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.


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:

Please note that some audiovisual content within our digital collections and exhibits is temporarily unavailable as we prepare to migrate it to a new platform.

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.

Holiday Closure - 12/24/2015 - 1/3/2016

Dec 23, 2015

Special Collections will be closed 12/24/2015 - 1/3/2016 for the University of Arizona Closure. We will resume normal hours beginning 1/4/2016. Happy holidays!