Tucson, Arizona

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City Hall

http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/ City Hall
City Clerk's Office
Roger Randolph, Clerk 255 W. Alameda
Tucson, AZ 85701

P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210

Quick History

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Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino visited the Santa Cruz River valley in 1692, and founded the Mission San Xavier del Bac about 7 miles (12 km) upstream from the site of the settlement of Tucson in 1700. The Spanish established a walled fortress, Presidio San Agustín del Tucson, on August 20, 1775. (near the present downtown Pima County Courthouse) Tucson was attacked repeatedly by Apaches during the Spanish period of the presidio. Eventually the town came to be called "Tucson" and became a part of Mexico after Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821. Tucson was captured by the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican-American War. Following the Gadsden purchase in 1853, Tucson became a part of the United States of America, although the American military did not formally take over control of the community until March 1856. From August 1861, until mid-1862, Tucson was the western capital of the Confederate Arizona Territory, the eastern capital being Mesilla. Until 1863, Tucson and all of Arizona was part of New Mexico Territory. From 1867 to 1877, Tucson was the capital of Arizona Territory. In 1882, Frank Stilwell was shot and killed by Wyatt Earp near Tucson's train station. This event helped trigger the Arizona War that lasted a few weeks.

Major incorporated suburbs of Tucson include Oro Valley and Marana northwest of the city, Sahuarita south of the city, and South Tucson in an enclave south of downtown. Communities in the vicinity of Tucson (some within or overlapping the city limits) include Casas Adobes, Catalina, Catalina Foothills, Flowing Wells, Green Valley, Tanque Verde, New Pascua, Vail and Benson.


Archives and Libraries

  • Library guide for researchers in genealogy and family history from the card index of the Tucson Public Library (FHLC)
  • Documents of Southwestern history: a guide to the manuscript collections of the Arizona Historical Society (FHLC)
  • Guide to archival materials of the Center for Creative Photography (FHLC}
  • Shelf list and catalogue of the Cox Library: a collection of local histories and biographies (FHLC)

Black History and Records

  • Black heritage trails and tales of Tucson and Old Fort Huachuca near Sierra Vista, Arizona (FHLC)
  • The History of African Americans in Tucson: an Afrocentric perspective (FHLC)


  • Cemetery records of the Binghampton Cemetery (Tucson, Arizona): including a separate list of veterans of military service buried in this cemetery (FHLC)
Evergreen Cemetery and Memorial Park
  • Military burials in Arizona (FHLC)


  • Mexican census pre-territorial: Tucson, Tubac and Santa Cruz, 1831 (FHLC)
The National Republican Congress at Mexico City in 1824 combined the provinces of Sonora and Sinaloa under the name Estado Interno de Occidente (Interior State of the West). In 1830, the Congress divided Occidente, Sonora, and southern Arizona was again independent. The following year, 1831, a census was taken. This is the only name by name census of the Sonoran Desert for 1831. The census includes Tucson, Tubac and Santa Cruz.--p. 7.
  • Index to the 1831 census of Arizona and Sonora (FHLC)

Church History and Records

  • History & archives of Broadway Christian Church, Tucson, Arizona : October 29, 1950 - June 24, 2007 (FHLC)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Directory of the membership of Maricopa Stake, 1937: including Prescott and Tucson, listing stake and ward officials (FHLC)
  • Binghampton Ward: Record of members, 1914-1947; annual genealogical report, Form E, 1941- 1948 (FHLC)
  • Tucson Ward: Record of members, 1923-1941; annual genealogical report, Form E, 1941-1948 (FHLC)
  • The Episcopal Church comes to Arizona : the century-old trek of Grace Church, 1874-1974 (FHLC)
  • Historical briefs - Arizona (FHLC)
  • A twenty-five year history of Northminster Presbyterian Church, Tucson, Arizona, 1951-1976 (FHLC)
  • The continuing history of the Trinity Presbyterian Church; the changing years, 1962-1977 (FHLC)
Roman Catholic
  • Key for baptismal dates in the Diocese of Tucson (FHLC)
  • Parish of Santa Maria Magdalena: Record of baptisms at Tucson, Sonora, 1844-1858 (FHLC)
  • Records of baptisms performed at San Javier del Bac, Sonora, 1844-1848: transcribed from registers in the archive of the parish of Santa María Magdalena, Sonora (FHLC)
  • Iglesia Católica. San Ignacio (Magdalena, Sonora): Iglesia Católica. San Ignacio (Magdalena, Sonora) (FHLC)

Court Records

Deeds and Land Records


  • Directory of the city of Tucson for the year 1881 : containing a comprehensive list of inhabitants with their occupations and places of residence (FHLC)
  • Tucson (Arizona) city directories: Microfilm of originals published by various publishers. (FHLC)
  • Tucson (Pima County, Ariz.) city directory : buyers' guide and a complete classified business directory (1963-) (FHLC)

Funeral Homes

  • Parker Mortuary records, Tucson, Arizona, 1897-1912 (FHLC)



  • Life in old Tucson, 1854-1864: as remembered by the little maid Atanacia Santa Cruz (FHLC)
  • Old Fort Lowell (FHLC)
  • Spanish colonial Tucson: a demographic history (FHLC)
  • Treasure land, a story, vol. 1 (FHLC)
  • Tucson: a short history (FHLC)
  • Tucson the life and times of an American city (FHLC)
  • Tucson: with map of landmarks, reference, glossary, chronology, bibliography (FHLC)
  • Tucson, Tubac, Tumacacori, Tohell (FHLC)
  • The urban Southwest : a profile history of Albuquerque, El Paso, Phoenix, Tucson (FHLC)

Hospital Records

  • St. Mary's hospital register, 1909-1916 (FHLC)
  • St. Mary's hospital register, 1909-1920 (FHLC)


  • Tucson: prepared by the Army Map Service; limited revision by U.S. Geological Survey (FHLC)
  • Tucson, Arizona Territory, circa 1880 (FHLC)

Military History and Records

  • Filiaciones de Tucson, 1797-1817 (Military Records) (FHLC)

Naturalization and Citizenship

  • Naturalization and citizenship petitions granted, continued, or denied, Nov. 25, 1929 - Dec. 30, 1955; The United States District Court of Arizona sat at Tucson (FHLC)
  • Naturalizations, 1882-1912; index, 1864-1911; The Second Judicial District court sat at Tucson, Pima County, and also at Tombstone, Cochise County (FHLC)
  • Naturalizations, 1885-1914; The First Judicial District Court generally sat at Tucson, in Pima County, and occasionally involved Cochise County. It was originally included in the jurisdiction of the United States Territorial Court of Arizona (FHLC)


The Arizona Daily Star

The Tucson Citizen (until early 80s was known as the 'Tucson Daily Citizen')

Probate Records

School Records

  • Tucson Indian Training School records, 1912-1913 (FHLC)


  • Assessment rolls, 1879-1894 (Pima County, Arizona); assessment and tax roll, 1898 (Tucson, Pima, Arizona) (FHLC)

Vital Records

  • Birth and death records of Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, 1884-1909 (FHLC)
  • Register of marriages of the city of Tucson, [Arizona], 1884-1917 (FHLC)

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Web Sites