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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 http://adnp.azlibrary.gov/

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  • Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - AgriculturePosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Agriculture

    This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. Many of these posters chronicle American agriculture the 1970s and 1980s and show us a time when innovations we take for granted today did not yet exist or represented the bleeding edge of technology and a reminder of how quickly our world has changed.


  • Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Air ForcePosters and Artwork of the Federal Government - Air Force

    This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government that cover agriculture in America. Many of these posters and prints were distributed through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), though some pieces predate the FDLP. These posters were created to showcase the only branch of the Armed Forces that was created in the 20th century. Many of the posters reflect not only aspects of our nation's past, but where we might go in the future.


  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Spotlight On

  • trimbleDaylight Saving Time
    "Daylight Saving Time" from the series, "Fun Facts, Trimble's Tales" North Valley Magazine.
    ~   Marshall Trimble On Arizona
  • postersarmyThe American Soldier, 1848-1885
    While Lt. Col. Thomas L. Casey was not the first overseer of the Washington Monument's construction, he was probably the most significant in creating the monument that exists today. Lt. Col. Casey can be seen in the right foreground (bearing some truly spectacular facial hair), speaking to one of the civilian contractors next to him. Two junior officers are in the left foreground, wearing the same blue undress uniform as Lt. Col. Casey. Greater detail and background information can be found in the guide "The American Soldier Set No. 4" located in this collection.
    ~   Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. Army
  • postersmariFire and Ice
    SSgt. Michael Fay presents contrasting images of a combat engineer engaged in ordnance disposal next to a Marine carrying a block of ice in the same intense summer heat of Iraq.
    ~   Posters and Artwork of the Federal Government - U.S. Marine Corps
  • 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
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