History Quest

I have mentioned before that I will put more emphasis on community history in these pages. At that time I didn’t realize what a challenge that would be. Nevertheless, I am pressing forward with the effort to find photos and narratives related to the early days of Armory Park and nearby areas. The broader your areas of research, the more likely you are to find plentiful useful material. When you focus on a small local area, the resources are limited and hard to find. What is available is more likely to be oriented to individuals rather than places or buildings. Famous buildings are more promising for searching but there are few such in Armory Park. Still, with all of the interest in genealogy, people centered material can be useful if you have names to key into your search.

So, my current efforts center on learning how to do local history research and to find helpful resources. I am becoming familiar with local libraries, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, old insurance maps and genealogy websites. The LDS church not only has such a site, it also has two research centers in Tucson. I haven’t gone there yet but will soon.

I expect that there are others in the neighborhood with an interest in local history. If you have a house about whose history you would like to learn more, perhaps we can IMG_2450bcollaborate. If you have names of early day residents, that would be most helpful. I have already learned that my house existed in 1901 and was not built in 1905 as I previously thought. Others have lived in Armory Park for many years and maybe for generations. If you are one of these people, please share your stories with me and the community.

Another thing I have already learned is that local history research requires time and patience. Both of these were lacking in my earlier days but now I am fortunately well supplied with both. I’ll try to put those qualities to good use.

2 thoughts on “History Quest”

  1. Are you aware of “74ff”? It was published by the neighborhood & had a lot of info. about AP. Maybe someone has a copy you could see – I loaned mine out several years ago & never got it back, but surely there are still some floating about in longtime residents’ libraries. P. S. It would be great if the Assoc. would re-issue this book so “new” residents could have a copy! – it was full of history, maps, historic photos & info about some special homes.

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    1. Yes. I was gifted a copy of the 74ff study by my neighbor, Annie Laos, who has since passed away. If you look back far enough in the website, you will find articles, based on the study, about a few Armory Park homes. The study was published by the university and there are very few surviving copies. They can be seen at the Pima County Library, the university library and the Historical Society. Even if the university would permit APNA to reprint the study (copyrighted) I doubt that APNA could afford the expense. That would be nice though.

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