University of Arizona

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are now welcome to visit Special Collections without an appointment from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Life and Legacy of Raúl H. Castro

Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

District attorney. Judge. Governor. United States ambassador. The storied and well-documented life of Raúl H. Castro (1916-2015), Arizona’s first and only Mexican American governor, unfolds throughout four decades of public service. Born in Mexico to an impoverished family, Castro worked tirelessly to rise above hurdles and cultural barriers. After graduating from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, he became a community leader and eventually an inspiration for a generation of Arizonans, including Mexican Americans and immigrant families. Castro’s advocacy for education, improving foreign relations in Latin America, immigration, equity in medical care, eliminating land fraud and ending sexual and racial discrimination in the workplace was ahead of its time. This exhibit about his life and impact showcases original photographs, documents and ephemera from The Raúl H. Castro Papers housed in the University Libraries Special Collections, the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library, the Center for Latin American Studies at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the personal collection of Beth Castro. The painting, El Cuento de Raúl Castro (Raúl Castro’s Story), is also on loan to Special Collections from artist James Covarrubias for the exhibit.

Free and open to the public.

Join us on January 30, 2020 for the opening event: Remembering Raul Castro: A Panel Discussion

Watch a video about how the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is creating the Raúl and Patricia Castro Border Lab in Nogales, Arizona, to serve as an inviting space for student instruction, international gatherings of scholars, youth-led enterprises and authentic community outreach (Length: 04:31).

Temporary fencing has gone up around Special Collections and the Libraries, but we’re still open during regular hours. Learn more about the Student Success District renovations

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Raul Castro Papers