Archive Tucson

Short Edits


Want to dive into the collection without exploring full interviews? Here is an ever-growing list of short edits that we are producing for our friends over at Arizona Public Media.


  • Stella Jacobs spent her middle school years picking cotton in Marana, Arizona while rapidly learning English and attending school in Tucson. This story kicked off our twice-monthly segment of Archive Tucson material on Arizona Public Media.

  • Eating jackrabbit, killing the car battery by listening to the radio, and riding the rails over the flooded Santa Cruz River to school. In this edited clip from Archive Tucson, Trinidad Padilla tells of growing up in the--now ghost town--of Sasco, Arizona.

  • Sleeping outside on the back seat of a car, living on beans, and floating across the flooded desert in a mortar box—Ben Witt recalls childhood in a household of dust bowl refugees in the thinly-populated Amphi Neighborhood during the 1940s.

  • What was it like to grow up in an interracial, Chinese-Mexican family during the 1950s and 1960s? Lucy Estella Lim talks about identity, culture, growing up in a family-owned market, and... fisticuffs.

  • Cass Preston describes growing up in Tucson during the 1930s and 1940s, experiencing segregation, and playing music with his dad's band on Meyer Avenue.

  • Tallia Cahoon grew up in the lead and zinc mining town of Ruby, Arizona during the Great Depression. Though Ruby is a ghost town today, Tallia makes it come to life with this sketch of the people, pastimes, and knife-fights of one of Arizona’s last company towns.

  • Hiking across the Tucson Mountains, creepy taxidermy, and other anecdotes about a Tucson that is almost unimaginably small. Georgiana Boyer shares a few stories of her childhood during the 1930s and 1940s.

Housing and Neighborhood:

  • Joel Turner describes the interactions, positive and negative, he experienced upon moving into a white neighborhood in midtown Tucson in the 1960s.

  • In the 1940s, Stanley Feldman’s family was asked to remove their name from their mailbox to discourage other “non-Christians” from moving into the deed-restricted Colonia Solana neighborhood.

  • Alva Torres describes the efforts to preserve La Placita during Urban Renewal in the 1960s and 1970s.