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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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  • 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.

  • The Restoration of Heritage SquareThe Restoration of Heritage Square

    This collection documents the restoration of Phoenix's Block 14. Located at the heart of downtown Phoenix, Block 14 is the only remaining residential block from the original Phoenix townsite. As the city grew over time, Block 14 and other residential areas were encompassed by commercial development. Over the years, many homes fell into disrepair and were demolished.

  • The Barry Goldwater Statue ProjectThe Barry Goldwater Statue Project

    Commissioned by the Arizona House Joint Resolution from 2008, the Senator Barry Goldwater statue was created to replace one of the existing statues dedicated to Arizona in the National Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. The bronze statue was created by Deborah Copenhaver Fellows and is 8 feet tall featuring Senator Goldwater gesturing as if speaking. This collection features photographs from the statue's beginning as a clay model to its unveiling and temporary placement within the rotunda of the Arizona State Capital Museum.

  • 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.

  • New Deal ArtNew Deal Art

    There are at least 482 works of art in the Pueblo Grande Museum's archive. Most can be traced to the Federal Art Project, during 1940 - 1941. Prehistoric pottery designs are particularly well represented, with a series of silk screens and color drawings of sherds from the Museum's collection. Historic native cultures are well represented, with black-and-white as well as color drawings of Maricopa, Pima, Mohave, and Yuman objects; especially numerous are examples of Pima baskets. There are detailed architectural drawings, floor plans, and color renditions of native houses. There are also examples of the use of the "swastika" motif in art, throughout time and around the world.

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  • acmfriendBeret from the University of Toulouse
    Black beret with multicolored ribbon rim. Gold embroidered lettering: "Association General Des Etudiants de Toulouse." Two embroidered coats of arms, one the Coat of Arms of the City of Toulouse, the other from the University of Toulouse. Colors are red, blue, and gold.
    ~   From Friendship to Gratitude - The Merci Train Collection
  • 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
  • ndartMaricopa Black-on-Cream Plate
    Design for the upper surface of a shallow plate.
    ~   New Deal Art
  • goldSenator Barry Goldwater Statue, 360 degrees
    A 360 degree viewing of the Senator Barry Goldwater Statue in the Arizona State Capital Museum with a Kodak Color Separation Guide.
    ~   The Barry Goldwater Statue Project
  • pgmhGranite Mountain Hotshots video
    Photographed and edited by Tribute Fence Preservation Project Co-director, Dottie Morris, the film is a collection of photographs beginning June 18, 2013 as the Granite Mountain Hotshots fought the Doce Fire, into the summer of 2013 and the creation of the Tribute Fence at Station 7 in Prescott, Arizona. "Waiting" composed by Joe Scott and performed by Acoustic Eidolon. "Change in the Wind" composed and performed by Ered Matthew.
    ~   Prescott Granite Mountain Hotshots - Tribute Fence Preservation Project
  • heritagesqRosson House West Side
    PhotoPhotograph of the Rosson House from the west side. The Rosson House is painted brick red. When first constructed, the house was not painted. During the restoration, a non-damaging method of paint removal could not be found, so the house was repainted a brick red color to give the appearance of brick. Shortly after the house was repainted red, a less damaging chemical removal method was identified. All layers of paint were stripped off of the house, exposing the original brick.
    ~   The Restoration of Heritage Square
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