Tag Archives: Photograph Collection

Halloween Part Two!

31 Oct


Every year, the archivists pick a costume that incorporates archives’ signature white gloves. This year we picked Minnie Mouse! We even have a Minnie Mouse connection in the archives – The Fox Theater hosted the Tucson chapter of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1930s. Check out the adorable photo of some Tucson Mouseketeers at an event at the Fox below.



Fox Theater Photograph Collection – PC 173. Circa 1931-1932. According to the back of the photo, the mouse dolls were won in a drawing at a Mickey Mouse Club event at the Fox Theater.


Oh Deer…

23 Jul
This photo is called "Buck Bait" and appears in the Esther Henderson Photo Collection: PC 175-B1-F26-D.  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.

This photo is called “Buck Bait” and appears in the Esther Henderson Photo Collection: PC 175-B1-F26-D. 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.

The Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives would like to alert our users that we will be closing early this Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00pm. We are excited to welcome the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) summer class on Preservation to tour the Library and Archives and talk about issues in preservation with representatives from AHS, the Arizona State Archives and the SIRLS instructor and Preservation Librarian at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. In the meantime, please enjoy this lovely photo of a deer.

Wrestling with Collections

10 May

For the past couple of months I’ve been working on an exciting project. The Arizona Historical Society in Tucson (with the help and guidance of our counterparts in Tempe) has been preparing to put the finding aids of our Manuscript and Photo Collections online in PDF format on our main website: http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org. What does this mean for you as a researcher? This means you can go to the main website of the Arizona Historical Society and search for materials in our collections from the search engine box just below the banner on the right hand side of the webpage. It will pull up finding aids as well as any other references to the material on the main website. Our online catalog does not have finding aids for all of the collections we have so having ALL the finding aids up online via the main website is a real improvement for researching. This will be a great new way for our users to find information. If you just want to browse through the finding aids to our collections down in Tucson you can head to the Tucson library and archives page and look through the uploaded finding aids at your leisure, listed below “Printable Guides.” All of this means our researchers will be able to prepare for their Reading Room visits at home at their computers with their morning coffee. We’re really excited!

PC 268: Halderman Family Collection, Box 1, Folder 10

PC 268: Halderman Family Collection, Box 1, Folder 10

I discovered these wrestler cards while working on standardizing the names of the finding aids in our Photograph Collection. I’ve been taking this job as an opportunity to really get to know the collections we have here at the Historical Society in more detail than I might get simply from pulling collections for users. We have A LOT of collections with all sorts of information and materials. It would take a lifetime, maybe multiple ones, to fully know what is held here. So having the chance to look through finding aids is a real blessing. The possibilities for growth turn this task from something that could be tedious into a unique chance to learn a lot. The things I have learned through doing this work have already helped me answer reference questions in a lot more detail.

There’s a lesson to be learned from this for archivists new to their jobs. Taking a couple of minutes out of your day to read through a finding aid or two, specifically paying attention to key terms, dates, descriptions of the content of the collection as well as biographical or historical notes, etc. can really help put your collections into perspective as well as give you the tools and information you need to search smarter and faster for your users.  So my advice this week is to take some inspiration from the strapping young lads you see pictured above. Get in there and wrestle with a finding aid or two today! You’ll be the winner after it’s all said and done.

Holy Cow!

19 Apr
Prize-winning Hereford at the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association Show in  Tucson. Mr. Thurber appears second from right. Undated.

Prize-winning Hereford at the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association Show in Tucson. Mr. Thurber appears second from right. Undated.

I’m currently processing a large collection of personal and business papers from a Southern Arizona rancher. The pictures you see in this blog post come from that collection. The records’ creator, Harold Thurber, was at the forefront of the Arizona cattle breeding scene for almost 50 years. He was one of the first ranchers to begin raising Herefords in the area. Mr. Thurber was involved in a myriad of organizations in Southern Arizona and his records are a rich resource for those organizations as well as ranching and other topics in 20th century Arizona history, including: the Southern Arizona International Livestock Association fair, Pima County Fair, Patagonia-Sonoita Rotary Club, Catalina Savings and Loan, 4-H, University of Arizona Foundation, and many others.
I am new to Arizona, so this collection has introduced me to a lot of information regarding Arizona history and geography. However, I love names and naming traditions, so one of my favorite parts of organizing these records is seeing the cows’ names recorded in the breed records. So, for your reading pleasure, I have compiled a list of my top ten favorite cow names (so far):

10. Lady Matador the 25th (a good heifer, according to the notations)
9. Diamondette
8. Mischief Lad
7. Beau Bonny
6. Lula D. Domino (I don’t know what the ‘D’ stands for)
5. Fedora
4. Fedora’s Anxiety (a calf of Fedora’s, obviously)
3. Super Larry
2. Miss Major
1. Reality Randolph

If you’re interested in Arizona ranching, here are a few of the other great resources at AHS that you can check out:

MS 106: Bourne papers, 1930-1985 (bulk 1967-1978).
These are the personal papers of Eulalia Bourne, a rancher, teacher, and published author who wrote about her experiences in rural Arizona.

MS 007: Aguirre papers, 1859-1976 (bulk 1907-1975).
The Aguirre family was involved in the ranching and freighting businesses in Red Rock, Arizona.

PC 032: DeBaud photograph collection, 1907-1961 (bulk 1907-1948).
This collection contains some great photographs of ranch life and rodeos.

So Much to be Done: Women Settlers on the Mining and Ranching Frontier, edited by Ruth B. Moynihan, Susan Armitage, and Christiane Fischer Dichamp.

1979 Junior Showman Winners

1979 Junior Showman Winners

Helloooo Rodeo!

21 Feb

While most people in the US know the third week in February as the week of President’s Day, it has a different meaning here in Tucson. RODEO! is on everyone’s lips this week every year as Rodeo enthusiasts, spectators and competitors flock to Tucson for an Old Pueblo tradition. The Tucson Rodeo About page provides a great brief history on the event. Visitors to Tucson should also check out the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum to learn more about this annual event.

The Arizona Historical Society has a large volume of Rodeo information, from news clippings and pamphlets in our Ephemera collection to photographs to materials within various manuscript collections detailing Rodeo and related events. You can come into the Historical Society to see these for yourself during our open hours. You can also check out some of the Arizona Historical Society’s photos on the Arizona Memory Project website, such as this one of Ed Echols, famed for his roping skills and a notable Tucsonan in many other ways as well.

Ed Echols. Buehman Collection. Portraits, Echols, Ed. #B207570

Ed Echols. Buehman Collection. Portraits, Echols, Ed. #B207570