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Born in 1929, Jack Sheaffer chronicled the explosive growth of Arizona during the better part of the 20th century. He attended Tucson High School, joined the Air Force in 1954, and then started working as a contract photographer for the Arizona Daily Star. Sheaffer was the chief photographer for the paper between 1955 and 1982, and this voluminous collection presents a healthy sampling of his work. Here visitors can make their way through over 10,000 photographs digitized by the University of Arizona Libraries Digital Collections. Visitors can perform a detailed search across the entire collection, but it's also fun to just type in a keyword or two, such as Tucson, roads, or parades. Visitors will note that the subjects covered by Sheaffer are vast, and they include tragic accidents, local beauty pageants, and the Tucson Rodeo. All told, this site offers an amazing portrait of Arizona in the latter half of the 20th century.
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