Tag Archives: 1970s

Murals Exhibit

24 Apr

Today we want to introduce our new exhibit in the Tucson Reading Room.

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These photographs feature murals around Tucson. Photographer Sandy Smith has captured the vibrant street art scene in Tucson from the 1970s to the 1990s through beautiful images now on display in the Library at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. The exhibit will be open through June 5th and the library hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

Dark Sky Week

22 Apr

It’s Earth Day – a great time to think about how we can be better stewards of the planet. But it’s not just Earth Day – this week is also International Dark Sky Week. Tucson has been on the forefront of the responsible lighting movement for many years. With Tucson’s population expanding in the mid 20th century and an increased reliance on street lights and other outdoor lighting, the many observatories and astronomy institutions in the area were in danger of being put out of business. Light pollution was threatening to obscure faint objects in space. Tucson and Pima County enacted laws in the 1970s and 1980s to make sure proper light bulbs were used and that lights were directed down where the light is needed instead of polluting the sky. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Tucson was how dark it is here at night – so it was very interesting to discover the history behind the dark nights and the beautiful stars that can be enjoyed around town even without a telescope! In honor of Dark Sky Week, here is a photo taken from the Steward Observatory:

Trifid Nebula taken from the Steward Observatory in Tucson in May 1970. PC214f159_G. As always, if you'd like to use an image from this blog, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

Trifid Nebula taken from the Steward Observatory in Tucson in May 1970. PC214f159_G. As always, if you’d like to use an image from this blog, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

Arizona Women Pushing Boundaries

29 Mar
MS 1134: Torres Papers. This photo shows some ephemera collected by Tucson activist Alva Torres.

MS 1134: Torres Papers. This photo shows some ephemera collected by Tucson activist Alva Torres.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to call attention to some of our resources on amazing Arizona women. All of these collections and photographs and more are open for research.

The Torres Papers
MS 1134

Alva Bustamante Torres, a fourth-generation Tucsonan, is a community activist who served on a number of local boards and committees. She was particularly involved in Mexican-American organizations and historic preservation. Torres spearheaded the drive in the early 1970s to preserve La Plaza de la Mesilla in downtown Tucson at the time of massive urban renewal in that area. This collection includes correspondence, minutes, notes, invitations and programs, and newspaper clippings pertinent to the many organizations to which she belonged. The bulk of the collection covers the period 1969-1980 with the exception of materials pertaining to the Illegal Immigrant Amnesty program* in 1988.

*Today the preferred term would be undocumented immigrants, not “illegal.” This was an accepted word of the time.

The Neff Papers
MS 580

Mary Lawson Neff was the first neurologist and first female psychiatrist in Arizona. The materials in this collection consist of articles written by Neff, programs, clippings, and scrapbooks that Neff created about her work in medicine.

Phylena Wallace Tonge Papers
MS 1023

This collection consists of the handwritten reminiscences of Phylena Wallace Tonge. Tonge traveled on a wagon train from Iowa to California in 1848, and relocated to Tucson in 1862. She taught school in the area.

Lily Olivaras Valenzuela Liu Oral History
AV 00115

In this oral history interview, Liu discussed her work for the Southern Pacific Railroad during World War II, women in the workforce, and Mexican American and Chinese American customs.

Below are some of our favorite photographs of Tucson women.

Women involved in games at the Tucson rodeo.  Western Ways photograph collection, folder 410b.

Women involved in games at the Tucson rodeo. Western Ways photograph collection, folder 410b.

Photo number 62674 from the photo file Portrait-Huerta-Castro Family. This photograph is circa 1905.

Photo number 62674 from the photo file Portrait-Huerta-Castro Family. This photograph is circa 1905.

For more resources on Women’s History Month, see http://womenshistorymonth.gov/ and http://www.smithsonianmag.com/specialsections/womens-history/womens-history-month.html.