University of Arizona

                                           In preparation for the Tucson Festival of Books (March 9 & 10), Special Collections will be closed on Friday, March 8th


Juneteenth past, present & beyond

Jun 19, 2023

Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation are important markers in the history of civil rights and racial justice.

June 19 (Juneteenth) is a federally recognized holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Juneteenth has been celebrated in the United States, and in Canada, Jamaica, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and other countries around the world.

2023 celebration

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month

May 31, 2023

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising (also called the Stonewall Riots) which galvanized the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, New York City (NYC) police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village, New York. This sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement.

Cheers to our graduating student employees!

May 12, 2023

We are so proud of our student employees as their years of hard work, dedication and perseverance pay off. We wish them and all graduating Wildcats the best in every endeavor and hope they think fondly of the University Libraries when they think of the University of Arizona.

2023 Spring/Summer graduates

Checking for and treating items with mold

May 7, 2023

Preservation Week is the last week of April, and raises awareness about the various ways that libraries and archives work to preserve and protect their materials.

In Special Collections, one of the ways we preserve our collections is checking items for mold. Materials age and temperature and humidity changes can cause different types of mold to grow.

Preservation Week Pop-up exhibit, April 21-May 22

May 1, 2023

April 30 – May 6, 2023 is Preservation Week, an initiative of the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, the Institute of Library and Museum Services, the American Institute for Conservation, the Society of American Archivists, and Heritage Preservation.

Book preservation is as old as libraries; Assyrians included curses in their clay tablets to protect them from vandalism and theft.

Associate Librarian Bob Diaz participated in Congressional 'Fly-in,' March 8-9

Apr 6, 2023

The American Library Association (ALA) Washington office contacted REFORMA, the National Association for the Promotion of Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, to help identify someone from southern Arizona to participate in ALA's 2023 Congressional Fly-in on March 8 and 9.

Celebrating APIDA Heritage Month in April

Mar 31, 2023

The University of Arizona, like many other universities, honors Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month in April while most students are still on campus, as spring semester ends around mid-May.

Since 1990, the U.S. has celebrated the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout May.

Women's History Month 2023

Mar 1, 2023

March is Women's History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.

Arizona Statehood Anniversary, Feb. 14

Feb 14, 2023

Happy Statehood Day, Arizona! This newspaper clipping features a song about Arizona's statehood from the Scrapbooks of George W.P. Hunt (AZ 80) Collection.