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George Chambers papers

George W. Chambers (1901-1978) was an amateur historian and business manager for various Tucson Newspapers. In 1923, he joined the staff of the Tucson Daily Citizen and, in 1931, joined the Arizona Daily Star. In 1940, he played a principal role in the Joint Operating Agreement between the Citizen and the Star to form Tucson Newspapers, Inc. Chambers and his son founded Arizona Silhouettes, a publishing company that reprinted rare, old books of stories and historical accounts of Arizona and Sonora, in 1950. Another one of Chambers' pursuits involved the microfilm preservation of El Archivo de Hidalgo del Parral, records that document Nueva Vizcaya, a province of New Spain that included Arizona and New Mexico.

This collection contains newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, books, court records, correspondence, and interviews on audiotape. Many of the materials are related to Chambers' work at Tucson Newspapers, Inc., Arizona Silhouettes, and El Archivo de Hidalgo del Parral.