Tag Archives: November


28 Nov

Today is Thanksgiving and the archives is closed in observance, both today Thursday, November 28 and tomorrow Friday, November 29. Today we’re sharing a fun find from one of our manuscript collections, MS 1183 Ronstadt Family Postcard Correspondence. Archivist Caitlin Lampman chose this particular postcard because of the adorable turkey border that surrounds the picture.  The archivists here at AHS hope that your Thanksgiving meal was as abundant and delicious as the pile of veggies this card shows and full of moments to reflect on the things you are glad to have. 

MS1183, Ronstadt Family Postcard Collection, Folder 17, #N.

MS1183, Ronstadt Family Postcard Collection, Folder 17, #N. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.


Thanksgiving Week Archives Closures

25 Nov

This week the Library and Archives in Tucson will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Arizona History Museum, however, will be open to the public on Friday November 29th.

Please plan your research days accordingly and enjoy the holiday the best way you know how…whether it’s with turkey and gravy or macaroni and cheese. 🙂

Family History Month: A True Story of Finding Family in the Archives

28 Oct

As Family History Month in October 2013 closes out, another family history holiday begins: Dias De Los Muertos/Days of the Dead, November 1 and 2.  Family and friends gather to remember departed loved ones during this traditional holiday, with Aztec roots, from Mexico. Many American communities with Mexican American and Mexican populations also celebrate Dias De Los Muertos.

Full disclosure: This entry is not written by an Arizona Historical Society librarian/archivist, but I am an educator with AHS.

I want to tell you about the importance of archives and librarian/archivists in learning family history.  In this instance, my family history, and the role the Arizona Historical Society played.

My grandfather, Feliz Ruelas, was born in Tucson, Doña Ana County, New Mexico in 1860 before Arizona became a territory. He died in 1930, decades before I was born.  Growing up I never saw a picture of him.  I wondered what he looked like and who in the family might resemble him.

I heard that information about the family might be available at the Arizona Historical Society, so I went over to check it out.  Bottom line, I found a lot of information, including the first photo I ever saw of my grandfather!

If not for knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly staff in the AHS library/archives, my interest in family history and Arizona history might not have developed.

So, the next time you visit any library/archives be sure to thank the amazing dedicated staff who help you with your research.

One more thing—several cousins and my baby brother resemble our grandfather.

PC 1000-Portrait-Ruelas, Feliz-#

PC 1000-Portrait-Ruelas, Feliz-#18225.  As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

Archivists’ note:  We’d like to thank Mary Ann for sharing her story of finding her relatives in the archives.
The photograph accompanying this post is one of several photographs of Mary Ann’s grandfather Feliz Ruelas. The picture information tells us that this was taken at his first ranch, Ruelas Ranch, near Patagonia around about 1885. He had just run a race on the horse pictured here.

Another photograph of Mary Ann’s relatives, this one of her Aunt Adelina Ruelas, was chosen to be put online as part of the digital reunification of the Mexican Heritage Project. You can view that photo online through the Arizona Memory Project or come in to the Arizona History Museum and check out the Mexican Heritage Project exhibit where this photo is also being displayed.