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Nuestro Tucson: The Move Towards Latina/o Civil Rights Kickoff!

16 Sep

Join us for the kickoff event for our series on Thursday September 24th – Nuestro Tucson: the Move Towards Latina/o Civil Rights!
The evening will begin with a reception with local foods and drinks (more information to come!). The reception will then be followed by a film screening of the PBS documentary Latino Americans “War and Peace” (Episode III) and talk by University of Arizona Professor Dr. Francisco J. Galarte.

Episode III of Latino Americans, “War and Peace” focuses on the impact of World War II on Latino Americans on the home front and the contributions of Latinos in the U.S. military. After the screening, Dr. Francisco J. Galarte (Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies) will give a brief introductory lecture on the history of Pachucas/os (Mexican American Zoot-suiters) in Tucson. Professor Galarte will discuss Tucson’s vibrant Mexican American social and cultural youth scene during and after WWII.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the launch of the Nuestro Tucson Oral History Project.

Reception begins at 5:30pm followed by the screening at 6:00pm and discussion at 7:00pm.

This event is free, and will be in the AHS Auditorium at 949 East Second Street in Tucson. Free parking is available in the parking garage on Second and Euclid.

For more information, contact the AHS Archives at (520) 617 – 1157 or ahsref@azhs.gov


Save the date for our future events:
Walking Tour – October 25th
Tours Start at the Sosa Carrillo Fremont House
A presentation on urban renewal followed by a walking tour of La Placita by Kevin Scoville
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is Required. Space limited to 25 people per tour. To Reserve a spot please email AHSREF@azhs.gov

All events in the Nuestro Tucson series, are made possible through the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Please check out the Nuestro Tucson link the in library and archives blog:https://ahslibraryandarchivestucson.wordpress.com/nuestro-tucson-event-series/


Samuel R. Lopez Collection

27 Sep

In historical archives, most collections are personal papers, belonging to members of the community that the archive serves. The specificity of some of these collections is what makes them so much fun to examine, and so important to researchers who come to find information!

The Samuel R. Lopez collection contains the personal papers of Samuel Lopez, who grew up in Tucson in the 1920s. While there are no photographs or correspondence, what this collection gives us are documents related to plays put on by the church youth group in the 20s and 30s called “The Little Flower Club.” This club, organized to pay tribute to Saint Therese of Lisieux, was active from 1926 to the mid 1950s, and this collection has scripts, songs, and prayer cards and catechisms with devotionals to Saint Therese.

Every time I process a collection I’m a little stunned by the insight into another person’s life I get. In this case, a portrait of Mr. Lopez was pretty clear: he was obviously a very religious man, who loved to entertain others. But the plays and prayers also give us a clear image of what the Catholic Church was like in the 1920s, and what kinds of prayers were in vogue at the time, and what this club was doing for the community.

The Samuel R. Lopez collection is available to researchers in our Reading Room and is only one of the collections that give a great slice-of-life perspective of Tucson and some of the lesser-known historical niches of this great city. If you have any interest in the history of the church or theater in Tucson, come check it out!

MS 1477, Samuel R. Lopez Collection, Box 1, Folder 1. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

MS 1477, Samuel R. Lopez Collection, Box 1, Folder 1. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Mexican Heritage Project Event this Saturday!

21 Aug
Fliers for the Mexican Heritage Project event can be picked up in the Arizona Historical Society Library & Archives.

Fliers for the Mexican Heritage Project event can be picked up in the Arizona Historical Society Library & Archives.

In celebration of Tucson’s 238th birthday The Arizona Historical Society presents a panel discussion with the founders and leaders of the Mexican Heritage Project- Patricia Preciado Martin, Dr. Thomas Sheridan and Dr. Norma González  

When: Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 10:30-12:00pm
Where: Arizona Historical Society in Tucson (949 E. 2nd Street)
Free to the Public (please enter through the Auditorium doors to the right of the main entrance)
Mexican Heritage Project Photographs: La Herencia del Pueblo was a groundbreaking effort at the Arizona Historical Society to help preserve and tell a story of Tucson’s Mexican American community from the Gadsden Purchase until World War II. During its approximately five years of active collecting by scholars, field historians, archivists, librarians and community members, the Mexican Heritage Project collected business papers, oral histories, diaries and over 4,000 historical photographs directly from community members, all of which were catalogued and added to the permanent collection of the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives in Tucson. The photographic collection has been accessible to researchers at AHS as individual photos since the mid 1980s, but has never before been viewable or searchable as a united collection. Technology now allows for digital unification of this rich and varied collection of photographs spanning the 1860s through the 1950s. These photographs portray a wide range of subjects, including formal studio portraits of individuals and groups, street scenes, parades, wedding portraits, interiors, ranch scenes, musical groups, workers, theatrical productions, school class photos, and casual family snapshots. If you wish to donate photographs to our collections or if you have additional information to share, please contact us at: ahsref@azhs.gov .
This project was supported with funds granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records Agency, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, under the Library, Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Visit the digital exhibit of the Mexican Heritage Project Photographs collection, which is hosted online by the Arizona Memory Project.