American Folklife Center
Finding Aids to Collections in the Archive of Folk Culture: Arizona Collections
The Archive of Folk Culture holds approximately 2700 collections consisting of more than 150,000 sound recordings and 3 million items. At this time only a portion of them have catalog records and finding aids. Contact the Folklife Reading Room for additional information about collections.
Folklife in Your State: Arizona
Arizona's wealth of folk culture is well represented
in the American Folklife Center. Among the Center's recordings
are cylinders of Hopi music dating from the early 1890s,
collected by Jesse Walter Fewkes. The Center's Arizona
collections also include unique recordings of miners'
songs, fiddle tunes, cowboy music and stories, and Mormon
music and narrative. Arizona's
Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions
and celebrations, and a concert Webcast
of Navajo dance and song also are available on the
Center's Arizona Web page.
America's Library is especially designed for elementary
and middle school students.
Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty
In honor of the 150th anniversary of the treaty signing,
the Library of Congress created an online presentation
on the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty. It includes page images
of the original treaty housed in the Library of Congress
Manuscript Division and the area map used during the negotiations
from the Geography and Map Division.
This site allows you to search and view newspaper pages from 1836-1922 from more than 20 states and the District of Columbia. Search this collection to find selected newspaper articles that mention events in Arizona.
Bibliographies and Guides
This site provides the names of all current state poets
laureate of the United States. It also includes a history
of the laureateship in each state, as well the District
of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing
of all prior state poets laureate.
Law Library of Congress
to Law Online
Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of
Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide
to online sources of information on government and law.
It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites
for legal information on U.S states and territories, including Arizona.
Prints and Photographs Division
Lloyd Wright Buildings Recorded by the Historic American
This list includes structures identified as the work
of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Search the online Historic
American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering
Record (HABS/HAER) records and consult the book The Architecture
of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog by William Allin
Storrer, 2nd ed., 1974. As additional documentation is
digitized from the HABS/HAER
collection, entries will be added. The list includes
an image for Arizona.
Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library
The image lists includes prints and photographs relating
to historical events to 1899; general subjects such as
education, daily life, miners and mining; and views of
U.S. locations (text and images). Images of Arizona
are included in the guide.
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Search PPOC using the subject heading United
States--Arizona to find digital images related to
Arizona, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons.
Search in PPOC using the term Arizona
or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional
Primary Sources by State
The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts
from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District
of Columbia. Click on Arizona to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from
Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local
Examine the interplay between national,
state, local, and personal history. Students produce a
digital collection of primary sources from their family
or local community based on the collections in American
Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions
Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.
Local History: Mapping My Spot
Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
Today in History
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in Mexico
City on February 2, 1848, ending the Mexican War and extending
the boundaries of the United States west to the Pacific
Ocean. The terms of the agreement established the border
between the U.S. and Mexico at the Rio Grande and the
Gila River and granted the U.S. more than 525,000 square
miles of former Mexican territory that includes present-day
Arizona, California, western Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico,
Texas, and Utah.
Arizona, formerly part of the Territory of New Mexico,
was organized as a separate territory on February 24,
On February 26, 1919, Congress passed An Act to Establish
the Grand Canyon National Park in the State of Arizona.
On December 21, 1928, President Calvin Coolidge signed
the Boulder Canyon Project Act intended to dam the 1,400-mile
Colorado River and distribute its water for use in Arizona,
California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.
Hoover Dam, considered a wonder of civil engineering,
was constructed in Black Canyon, on the Arizona-Nevada
James Gadsden, U.S. minister to Mexico, and General Antonio
López de Santa Anna, president of Mexico, signed
the Gadsden Purchase in Mexico City on December 30, 1853.
The treaty settled the dispute over the exact location
of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, giving the
U.S. claim to approximately 29,000 square miles of land
in what is now southern New Mexico and Arizona, for the
price of $10 million.
History Project Home Page
The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves
the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian
workers who supported them. Browse the database by state
of residence to locate veterans from Arizona.
Virtual Programs and Services
Digital Reference Section Web Guides
Documents in American History
This site offers a list of some of the most important
documents in American history from 1763 to 1877. Each
document has a page with background information, links
to digital material associated with the documents, and
bibliographies for both adult and young readers. This
site includes a page on the Treaty
of Guadalupe Hidalgo.