Category Arizona History & Government

Tucson Turns 240

Tucson entered the Arizona Territory in 1854 as part of the Gadsden Purchase, but the city’s rich multicultural past stretches long before its U.S. affiliation. Tucson’s official founding dates back to 1775 – one year before the American Revolution – when the Spanish founded Presidio San Augustin del Tucson. Spanish missionaries had been in the […]

Barry Goldwater statue, April 2014

Barry Goldwater Arrives in Statuary Hall

A bronze statue of five-term senator and Arizona favorite son Barry Goldwater became the newest addition to the US Capitol’s Statuary Hall this week. The eight-foot statue was unveiled at the Arizona State Capitol last year. The Goldwater statue joins a statue of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, a Jesuit priest and Southwest missionary, as the other […]

Welcome Secretary of State Michele Reagan!

The Reading Arizona team is pleased to welcome our new Secretary of State Michele Reagan! The Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records is a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, and as part of the division we are looking forward to working to increasing access to information for Arizonans. The Arizona State Library, […]

Touring the West with Zane Grey

Zane Grey (1872-1939) wrote novels with the power to transport the reader to the American West, captivating generations with adventure and romance. As a young boy, Lawrence Clark Powell was enthralled by Grey’s stories. Powell channeled this love as a librarian at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Arizona, and throughout his […]

A Brief History of Arizoniana

Reading Arizona is such a unique project because of its Arizona-focused collection policy. Arizona is a worthy literary subject, as evidenced by projects such as OneBookAZ, the Journal of Arizona History’s Arizona 100, and the Pima County Public Libraries’ Southwest Books of the Year and original Reading Arizona map. Any state would be proud of […]