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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.

E-Texts -- Books

Books By Edward Soza
Edward Soza researched and wrote four manuscripts that appear here as e-texts. They record the history of Mexican American settlers in this region and include: Affidavits of Contest
Vis-À -Vis Arizona Hispanic Homesteaders 1880-1908, Compiled and Edited General Land Office Correspondence
; Hispanic Homesteaders in Arizona 1870 - 1908 Under The Homestead Act of May 20, 1862 And Other Public Land Acts; Mexican Homesteaders in the San Pedro River Valley and the The Homestead Act of 1862 1870-1908; and Arizona Pictorial Biography: Antonio Campa Soza 1845-1915.

Borderman: The Memoirs of Federico José María Ronstadt
The reminiscences of Fred Ronstadt, one of the founders of the Ronstadt family of Tucson. Before his death in December of 1954, Fred Ronstadt penciled his memoirs in cursive script on the face and backs of sheets of Ronstadt Company stationery. They detail much of his life and times in warm, yet straightforward, prose, including his childhood and youthful activities in Sonora, Mexico, and in neighboring Baja California. These are a part of our Mexican and American heritage

Desert Documentary: The Spanish Years, 1767 - 1821
Researcher Kieran McCarty's wrote of this region's heritage as being "firmly fixed in this period, though five different flags have waved over the land since colonial times." His research reports of the day-to-day life of the Spaniards after the founding of Tucson in 1775, the complexities of building a frontier mission church, and the role of Tucson's presidial soldiers during the war for Mexican independence.

Heritage: The Story of St. Mary's Hospital 1880-1980
Written by Leo G. Bryne and Sister Alberta Cammack, Heritage is interesting not only for its historical overview of the Carondelet Sisters' role at St. Mary's for over 100 years but also for readers interested in the history of medicine. The changes and growth of a major teaching hospital and of hospital services in general are well presented.


Hooves and Grooves: 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.

The Impact of the Frontier On a Jewish Family: The Bibos
Researched and written by Floyd S. Fierman, it recounts the Bibo's experiences as merchants in New Mexico in the second half of the 19th century.



The Negro of Tucson, Past and Present
The full-text of a thesis written by James Walter Yancy in 1933, illustrated with images from Yancy's original photographs.




The St. Marys I Knew
Written by Sister Aloysia Ames, is a history of St. Mary's School of Nursing and Sister M. J. Berchmans Hartrich's account of the journey she and three other nuns made from St. Louis to Tucson in 1876.




The South Corner of Time is a digital version of the 1980 book, The South Corner of Time: Hopi, Navajo, Papago, Yaqui Tribal Literature, Larry Evers, ed.





Trailtones: The African American Heritage of Arizona
Tucsonan Gloria L. Smith's bibliographic and photographic survey of African American heritage in Arizona. Ms. Smith draws her research from the territorial papers of many states with relationships to Arizona during the 19th and 20th centuries.



Trek of the Seven Sisters
Trek of the Seven Sisters is a booklet sized publication of the original 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.



Tubac Through Four Centuries: An Historical Resume and Analysis
The definitive history written by Henry F. Dobyns about the southern Arizona town of Tubac, beginning with aboriginal Piman society until it was an abandoned Mexican fort in the 19th century.



UA Library's Books of the Southwest
A selection of books digitized from the critical checklist of Southwestern Americana.




Book Chapters

Griffith, James S. "The Mormon Cowboy:" An Arizona Cowboy Song and its Community
from Chapter 6 in: A Shared Space: Folklife in the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, 1995.