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A service of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records The years 1859-1922 represent a time when Arizona grew up. A broad documentation of this valuable history can be found in the newspapers of the day. In accordance with their mission to ensure that Arizona's history is documented and preserved, and in joint effort with the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress, The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is proud to contribute to the National Digital Newspaper Program by digitizing select Arizona newspaper titles from this vital time in history in preparation for global online access. Visit

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  • Civilian Conservation Corp in Patagonia, ArizonaCivilian Conservation Corp in Patagonia, Arizona

    This photo collection represents some of the most noteworthy Civilian Conservation Corps work in the Patagonia, Arizona area. Often overlooked, the CCC dam at the mouth of the CCC Canyon is a centerpiece for the history of the CCC in Patagonia. A nearby walking path provides a space for appreciating some of Patagonia's world-renowned beauty. This collection illustrates the long-lasting quality of some of the many projects completed by the CCC in the 1930s and 1940s.

  • From Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train CollectionFrom Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train Collection

    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.

  • Southwest Airways and Thunderbird Field #1Southwest Airways and Thunderbird Field #1

    The site of Thunderbird School of Global Management has its origins as a primary flight training school during World War II. In the late 1930's, with war looming on the horizon, General "Hap" Arnold, who authorized civilian training bases for World War II, recognized a need to train more pilots for combat. However, Congress disagreed, and only allowed the expansion of one training base, Randolph Field. Arnold circumvented Congress and sent out a call for civilian flight operators to gamble their dollars building training fields to teach Air Corps cadets how to fly. Out of this need, Thunderbird Field was established.

  • Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots - Tribute Fence Preservation ProjectPrescott Granite Mountain Hotshots - Tribute Fence Preservation Project

    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.

  • Petrified Forest Historic PhotographsPetrified Forest Historic Photographs

    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.

  • Marshall Trimble On ArizonaMarshall Trimble On Arizona

    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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  • swaSouthwest Airways logo patch
    Cloth patch of the red and black Thunderbird logo used by Southwest Airways.
    ~   Southwest Airways and Thunderbird Field #1
  • patacccPanoramic View of Flux Canyon CCC Camp Site
    Panoramic view of Flux Canyon CCC Camp site. The original Administration Building is the only structure remaining. Several concrete slabs are also visible. State Route 82 bridge over Flux Canyon Creek is near the center.
    ~   Civilian Conservation Corp in Patagonia, Arizona
  • trimbleDaylight Saving Time
    "Daylight Saving Time" from the series, "Fun Facts, Trimble's Tales" North Valley Magazine.
    ~   Marshall Trimble On Arizona
  • acmfriendCloth Doll from the Merci Friendship Train
    Cloth doll with painted face, black velvet eyes, and hair made of yellow thread. Shoes are black velvet with pink ribbon shoelaces. Dress is made of gold silk with blue velvet apron.
    ~   From Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train Collection
  • pfhpDr. and Mrs. Albert Einstein in front of the Old Faithful
    Dr. and Mrs. Albert Einstein visit to the Petrified Forest National Park in 1931. The famous physicist and his wife Elsa are among a long list of notable people who visited the Petrified Forest National Park. In this photograph Doctor and Mrs. Albert Einstein are in front of the "Old Faithful", a large log found in the southern section of the park called Rainbow Forest.
    ~   Petrified Forest Historic Photographs
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