We will be closing at noon on Friday, May 11 to accommodate commencement. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Reading Room will be closed on Tuesday, April 17 for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Visitors may still view our Judith Chafee exhibition.
On March 5-8, we will be installing new carpet in the Reading Room. If you plan to use our collections during that time, please come to the large conference room. The Congressional Exhibit will be unavailable during this time.
You may have heard that Tucson was designated a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO last year. Many are still scratching their heads and asking “why?” Sustainable Food Systems scholar at the UA’s Southwest Center Gary Nabhan was instrumental in getting Tucson recognized for its unique place in gastronomy and ethnobotany.
Catch up on last semester's events with these video and audio recordings:
Traditions come with a leap year that includes an extra day every four years. Many early laws did not recognize February 29th as a real legal day, and thus sometimes laws and customs were allowed to be ignored.
One convention that could be broken on February 29th, or sometimes for the rest of the leap month or the entire leap year, was that a woman was allowed to propose marriage to a man.
Social dances at colleges and ballrooms were formal events bound by strict rules of social etiquette during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dance Cards were a key feature of this formality.
Special Collections will be closed 12/24/2015 - 1/3/2016 for the University of Arizona Closure. We will resume normal hours beginning 1/4/2016. Happy holidays!
The Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State Sun Devils sports rivalry can be traced back to the first Territorial Cup football game which was played on Thanksgiving Day, 1899.
October 17, 2015 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the University of Arizona having a mascot. On October 17, 1915 Tom Easter, a live bobcat, arrived on the UA campus. The following day he was introduced to the student body at an assembly in Herring Hall. Tom Easter was the gift of the freshman football team, who raised $9.91 to purchase him from a blacksmith located in Douglas, AZ. Soon he was rechristened “Rufus Arizona” after then UA President Rufus B. von KleinSmid.