Looking into the Westside: Untold stories 1900-1970

We have done research investigating our heritage, our neighborhoods and our terrain. Gathering this research and carrying it through is sacred to our people and very important to where we all grew up. We have encountered the stories of "A" mountain, our families, local art and artists, neighborhood names, our schools, racism, our streets, our economy, and the future. The eight youth historians on this project began without much experience with computers, layouts or writing and research skills. As our individual skills developed, team unity increased. Our client for this project was the Westside Coalition, the umbrella organization for the various neighborhood associations of Tucson's Westside. Highly-detailed historical depth was not our goal-we only had seven weeks. Instead, we wanted to explore our personal interests and get a taste for the stories that were out there and present them back to the community. Our focus was the 20th century so we could collect the stories of people our parents', grandparents' and great-grandparents' ages as well as the stories of people our age. As young people who will be adult leaders in the 21st century, it is important to understand where we come from and where we need to go.

Steven Encinas, editor-in-chief
with Regina Kelly, writer/mentor

  • Noemy Chavez - Project Manager
  • Steven Encinas - Editor-in-Chief
  • Hector Heredia - Art Director
  • Gabriel Figueroa - Illustrator
  • Joaquin Islas - Photo Editor
  • Brandon Felix - Production Manager
  • Ricky Martinez - Copy Editor
  • Alex Rodriguez - Assistant Editor
  • Regina Kelly - Project Manager and Writer/Mentor
  • Stephen Farley - Graphic Designer/Mentor

This project was kindly sponsored by The Tucson Pima Arts Council's ArtWORKS Program

About this website

The original website for "looking into the westside" was created in 1998 by Stuart Glogoff, then of the UA Library. The site was revised in March 2005 by Andrew Bareham, a student assistant in the UA's Office of Instruction and Assessment. It is a valuable component of the Through Our Parents' Eyes: History & Culture of Southern Arizona series of websites.

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