University of Arizona

Special Collections is closed due to COVID-19, public safety, and social distancing. Read our update.


Supporting faculty, instructors, researchers until we reopen

Jun 30, 2020

Our Special Collections staff are still here to help you with your curriculum and research work. 

Primary sources
If you're considering using primary sources in your curriculum, reach out to us as soon as possible for consultation. We aren't able to accommodate in-person classes right now, but we can discuss options for curricular development using existing digital resources.

Special Collections closure effective March 16

Mar 14, 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns and recommendations for social distancing, Special Collections will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. During this time, you can still contact us about our services. Please be aware that we will be unable to accommodate any visits or fulfill any reproduction requests during this closure. Permissions requests will be handled on a case by case basis and responses to reference queries may be delayed.

Winter holiday closure

Oct 30, 2019

Special Collections will be closed December 23, 2019⁠—January 3, 2020. We look forward to seeing you January 6.

Early closure on May 11

Apr 30, 2018

We will be closing at noon on Friday, May 11 to accommodate commencement. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Reading Room closure on April 17

Apr 4, 2018

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.

Accessing the Collections on March 5-8

Feb 27, 2018

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.

Tucson’s Foodie Designation by UNESCO

Sep 8, 2016

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.

Spring Events Recap

Jul 12, 2016

Catch up on last semester's events with these video and audio recordings: