Arizona’s Veterans through the Eyes of History

When: Friday, November 14, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Polly Rosenbaum State Archives Building, 1901 W. Madison 

Join us for a celebration of Arizona’s Veterans through the eyes of history.  America’s servicemen and women have long been an important part of Arizona history.  Starting in the territorial days when soldiers were stationed here to ensure the safety of Arizonans, followed by Frank Luke Jr.’s heroic military efforts during World War I, and the state’s significance as a training base for World War II soldiers and aviators.

On Friday, November 14, the State Archives will host an exhibit of unique and interesting military records that are part of the State Archives’ collections.  Archivists will be on hand to talk about these collections and discuss research interests you might have.

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On display will be an 1864 Map of the Military Department of New Mexico (which includes Arizona), the U.S. War Department – Military Map #1, a collection of letters written by Private Austin Seavey while he was stationed in Arizona from 1876 to 1881.  Photographs of military encampments during the territorial era will also be on display.  Selected examples of letters written by soldiers returning to Arizona after World War II to Governor Sydney Osborn describing the hardships they faced trying to reintegrate into civilian life will be available for the public to read.

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These items are just a fraction of the material relating to veterans in the State Archives.  Collections include Veteran’s Association periodicals, lists and maps of military posts, General Orders, naturalization papers of World War I veterans, and photographs and documents from the Frank Luke Jr. collection.

To learn more about the official archives for Arizona’s state and local government permanent records, visit Archives and Records Management, a branch of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, collects, preserves and makes available public records, historical manuscripts, photographs, newspapers and other materials that contribute to Arizona’s history.