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Latino Americans – 500 Years of History Grant

7 Jul

We are pleased to announce that the Arizona Historical Society – Library & Archives Division in Tucson has been awarded the highly competitive Latino Americans – 500 Years of History grant. The AHS Library & Archives received one of only two grants awarded in Southern Arizona. This programming grant was awarded from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to host four community events centering around the PBS documentary series Latino Americans. We are honored to be a part of a project that will celebrate the rich history of the Latino community in Tucson. For this endeavor, we will be partnering with the University of Arizona’s Spanish and Portuguese and Women’s and Gender Studies departments, Arizona State University Libraries – Chicano/a Research Collection and REFORMA de Tucson to bring innovative programming to Southern Arizona. Please look for the first of these events in fall 2015!



Photo Friday: National Library Week

12 Apr

Next week is National Library Week!

In the process of working on a photo digitization project, my colleague Liz and I came across this lovely photo of an unidentified young girl gazing lovingly at a book in her lap, just in time for National Library Week! This lovely cabinet card photo beautifully captures the true sense of delight and the enduring value to be found in books. National Library Week, which this year is April 14th-20th, is a national observance dating back to 1958 which is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) (http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek).  Libraries across the country use this week each April to highlight the important role libraries play in their communities. AHS Library and Archives in Tucson is home to a wonderful collection of approximately 50,000 books, hundreds of periodical titles and 9,000 reels of microfilm, covering a wide range of subjects related to the history of Arizona, northern Mexico and the West. While our books don’t circulate outside of our building, they are all freely available for use in our reading room Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00. You can search for books in our collections using our online catalog Our library is an essential part of our dedication to helping to preserve and make accessible the rich and complex history of Arizona. Happy reading!

AHS #PC83f3_73795 [cabinet card by Marceau of San Francisco and Los Angeles], circa 1900

AHS #PC83f3_73795 [cabinet card by Marceau of San Francisco and Los Angeles], circa 1900

Here is a list of some other wonderful Arizona libraries to celebrate and explore:

Tucson area:



Preservation Week and Preserving your Personal Collections

5 Apr

Many people don’t realize that they have their own collections at home, and they think even less about preserving them for the very long term. If you thought about it, you would probably list your photographs as a collection. But have you ever thought about old calendars you may have written on, trinkets or keepsakes such as movie tickets you kept from your first date with your wife, brochures or pamphlets, diaries from childhood or adulthood, video tapes or DVDs, clothing and textiles, comic books, and letters you’ve written or received? Correctly caring for these items can extend their life far beyond what one might expect. In the same thread, incorrect treatment of these materials can lead to serious deterioration and the eventual destruction of the object. Not everyone is interested in family history, but there are many who have a real passion for it and our failure to preserve these memories and records today can inhibit their research and knowledge about the family in the future.

The last week in April is Preservation Week and libraries and archives around the country will be celebrating by offering a variety of activities from simple handouts to speakers and presentations. Here at the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson we’re going to have a small Preservation Week display up for the entire month of April that will include facts and statistics, a few examples of preservation issues, and some bookmarks you can take home with you. You can contact your local archives and museums to see what kind of programming or resources they’re offering.

Take a look at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Preserving Your Memories page to see what advice they offer on caring for your own collections.

Your kids may already be interested in museums and archives through watching the PBS program History Detectives, (which has launched many an archivist, museum curator, conservator, etc. into their career as of late) but if you and the kids want to get into real preservation of family records there are a lot of good resources out there.  Check out the ALA’s Preservation for Children page which gives ideas for adults on teaching their children good preservation habits. Work on family record preservation together through At Your Library’s Family Projects or let your kids read up and practice on their own through At Your Library’s Preservation Projects for Kids.

If your first language isn’t English and you want good guides in your native tongue, check out the ALA’s list of preservation Resources in Other Languages and start working on your personal collections.

If you’re in the Phoenix area and interested in learning about the care of your own collections you can check out this workshop hosted by our friends at the Arizona State Archives.

There are events going on everywhere, from online to local archives, museums and special collections. Give them a call and ask about any special programming or information about Preservation Week.

Learn more about preserving your home collections through this website!