Sustaining Arizona’s Communities through Historical Newspapers symposium, April 12

Sustaining Arizona’s Communities through Historical Newspapers symposium, April 12

March 13, 2024
Collage of historical Arizona newspaper mastheads

Join us for a symposium to learn about Arizona's historical newspapers

Newspapers have played critical roles in society by sharing day-to-day news and featuring stories of the people in their communities, and by illuminating issues and instigating change.

How have newspapers sustained Arizona's communities? How have they acted as community conscience and social glue in relation to culture, language, ecology, and labor?

Hear from students, scholars, and librarians about the importance of preserving these rich resources and how to use them in your research and communities. Hosted by the University Libraries and the University of Arizona Public History Collaborative, this free symposium will be held in-person and on Zoom.

Guest speaker

We are pleased to welcome our guest speaker, Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities (pictured below)!


  • Friday, April 12
  • 9am - 1:30pm
  • Location: University of Arizona Main Library, 1510 E University Avenue, and via Zoom
  • See more details and register by April 5 (for in-person) and April 10 (for online)


The University of Arizona Libraries and the State of Arizona Research Library, a branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, are collaborating on a National Digital Newspaper Program grant, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress

Through this grant, we are digitizing Arizona newspapers, including several Spanish-language titles, Black community newspapers, and newspapers published in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and in mining and agricultural communities, to be included in Chronicling America, the free newspaper database hosted by the Library of Congress.

Mary Feeney, News Research Librarian