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Nuestra Poesía

27 Apr

We would like to thank everyone who made the final event in the Nuestro Tucson series, Nuestra Poesía, event a success! First and foremost, a heartfelt thank you to Alberto Ríos for sharing his poetry and stories – it was such a captivating and moving evening. We’d also like to thank all the sponsors and partners for the event:

University of Arizona College of Humanities

University of Arizona Department of Spanish and Portuguese, especially Dr. Anita Huizar-Hernández

University of Arizona Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, especially Dr. Francisco J. Galarte

REFORMA de Tucson

Graduate Association for Spanish and Portuguese

AHS Southern Chapter Board


This event and all events in the Nuestro Tucson series were made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.



Tucson’s Mini Cities Exhibit Opening Highlights

3 Aug

On Saturday August 1, 2015, the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives launched the Tucson’s Mini Cities exhibit by fifteen year old student curator, Nicolas Rios. We had over 70 people in attendance for his presentation, which also included an interactive activity and a delicious map cake!


Event attendants taking a look at the Tucson’s Mini Cities exhibit.

Nicolas has spent the last six weeks of his summer planning, conducting archival research, and interviewing community members for the Tucson’s Mini Cities exhibit to show the complex and rich history of Tucson’s barrios, districts, and neighborhoods.


2015 AHS Archives Student Curator, Nicolas Rios, giving a mini gallery talk about his work in creating the Tucson’s Mini Cities exhibit.

The Tucson’s Mini Cities exhibit will be on display in the AHS – Library & Archives until November 7th!

The exhibit is free and open to the public during library & archives reading room hours. The library is open Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm, and parking is one block west of the museum in the Arizona Historical Society garage at the northeast corner of E. 2nd Street and N. Euclid Avenue. Use the E. 2nd Street entrance to the parking garage. Parking is free for museum and library visitors (validated in the museum). If you have any questions please contact us at (520) 617-1157 or

Closed Mondays

21 Nov

Starting January 5, 2015, the Library and Archives in Tucson will be closed on Mondays. The new reading room schedule will be Tuesday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

We will be using Mondays to work on large-scale processing projects, complete grant projects, extend our outreach efforts, and begin an Archives Ambassador program. We will be sharing information about some of our projects here.

We appreciate your understanding as we work behind-the-scenes to make the AHS Library and Archives in Tucson better for everyone and we look forward to seeing you Tuesdays through Fridays in the new year!

Día de Los Muertos – Come celebrate with us!

9 Oct

The Library & Archives at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson, Arizona is proud to announce that we have decorated for Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with an archives-theme altar!

We invite members of the community to add mementos, copies of photographs, or anything that reminds them of their loved ones, to our altar to celebrate the history of those who have passed in your life with our own history. We have created an altar with some of our own mementos and decorated the reading room with papel picado and sugar skulls.

In Mexican culture it is customary to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on November 1st & 2nd. November 1st is for the children who have passed and November 2nd is for everyone.

Day of the Dead

Come see our reading room from now until November 8th, we are open Monday-Friday from 9am – 4pm, and always free to use.

Make your own altar at home — things you will need: 



-Photographs/Mementos of those you love that have passed.

-The favorite things that your loved ones like to eat. (For example, sweet breads, favorite meals, soda, hot chocolate, beer, tequila)



-Papel Picado

Also, if you’re thinking about donating your families’ personal papers, please contact us at the Arizona Historical Society, Library and Archives in Tucson, Arizona: 

Check out what the Society of American Archivist states about donating personal records:

Leaving the heat to go to the heat – My Conference Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

16 Jul

One of the most exciting parts about being in the library and archives profession is the opportunities to grow and network with other librarians and archivists.

From June 24th – 27th, 2014, I attended the the 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Pre-Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada with a full scholarship. This conference was scheduled to be right before the American Library Association Conference, which hosts over 20,000 librarians in the field, and was meant to be more intimate with a little over 300 participants.


My badge for the Rare Books and Manuscript Pre-Conference along with my program.

As a  part of the conference I was able to participate in workshops on outreach, crowdsourcing, technology, cataloging, and the future of the archival profession and their institutions. The conference also had opportunities to meet and greet other members of the profession and to reflect, network, and converse about their institutions. It’s an interesting experience to hear what other members of the field are doing.


Brian Schottlander presenting in the plenary titled, “Books as Archives”

Overall, my experience at the 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Pre-Conference — Retrofit: Exploring Space, Places, and the Artifact in Special Collections was something I’ll never forget. I was able to network with various archivists, and discuss future collaborations with other places in the country. It was great to get to know what other archival institutions do, and bring the tools I learned back to the Arizona Historical Society. I feel like this is the first step for me to get involved in a national level with different librarians and archivists, and if it is possible, I will definitely love to go again next year.