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“Dunker, Jousters Invade Mall”: The History of UA Spring Fling

Apr 10, 2014

Spring Fling, an annual UA tradition, returns to the UA campus April 11-13 after spending the last 15 years at Rillito Downs.  Conceived in 1973, Spring Fling has grown into the largest school run carnival in the United States.  It expanded from Bear Down Field to the UA Mall as the event grew to include rides, food booths, games, exhibits and acts.  Alongside the traditional carnival attractions, local and nationally known bands have played the event including No Doubt and the Smithereens in 1992. 

Rosemary Drachman: Journalist, Adventurer, Novelist

Mar 26, 2014

March is Women’s History Month which celebrates the contributions of generations of women to history.  Special Collections houses many collections about extraordinary Tucson women who have contributed to UA and Tucson history.  One local author, Rosemary Drachman became a bestselling author who defied the norms for women of her time.  She came from a pioneer Tucson family, the daughter of Mose and Ethel Drachman, the 3rd generation of Drachmans to live in Tucson.  Rosemary became the bestselling author of several books based on her childhood in Tucson including Chicken Every Sunday: My

Ken Wolfgang: Portrait of an Independent Arizona Filmmaker

Feb 13, 2014

Ken Wolfgang was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1931. In 1958 he founded Kensharo Productions and in 1964 he moved to Sonoita, AZ to make filmmaking his full time profession. The travelogue films Wolfgang produced between 1958-1982 document a breadth of regions and their cultures ranging from Mexico, Thailand, Japan, India, Singapore, Austria, and the American desert southwest. With his films, Wolfgang strove to document the cultural perspective of his subjects without reinforcing the negative stereotypes of foreign cultures that were held by members of the American culture.

Connecting Archival Research and the Classroom

Dec 20, 2013

The University of Arizona Libraries regularly collaborate with departments and groups across campus. In this video, we look at connections between Special Collections and the History Department.