In The Steps of Esteban: Tucson's African American Heritage

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About the In The Steps of Esteban Website

Tucson's African American community has been active in documenting its history for many years. Oral histories have been captured by members of the African American History Internship Project since 1986. The Dunbar Coalition, a civic group inspired by and later dedicated to the memory of Mr. Grover Banks, has also been collecting historical information about Tucson's African American community.

In 1996, Louise Glogoff, from Pima Community College, and Stuart Glogoff, with the University of Arizona, met with members of these organizations to discuss building a website about Tucson's African American heritage. The website would incorporate information gathered in the AAHIP oral histories, materials found in the UA Library's Special Collections and the Arizona Historical Society, and other resources. Once the initial website was developed, the Glogoffs continued to seek out and add resources. In January 2005, the website was moved from a server located at the UA Library to one in the UA Learning Technologies (as of Jan. 2010 The Office of Instruction & Assessment) where it and the other Through Our Parents' Eyes projects are housed and supported.

In The Steps of Esteban brings historical documents of Tucson's African American community online to an international audience. As you view these pages, you witness and experience the stories, photographs, and memories of our community members. The exhibit includes digital versions of several print documents, including a 1933 University of Arizona masters thesis. Copies of rare and fragile photographs from archival collections add to its visual appeal. Finally, curriculum modules developed for middle and high school students are available to facilitate incorporating Tucson's African American history into the school curriculum. The development of In the Steps of Esteban is an on-going project.

Rights and Permissions

This exhibit is copyright protected by the Arizona Board of Regents. Images of photographs, text, and any audio and video used within In The Steps of Esteban are from originals owned by the University of Arizona Library Special Collections, the Arizona Historical Society, and from the private collections of community members. We have made an effort to identify where those images are currently located in case the viewer would like more information or would like to request a reprint.

An image with the code UALSC indicates that the image is from a photograph located at the UA Library's Special Collections. Images located in the Arizona Historical Society are noted by the code AHS. Contact information is provided here for your convenience.

UALSC University of Arizona Library Special Collections P.O. Box 210055, Tucson, Arizona, 85721-0055; AskSpecialCollections online form; voice: (520) 621-6423 fax: (520) 621-9733

AHS Arizona Historical Society - Tucson, 949 East 2nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85719 voice: (520) 628-5774 

None of the images included in this Web exhibit may be included in any commercial publications (print or online) without the written permission of its owner. Please contact the owning organization directly.

Students and educators are welcome to use In The Steps of Esteban's content for educational purposes. We ask that you credit the resources appropriately within your work.

Webmasters are welcome to link In The Steps of Esteban to other websites without requesting permission.

Sources Used To Develop In The Steps of Esteban

The following printed sources were used in the preparation of this exhibit. Personal memories and photographs were also used to construct the biographies.

Henry, Bonnie. Another Tucson. Tucson: Arizona Daily Star, 1992.

Lawson, Harry, ed. African American Churches in Tucson. Tucson: Arizona Historical Society, 1990.

Lawson, Harry, ed. African American Settlers in Tucson. Tucson: Arizona Historical Society, 1991.

Lawson, Harry, ed. Dunbar School: Shared Memories of a Special Past. Tucson: Arizona Historical Society, 1989.

Lawson, Harry. The History of African Americans in Tucson An Afrocentric Perspective. Tucson, Ariz. : Lawson's Psychological Services, © 1996.

Sanchez, Tani D., comp. Meals and memoirs: recipes and recollections of African Americans in Tucson, Arizona . Tucson: African-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Tucson Chapter, 1944.

Smith, Gloria L. Black Americana in Arizona. Tucson: G. Smith, 1977.

Yancey, James. The Negro of Tucson, Past and Present. Tucson: Unpublished Master's Thesis, The University of Arizona, 1933.

Stuart Glogoff, Sr. Consultant, The Office of Instruction & Assessment, University of Arizona January 2005