Arizonans can explore a treasure trove of state history for free


Arizonans can explore a treasure trove of history for free

History buffs looking to delve into Arizona history can access issues of the Arizona Historical Society’s Journal of Arizona History free for a limited time.

“During this time when many schools have closed and access to libraries and archives is limited, the Arizona Historical Society’s Journal of Arizona History is now free via Project MUSE until June 30, 2020,” according to a news release.

Issues from 2018 and 2019 as well as the new spring 2020 issue devoted to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential run are available at

“As the leading publication dedicated to the state’s history, the quarterly Journal of Arizona History publishes articles that add substantially to our knowledge of Arizona’s past,” the release stated. “Each issue of The Journal of Arizona History features original research articles and an extensive book review section that focuses on new works on Arizona, the American West and the border region.”

In 2019, AHS released a special edition, “Grand Canyon National Park at 100,” the largest issue of the Journal’s 60-year history. Readers can explore the past, present and future of Arizona’s most famous landmark.

Project MUSE is a provider of digital humanities and social science content around the world. It holds scholarly journals and books from hundreds of publishers and presses, the release stated. Its mobile-friendly platform offers unlimited printing and downloading, easy search features, and is compliant with U.S. and international accessibility standards. Visitors can access the Journal’s Project MUSE articles via the society’s website,

Issues of the award-winning Journal are mailed quarterly to Arizona Historical Society members. To become a member, visit

Virtual programs

The society also has been hosting virtual programs with journal authors.

The next one, “Man of the West: Barry Goldwater’s Reflection in the Oasis of Frontier Conservatism” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. It will feature Sean P. Cunningham, an associate professor and History Department chair at Texas Tech University. Mr. Cunningham is author of “Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right,” and “American Politics in the Postwar Sunbelt: Conservative Growth in a Battleground Region.”

His article on Mr. Goldwater appears in the society’s current journal edition.

To register for the free hourlong presentation, visit and click on the presentation link.

Founded in 1864, the Arizona Historical Society is the state’s oldest historical organization, dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s rich history.

The society operates seven museums across the state, including the Arizona Heritage Center museum, library and archives at 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe.

The stories of the people, places and events that have shaped Arizona are told through the society’s museum exhibits, programs, events and outreach.

For more information on AHS and its programs, visit