Civil Rights. Arizona Advisory Committee;
    • José Burruel was born in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1925. He relates what it was like growing up as a Mexican and Native American in a poor single-parent home in Scottsdale and Phoenix. Mr. Burruel talks of the communities and neighborhoods he grew...
    • Oral History with Frank De la Cruz, February 5, 2011

    • De la Cruz, Frank
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Chicano movement--Arizona--Tucson; Libraries and community--Arizona--Tucson; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Frank De la Cruz was the librarian at the El Rio Neighborhood Center on the West Side of Tucson, Arizona. In this interview, Mr. De la Cruz talks about how the El Rio Neighborhood Center came to be in the 1970s and how it serves the communities of...
    • Oral History with Louie Gradias

    • Gradias, Louis
    • Yuma County (Ariz.); Gadsden (Ariz.); Bracero Program; Agricultural laborers--Arizona; San Luis (Ariz.); Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Louie Gradias was born and raised in Gadsden. His mother was born in Gadsden in 1918 and met and married his father in 1938. They settled in Gadsden, built their own house and farmed the land. Mr. Gradias remembers attending Gadsden Elementary...

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