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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:




Taking Notes: Nancy Godoy’s Guest Lecture on “Collecting Archival Materials from Mexican Communities”

19 Mar
A photograph from the Mexican Heritage Project. To find this photograph, ask for: #63527 in Picture-Transportation-Railroad-Personnel-1a.Identified in the photo are: Celia Morelos Pain, Brijida Vasquez, Rebeca Andrade (also identified as Rosa Sonoqui, by aquaintance), Ramona Herran Robles, and Juana Lujan.

A photograph from the Mexican Heritage Project. To look at this photograph here at AHS, ask for: #63527 in Picture-Transportation-Railroad-Personnel-1a.
Identified in the photo are: Celia Morelos Pain, Brijida Vasquez, Rebeca Andrade (also identified as Rosa Sonoqui, by acquaintance), Ramona Herran Robles, and Juana Lujan.

As a student in the School of Information Resources and Library Science and a Knowledge River Graduate Assistant here at the Arizona Historical Society, it is inspiring for me to see a former student of both succeed. On Friday March 1st archivist Erin Wahl and I attended a presentation put on by the Society of American Archivists University of Arizona chapter who brought the curator/librarian from the Chicano/a Research Collection at Arizona State University (ASU), Nancy Liliana Godoy to conduct a workshop called “Collecting Archival Material from Mexican Communities.” Godoy, a Knowledge River Scholar and former Graduate Assistant at AHS, presented on the importance of outreach to under-represented communities via non-traditional methods, like Facebook, Twitter, and other technology. Additionally, Godoy has utilized Facebook as an avenue to introduce Chicano/a Research Collection materials to younger audiences. She emphasized the need for archivists to actively be a part of and advocate for the community they serve.

The work that Godoy does at the Chicano/a Research Collection is similar to the efforts made through the Mexican Heritage Project at the Arizona Historical Society. In the 1980s, Patricia Preciado Martin and Thomas E. Sheridan announced a call to action for people in the Arizona community to bring forth photographs of Mexican Americans in Arizona. These four-thousand-plus images include family portraits, businesses, organizations, traditions, celebrations, and much more. The grassroots project did and still does work to document the Mexican American communities of Tucson during the turn of the century from the 1870s-1940s. This term, my graduate assistantship includes making progress towards developing the Mexican Heritage Project further. This progress currently involves the digitization of these images gathered for the Mexican Heritage Project, which will be exhibited as part of the Arizona Historical Society’s contribution to the Arizona Memory Project.