This week, on May 1st is May Day or International Worker’s Day in many parts of the world. In America we generally celebrate Labor Day in September, but in Europe and other parts of the world May 1st is a workers holiday that dates back to the 1880s, and was inspired by the Haymarket riots of 1886 in Chicago. The history of labor movements in America has been turbulent at best. The extraction industries that came to define the Western United States would create a high demand for human labor.
…an archives apprenticeship in Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries…
Our graduate assistants have been busy this semester with multiple projects. Please see what they've been up to by following the UA Libraries, Special Collections Archivist Apprenticeship Blog.
Spring Fling, an annual UA tradition, returns to the UA campus April 11-13 after spending the last 15 years at Rillito Downs. Conceived in 1973, Spring Fling has grown into the largest school run carnival in the United States. It expanded from Bear Down Field to the UA Mall as the event grew to include rides, food booths, games, exhibits and acts. Alongside the traditional carnival attractions, local and nationally known bands have played the event including No Doubt and the Smithereens in 1992.
March is Women’s History Month which celebrates the contributions of generations of women to history. Special Collections houses many collections about extraordinary Tucson women who have contributed to UA and Tucson history. One local author, Rosemary Drachman became a bestselling author who defied the norms for women of her time. She came from a pioneer Tucson family, the daughter of Mose and Ethel Drachman, the 3rd generation of Drachmans to live in Tucson. Rosemary became the bestselling author of several books based on her childhood in Tucson including Chicken Every Sunday: My
The UA Libraries are introducing a better way to search. Summon is a new tool that gives you credible, relevant results and quick access to items from the library’s vast collections. From a single search box on the library’s homepage, Summon enables you to search the library catalog, databases, unique digital collections, open access materials, and so much more.
A new exhibit, "Mars Madness: Sci-Fi, Popular Culture and Ray Bradbury's Literary Journey to Outer Space" is on display in Special Collections from January 21st through August 1st.
New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance will be giving a two-week intensive non-credit course for aspiring writers.
Ken Wolfgang was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1931. In 1958 he founded Kensharo Productions and in 1964 he moved to Sonoita, AZ to make filmmaking his full time profession. The travelogue films Wolfgang produced between 1958-1982 document a breadth of regions and their cultures ranging from Mexico, Thailand, Japan, India, Singapore, Austria, and the American desert southwest. With his films, Wolfgang strove to document the cultural perspective of his subjects without reinforcing the negative stereotypes of foreign cultures that were held by members of the American culture.
The University of Arizona Libraries regularly collaborate with departments and groups across campus. In this video, we look at connections between Special Collections and the History Department.
Let us introduce you to Archivist Apprenticeship. One of the requirements of our GAs is for them to blog about their experience in Special Collections. Keep an eye out every Wednesday for new posts.