University of Arizona

Students, faculty, staff, and the public are now welcome to visit Special Collections without an appointment from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. 


Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

Jan 19, 2023

The life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. live on beyond January 16 — the day on which we honor him.

Our Martin Luther King collection contains many materials exploring Dr. King's history of civil rights activism, such as this short 1957 comic book from the Tucson Council for Civic Unity records collection. Published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and recounts the rise of King and his strategies of nonviolent action.

You can find more materials like this in Special Collections.

In memoriam: Tom Miller, Tucson travel writer, journalist

Jan 3, 2023

Long-time Tucson travel writer and journalist Tom Miller died on December 19, 2022; he was 75.

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Miller left college in Ohio to follow the antiwar movement of the 1960s. He preferred covering the protestors and their experiences, and wrote for the New York TimesNational Geographic, Rolling Stone, and other publications.

Holiday Closure 2022

Dec 16, 2022

Special Collections will be closed from Wednesday, December 21, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023.

In memoriam: Richard Shelton, world-renowned poet, author

Dec 11, 2022

We are sad to hear about the passing of world-renowned poet and Tucson resident, Richard Shelton.

In addition to being a prolific and award-winning author, he served as the Regents Professor of English and former Director of the Creative Writing Program and Poetry Center at the University of Arizona. He will be greatly missed.

You can view his books and manuscript materials at Special Collections. Photo by Laverne Harrell Clark for the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Copyright © 1976 Arizona Board of Regents


'Satellites' debuts to a full house, Dec. 5

Dec 11, 2022

On Monday, Dec. 5, Natalie Songer's live, multi-media performance, "Satellites," made its U.S. debut to a full house in Special Collections. 

Songer, who is based in the U.K., wrote and performed "Satellites," about the work of her great-great-uncle, Tom Gehrels, a professor of planetary sciences and astronomy at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and the Department of Planetary Sciences from 1961 to 2011.

Remembering U.S. Representative James "Jim" Kolbe

Dec 6, 2022

With heavy hearts, we remember former U.S. Representative James "Jim" Kolbe who died on Dec. 3. Kolbe represented Arizona's 5th congressional district (1985-2003) for 22 years, and served in the Vietnam War.

Ofrenda / Altar del Día de Muertos in Special Collections

Nov 1, 2022

Special Collections invited community members to honor and celebrate the lives of their passed loved ones by contributing a photograph to its Altar de Muertos. Day of the Dead altars, or ofrendas, are a way to remember and honor deceased relatives and friends.

Ofrendas are set up in homes to welcome home the souls of the dead on Dia de Muertos, Nov. 1-2. Ofrendas are decorated with marigolds, favorite dishes, candles, incense, photographs, and objects of personal use.

Traditional ofrenda elements and their meaning: