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Digital Collections

Arizona-Sonora Documents Online

Arizona-Sonora Documents Online provides web access to digital images of archival collections relating to Sonora, Mexico that are located at three Arizona repositories: the University of Arizona Library Special Collections; the Arizona Historical Society-Tucson; and the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records. The collections date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. They cover a broad range of topics, including ranching, mining, land grants, anti-Chinese movements, crime on the border, and governmental issues.

Casos reservados sinodales en la Diocesis de Mexico, y privilegios de los Indios en esta materia

The collection comprises a single 18th century manuscript concerning the definitions of "reserved cases," in other words: crimes or sins which would result in excommunication for Catholics. Examples of such cases are homicide, abortion, sacrilege, public blasphemy, certain dealings with the devil, clandestine marriages, falsification of papers, arson, and Spaniards coming to Mexico while leaving their wives in Spain for more than five years.

El Pueblo

Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press

Mexican and Mexican American publications published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.

Photograph from the USS Arizona collection depicting the USS Arizona battleship in wet dock, circa 1932

USS Arizona Collection

This collection contains papers, photographs, objects, and memorabilia of the USS Arizona next hit from its christening in 1915 to destruction on December 7, 1941. Also held within the collection are materials documenting the annual memorial ceremonies held at the University of Arizona Student Union and the papers of the USS Arizona Reunion Association.

Custodia de San Carlos de Sonora

Francisco Antonio Barbastro (1734-1800) was a Franciscan priest, Father President of the Sonoran missions (1781-1783), and headed the ecclesiastical counteroffensive to Bishop Antonio de los Reyes' plan for the San Carlos "custodia." This was a new administrative district that would institute reforms in the Sonoran mission communities.

The collection contains a forty-page holographic manuscript that relates the history and description of the Franciscan custody of San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. The manuscript was written at the Aconchi Mission and was dated July 11, 1788.

Still image from the Holocaust testimony of Erna S. from the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Holocaust testimony videocassettes, 1989.

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona videocassettes

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Holocaust testimony videocassettes measure 1.5 linear feet and contain nine video interviews on 19 U-matic videocassettes with Holocaust survivors. These testimonies were conducted by the United States Holocaust Museum Oral History Branch in 1989 and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in 1990. The interviews in box 1 were created by the Jewish Federation as one of thirty-six affiliate projects led by Yale University Library’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.

Charles G. Finney

Papers of Charles G. Finney

Charles G. Finney was a writer and newspaper editor born in Sedalia, MO on December 1, 1905. He served in China as part of the U.S. Army 15th Infantry Regiment from 1927-1929 which inspired his novel The Old China Hands (1960). Upon returning from China in 1930, Finney moved to Tucson, AZ and became the editor of the Arizona Daily Star newspaper. Finney wrote a variety of novels and short stories including his most famous work The Circus of Dr. Lao, which was later adapted into a film.

The Land of Manana Cover Page

The Land of Mañana

William Edgar Blake (1844-1915) was born in Morning Sun, Ohio, but was moved to Iowa in 1845. He served in the Civil War as a member of Company C of the First Iowa Cavalry. He later went on to study law at Iowa State University and earned his degree in 1869 and married his wife Sarah Lucretia Hurd. The collection includes a holograph manuscript which consists of a journal of a railway trip through New Mexico, Arizona, and Northern Mexico in 1883.

Part of sketch map, Los Ruinos, Arivaca Canon, 2 miles above Arivaca, Pima Co. Az

Bernard Fontana Papers

This collection contains materials relating to Bernard (Bunny) Fontana, a prominent anthropologist and active community member in Southern Arizona. Materials include activity files, which include documentation of activities in organizations, speeches, conferences, and research; writings, which include manuscripts and book reviews. Also included is correspondence, personal files and oversize materials.

Recipe and Home Remedy book

Recipe and Home Remedy Book

The materials in the collection are speculated to have been compiled in southern England, based on the newspaper citations for formulas and the addresses to buy bottled remedies. There are handwritten entries for home medicinal cures, food and alcoholic beverage recipes, and household hints. Some have acknowledgements to a certain newspaper or person, and occasionally the date obtained is added, ranging from 1787-1808.

audio reel tape from collection

Accent: on University of Arizona

"Accent: on University of Arizona" was a local radio program hosted by Mort Beach, the assistant director for the University of Arizona News Bureau for Radio-TV. The program includes interviews with prominent University of Arizona professors, scholars, and public figures about research and special topics.

Arizona Index

Arizona Index

 The Arizona Index was created and maintained by the University of Arizona Libraries Central Reference Department, indexing began in 1951 and continued until 1990.

The Celeste Gonzalez de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly Oral History Collection

This collection is comprised of mp3 files of oral histories with journalists, activists, and dignitaries from the United States and Mexico. They discuss the environment of reporting and state of journalistic freedom in the northern and southern states of Mexico, including Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Michoacan and Guerrero.

Mo Udall and favorite typewriter

Morris K. Udall Oral History Project

Includes interviews with former Presidents, former and current Congressmen and Senators, journalists and intellectuals, key staff members and campaign aides, family members and friends.

Black and white image of three costumed young women posing in a field, ca. 1918-1925

Nell McCarthy Photograph Collection

Nell McCarthy was a high school student in Douglas, AZ in the late 1910s to 1920s. Her father, Charles McCarthy, worked for the Douglas Vulcanizing Company during World War I.

Papers of William Neil Smith

Includes biographical information, correspondence, writings, publications, field notebooks, field research data sheets, subject files, bibliography cards, photographs, negatives, color slides, motion picture film, and sound recordings, chiefly from 1944-1970, of William Neil Smith, relating to his anthropological field work amongst the Seri Indians of Tiburon Island and the northwest coast of Sonora, Mexico.

Black and white group photo of the Tucsonians: Japanese American WWII resisters of conscience, Sacramento, California, 1947

The Tucsonians Oral History Project Collection

Collection includes the oral histories of several of the Japanese-American resisters of conscience who served sentences at the Catalina Federal Prison (renamed Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site in 1999) during World War II. The collection contains audiotapes and transcripts of interviews conducted by representatives from the United States Forest Service from 1999 through 2002.

PandemiDiarios collection

PandemiDiarios, is a microgrant program, funded by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry, to support students, academic professionals, and community-based artists and practitioners in creating works reflecting on the human experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manuscript of Book II: Instrucciones Formadas Sobre Las Minas De San Pedro Vigilia La Frontaina Y Foubacachi En Sonora

Comisionado de Mineria Records

The collection holds holograph documents pertaining to the titles of five mining claims for the Santa Ana Mine, San Pedro Vigilia Mine, La Frontaina Mine, Foubacachi Mine, and Bronzisa Mine. The mining claims are located in the judicial district of Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico near the towns of Cumpas and Oposura.

Report of an Exploration, Written at Mission Dolores, Pimeria A

The collection contains holograph reports of an expedition made by Eusebio Francisco Kino, a Jesuit missionary, and Father Antonio Leal into southwestern Arizona, known at the time as Pimeria Alta, in 1699. Includes extensive description of the geography, resources, native peoples, and missionary organization in the area.

Tom Gehrels at Telescope, circa 1955

Tom Gehrels Papers

Papers 1894-2010 (bulk 1960-2000). This collection consists of the professional and some personal papers of Tom Gehrels. The bulk of the material consists of his correspondence with other astronomers, scientists, state and federal politicians. There are also scholarly files, research files, and personal interest files, almost all amassed during his fifty year career at the Lunar Planetary Laboratory and the Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona.

Images of the USS Arizona battleship bell in the University of Arizona Student Union bell tower: in one image, four smiling young women ring the bell in the bell tower. The second image depicts the bell on its own.

Bill Bowers Scrapbook and Interview

This collection comprises materials donated by Wilber "Bill" Bowers (1903-2003), who helped save one of two bells from the battleship USS Arizona from being destroyed. Bowers was an alumnus of the University of Arizona,  graduating in 1927. As a student, he served for three years as photographic editor of the University yearbook The Desert, played saxophone in the University dance band, and had previously played high school football in Bisbee, AZ with UArizona legend John "Button" Salmon.

Leo Goldschmidt Photographic Collection

The collection is comprised of the photographic plates taken by Leo Goldschmidt, a pioneer of the Tucson area. The plates cover a range of persons, subjects and locations, including; family, businesses, personal residences in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.

Constitution, Minutes of the Pima County Medical Society, 1904

Pima County Medical Society Minutes

Spanning half a century, this collection begins during the Arizona Territorial period and continues through the era of the polio epidemic, the Korean War and the birth of television.

The minutes of the Pima County Medical Society offer a detailed look into a broad range of medical, social, political and professional issues.

Andrew Ellicott Douglass at his desk in his lab office

Papers of Andrew Ellicott Douglass

Contains materials related to A.E. Douglass's astronomical and tree-ring research, and administration, at the Harvard College Observatory, Lowell Observatories, Steward Observatory, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and University of Arizona.

Black & white photo of Governor Castro with President Jimmy Carter, the two men are smiling at one another

Raul Castro Papers

Material documenting the life and career of educator, attorney, judge, diplomat, and political figure Raul H. Castro.

Manuscript of Alexander Grayson Bowman Diary, page 1

Alexander Grayson Bowman Diary

Daily record of the march from Camp Union, near San Francisco, Oct. 18, 1861, until his mustering out at Franklin, near El Paso, Texas, Dec. 12, 1864; and includes his subsequent journey back to California, to Feb. 12, 1865.

Manuscript of the Translation of the Surveyor-General of Arizona of the Expediente, front cover

Records of the San Rafael Cattle Company

Correspondence, legal papers, financial records, reports, newspaper clippings, and other papers relating to the operation of the company.

Frank West Journal

One volume journal containing handwritten entries from 1884- 1885, recording marches during the Apache campaign. The routes are from Fort Huachuca, Arizona, to Fort Craig, New Mexico; from Fort Craig to Fort Wingate, and from there to Deming. Hand-drawn maps accompany some entries, as do logs of miles traveled. Some biographical material is included that relates to his military career.

Harry Heffner Empire Ranch photograph collection

Primarily photographs but also a small amount of reminiscences, typescripts of letters, and notes concerning Harry Heffner’s involvement with the Empire Ranch  from 1893 to 1905. There are typescript copies of letters written to Edward L. Vail, 1875 to 1877, mostly by Walter Vail, and there are original ranch and water documents from Heffner’s California activities, 1905-1937.

Up with People Archive

Archive of the Up with People organization, including photographs, audiovisual materials, musical arrangements, programs and publications.

Manuscript of Convento de Santo Domingo de Mexico documents

Morales de Escárcega Collection

Books, manuscripts, and broadsides, and photographs focused on the study and understanding of Mexican history.

Photograph of Granville H. Oury, circa 1880

Papers of the Oury Family

Correspondence, diary, photographs, deeds, articles and speeches chiefly relating to Arizona territorial military experiences of Oury family members.

Bill of Sale

Gabriel Antonio de Vildósola purchased the Santa Barbara Ranch from Nicolás Romero, son of Diego Romero, the year before the Pima uprising, a coordinated attack on Spanish missions and settlements was carried out by O'odham dissenters

The collection contains a bill of sale, dated October 28, 1756, at Real Presidio de Santa Rosa de Corodehuachi de Fronteras. The Santa Barbara estate was sold by Gabriel Antonio de Vildosola to Maria Rosa Bessera Nieto, with endorsements by Gabriel Antonio de Vildosola, Joseph Antonio de Vildosola, and Juan Baptista de Anza.

John F. Kennedy and Stewart L. Udall at Press Conference

Stewart L. Udall Papers

Professional and public papers of Stewart Lee Udall, including items of the 84th, 85th, and 86th Congresses.

Photo of Robert A. Hohstadt pension certificate

Hohstadt Family Papers

Cattle ranchers and mine operators from Douglas, Arizona; ventures in Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora, Mexico. Companies include Corona Mining Company, Hohstadt Group, and Progress Mining Company. Mexican ranches include La Pera, Batana, Guepare, and Turicachi.

Photo of Horse

Records of the Empire Ranch

Includes correspondence, legal documents, financial records, livestock records, and other materials relating to the history, development, and operation of The Empire Ranch property in Southern Arizona and California.

KGUN news production video cassettes

Jay Rochlin videocassettes

Jay Rochlin is a native Arizonan from Nogales. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and education (1973), a master's in business administration (1987), and a PhD in higher education (1993), all from the University of Arizona. Rochlin's career has included work in both radio and television broadcasting, having served as the editor of the University of Arizona Alumni Association magazine for 20 years, and as an assistant professor of practice in the UA's School of Journalism for eight years before his retirement in 2012.

World War I Victory Girls, 1920

Reports of the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service, 1918-1958

The County Agricultural Agents was a cooperative project of the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture for their Agricultural Extension Service to encourage agriculture and home economics in Arizona.

The collection contains bound typescript reports of County Agricultural Agents for each Arizona county from 1918 to 1958, examples of publications, as well as statistical summaries for the periods of 1918-19 through 1932-33.

Morris K Udall - Central Arizona Project

The development of the Central Arizona Project would eventually supply the growing cities of Phoenix and Tucson with water supply. The economic and financial impacts on rural and city dwellers and the rights of Native Americans are evidenced here, as well as the problems of water utilization in an arid area. The correspondence, reports, memos, and telegrams in these files represent significant solutions to long-standing challenges to use of Colorado River water.

Certificate of Life Membership in the Morse Telegraph Club of America, undated

Papers of Levi Stewart Udall

Levi S. Udall (1891-1960) was a lawyer and judge, and the son of David K. and Ella Udall, Mormon pioneers to Arizona in 1880. After building his own family, his family operated Apache Abstract Company (c. 1930 to 1945), the only title company in Apache County. He was a member of the Arizona Boy Scouts Council from 1915 to 1960; worked as a clerk for the Apache County Board of Supervisors from 1915 to 1918 and for the Superior Court from 1919 to 1920.

Black and white aerial view of Tucson, Arizona published in 1904. Possibly taken from 200 W. Congress Street.

Archive Tucson

Archive Tucson is an oral history project of the University of Arizona Libraries and Special Collections to preserve the stories of our neighbors in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Most interviews focus on the second half of the twentieth century.

Arizona Magazine Interviews

The Arizona Magazine interviews collection includes 54 interviews on audiocassette with various guests covering a number of topics relating to Arizona, the Southwestern United States, and the University of Arizona. The interviews are ordered chronologically.

Pima County Program Emphasis, 1957

Reports and Summaries of the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service, 1931-1961

The materials in this collection were a part of a cooperative effort by the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture to promote agriculture and home economics in the state of Arizona. This collection contains printed forms containing holograph and typescript statistical information. The forms contain grand total summaries of combined annual reports from county extension workers dating from 1936 to 1961.

Black and white photo of a Buffalo soldier posing with an Army pack mule, Ft. Bayard, New Mexico, circa1890s

Arizona, Southwestern, and Borderlands Photograph Collection

Photographs documenting Tucson history, exploratory expeditions to the West in 1884-1885 and 1885-1886, and Native American groups of the American Southwest and Mexico.

1942 Correspondence Courses, University of Arizona

University of Arizona Catalogs

University of Arizona catalogs from 1891-2001 have been digitized and are now available in the UA Campus Repository. The catalogs contain information regarding curricula, fees, university policies, and procedures.

Printed editions of catalogs from 1891-2001 are available in Special Collections at E9791 Univ. 1b. Circulating copies of many years up to 1991 are available in the Main Library, 4th floor, at LD186 .A7. View the UA Library Catalog record for specific print holdings.


Gay Women's Consciousness Raising Meeting Flyer, circa 1971

Gay Liberation Papers

Gay Liberation Arizona Desert (GLAD II) was local affiliation of the national Gay Liberation Front. Their purpose in meeting was to educate the public and to raise the level of awareness about gays in the Tucson Community.

This collection includes correspondence, clippings, tapes, periodicals, and other material concerning the gay liberation movement and related issues in Arizona and the West Coast. Includes issues of the newspaper Gay Sunshine from 1970-1973.

Morris K. Udall - Joke Book

The joke book contains a collection of jokes, quotes, tales and quips from politicians and other famous people that Morris assembled during his career. He kept the jokes organized and indexed and often referred to them to use in his many talks and speeches. Morris was known in Washington for his wit and often used good natured humor to connect with others who did not always agree with him politically. After his colleagues urged him to write a book using his jokes, he wrote the semi-autobiographical Too Funny To Be President, published in 1988.

Reports of the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service, 1936-1957

The materials in this collection were a part of a cooperative effort by the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture to promote agriculture and home economics in the state of Arizona. The collection contains carbon typescripts of annual reports for the Agricultural Extension Service from Director Charles U. Pickrell.

Refugee Magazine, July, 1986

Miriam Davidson Papers

This collection contains Miriam Davidson’s manuscripts and research files for her 1988 book, Convictions of the Heart regarding the 1980’s Sanctuary Movement and Trial. Materials include several drafts of the book and Davidson’s research materials, the bulk of which include: news clippings, Davidson’s trial notes, Sanctuary Movement materials, and cassette tape recordings of Davidson’s interviews with various members of the Movement and Trial. The majority of the material is in English, some is in Spanish.

Relación de las misiones que la compania tiene en el Reyno y Provincias de la Nueva Vizcaya en la Nueva Espana

Juan Ortiz Zapata was a Jesuit Visitador to the missions in northern Mexico in 1678.

This collection contains a photocopy of the Spanish transcription and English translation of the original documents of Zapata’s missions in Reyno and provinces of New Vizcaya in New Spain during 1678.

Black and white photograph of an all-female band, The Ingenues, from the 1928 motion picture The Band Beautiful

American Vaudeville Museum Collection

Materials documenting vaudeville and other entertainment in the United States, particularly in the 1910s through 1940s.

Photo of Morris K. Udall in Alaska

Papers of Morris K. Udall

Composed of Morris K. Udall's professional and public papers that document his thirty years as a Representative from Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, his tenure as Chairman of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, and his campaign for the 1976 Democratic Presidential nomination.

Black and white photo of the narthex of the Bisbee Catholic Church, taken around 1917. The front doors, stained glass window, nave and pews are visible.

John Franks Bisbee Catholic Church glass plates collection

This collection consists of 10 glass plate negatives of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, located in Bisbee, Arizona. The photographs were taken circa 1917 by John Franks, who lived in Bisbee, Arizona.

Still from the episode "Animal Bites and Stings," from the Pima County Medical Society TV program Prescription for Health, 1995

Prescription for Health

Originally a radio program (1980-1990), Prescription for Health also became a cable television program created by the Pima County Medical Society (PCMS). This public access program focused on providing in-depth medical information on a broad range of topics of interest to the general public. At least 284 episodes (and perhaps as many as 320) were produced from 1983 to 1997.

Men in Chihuahua with Donkeys

Mrs. A. S. Addis Photograph Collection

Thirteen photographs, ca. 1875-1890, primarily of scenes in Chihuahua, Mexico. Most are images of Serrano and Tarahumara Indians particularly women and domestic work. There is also one image of prospectors on Phoenix street, dated 1887

Artwork of a Card to Arana, page 1

Papers of Jose Maria Arana

José Maria Arana was a prominent businessman and politician in Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico. He was also the leader of anti-Chinese campaigns in Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California.

The materials consist mainly of letters to Arana from supporters and opponents of the anti-Chinese campaign. Official government communications, newspaper clippings, political campaign leaflets, and business letters were also collected.

Audio cassettes from the Jay Rochlin oral history project, circa 1995

Jay Rochlin oral history project audio cassettes

Jay Rochlin is a native Arizonan from Nogales. He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and education (1973), a master's in business administration (1987), and a PhD in higher education (1993), all from the University of Arizona. Rochlin's career has included work in both radio and television broadcasting, having served as the editor of the University of Arizona Alumni Association magazine for 20 years, and as an assistant professor of practice in the UA's School of Journalism for eight years before his retirement in 2012.

Photo of Yaqui River Dams Canals View of the Conant canal, front side

Records of the Compania Constructora Richardson, S.A.

Photographs along with legal papers and descriptive material documenting the company projects from the excavation stages to completed dams.

A large roadside sign, along Highway 60, denotes a Highway Demonstration Plot in Apache County, near Springerville, Arizona.

Reports of the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service, 1958-1968

The materials in this collection were produced as part of a cooperative effort by the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture to promote agriculture and home economics in the state of Arizona. The collection contains bound typescript and printed reports of county agricultural agents, home demonstration agents, and 4-H clubs; they also include photographs, clippings, charts, and examples of publications dating from 1958 to 1968.

Sample of Audio Tape

Oral History audiotape collection

This collection contains a wide variety of interviewees recorded over many years. Interviewees include Arizona pioneers and prominent citizens. Histories include narrations by pioneers themselves and discuss how families came to live in certain parts of Arizona. The collection is organized alphabetically by interviewee. It comprises a wide variety of topics and subject matter. A brief overview of subject matter discussed in the oral histories is provided with the individual's name.

Gerard P. Kuiper Papers

The Gerard P. Kuiper Papers are comprised of the personal and professional papers of astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper.

Photo of rodeo man on horse 1957

Jack Sheaffer Photographic Collection

Images that document the photographic history of southern Arizona during a time of explosive growth in the area, from 1955 - 1975; subjects run the gamut from politics and sports, to annual civic events like the Tucson Rodeo, and from celebrity visits and tragic accidents to local beauty pageants.

Photo titled Bear Down Gymnasium, University of Arizona

University of Arizona Photograph Collection

Contains images that depict the history of the University from its inception. Many of these photographs are now digitized and available online.

University of Arizona Parade, 1966

Papers of Byrd Howell Granger

Papers (1945-1990) of Folklorist and University of Arizona professor Byrd Howell Granger. Includes biographical information, correspondence, manuscripts, research notes and audiovisual material. The bulk of the collection represents Granger's scholarly works and activities in the fields of English Literature and Southwestern, particularly Arizona, Folklore.

Note from Henry Roberts Concerning a Slave

Papers of Joseph Thomas McKinney

Autobiographical sketch, letter, and documents. The 19-page sketch includes his involvement as a law enforcement officer in the Graham-Tewksbury feud; and a letter, dated 1927, to his son describes a hanging at the Arizona State Prison at Florence. Also present are deeds, tax receipts, certificates of land purchases, bills of sale for slaves during the 1840s, and other documents relating to his grandfather, Joseph Thomas Cook, in Arkansas and Alabama, and to his uncle, J.W. Cook, in Texas.

Manuscript of the Translation of the Surveyor-General of Arizona of the Expediente, front cover

San Rafael de la Zanja Land Grant

The San Rafael de la Zanja ranch was owned by the San Rafael Cattle Co. However, Alfred A. Green lodged a challenge to the title. The collection includes letters, copies of legal documents, maps, and survey notes and other materials chiefly relating to the claims of Green. Includes a map and survey notes by George J.

Color rendering of a residential floor plan and elevation for a two-bedroom, two-bath revival style residence.

Josias T. Joesler papers

The Josias T. Joesler papers contain original architectural drawings, specifications, notes, and correspondence created by Josias T. Joesler between 1927-1956. Series I: Architectural drawings is part of the Arizona Architectural Archives collection transferred to Special Collections in 2011. Series I consists of drawings for various projects spanning the years 1927-1956 and comprises the bulk of the collection. Series II comprises project records for approximately 35 projects dated between 1937-1943 (bulk 1941).

Girls of Tin Town, 1919

Reports of the Home Demonstration Agents

The collection was created through a cooperative project of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arizona and the United States Department of Agriculture to encourage agriculture and home economics in Arizona. It includes bound typescripts of agents reports, including photographs, charts, clippings, and examples of publications from 1918 to 1958. Also includes statistical summaries for 1918 to 1919 and 1932 to 1933.

Reminiscences about Empire Ranch

Harry L. Heffner, originally from Columbus, OH, moved to California in 1884. Heffner worked as a bookkeeper at the First National Bank in Los Angeles where he met Walter Vail, owner of the Vail & Gates Empire Ranch in Pima County, AZ. In 1893, Vail hired Heffner as manager of the ranch; Heffner served as manager until 1905. He was also a founder of the Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association and served as its first Secretary.

Several children from the Apache County 4-H club sit in the back of a pickup truck in 1951

4-H Club Reports

The collection contains bound typescripts of agent reports from the 4-H Club, a part of a cooperative project of the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture to encourage agriculture and home economics in Arizona. Accompanying the typescripts are photographs, charts, clippings, and examples of publications dating from 1948 to 1958.

Manuscript of a case concerning land claim dispute, page 1

Documents Relating to San Juan de la Boquillas y Nogales Land Grant

Land originally granted to Captain Ygnacio Elias Gonzales and Juan Nepomucino Felix, included are deeds of sale 1879-1899 and documents filed with Court of Private Land Claims concerning rights to this land in 1891.

Eyewitness to History videocassettes

Eyewitness to History videocassettes

The Eyewitness to History videocassettes comprise 23 U-matic master videocassettes of the interview program Eyewitness to History, produced by Tucson UHF station KPOL in the 1980s. Hosted by Abe (Abraham) Chanin--noted Tucson journalist and director of the Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives--the program consists of videorecorded interviews with prominent Arizonans. Interviewees include Maria Urquides, Ester Tang, Lawrence Clark Powell, and Mike Quihuis.

Pioneering Sociology on "The Last Frontier"

The collection contains a carbon typescript of the history of the Departments of Sociology at The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University. It was written by Frederick Allan Conrad, professor emeritus of the Department of Sociology at the University of Arizona.

Close-up black and white image of a Lemaireocereus thurberi or organ pipe cactus

Homer Shantz Photograph Collection

Glass plates, photographs, and negatives documenting distinct environments around the world.

Pima County Program Emphasis, 1957

Reports of the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service, 1916-1967

The materials in this collection were produced as part of a cooperative effort by the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture to promote agriculture and home economics in the state of Arizona. The collection contains printed forms, consisting of combined annual reports of county extension workers, with holograph and typescript statistical information.

Unidentified Man Posing on Truck, undated

Robert Black Civilian Conservation Corps Collection

This collection contains materials documenting of biographies, interviews and photographs of former CCC enrollees. This collection is arranged by its file formats and subjects including biographies of enrollees’ of Arizona CCC camps, personal and group photographs, slides, cassette tapes, VHS videos, and some memorabilia.

Reverend John Fife and unidentified man of the Sanctuary Movement, circa 1985

Sanctuary Trial Papers

Papers of the "Sanctuary Movement." Contains attorneys files, certified trail transcripts, and materials collected by the American Friends Society Committee and the Southside Presbyterian Church.

Declaration by Porfirio Diaz, 1892

Secretaria de Fomento, Colonizacion e Industria Records

Portfolio of nine documents, mostly handwritten, pertaining to grants of land made to Juan Rochel and José Rico in Altar, Sonora, Mexico, from 1873-1903.

The Documented Border: An Open Access Digital Archive

The Documented Border Collection

The Documented Border Collection is a subset of our Borderlands Collections and is being made available through an open access digital archive. Currently, it includes the Lawrence Gipe Operation Streamline Sketches and The Celeste González de Bustamante and Jeannine E. Relly Oral History collections. 

East and south elevation plan for the Stone Ashley residence

Stone Ashley-El Dorado Lodge Drawings

The Stone Ashley-El Dorado Lodge drawings is a collection of blueprints and architectural drawings for the Stone Ashley residence. Containg 11 blueprints and architectural drawings for a residential dwelling constructed for Florence Pond in Tucson, Arizona in 1934.

Dr Charles "Chuck" Ford

Dr Charles "Chuck" Ford papers

The Dr. Charles “Chuck” Ford papers (1979-1991) document Ford's political career, from his two terms as Ward IV City Council Member in Tucson (1979-1987), to his 1991 mayoral campaign.

The collection contains newspaper clippings and scrapbooks of photographs, correspondence, and memorabilia. In particular, there is political correspondence between Dr. Ford and Morris K. Udall, Bruce E. Babbitt, and Evan Mecham. These documents detail his legacy as the first African American elected to the Tucson City Council.

Manuscript of the Annual Report of the Tesoreria Nacional de Arispe, 1823

Financial Records of Tesoreria Nacional de Arispe

Various handwritten financial records including receipts, expenses, obligations, agreements and account summaries relating to the military hospital at Arispe, companías of Tucson, Tubac, Altar, and others under the jurisdiction of the commandant at Arispe.

University of Arizona Cheerleaders, circa 1955

University of Arizona Yearbooks

This digital collection of the University of Arizona yearbooks contains a complete run of The Desert from its first issue in 1903 through its final issue in 2005.

Patsy King and Her Steer at the Pima County Fair, 1945

Reports of the University of Arizona Agricultural Extension Service, 1921-1963

The materials in this collection were produced as part of a cooperative effort by the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture to promote agriculture and home economics in the state of Arizona. The collection contains bound typescripts of subject specialists' reports, dating from 1921 to 1963, that include photographs, clippings, charts, and examples of publications.