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    • Code Talker

    • Abodeely, Joseph
    • Arizona Military Museum; Military Museums--Arizona--History
    • HOPI CODE TALKERS

      Although the Navajo tribe is most remembered for its contributions to the World War II communications code units, the Hopi tribe also helped in the communications coding efforts. Eleven Hopi men developed a code...
    • Oral History with Basilio Aja, March 3, 2011

    • Aja, Basilio; Aja, Irene
    • Buckeye (Ariz.); Sheep--Arizona; Ash Fork (Ariz.)
    • Basilio Aja has been a resident of Buckeye, Arizona for sixty years. In his interview, he talks of his childhood, education, and family. Both of his parents immigrated from Spain. Mr. Aja discusses his family’s involvement in the sheep industry in...
    • Oral History with Irene Aja, March 3, 2011

    • Aja, Irene; Aja, Basilio
    • Basque Americans--Arizona; Sheep--Arizona
    • Irene (Escheverria) Aja discusses her family and their work in the sheep industry in Arizona. Both of her parents immigrated from the Basque region of Spain. Mrs. Aja talks about growing up in Winslow, Wickenburg and Phoenix as her family traveled...
    • Oral History with Connie Bailey, May 20, 2011

    • Bailey, Connie
    • Buckeye (Ariz.)--History; General Federation of Women's Clubs;
    • Connie Bailey is the former president of the Buckeye Women’s Club and Executive Director of the Buckeye Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Bailey talks of her personal history. In her interview, she discusses the history of Buckeye, Arizona and the Buckeye...
    • Oral History with Salomón Baldenegro, February 13, 2011

    • Baldenegro, Salomón
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Chicano movement--Arizona--Tucson; Mexican Americans--Arizona; Mexican Americans--Arizona--Discrimination
    • Salomón R. Baldenegro was a lead organizer in the grassroots Chicano movement on the West Side of Tucson, Arizona during the 1970s. In his interview, he discusses the activities of the Mazaria Council and the Centro Chicano in Barrio Hollywood. Mr....
    • Oral History with Betty Jo Benton, March 8, 2011

    • Benton, Betty Jo
    • Elementary school teachers--Arizona--Biography; Schools--Arizona--Maricopa County; Insurance agents--Arizona; Korean War, 1950-1953--Aerial operations, American; Civil rights workers--Arizona; Segregation--Arizona;
    • Betty Jo Benton spent her early years in Phoenix before moving to California. She relates her mother’s time as a violinist with the predecessor to the Phoenix Symphony. Mrs. Benton moved back to the city in 1949 with her husband, Robert Benton, and...
    • Arizona Literary Magazine, 2014

    • Blake, Elizabeth, Editor
    • Arizona Authors Association; Literary magazine--Arizona
    • Winning entries in 2014 Arizona Authors Literary Contest in unpublished categories in Article/Essay/True Stories, Novel, Poetry, Short Story and in published categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Literature.
    • Oral History with Martha Jane Bruemmer, April 19, 2011

    • Bruemmer, Martha Jane
    • Gadsden (Ariz.); San Luis (Ariz.); Yuma County (Ariz.); Post Offices--Arizona--Gadsden; Sharecropper; School buses--anecdotes;
    • Martha Jane (Guthrie) Bruemmer and family have been long time residents of Gadsden, Arizona. Ms. Bruemmer's paternal grandparents, the Guthries, settled in Gadsden in 1919 as sharecroppers. Ms. Bruemmer's maternal grandparents, the Hughes, moved to...
    • Oral History with Martha Jane Guthrie Bruemmer

    • Bruemmer, Martha Jane Guthrie
    • Gadsden (Ariz.); San Luis (Ariz.); Yuma County (Ariz.); Post Offices--Arizona--Gadsden; Sharecropper; School buses--anecdotes;
    • Martha Jane Bruemmer and family have been long time residents of Gadsden, Arizona. Ms. Bruemmer's paternal grandparents, the Guthries, settled in Gadsden in 1919 as sharecroppers. Ms. Bruemmer's maternal grandparents, the Hughes, moved to Gadsden...
    • Oral History with Ruth Brydon, March 17, 2011

    • Brydon, Ruth
    • Lake Havasu City (Ariz.)--History; Museum exhibits--Planning; Museums and community--Arizona; History--Societies, etc.--Arizona; Teachers--Arizona--Biography
    • Ruth Brydon moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 1989. She has worked at the high school, city, and college libraries and now teaches history at the college. Ms. Brydon is a former director of the Lake Havasu City Historical Society Museum. She...
    • 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 up...
    • Oral History with Mary Stella Fisher Carrera, June 10, 2011

    • Carrera, Mary Stella Fisher
    • Buckeye (Ariz.)--History; Mexican Americans--Arizona--Social Life and Customs; Mexican Americans--Arizona--Discrimination
    • Mary Stella (Fisher) Carrera was born in Buckeye, Arizona in 1933 and has lived there her entire life. In this interview, she talks about her family, education (including attending a private school in Mexico), and learning to fly. She talks a great...
    • Oral History with Burton Carter, July 11, 2011

    • Carter, Burton
    • Kingman (Ariz.)--History; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Arizona; Boy Scouts--Arizona; Explosions--Railroad facilities--Arizona--Kingman
    • Burton Carter grew up in Saint George, Utah and moved to Kingman, Arizona shortly after getting married in the 1960s. Mr. Carter discusses his tax, insurance, and securities business, his involvement in the Boy Scouts, and in the Latter Day Saints...
    • Oral History with Dolores Badilla Celaya, December 17, 2010

    • Celaya, Dolores Badilla
    • Tucson (Ariz.); Pima County (Ariz.); Ranching--Arizona--History; Mexican Americans--Arizona; Farming--Arizona--Tucson
    • Dolores (Badilla) Celaya was born in 1927 and has lived in the Tucson, Arizona area her entire life. In this interview, she talks about her family and life in the area. Her grandparents homesteaded in the Arivaca Valley. Ms. Celaya discusses...
    • Oral History with Roy Chavez, March 23, 2011

    • Chavez, Roy
    • Superior (Ariz.)--history; Mining--Arizona--Pinal County; Segregation in education--Arizona--Pinal County; Barbers--Arizona; Mexican Americans--Arizona
    • Roy Chavez has lived his entire life in and around Superior, Arizona. His Mother, Yolanda (Castro) Chavez, taught school and his father, Raymond Chavez, had a barber shop on Main Street. Mr. Chavez talks about growing up in Superior, his education...
    • Oral History with Clyde Cobbin, March 25, 2011

    • Cobbin, Clyde
    • Buckeye (Ariz.)--History; Floods--Arizona--Maricopa County--1970-1980; Cotton pickers--Arizona
    • Clyde Cobbin moved to Arizona in the 1950s to work in the cotton camps around Buckeye. He talks about Allenville floods in the 1970s and the creation of Hopeville.
    • Oral History with Doris Cunningham, July 7, 2011

    • Cunningham, Doris
    • Kingman (Ariz.)--History; Credit unions--Mohave County (Ariz.)
    • Doris Cunningham and her husband, John Cunningham, moved to Kingman, Arizona in the 1950s. Mr. Cunningham was one of the first persons hired at the Ford Motor Proving Grounds. In this interview, Mrs. Cunningham talks about her family, growing up in...
    • 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 Karl Deffenbaugh, February 24, 2011

    • Deffenbaugh, Karl
    • Superior (Ariz.); Mining; Agriculture; Cultural Diversity; Business
    • Karl Deffenbaugh was born and raised in Superior, Arizona, and has lived all of his life in Arizona. After retiring from the Sears Corporation, Mr. Deffenbaugh moved from Phoenix back to Superior. In this interview, Mr. Deffenbaugh tells about the...

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