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Special Collections is closed starting March 16 due to COVID-19 concerns and recommendations for social distancing. Read our update.


Special Collections closure effective March 16

Mar 14, 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns and recommendations for social distancing, Special Collections will be closed starting Monday, March 16 until further notice. During this time, you can still contact us about our services. Please be aware that we will be unable to accommodate any visits or fulfill any reproduction requests during this closure. Permissions requests will be handled on a case by case basis and responses to reference queries may be delayed.

Winter holiday closure

Oct 30, 2019

Special Collections will be closed December 23, 2019⁠—January 3, 2020. We look forward to seeing you January 6.

Early closure on May 11

Apr 30, 2018

We will be closing at noon on Friday, May 11 to accommodate commencement. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Reading Room closure on April 17

Apr 4, 2018

The Reading Room will be closed on Tuesday, April 17 for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Visitors may still view our Judith Chafee exhibition.

Accessing the Collections on March 5-8

Feb 27, 2018

On March 5-8, we will be installing new carpet in the Reading Room. If you plan to use our collections during that time, please come to the large conference room. The Congressional Exhibit will be unavailable during this time.

Tucson’s Foodie Designation by UNESCO

Sep 8, 2016

You may have heard that Tucson was designated a World City of Gastronomy by UNESCO last year. Many are still scratching their heads and asking “why?” Sustainable Food Systems scholar at the UA’s Southwest Center Gary Nabhan was instrumental in getting Tucson recognized for its unique place in gastronomy and ethnobotany.

Spring Events Recap

Jul 12, 2016

Catch up on last semester's events with these video and audio recordings:

Breaking of Traditions for the Leap Year

Feb 17, 2016

Traditions come with a leap year that includes an extra day every four years. Many early laws did not recognize February 29th as a real legal day, and thus sometimes laws and customs were allowed to be ignored.

One convention that could be broken on February 29th, or sometimes for the rest of the leap month or the entire leap year, was that a woman was allowed to propose marriage to a man.