University of Arizona

Special Collections is closed due to COVID-19, public safety, and social distancing. Read our update.


Supporting faculty, instructors, researchers until we reopen

Jan 29, 2021

We remain closed to the public for the spring semester, but our Special Collections staff are still here to help you with your curriculum and research work. 

Primary sources
If you're considering using primary sources in your curriculum, reach out to us as soon as possible for consultation. We aren't able to accommodate in-person classes right now, but we can discuss options for curricular development using existing digital resources.

Winter closure hours

Dec 16, 2020

Special Collections will be closed from Monday, December 21, 2020 through Friday, January 8, 2021.

During this time, we will not be available to accommodate reference queries or requests for duplications, digitization or permissions. We will do our best to respond to questions and requests received through December 18. If we need to delay work on any requests, our staff will let you know as soon as we can. Please contact us if you have questions. 

Reflecting back on Tucson's protests of the 1970s

Jul 10, 2020

Current activism in response to police brutality reminds us of previous calls for justice in Tucson.

Tucson has had its share of protests echoing larger national movements, but perhaps its most iconic local protest was the occupation of the El Rio Golf Course. It was the summer of 1970, and the protest marked an intensification of efforts by the Manzo Area Council and residents of Tucson's west side to secure the creation of a neighborhood park.

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.