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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 http://adnp.azlibrary.gov/
Arizona State Library Historic Newsletters
This collection of newsletters and news magazines documents the Arizona State Library, the Arizona State Library Association and Arizona government activities from the 1930s to the early 1990s. Included in these documents are articles by Mulford Winsor and others that cover topics like budgets, awards, scholarships, trainings, library architecture, public library programming, conferences, workshops, committees, and more.
Artifacts from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany
Various items related to the history of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust were given over the years to the Martin-Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University, in most cases anonymously. The collection sheds light on select aspects of life in Germany before, during, and after the Nazi dictatorship. It includes everyday items like currency and chinaware, items that speak to the life under the conditions of World War II, and objects related to Nazi propaganda and the genocide against European Jews (like the official stamp of the camp commander of the concentration camp of Gross-Rosen).
Year of Pluto
This collection celebrates the Year of Pluto. Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto at Lowell Observatory in 1930, and 2015 marks the flyby of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft. The collection contains letters, calculations, photographs and documents that illustrate the history of the search for Pluto, its discovery, and the subsequent public excitement and fascination.
Chris-Town Shopping Center - 24 Arizona Heritage Portraits
The Arizona Heritage Commemorative Portrait Collection was generously donated to the Arizona State Capitol Museum in October 1982 by the Chris-Town Chamber of Commerce and the merchants of the Chris-Town Shopping Center. This collection was commissioned by the merchants of the Chris-Town Shopping Center for the enjoyment of all Arizonans. These 24 original oil-pencil portraits by Roger Whitney honor people who contributed to the growth and development of Arizona. Each picture reflects the person's major area of interest and influence on our state's heritage. Chris-Town gratefully acknowledged research assistance from the Central Arizona Museum of History, the Arizona State Capitol Museum and the Arizona Department of Education. The research helped determine the interests and contributions of each of the subjects. Whitney, a well-known Phoenix artist, often worked from photos to portray both Arizonan and national sports figures in his work.
Cochise College 50th Anniversary Collection
Cochise College first opened its doors for classes in 1964 and is proud to mark 50 years of service to Southeastern Arizona and the community it serves. The 50th Anniversary Collection was developed from the College Archives and presents a photographic history of the college. The Collection features photos of administrators, faculty, students and college events that span six decades. If any descriptive errors are observed in the images by the community, please contact the Cochise College Libraries and the errors will be corrected.
Selections from the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series
This collection features a selection of art and archives from the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series of the Heard Museum. Images of artists' work in the museum's collection are connected to documents related to the artists' careers from various major collections in the Library and Archives.
Prescott 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.
Bill Kimble, Class of 1968 ~ Cochise College 50th Anniversary Collection
Arizona State Library Newsletter Issue No. 03 July, 1936
This issue of the State Library Newsletter includes the Eleventh Biennial Report of the Department of Library and Archives. The report contains details of the condition of the Library, its activities, and the disposition of moneys expended in its maintenance from July, 1934 to June, 1936. ~ Arizona State Library Historic Newsletters
This document declares that a soldier died a hero's death. "Getreu seinem Fahneneid starb im Kampf um die Freiheit Grossdeutschlands .....den Heldentod fuer Fuehrer, Volk und Vaterland" [Faithful to the pledge of the flag...died in the fight for the freedom of Greater Germany a hero's death for Fuehrer, people, and Fatherland]. Name is omitted in the space reserved for it. The symbol for the Third Reich-the eagle with a swastika enclosed by a wreath-sits at the top. On the back is a curious and mysterious sketch of possibly a design for a target or gravestone. ~ Artifacts from the Holocaust and Nazi Germany
Symbol for the planet Pluto. P and L are the first two letters in the planet's name and also Percival Lowell's intitials. The symbol made its first appearance in the May 1, 1930 Lowell Observatory Observation Circular and was slightly modified in the following years. ~ Year of Pluto
Portrait of Isabella Greenway
From the Chris-Town Brochure: ISABELLA GREENWAY (1886-1953) From a background of business and civic prominence in Tucson, Isabella Greenway was elected in 1933 to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her tenure as Arizona's first and only Congresswoman she helped reopen the state's Depression-hit copper mines, fought for veterans' benefits and brought many New Deal programs to the state, including resettlement projects for destitute families in Phoenix, Mesa and Casa Grande. ~ Chris-Town Shopping Center - 24 Arizona Heritage Portraits