Special Collections will be closed December 23, 2019—January 3, 2020. We look forward to seeing you January 6.
Winter holiday closureOct 30, 2019
Verónica Reyes-Escudero appointed Head of Special CollectionsAug 28, 2019
University Libraries is pleased to announce the appointment of Verónica Reyes-Escudero as the new Katheryne B. Willock Head of Special Collections.
Early closure on May 11Apr 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 17Apr 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 5-8Feb 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 UNESCOSep 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 RecapJul 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 YearFeb 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.
Shall I Pencil You In? Dance Cards at Special CollectionsFeb 1, 2016
Social dances at colleges and ballrooms were formal events bound by strict rules of social etiquette during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Dance Cards were a key feature of this formality.
Holiday Closure - 12/24/2015 - 1/3/2016Dec 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!