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Fun Friday: Happy Birthday, Linda Ronstadt!

17 Jul

Beloved Tucson native and rock goddess Linda Ronstadt turned 69 years old this week (July 15th)! To celebrate we’re sharing this concert poster from our collection, which promotes a 1968 performance at Palo Verde High by the musician and her Baroque pop band, The Stone Poneys.


The poster’s psychedelic design features a beautiful, stylized portrait of the birthday girl herself, and you can purchase your very own digital copy from the AHS Library and Archives. A digital scan of this or any other selected poster is $29. Scans of selected maps are also available for $35. Stop by the reading room to peruse all the posters we have for sale.*

We are open Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. You may also contact the library at ahsref@azhs.gov or (520) 617-1157, if you’re interested or have any questions.

*Scans are for personal use only, not for publication


Day Four of Student Curator Project Internship

19 Jun

Now on my fourth day as an Arizona Historical Society intern, I was able to aid a patron who was set on finding an old cabinet shop which was owned by a relative of hers before the shop relocated. It was supposedly located on what is today Alvernon Way, and was then Maple Boulevard.

Even though the extent of my aid given was the locating of two ephemera files, i received such a great sense of accomplishment in doing so for the reason that i had only just learned how to find ephemera files two days past. On top of that, I was able to see how the thought process which I learned to utilize in my own research was a valid and helpful thought process in finding sources for the patron. For me, this serves to show that the work I am doing in researching not only enriches my mind in information about the past, but also helps me develop cognitive skills that become as useful in doing research as the card catalog and the search browser.

As far as my research for the day went, I have the necessary foundation to do a second and final sweep of research to finalize and double check my information in order to begin to lay out the story as a whole. This being said, on my next research day, I plan on consolidation the districts into general geographical areas and then writing our a timeline for each one. I look forward to making further tactile and evident progress in my research, and to the planning of my exhibit.

Mother’s Day

12 May

This is a special Sunday blog post! Of course we’d only do this sort of thing for a very special person, or in this case a special set of people: Mothers. Today is Mother’s Day! In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May every year. Different countries celebrate Mother’s Day at different times. It all began when a few women, most prominently Julia Ward Howe who called for women (particularly mothers) to rise up and work towards peace in the aftermath of the Civil War and Anna Jarvis who held a celebration of her own mother in 1908. You can read a nice description of the history of Mother’s Day on this page on The National Women’s History Project website.

The ephemera file below is small, but meaningful. It contains information on the Association of Mexican Mothers and Wives here in Tucson. The association started in 1942 and its goal was to make the lives of folks serving in the US Armed Forces a little bit brighter through fundraising, charity efforts, newsletters, and correspondence. The article pictured details their past activities at the time when the remaining members decided to finally disband. These mothers and wives not only raised and cared for their own children, but offered their services throughout their lives to care for others’ children…now grown up and in the US Armed Forces. Their story is a testament to the good mothers do on a daily basis.

And a big Happy Mother’s Day to OUR mothers in California, Colorado, Ohio and Oregon!

Ephemera File-Places-Arizona-Tucson-Organizations-Association of Mexican Mothers and Wives

Ephemera File-Places-Arizona-Tucson-Organizations-Association of Mexican Mothers and Wives


26 Apr

Women’s History Month is over, but women’s history isn’t! In that spirit, we have pulled together some of AHS-Tucson’s collections that document Arizona women’s participation in local clubs and organizations. These women gathered together to promote charitable causes, support cultural programs, talk business, and meet up with other women for social and educational events. Below are some photographs and snippets about some of those organizations’ papers:

Buehman Photograph Collection

Beuhman – Places – Tucson – Organizations – National Woman’s Party; BN32103

Buehman – Places – Tucson – Organizations – National Woman’s Party; BN32103

This photograph, taken circa 1910, shows women of the National Woman’s Party in Tucson. The banner on the wall reads: “We Demand an Amendment to the United States Constitution Enfranchising Women.” (Buehman – Places – Tucson – Organizations – National Woman’s Party; BN32103. As always, if you see a photo on the blog that you like please contact us about reproduction options at ahsref@azhs.gov.)

MS 912
Tucson Woman’s Club Records, 1900 – 1957 (bulk 1932-1953)

The group was founded in 1900 and was dedicated to the “social and intellectual development of its members.” Contains minutes, yearbooks, and scrapbooks from the Tucson Woman’s Club; activities include art shows, fundraising efforts, educational groups, gardening clubs, music, needlework, and participation in the annual meeting of the Arizona Federation of Women. The club was very active in war work during the World War I and World War II.

League of Mexican American Women, Ephemera file

The League of Mexican American Women is a community action group founded in 1967, and their fundraising efforts go toward educational programs for youth in the community, including scholarships. One of their biggest events is the Fiesta en Xochimilco. The file contains articles and programs related to the group’s activities.

Buehman Photograph Collection

Beuhman – Places – Tucson – Organizations – IOOF- Naomi Rebekah Lodge; BN207609

Buehman – Places – Tucson – Organizations – IOOF- Naomi Rebekah Lodge; BN207609

These women were part of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Naomi Rebekah Lodge. The Rebekahs are a fraternal order dedicated to community service. According to the information on the back of the photograph, this particular group traveled throughout Arizona establishing new lodges. Circa 1928. (Buehman – Places – Tucson – Organizations – IOOF- Naomi Rebekah Lodge; BN207609. As always, if you see a photo on the blog that you like please contact us about reproduction options at ahsref@azhs.gov.)

MS 632
Town and Gown Club minutes, 1924-1957

Minute books of the Town and Gown Club, which was originally formed as the “University and Town Women.” This group met to hear music, lectures, and poems presented by University of Arizona faculty or guest speakers, and discuss national and local current events.

MS 1163
Women’s Universal Benevolent Association membership ledger, 1895-1896

A ledger documenting members’ names and dues paid for the year. Officers for the year were listed as Mrs. J.A. Black, Mrs. S.H. Drachman, Mrs. A.V. Grossetta, and Mrs. J. Ferrin.


Photo Friday: Fortune Tellers & Student Performers

22 Mar
While assisting a patron with a research request yesterday, I came across a fascinating historical tidbit in an ephemera file (Places—Arizona– Tucson—history—1880s–general). According to an article published in the Arizona Daily Star (January 15, 1979) by Betty Beard, the most expensive business license fees in 1880s Tucson were charged not to proprietors of saloons, trolley car drivers or dry goods merchants, but rather to astrologers, seers, fortune tellers and clairvoyants, who were charged a total of $50 every three months! While it’s hard to say just how many fortune tellers called Tucson home in the 1880s, I did find this wonderful photo of a group of students dressed up as such for a circa 1895 production of “Gypsy” at Safford School.  (AHS #40587 from photo file Portrait—Ronstadt, Frederick). The students are identified as top row: Sofía Levin and José M. Ronstadt. Middle row: Lupe Dalton Ronstadt, Hortensia Dalton Ronstadt and Louisa Baffert. Bottom row: Frecia Montoya Lippincott and Lilly Goodwin. This photo is the first installment of our new blog series “Photo Friday” where we will be periodically sharing a sampling of interesting images from our collection of nearly one million historic photographs. While we can’t predict the future, we hope you will find these photos as intriguing and enchanting as we do!
AHS #40587 from photo file Portrait—Ronstadt, Frederick

AHS #40587 from photo file Portrait—Ronstadt, Frederick