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Regional Histories

This section of Through Our Parents' Eyes brings the reader a variety of historical resources. Ther are digital versions of documents from archival collections in area libraries, museums and historical societies, as well as essays and books written by historians. In addition, visitors will also find a collection of biographies & oral histories developed as part of numerous Through Our Parents' Eyes project and related student projects.

The Bisbee Deportation of 1917
The Bisbee Deportation of 1917 was an event specific to Arizona that influenced the labor movement throughout the United States. This site is a research-based collection of primary and secondary sources for the study of the deportation of over 1,000 striking miners from Bisbee on 12 July, 1917.


Books By Edward Soza
Edward Soza pursued a deep interest in the Soza family's place in the history of this region. In the process, he self-published five well-researched histories that are of value to historians researching the Southwest. With his permission, we produce digital versions of these works.


Border Beat
"The University of Arizona's student-run online magazine, Border Beat, was established to explore and provide fresh perspectives on the people, places and issues of the U.S.–Mexico Border. This semester, with Professor Jay Rochlin, a team of journalism seniors will bring you up to speed on all things border related, brought to life through creative stories, captivating photos, multimedia, and relevant blogs."


Heritage of Loving Service: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Tucson
This Web exhibit provides a digital history and tribute to the Sisters' contributions in Tucson and the region. Beginning with the seven sisters who, in May 1870, traveled across the desert from San Diego, they cared for the first patients at St. Mary's Hospital and opened schools. This site includes electronic texts, images from archival collections, and original histories written by Sister Alberta Cammack C.S.J, an historian of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Tucson.

Hooves and Rails: A History of the Tucson Street Railway
In the late nineteenth century, Tucson was a growing town with a strong desire to project a metropolitan image. One key to continued development was the establishment of dependable public transportation to move Tucsonans around their newly bustling city. This is the story of the first streetcar line: the horse-drawn Tucson Street Railway. This is an online version of the history written by W. Eugene Caywood in collaboration with Keith Glaab.

Just Memories
Descended from a pioneer family that settled in Tucson in the mid-19th century, Roy P. Drachman, Sr.'s life spanned much of 20th century Tucson. This memoir gives readers a sense of Tucson from the early 1900s through the late 1970s.



Maps of the Pimería: Early Cartography of the Southwest
This exhibit features original rare and historic maps chosen from the Map Collection of the University of Arizona Library. These maps portray a region of New Spain once called Pimería and chronicle four centuries of mapping, from the earliest map of the region in the collection, a 1556 view of North and South America, up to the Gadsden Purchase of 1854 when Pimería Alta--or southern Arizona--was acquired by the United States from Mexico.

Mission Churches of the Sonoran Desert
Images from Dr. James S. Griffith's slide collection highlight this website featuring the colonial mission churches we see today in southern Arizona and northern Sonora. These missions were begun by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino and continued by Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries during the period 1770-1809.


Trek Of the Seven Sisters
Trek of the Seven Sisters is a small booklet containing the diary of Sister Monica Corrigan, one of the seven Carondelet Sisters who made the hazardous journey from San Diego to Tucson in May of 1870. The booklet is illustrated with 16 charming line drawings.



Tubac Through Four Centuries
The definitive history of the Tubac Presidio written by Henry F. Dobyns, roughly covering from the 1500s to the early 19th century.




War Relocation Authority Camps in Arizona 1942-1946
On March 18, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order No. 9102, "Establishing the War Relocation Authority in the Executive Office of the President and Defining its Functions and Duties." The Authority embarked on a rapid trajectory of planning and building 10 relocation camps that would house more than 110,000 Japanese Americans who lived chiefly inside the boundaries of Military District 1 along the Pacific Coast. This Web exhibit features images from approximately forty photographs taken for the War Relocation Authority and vividly depicts life in Arizona's two camps.