African American Resources for Arizona

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

  • African American Digital Bookshelf - a growing list of digital books on FamilySearch and other websites
  • The State of Black Arizona
  • Research Strategy[edit | edit source]

    History[edit | edit source]

    The first person, most likely, of African heritage who came to the Arizona area was a member of a Spanish expedition. Esteban was originally from Morocco and was a slave to a Spaniard. He first arrived in the New World in 1528. See Esteban, a 16th Century Explorer.

    Resources to learn more about African Americans in Arizona history:

  • Arizona's Black History Timeline
  • In The Steps of Esteban: Tucson's African American Heritage
  • Wilson, Bernard J. 2007. The black residents of Tucson and their achievements, 1860-1900: a reference guide. [Tucson, Ariz.]: Bernard Wilson. Available through WorldCat
  • Valenzuela, Blanca, and Regina Kelly. 1998. History paints a beautiful picture: a report on A-Mountain neighborhood history for the Casa Alegre mural project. Tucson, Ariz: s.n. (African American History in Tuscon area) Available through WorldCat
  • Trailtones: The African-American Heritage of Arizona,compiled by Gloria L. Smith, contains materials that highlight African American heritage in Arizona.
  • Resources[edit | edit source]

    Biographies[edit | edit source]

  • In The Steps Of Esteban: Biographies and Oral Histories - contains biographies from African American pioneers, educators, military officials, and more.
  • Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

    Census Records[edit | edit source]

    Church Records[edit | edit source]

    African Americans are represented mainly in five categories: Baptist, Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Church of Christ, and Apostolic.

  • Phoenix: Tanner Chapel AME Church, 1887 - History
  • Tucson: Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1900 - History
  • African American Churches in Tucson
  • Photographic Exhibits African American Churches in Tucson, Arizona, 1900 - 1990
  • Emancipation Records[edit | edit source]

    Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

    Genealogies[edit | edit source]

    Land and Property[edit | edit source]

    Plantation[edit | edit source]

    Oral Histories[edit | edit source]

    Other Records[edit | edit source]

  • Harris, Richard E. The First 100 Years: A History of Arizona Blacks. Apache Junction, AZ: Relmo Publishers, 1983.
  • Military Records[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

    Probate Records[edit | edit source]

    Reconstruction Records[edit | edit source]

    Freedman’s Bank[edit | edit source]

    Freedmen's Bureau[edit | edit source]

    School Records[edit | edit source]

    Slavery Records[edit | edit source]

    Vital Records[edit | edit source]

    Birth[edit | edit source]

    The Arizona, Birth Records, 1881-1948 ($) collection contains birth records between 1881 and 1948 for most counties in Arizona. Information often includes name, birth date, sex, father, mother's maiden name, race or color, parents' birth places, condition at birth, and remarks.

    Marriage[edit | edit source]

    Death[edit | edit source]

    The Arizona, County Coroner and Death Records, 1881-1971 ($) collection contains death records between 1881 and 1971 for most counties in Arizona. Information often includes name, age, sex, informant, and death date/place.

    The Arizona, Death Records, 1887-1960 collection contains death records between 1887 and 1960 for every county in Arizona. Information usually contains name, gender, race, marital status, birth date and place, death date and place, burial date and place, age, occupation, parents and their birth places, and medical information.

    Divorce[edit | edit source]

    Voting Registers[edit | edit source]

    Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Sabio Library
    The University of Arizona Libraries
    1510 E. University Blvd.
    Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
    Phone: 520-621-6406
    Website: University Libraries

    Pioneer Museum (Flagstaff)
    2340 N. Fort Valley Road
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    Phone: 928-774-6272
    The Pioneer Museum has a few collections documenting African American pioneers. See Black Genesis for reference to Beppie Culin Papers (1850-1900) on page 64 which contain 324 bills of sale for slaves.
    Website: Pioneer Museum

    African American Multicultural Museum
    617 North Scottsdale Road, Suite A
    Scottsdale, AZ 85257
    Phone: 480-314-4400

    Societies[edit | edit source]

    Black Family Genealogy & Historical Society
    P. O. Box 90683
    Phoenix, Arizona 85066-0683
    Website: Black Family Genealogy & Historical Society

    References[edit | edit source]