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Grand Canyon National Park, a free government service.
Grand Canyon National Park, a free government service.
[Washington, D.C.] : Department of the Interior, National Park Service,
[ca. 1938]
Prints & Photographs Division.
WPA Poster Collection.
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American Memory Historical Collections

Examples of materials related to Arizona are provided for most of the collections listed below. Search on the terms Arizona, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, etc., to locate additional information within these American Memory collections.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945

The images in the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information Collection are among the most famous documentary photographs ever produced. Created by a group of U.S. government photographers, the images show Americans in every part of the nation. The collection contains more than 1,300 black-and-white and 11 color images taken in Arizona.

American Environmental Photographs, 1891-1936: Images from the University of Chicago Library

This collection consists of approximately 4,500 photographs documenting natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities in the United States at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Included are over 300 images of Arizona landscapes.

American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920: a Study Collection from the Harvard Graduate School of Design

This collection offers views of cities, specific buildings, parks, estates and gardens. In addition to photographs, there are plans, maps, and models of various locations throughout the country.

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera

This collection comprises 28,000 primary-source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. Search on the term Arizona in the Descriptive Information box to find Arizona-related items. Search the Full-Text option for a broader search.

Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present

The images in this collection document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies. The collection contains more than 400 records relating to buildings throughout the state of Arizona. Information is added quarterly.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation consists of a linked set of published congressional records of the United States of America from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, 1774-1875.

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian: Photographic Images

The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-30, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said that he wanted to document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners." Type the term Arizona in the search box to find photogravure plates on Indian tribes endemic to the region.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920

This collection documents the historical formation and cultural foundations of the movement to conserve and protect America's natural heritage, through books, pamphlets, government documents, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and motion picture footage drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress.  It contains more than 100 items referring to the state of Arizona. To find these documents, go to the collection's search page, change the number of possible hits to 200, and search on the term Arizona in the Full-Text search box (do not put quotation marks around the words).

History of the American West, 1860-1920: Photographs from the Collection of the Denver Public Library

Over 30,000 photographs, drawn from the holdings of the Western History and Genealogy Department at Denver Public Library, illuminate many aspects of the history of the American West. Most of the photographs were taken between 1860 and 1920. There are more than 500 images of Native American Indians from Arizona, in addition to images of locations, buildings, and geographic landscapes.  Change the maximum number of hits to 600 and type Arizona in the search box.

Map Collections

The Geography & Map Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 4.5 million items, of which Map Collections represents only a small fraction, those that have been converted to digital form. The collection is organized according to seven major categories: Cities and Towns, Conservation and Environment, Cultural Landscapes, Discovery and Exploration, General Maps, Military Battles and Campaigns, and Transportation and Communication. Browse the geographic location index to locate maps of Arizona.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books

The books in this collection are nineteenth-century American imprints, dating mainly from between 1850 and 1880. The collection is particularly strong in poetry and in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Browse the subject index to locate five books related to Arizona.

The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals

This collection presents twenty-three popular periodicals digitized by Cornell University Library and the Preservation Reformatting Division of the Library of Congress. They include literary and political magazines, as well as Scientific American, Manufacturer and Builder, and Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry.  Type Arizona in the Search Descriptive Information box in order to pull up Arizona-related articles.  Use the Full Text box for a broader search.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America, 1978-1996

This collection showcases materials from the Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (1978) and the Lands' End All-American Quilt Contest Collection (1992, 1994, 1996), providing a glimpse into America's diverse quilting traditions.

Taking the Long View: Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1991

The Panoramic Photograph collection contains approximately 4,000 images featuring American cityscapes, landscapes, and group portraits. More than 100 images in this collection represent rural, small-town, and city life throughout Arizona.

Touring Turn-of-the Century America: Photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company, 1880-1920

The photographs from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection include more than 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. The Arizona-related photographs of this collection include various nature views of the Grand Canyon and images of Native Americans from the Arizona region.

Washington as It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959

The collection documents the architecture and social life of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, including exteriors and interiors of commercial, residential, and government buildings, as well as street scenes and views of neighborhoods. The collection contains thirteen images from the Arizona region.

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