The University of Arizona Press has been named the recipient of the Historic Preservation Award, given annually by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission.
The Historic Preservation Award honors individuals, firms, groups and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation, conservation and interpretation of local history, architecture or historic preservation.
"We were thrilled when we learned we'd been nominated," said UA Press Interim Director Kathryn Conrad. "Even more so when we found out the nomination had been made by our authors Sarah Herr, senior project director at Desert Archaeology, and Barbara Mills, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. It's so nice to know the work we do is not only valued by the community, but by the authors we have the honor to work with on a daily basis."
A nonprofit publisher of scholarly and regional books since 1959, the UA Press focuses on scholarship that reflects and preserves our Southwestern cultural heritage. With more than 1,000 books in print, the press documents Tucson's unique cultural heritage and shows that our built environment is not only a tangible link to our past, but a cornerstone of our Southwestern identity.
Publishing across a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, Latin American studies and space sciences, among others, the press is highly regarded for its books in Western history, many of which focus on local topics.
In the 2010 award-winning book, "La Calle: Spatial Conflicts and Urban Renewal in a Southwest City," Lydia Otero gives an eye-opening account of the cultural destruction that unfolded in Tucson during the Pueblo Center Redevelopment Project – Arizona's first major urban renewal project.
An associate professor in the department of Mexican American studies, Otero uses the personal stories of Mexican American residents to show how the evolution of federal housing policies combined with an economy increasingly dependent on tourism would ultimately redefine the city's cultural core.
Other titles of note include Anne Nequette and R. Brooks Jeffery's "A Guide to Tucson Architecture," an indispensable reference to our city's rich architectural heritage; Bernard Fontana and Edward McCain's "A Gift of Angels," the first book to document wholly in color and in religious, historical and comparative details the art and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac; and Thomas E. Sheridan's "Los Tucsonenses," a wide-ranging history of Mexicans in Tucson from the post Mexican War era to World War II.
"For more than 50 years," said Conrad, "the press has taken pride in publishing books that will preserve our community's history for generations to come. It's an honor to be recognized, and we look forward to continuing this work and making these important books available to readers in southern Arizona and beyond."