Widely known for the hardware store that bears its name, the Ronstadt
family has made a remarkable contribution to the cultural and
commercial history of the U.S. Southwest. This internet exhibition
records the contributions of a pioneer Tucson family and features some
of the abundant historical materials
relating to Tucson's past, which are preserved for posterity in the UA Libraries' Special Collections.
The arrival of 14 year old Federico José María Ronstadt in
Arizona marked the beginnings of an influence that would transform the
definitions of craftsmanship, commerce, health care, music, and civic
responsibility in a western frontier territory on the verge of statehood.
This profound impact on Tucson's formation and growth from rural
village to urban metropolis is richly documented in the Ronstadt Family
Papers. A small portion of the manuscript, print, and photographic
archive is now available to a worldwide audience. Join us in celebrating
the heritage of our state and region.
Our website features the Ronstadt family's contributions to wagon making, music, and the pharmacy. There is also a electronic version of the University of New Mexico Press book, Borderman: The Memoirs of Federico José María Ronstadt.
Navigate throughout the site by following the links in the banner at the top of each page. When you click on Tucson's Ronstadt Family in the banner image and it will return you to the homepage. Links to Pharmacy, Music and Wagons will take you to the homepages for each of those major sections. There are also navigation links at the bottom of most pages. Learn more about this website.