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Our Monday Adventures…

16 Mar

Today we had some donor appointments. We love getting to know our community in Tucson.


Halloween Part Two!

31 Oct


Every year, the archivists pick a costume that incorporates archives’ signature white gloves. This year we picked Minnie Mouse! We even have a Minnie Mouse connection in the archives – The Fox Theater hosted the Tucson chapter of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1930s. Check out the adorable photo of some Tucson Mouseketeers at an event at the Fox below.



Fox Theater Photograph Collection – PC 173. Circa 1931-1932. According to the back of the photo, the mouse dolls were won in a drawing at a Mickey Mouse Club event at the Fox Theater.

Photo Friday: Halloween Edition!

31 Oct

We would like wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

#3855, Arizona Historical Society-Tucson

#3855, Arizona Historical Society-Tucson

Today’s photo is from a Halloween Mardi Gras celebration at Dooley Street circa the early 1930s – now those are some well done costumes! The Halloween Mardi Gras event was a popular event in Tucson in the 1920s and early 30s until the death of the organizer, Julius “Dooley” Bookman, passed away in 1934 and the event ceased.

Phantom Photo Friday – Tea Sets and Skeletons

24 Oct

This week’s photo comes to you from the Yuma Territorial Prison. Many creepy things cannot be explained and why parts of a skeleton and a tea set were staged together the world may never know, but in the meantime enjoy this week’s segment of Phantom Photo Friday:

#99906, PC 1000, Places-Yuma-Yuma Territorial Prison

#99906, PC 1000, Places-Yuma-Yuma Territorial Prison

Phantom Photo Friday: Part 2

17 Oct

Graveyards are always a tad creepy, but what is way creepier is a graveyard outside a ghost town. Today’s haunting photo is of a small cemetery outside of the ghost town, Charleston.


Photo #26750, Places-Charleston,  taken circa 1962

Charleston, Arizona was put on the map because of the mining activities in Tombstone. Tombstone lacked water needed for the milling process, so wagons of ore made their way to Charleston for processing. Charleston in its heyday boasted a population of 400, but as mining activity died in Tombstone, Charleston died with it. This graveyard is one of the few remaining reminders of its brief existence.