Special Collections

Halloween, celebrated annually on Oct. 31, began as a pagan festival but has a strong historical tie to the Protestant Reformation.
Oct. 23, 2017
Halloween's ghosts are a reminder of the day's origins in Celtic history. Despite its pagan start, or perhaps because of it, Halloween also played a role in religious history as Reformation Day.
USS Arizona survivors Lauren Bruner (left) and Clarendon Hetrick ring the ship's bell during a visit to the UA campus in December 2015. Hetrick has since died, and Bruner, now 96, is one of only five living survivors from the ship. (Photo: Bob Demers/UANews)
Nov. 30, 2016
Archival papers from University Libraries' Special Collections reveal two different claims to the discovery of the UA's best-known salvaged artifact, back in the spotlight for Sunday's dedication of the USS Arizona Mall Memorial and the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A conceptual painting by Robert McCall for the film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (Photo courtesy of the UA Museum of Art)
Nov. 8, 2016
Nathaniel Smith, UA assistant professor of East Asian studies, explains that film is a medium through which history can be explored and discussed across cultures.
James Delgado, in his talk at UA Libraries' Special Collections, said the USS Arizona "Is the story of us, really. It's the story of people rendered exceptional by extraordinary circumstances."
Sept. 14, 2016
"There's something about swimming up to a ship where you know something horrible has happened," said James Delgado, former head of the National Park Service maritime preservation program, in a talk on campus. "I said to myself, 'I'm here. Please allow me to do the best I can to tell your story.'"
Aug. 29, 2016
The Student Union Memorial Center has several ties to the battleship, and the campus will host events this fall to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
Aug. 15, 2016
Starting with a Special Collections exhibit that opens in two weeks, the UA will host several fall programs to commemorate this year's 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The University has one of the world's largest collections of USS Arizona memorabilia.