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Halloween Part Two!

31 Oct

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

Best Friends Day!

9 Jun

National Best Friends Day was yesterday, and we wanted to share this photograph of two great friends, Helen and Muriel Upham, having a blast together in 1910. The image is part of the Muriel Upham photograph collection. The Tucson archivists wish our very own BFFs a happy day!

Helen and Muriel Upham, 1910. PC 142 - Muriel Upham Collection, PC142b3f1_92817. As always, if you'd like to use any photos seen on the blog please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permission.

Helen and Muriel Upham, 1910. PC 142 – Muriel Upham Collection, PC142b3f1_92817. As always, if you’d like to use any photos seen on the blog please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permission.

Dark Sky Week

22 Apr

It’s Earth Day – a great time to think about how we can be better stewards of the planet. But it’s not just Earth Day – this week is also International Dark Sky Week. Tucson has been on the forefront of the responsible lighting movement for many years. With Tucson’s population expanding in the mid 20th century and an increased reliance on street lights and other outdoor lighting, the many observatories and astronomy institutions in the area were in danger of being put out of business. Light pollution was threatening to obscure faint objects in space. Tucson and Pima County enacted laws in the 1970s and 1980s to make sure proper light bulbs were used and that lights were directed down where the light is needed instead of polluting the sky. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Tucson was how dark it is here at night – so it was very interesting to discover the history behind the dark nights and the beautiful stars that can be enjoyed around town even without a telescope! In honor of Dark Sky Week, here is a photo taken from the Steward Observatory:

Trifid Nebula taken from the Steward Observatory in Tucson in May 1970. PC214f159_G. As always, if you'd like to use an image from this blog, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

Trifid Nebula taken from the Steward Observatory in Tucson in May 1970. PC214f159_G. As always, if you’d like to use an image from this blog, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

Outreach Efforts at the Library/Archives – Latino Literacy Roundtable

7 Mar

As stated in an earlier post, The Latino Literacy Roundtable will be hosted at the Arizona Historical Society – Tucson Division on March 14, 2014 from 9am – 3pm. Here at the Library/Archives division of Tucson, we are excited to announce that we are going to have a table at this event dedicated to show the community our future plans for a traveling exhibit of the Mexican Heritage Project.

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Women of the Figueroa Family with Instruments, Circa 1900s (#62695)

The Mexican Heritage Project has done such an amazing job in cementing the rich history of Arizona and the Mexican and Mexican American community with vibrant photographs, journals, oral histories, and business records. This effort of the traveling exhibit is the beginning of a long-term project in where we will displaying the Photographs to different sectors of the community. For example, we want to share the exhibit with community centers and public libraries and we will also be encouraging the Mexican and Mexican American Community to donate materials, and their stories via oral histories.