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University of Arizona Special Collections Talk and Tour

May 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST (Arizona)

The Special Collections at the University of Arizona holds some fascinating and unique material and over the years many historians and archaeologists have relied on the staff’s expertise in ferreting out the documentary evidence they need for research and reports.  The Director of Special Collections, Stephen Hussman, has a personal interest in archaeology and would love to give us an overview of those collections we might be interested in and take us underground to see the storage areas.  Among the holdings for example are the Henry Dobbins collection, Ed Abbey’s papers, the Father Francisco Garces journals from 1775-1776 to the Hopi Mesas and along the Gila River, Carl Shuster’s fascinating collection, Patterns that Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient and Tribal Arts, including Casa Grande Ruins, Sanborn fire maps, the Roskruge surveys of some of the Spanish Land Grants for the Land Claims Tribunal,  US Military reports from the camps and forts dotting the Southern Arizona landscape, and other documentary gems.  You might want to explore their web site:


This experience will be a first for AAHS so why not join us for a customized glimpse at their collections on Saturday, May 12 at 10 am.  It will be hot in May but never fear, this separate area of the University Libraries has the ultimate climate controlled and spacious interior.  Special Collections is normally closed on Saturdays but Steve is going to open it for our AAHS members.

The event is open to 20 people.   Parking in the garages at the University is free on weekends and the closest parking garage is on the east side of Cherry Street right across from the Library.  University Commencement is on Friday the 11th so we anticipate the campus will be quiet and access will be a breeze.   We will start in plenty of time to get breakfast first and end in time to get to lunch.

For additional questions or if you would like to register please contact Chris Sugnet.


May 12, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm MST
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Chris Sugnet