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Arizona Biographical Index

Arizona Blue Book
Every two years, the Secretary of State publishes a reference which includes not only election results and information about Arizona’s elected officials but also highlights some aspect of Arizona’s history and other information of interest to citizens and students.

Arizona Centennial 1912-2012

The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission was selected through legislation to shepherd the planning of the State’s celebration for the Centennial and this website provides information about efforts that are underway and resources that are needed.

Arizona Cultural Inventory Project

Arizona Highways
Links to information about the award winning travel magazine published by a group within the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Arizona Memory Project (digital collections)

Arizona Timeline

Arizona Wildlife Views (Arizona Game and Fish Department – order form)

Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame

Cacti

Camels in Arizona
In 1857, Edward Fitzgerald Beale surveyed a wagon road from Fort Defiance, NM to the Colorado River for the U.S. Army and he used camels from North Africa as pack animals. Philip Tedro, a.k.a. Hadji Ali and more commonly known as Hi Jolly, a native of Syria, was hired as chief camel driver. The camels scared the horses and mules and they were eventually sold or released into the desert. Hadji Ali took up prospecting and scouting. He is buried in Quartzsite, Arizona.

Capitol Museum
Links to information about the Arizona Capitol and educational resources related to Arizona’s history and government.

Climate/Weather

Copper, Cattle, Cotton, Citrus and Climate

This University of Arizona Cooperative Extension site has links to Arizona citrus related newsletters, reports and contacts.

The University of Arizona Library preserved the late Congressman Morris K. Udall’s report on the 5 C’s which were at the heart of Arizona’s economy in the past.  Arizona’s economy has since become more diverse.  See:  The Arizona Advantage (pdf)

Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time has long been an issue in Arizona where there is more than enough sunshine all year round and this is a chronology of its observance and non-observance in Arizona.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
This is a chronology of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day in Arizona.

Elected Officials – Arizona

Emblems, Flag, Seal and Motto

Facts and Figures

Government – Arizona State

Grand Canyon

History

  • Arizona Historical Society’s Collections
    Information about the Society’s collections.
  • Arizona History and Archives
    Information about historical records and resources that can be found in the State Archives.
  • Arizona State Museum’s Exhibits
  • Links to information about the exhibits, including online exhibits, of the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the region which is located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ.
  • ASU Libraries’ Arizona Collection
    Links to information about the resources and materials about Arizona in the Department of Archives and Manuscripts in the Arizona State University Libraries.
  • Buffalo Soldiers History
    The National Park Service Fort Davis (Texas) site includes information about the regiments of Black soldiers eventually transferred to Arizona to fight in the Indian Wars.  See also:  Arlington National Cemetery:   Mark Matthews:   First Sergeant, United States Army.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • This is a chronology of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day in Arizona.
  • NAU Cline Library’s Web Exhibits
    Links to online exhibits about Arizona history from Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library Special Collections and Archives.
  • Pah-Ute County
    What is now Las Vegas, NV is located in what once was part of the Territory of Arizona.
  • Picacho Peak State Park
    The southern portion of Arizona was a Confederate territory before Arizona became a separate Territory of the of the United States and the Battle at Picacho Pass is called westernmost battle of Civil War.
  • Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building
    The Honorable Edwynne “Polly” (Cutler) Rosenbaum (1899-2003) served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1949 through 1994 and championed education, libraries and museums.   SB1079 (46-2R 2004) (Laws 2004 Chapter 194) authorized the design of and site preparation for a state archives and history building to be named in her honor.   HB 2765 (47-1R 2005) (Laws 2005 Chapter 298) authorized funding over a two year period to build the new building.  HB2865 (47-2R 2006) (Laws 2006 Chapter 345) appropriated $8,000,000 from the state general fund in FY 2007-08 to Legislative Council for the completion of the Polly Rosenbaum state archives and history building.
    See also:

    • HCR2042 (46-2R 2004) Polly Rosenbaum; death resolution
    • Polly is gone (pdf) (Arizona Dept. of Mines & Mineral Resources)
  • Sharlot Hall Museum’s Governor’s Mansion Exhibit
    Links to information about Arizona’s territorial history and the first governor’s “mansion.” Arizona does not have a governor’s mansion now.
  • State Historian
    Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s Official State Historian.
  • University of Arizona Library Web Exhibits
    Links to online exhibits about Arizona history from the collections of the University of Arizona Library.

Indians/Native Americans

  • Annie Dodge Wauneka
    This National Women’s Hall of Fame site gives a brief biography of the first Native American to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Cochise:   “The Navajo and Apache Wars” from History of the American West 1860-1920
  • Dr. Carlos Montezuma
    This information is from an U.S. National Library of Medicine site
  • Geronimo
    This portrait and and other information is from the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site web site.   See also:   An 1887 photograph of Geronimo (Goyathlay) by Ben Wittick from the National Archives’ collection and a short Biography of Geronimo.
  • Indian/Native American Resources
    This is a compilation of resources relating to Indian/Native Americans in Arizona.
  • Lori Piestewa
    Army Spc. Lori Piestewa, an Arizona native, is believed to be the first Native American service woman killed in combat in a foreign war.
  • Map of Tribal Lands
    This U. S. Environmental Protection Agency map shows the location of tribal lands in Arizona.
  • Navajo Code Talkers
    During World War II, Navajo Marines developed a secret code based on the Navajo language which was used in the war in the Pacific and which was never broken.  “Semper Fidelis, Code Talkers” by Adam Jevec (Prologue Magazine. Vol. 33, No. 4) is an article about the group.
  • 20th Century Warriors
    This U.S. Naval Historical Center site highlights Native American participation in the United States military.

Information Portals – Arizona Government

Library Directory On-Line – Arizona

Meaning of Arizona

Newspapers – Arizona

Pah-Ute County
What is now Las Vegas, NV is located in what once was part of the Territory of Arizona.

Parks, National Forests and Recreation Areas

Population

Photographs

Records Resources

Rough Riders

  • Rough Riders
    This Library of Congress site gives a brief history of the Rough Riders.
  • William Owen O’Neill
    “Buckey” O’Neill, as he was known in Arizona, was killed in Cuba and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Route 66

State Balladeer
Dolan Ellis is Arizona’s Official State Balladeer.

State Historian
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s Official State Historian.

Statehood, Documents Leading to

Travel

  • Arizona Guide
    This is the Arizona Office of Tourism’s guide to travel in Arizona.
  • Arizona Scenic Roads®
  • View some of the sights that can be seen along scenic roads in Arizona.

Unclaimed Property (Arizona Dept. of Revenue)

USS Arizona

Venomous Creatures
The Poison and Drug Information Center, part of the University of Arizona’s College of Pharmacy, introduces some of the unique creatures inhabiting the Arizona desert.

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