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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.


'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:

We're open: Welcome back to Special Collections!

Aug 19, 2022

Welcome to the 2022-23 academic year! We missed you and invite you to visit Special Collections.

Through all the ups and downs of the past few years, we continued providing service whether you were near or far.

Welcome back! Supporting students, faculty, staff & research through summer 2022

Jan 20, 2022

For summer 2022, Special Collections will remain closed until further notice except by appointment. Appointment times are available to students, faculty, staff, and the public, Monday-Wednesday, between 10 am & 4 pm. Appointments are limited and requests must be made at least one week in advance. Please do not travel to the library without receiving confirmation of your appointment time and availability of your requested materials.

Honoring the 80th anniversary of the USS Arizona's sinking at Pearl Harbor

Dec 7, 2021

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

A one-of-a-kind exhibit dedicated to the USS Arizona battleship that was destroyed in a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, is getting a new look. 

Special Collections archivist and the exhibit’s curator, Trent Purdy, wanted to re-organize the exhibit to provide more context to the historic materials for visitors. 

The Films of Andrew Ellicott Douglass: Astronomer, Archaeologist, and Father of Tree-Ring Dating (virtual panel discussion)

Sep 24, 2021

Dendrochronologist and founder of the University of Arizona’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, Andrew Ellicott Douglass, was an early adopter of amateur moviemaking technology. 

From the 1920s through the 1950s, Douglass used 16mm and 35mm film to document significant breakthroughs in scientific practices and research as they happened. Recording his academic undertakings in astronomy, climate science, and especially the tree-ring record, he illuminated the chronology of human settlement in the southwestern United States.