Arizona Rangers

AZ rangers Following in the footsteps of the famous Texas Rangers, Arizona created an Arizona Rangers team of its own in 1901.  Depending on which book you read these folks were honorable heroes always, or they were a mixture of honorable heroes and former criminals and ongoing criminals who also performed mostly honorably and well as Rangers when the situation called for it.

As part of its Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing produced Arizona Rangers, written by M. David  DeSoucy.  This entertaining chronicle is rampant with photos from the archives of Arizona historical associations and organizations, and chronicles the various tales of what the Arizona Rangers accomplished from their 1901 launch until the book’s publication in 2008.  An easy, memorable and entertaining read.

Digitizing Oral History – What I learned in Waco

The Baylor University Future Perfect workshop was an amazing experience. I learned all the technical details about choosing digital history equipment such as recorders and microphones, but I also made some great contacts.

One of the first resources mentioned at the workshop was H-Oralhist, a network for scholars and professionals active in studies related to oral history. It is affiliated with the Oral History Association.




I met Esther Camacho, visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Kingsville, and Sandra Rexroad, Director of the University’s South Texas Archives and Special Collections.   I had lunch with two administrators at the Round Rock, TX library who are overseeing the daunting task of preserving through digitization the archived publications of the local Round Rock Leader newspaper.  I heard several presentations of unique oral history projects, which I’ll be talking about at length in later posts.

I also got some time to explore Waco and Baylor University. I walked its campus extensively, and spent two great hours at the Texas Ranger Museum. If you’re ever in Waco don’t miss this!