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.
Sophie Treadwell interviewed Francisco “Pancho” Villa shortly after Venustiano Carranza’s murder. Her article appeared in the New York Tribune on August 28, 1921. For more, explore MS 318, Papers of Sophie Treadwell.
La periodista Sophie Treadwell entrevisto a Francisco “Pancho” Villa después del asesinato de Venustiano Carranza. El artículo apareció en el New York Tribune en agosto 28 de 1921. Los invitamos a que exploren la colección, MS 318 Sophie Treadwell papers.
This photo of students from the class of 1898-1899 in front of Old Main was taken for a newspaper but its publication was delayed for 52 years due to the concerns of the university president.
I love archives because every time I’m in one I find something of intellectual curiosity and value. Much of the time what I find is the sort of item that an undergraduate professor once told me was really only useful for “good cocktail party conversation.”
At least he deemed it “good.”
Whether you have always been curious or experienced something yourself, July 2, World UFO Day is the time to find out more about the alleged existence of unidentified flying objects and beings from outer space. While Special Collections may not have the answers on the existence of aliens (that we know of anyway) we do have manuscript and book collections that might provide more information about the study of this phenomena.