Exciting New Records from the State Historic Preservation Office!

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Map Librarian Julie Hoff surveys new records just transferred from the State Historic Preservation Office

Records often come to the State Archives through a random series of events – sometimes when someone is cleaning out a storage unit, sometimes when someone leaves office, sometimes shrouded in (gasp!) scandal! This is a story of none of these things. We received a call recently that the State Historic Preservation Office would be relocating from it’s offices in the Corporation Commission buildings to historic Evans House at 11th Avenue and Washington.

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1893 Historic Evans House, new home of the State Historic Preservation Office.

We expect more materials from SHPO down the line, but for now, we went over for a transfer of county maps and architectural drawings. Among the materials transferred, we were particularly smitten with a large book of drawings of significant sites in Arizona, many of them dating from the 1930s and done during the Works Progress Administration! Here are some of our favorites.

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Details of column, San Xavier del Bac Mission, dated 1940

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Reredos (altarpiece) drawings, San Xavier del Bac Mission, dated 1940

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Ceiling details with color schemes, San Xavier del Bac Mission, dated 1940

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Elevation drawings, Mission San Jose De Tumacácori, dated 1937

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Cross-sections of the sanctuary, Mission San Jose De Tumacácori, dated 1937

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