A History, Revised Edition
By Thomas E. Sheridan
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A new exhibition at the University of Arizona's Special Collections showcases 100 essential books that define the cultural, historical, environmental, and political landscape of the Grand Canyon State. “Arizona 100: Essential Books for the Centennial” is a diverse bibliography of must-reads that, according to the selection committee, when reviewed collectively, shout “This is Arizona.” “Arizona 100” is on display from June 18 – Dec. 14, 2012 in the gallery at Special Collections, 1510 E. University Blvd.
“Arizona 100” was curated in conjunction with a special edition of The Journal of Arizona History, published quarterly by the Arizona Historical Society. Inspired by the state’s Centennial, last year a group of seven bibliophiles set out to develop a list of fiction and non-fiction books essential to Arizona. Surveying works from Spanish times to the present, the final 100 titles were “selected on the basis of their historical importance and literary merit.” The special edition of The Journal of Arizona History is the culmination of this yearlong effort and offers an in-depth bibliography of the selected titles with a summary, assessment of significance, and suggestions for further reading for each title.
Twenty-one of the titles were published by the University of Arizona Press. If you're in southern Arizona, stop by and check out the exhibit - it's up through December 14.
University of Arizona Press Titles:
Arizona Place Names by Will Barnes (Original 1935) (New Edition 1988)
Arizona: A History, Revised Edition by Thomas E. Sheridan (Original 1995) (New Edition 2012)
A Beautiful, Cruel Country by Eva Antonia Wilbur-Cruce (Original 1987) (New Edition 1990)
Changing Mile: An Ecological Study of Vegetation Change With Time in the Lower
Mile of an Arid and Semiarid Region by Robert H. Webb, Raymond M. Turner, Janice E. Bowers, and James Rodney Hastings (Original 1965) (New Edition 2003)
Cycles of Conquest: The Impact of Spain, Mexico, and the United States on the
Indians of the Southwest, 1533-1960 by Edward H. Spicer 1967
Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in Papago Indian Country by Gary Paul (2002)
Emil W. Haury’s Prehistory of the American Southwest by Emil Haury (1992)
Forging the Copper Collar: Arizona's Labor-Management War of 1901-1921 by James Byrkit (1982)
Friars, Soldiers, and Reformers: Hispanic Arizona and the Sonora Mission Frontier, 1767-1856 by John Kessell (1976)
Gift of Angels: the Art of Mission San Xavier Del Bac by Bernard Fontana and Edward McCain (2010)
Going Back to Bisbee by Richard Shelton (1992)
Hispanic Arizona, 1536-1856 by James Officer (1989)
Me and Mine: the life story of Helen Sekaquaptewa by Louise Udall (1969)
Mission of Sorrows: Jesuit Guevavi and the Pimas, 1691-1767 by John Kessell (1970)
A Passion for Freedom: the Life of Sharlot Hall by Margaret Maxwell (1982)
A Pima Remembers by George Webb (1959)
Ranch Wife by Jo Jeffers (1993)
Rim of Christendom: A Biography of Eusebio Francisco Kino, Pacific Coast Pioneer by Herbert Bolton (1936; 1960; 1984)
Sonora: A Description of the Province by Ignaz Pfefferkorn (1990)
Steamboats on the Colorado River, 1852-1916 by Richard Lingenfelter (1978)
Western Apache Raiding and Warfare by Grenville Goodwin (1971)