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Special Collections: Research Guides


We offer access to rare and unique materials for scholars, researchers, and the public.

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See also Using Collection Guides (also known as Finding Aids).

Research Guides to Our Collections

These guides are created by our staff specialists to help you with your research.

Black History in the Borderlands

woman holds toy windmill in front of group of young children at an indoor carnival Black History in the Borderlands

The Borderlands are both geographical and cultural spaces. This fluid space between worlds is a place of cultural wealth that hosts several communities. This libguide, the first of many centered on the people of the Borderlands, looks at the experiences of Black people in the Borderlands, from Baja, California to Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Jewish History in Arizona and the Southwest

The Bloom family Primary Resources on Jewish History in Arizona and the Southwest

Until recently, little has been written documenting the pioneer Jewish experience. U. S. Southwestern history has traditionally focused on the contributions of Native Americans, and people whose ancestral roots are in Mexico and Europe. Jewish pioneers not only built Jewish communities, but that they also made significant contributions to the development of the U. S. Southwest.

OSIRUS REx: Primary resources of the mission


OSIRUS REx: Primary resources of the mission

A NASA mission led by Primary Investigator, Dante Lauretta of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in collaboration with Goddard Space Flight Center and Lockheed Martin.

This is a born-digital collection with online access through the University of Arizona Libraries Campus Repository. This collection is ongoing. Included in the collection are mission notes and summaries from the OSIRIS-REx Mission.

Performing Arts

Scene from Wappin Wharf, 1924Primary Sources on Performing Arts

Special Collections is home to a wide array of materials related to the performing arts, including archival collections, photographs, books, recordings, pamphlets and ephemera. Specific areas covered include theater, vaudeville, music, dance and film.

University of Arizona History

UA Domestic Science class, sometime between 1900-1909University of Arizona History

Special Collections specializes in documenting the history of the university from its founding to 1958.