This interview is with Bruce Dinges and covers the following themes:
Childhood in Illinois during the 1950s and 1960s and developing interest in history.
Graduate school at Rice during 1970s and evolving thoughts about the practice of history.
Interest in editing while working for the Journal of Southern History.
Move to Tucson and work as assistant editor of Arizona and the West. First impressions of Tucson. Changes in craft of history from 1980s to 2010s. Also changes at the UA and Historical Society.
Role of historian Jack Carrol at the UA, including his launch of the Western History Association and journal Arizona and the West. Eventual transformation into the Journal of the Southwest.
Bruce’s time at Arizona and the West from 1978-1986 and move to the Arizona Historical Society. Editing books and the Journal of Arizona History.
History of the Arizona Historical Society and the Journal of Arizona History.
Tucson literary community in the 1970s and 1980s.
Bruce’s sense of place in Tucson and changes in the metropolitan area.
The value of teaching local history.
Iconic places of Arizona’s landscape.
The Arizona History Convention.
Changes in demographics of historians and their interests.
Southwest Books of the Year and Tucson Festival of Books.
This interview was recorded in Tucson, Arizona on March 28th, 2017.