Regional Histories

Fred Harvey Collection : Traveling the Rails in Grand Style

Traveling the Rails in Grand Style
Photographs and Supplemental Materials of the Fred Harvey Hotels, 1896-1945    

Fred Harvey (1835-1901) began a partnership with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1878. In 1889, the Railway gave Harvey exclusive rights to manage and operate his eating houses, lunch stands, and hotel facilities upon the Santa Fe's railroads west of the Missouri River. The Harvey Houses took pride in their first class food, service, and cleanliness.

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.

American Indian Film Gallery

An online collection of more than 450 historic films by and about Native peoples of the Americas, compiled and digitized by historian J. Fred MacDonald over many years. These films range in date from 1925-2010. Most date to the so-called Golden Age of educational filmmaking, from 1945 to the rise of consumer-grade video equipment in the 1970s.

Tom Marshall's Tucson

Thomas Keith Marshall

During his life, Tom Marshall was a farm laborer, gold miner, university student, newspaper editor, politician, crusader, avid photographer and husband of one of the most powerful women in Tucson history. Over the three-decade period that he lived in Tucson, Tom Marshall took several hundred photographs that documented his community.

Arizona Illustrated Segments Featuring Dr. James "Big Jim" Griffith

Roadside Crosses
Roadside crosses in Sonora 
1857 Crabbs expedition's

Defining the Southwest

Definitions alter over time, between people, and beyond borders. Landmasses change as physical and human forces exert pressure upon them. And a region is carved, molded, and defined by people in historical relation to it. In Defining the Southwest , we gather multiple visions of what the Southwest might entail. To quote Reed Way Dasenbrook, "What is the Southwest? For whom is it the Southwest? What is the Southwest southwest of?"

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