Tag Archives: Mexican Heritage Project

Happy Mexican Independence Day!

16 Sep

Happy Mexican Independence Day!


Here is a photograph of a Mexican Independence Day Celebration in Tucson before 1912. Original card print by Haynes, Tucson, A.T. Photo identifier #2907


Nuestro Tucson: The Move Towards Latina/o Civil Rights Kickoff!

16 Sep

Join us for the kickoff event for our series on Thursday September 24th – Nuestro Tucson: the Move Towards Latina/o Civil Rights!
The evening will begin with a reception with local foods and drinks (more information to come!). The reception will then be followed by a film screening of the PBS documentary Latino Americans “War and Peace” (Episode III) and talk by University of Arizona Professor Dr. Francisco J. Galarte.

Episode III of Latino Americans, “War and Peace” focuses on the impact of World War II on Latino Americans on the home front and the contributions of Latinos in the U.S. military. After the screening, Dr. Francisco J. Galarte (Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies) will give a brief introductory lecture on the history of Pachucas/os (Mexican American Zoot-suiters) in Tucson. Professor Galarte will discuss Tucson’s vibrant Mexican American social and cultural youth scene during and after WWII.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the launch of the Nuestro Tucson Oral History Project.

Reception begins at 5:30pm followed by the screening at 6:00pm and discussion at 7:00pm.

This event is free, and will be in the AHS Auditorium at 949 East Second Street in Tucson. Free parking is available in the parking garage on Second and Euclid.

For more information, contact the AHS Archives at (520) 617 – 1157 or ahsref@azhs.gov


Save the date for our future events:
Walking Tour – October 25th
Tours Start at the Sosa Carrillo Fremont House
A presentation on urban renewal followed by a walking tour of La Placita by Kevin Scoville
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP is Required. Space limited to 25 people per tour. To Reserve a spot please email AHSREF@azhs.gov

All events in the Nuestro Tucson series, are made possible through the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Please check out the Nuestro Tucson link the in library and archives blog:https://ahslibraryandarchivestucson.wordpress.com/nuestro-tucson-event-series/

Photo Friday– Zoot Suiters from the 1940s

26 Sep

As we prepared to have a tour for a class that is learning about Zoot Suit women or Pachucas in the 1940s, we were lucky enough to find this gem of an unidentified Zoot Suit Woman or Pachuca from the 1940s, in our vast collections of photographs.

Unidentified Zoot Suit Woman or Pachuca from the 1940s -- Photo #64674

Unidentified Zoot Suit Woman or Pachuca from the 1940s — Photo #64674

Zoot Suiters (also known as Pachucos or Pachucas) were Mexican Americans located in various parts of the Southwest, including Tucson, Arizona in the WWII era. They dressed distinctively, and they rebelled against total assimilation in the the mainstream culture. Their Zoot Suits, (or something like it for women, although some women wore Zoot Suits) included long coats with padded shoulders or tacuches, dress pants with a wide leg and tight at the bottom, as shown in the photograph below of the unidentified Zoot Suiter. They also spoke in Pachuco slang or what they called Caló.


Unidentified Pachuco from the 1940s — Photo #64673

Zoot Suits were also popular in the African American and Italian American communities. If you want to see more photos like this, check out the Mexican Heritage Project online exhibit or come to the archives!

May Closures

6 May

We will be closing the reading room for several days in May. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we shut down the reading room to complete other projects. 

The Tucson Library and Archives will be closed:

Tuesday, May 13th

Monday, May 26th (Memorial Day)

Wednesday, May 28th

In honor of Memorial Day, the image above shows Jose Maria Castro, a veteran of World War I, in his uniform. The photograph (#62652) was taken circa 1917-1918 and is part of our Mexican Heritage Project Photograph Collection.

March Closures

3 Mar


The Library and Archives will be closed on March 14th for the Latino Literacy Roundtable, which will be hosted in the AHS auditorium. Here is a link to the event program. We will have a table to gather community input on a forthcoming traveling exhibit using the Mexican Heritage Project photographs and oral histories.

Library and Archives will also close on March 21st while we are working at one of our other branches.

Please plan your research accordingly!