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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

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Clubbing

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.