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A subject-oriented directory to the websites

Research Materials

An important part of Through Our Parents' Eyes are the many digital versions of original documents found in area archives, and electronic texts of printed histories and journal articles. In addition, digital presentation of scholarly and professional conferences offer unique resources to students and researchers investigating the people of the U. S. Southwest and northwestern Mexico.

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Arizona Memory Project
The Arizona Memory Project is a consortium of digital collections from libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions within Arizona. Led by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, this legacy project is one of several library initiatives in support of the Arizona Centennial in 2012. The specific aim of the project is to provide online access to digital content representative of the history and culture of Arizona. The Arizona Memory Project is currently in the pilot project phase, and is expected to launch Spring 2006.

Arizona-Sonora Documents Online
Arizona-Sonora Documents Online provides access to digital images of archival collections relating to Sonora, Mexico. The collections date from the 19th and early 20th centuries. They cover a broad range of topics, including ranching, mining, land grants, anti-Chinese movements, crime on the border, and governmental issues.


Bisbee Deportation: Historical Documents
Included in this website are digital presentations of original reports, newspapers articles, personal recollections, images from photographs, maps, and legal documents.



Miners' Story Project
An excellent oral history project that began in 2005, the Miners' Story Project "will preserve and share stories of life in mines and mining communities in the Southwest U.S."


Missions Initiative
The Missions Initiative guides the development of an international, multidisciplinary partnership for cultural resource management of the hundreds of Spanish Colonial Mission sites in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The website is available in English and Spanish.


Poetics and Politics
A website developed from a conference presented by the UA Department of English that was held in May 1992. The series, which featured 13 of the country's most accomplished American Indian writers examines the extraordinary emergence of Native American literature within a living context. Included in this website are the original author introductions and seminar transcripts, a series of articles that appeared in the Tucson Weekly newspaper and video of the authors' readings their work. Poetics and Politics 2011 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the UA's American Indian Studies Program. It featured a series of public readings by five leading contemporary American Indian writers: Ofelia Zepeda, Luci Tapahonso, Frances Washburn, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor.

The Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Online Catalog is a tremendous resource for historical photos. There are many of Southern Arizona. Read LOC's About Copyright and the Collections, to understand what images might have restricted use and what images are in the public domain. Here are three historical images of panorama photographs from the early 1900s of Tucson [262K], Bisbee [80K], and Nogales [56K] that are examples of the treasures you will find on the LOC's site.

The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
"The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum exists to interpret the history of transportation
in Southern Arizona with a focus on the Tucson Historic Depot and Steam Locomotive #1673." Visit the Oral History Program to read excerpts from interviews.


The Southwest Information Gateway
A guide developed for the faculty of the Southwest Land, Culture, and Society program of the University of Arizona. Faculty had "identified a need for a guide for use of the wide variety of online resources relating to Southwest archaeological, ethnographic, geographical, and historical sources."


VOICES, Community Stories Past and Present
VOICES is a community-based nonprofit organization in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1999, its mission is to mentor low-income youth to tell their personal, family, neighborhood, tribal, and community stories so they can strengthen their cognitive, artistic, emotional, leadership, and higher education skills.