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Arizona Senior Follies: A Campus Sensation

May 30, 2014

The Senior Follies would put on remarkable productions at the University of Arizona that included musicals, dancing, comedy routines, and skits from 1920 to 1930. Their productions included both Broadway performances from New York and original productions. The Senior Follies consisted of 8-10 students from the senior class. (“A photographic History of the University of Arizona, 1885-1985”, 164).

Remembering the Bisbee Deportation of 1917

Apr 29, 2014

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.

Archivist Apprenticeship

Apr 14, 2014

…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. 

“Dunker, Jousters Invade Mall”: The History of UA Spring Fling

Apr 10, 2014

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. 

Rosemary Drachman: Journalist, Adventurer, Novelist

Mar 26, 2014

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

Try the library's new search tool: Summon

Mar 10, 2014

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.

Ken Wolfgang: Portrait of an Independent Arizona Filmmaker

Feb 13, 2014

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.