Greater Arizona: Mapping Place, History and Transformation
A new exhibit in Hayden Library, "Greater Arizona: Mapping Place, History and Transformation," features historical maps that belong to the Simon Burrow Collection at Arizona State University's School of Transborder Studies and highlights the different ways the region of Arizona has been conceptualized in a global context.
As geographical diagrams, official documents, political tools, educational implements and records of the past, maps offer a rich and complex understanding of the past and the present. In this exhibit, Arizona is not marked as we know and understand it today; rather, the region of Arizona is represented through numerous developments and various manifestations over time since the 16th century.
The Greater Arizona exhibit also includes photographs by Alejandro Lugo, a professor and director of the School of Transborder Studies, of the border fence area between Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona, as well as photographs of two Spanish missions that still stand in the southern Arizona landscape.
Curated by Theresa Avila, coordinator of the map collection, and Lugo, the exhibit encourages an inclusive and expanded understanding of Arizona and the nation through remembering the state's rich and diverse history.