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1864-1911, Arizona Territory, Legislative Journals
Arizona Territory, combined Legislative Journals: title varies, 1864 to 1910/11: title varies, Phoenix, var. state printers, 1864. The lands that
became the State of Arizona were occupied by the native Anasazi, Hohokam and Mogollon Indian tribes. Spanish settlers began arriving in the mid-1500s,
and the territory comprised part of Spain’s New World empire until 1821, when it came under the control of newly independent Mexico. The area became
American territory as the result of the U.S.-Mexican War in 1846 and the Gadsden Purchase in 1854. In 1850 the U.S. government established the large
territory of “New Mexico,” a major portion of which encompassed modern Arizona. Finally, in 1863, due to strategic considerations during the Civil War,
western “New Mexico” was severed off to become the separate Territory of Arizona with its own governor and legislature. Attempts at statehood began as
early as 1872, and a hopeful constitutional convention was even held in 1891, but Congress, troubled by the area’s sparse population, ignored the
requests of residents for statehood status. In fact, the preferred solution in Washington was to reunite Arizona with New Mexico, and in 1904 a formal
motion to that effect passed Congress and was endorsed by President Theodore Roosevelt. However, Arizona’s citizens rejected the option overwhelmingly.
Finally, in 1908 Congress relented and endorsed separate admission for New Mexico and Arizona; an enabling act to that effect passing in 1910. After
some finagling between local leaders and Washington, a constitution was finally approved; with Arizona becoming the 48th state in the Union effective 14
January 1912, ending an unprecedented 62 years as a territory. During the territorial period, 1864-1909, the legislative branch of government was
bicameral, with the upper chamber being styled “the Council.” With statehood the latter name changed to “Senate.” The territorial practice was to publish
the Council and House journals in a combined format. To assist readers using the material online, a table of contents has been provided following the
title page of each volume in those cases where none was originally published. (Records which are part of the Early State Records collection were
digitized from a microfilm copy of titles originally held the Library of Congress, University of North Carolina Library at Chapel HIll, and the Arizona
State Library).
Title:   Journals of the ... Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Arizona.
OCLC Number:   768104530
Available Volumes
NameFiche CountOnlinePaper Backup
1864 Sept 1st LegYesNo
1865 Dec 2nd LegYesNo
1866 Oct 3rd LegYesNo
1867 Sept 4th LegYesNo
1868 Nov 5th LegYesNo
1871 Jan 6th LegYesNo
1873 Jan 7th LegYesNo
1875 Jan 8th LegYesNo
1877 Jan 9th LegYesNo
1879 Jan 10th LegYesNo
1881 Jan 11th LegYesNo
1883 Jan 12th LegYesNo
1885 Jan 13th LegYesNo
1887 Jan 14th LegYesNo
1889 Jan 15th LegYesNo
1891 Feb 16th Leg YesNo
1893 Feb 17th LegYesNo
1895 Jan 18th LegYesNo
1897 Jan 19th LegYesNo
1899 Jan 20th LegYesNo
1901 Jan 21st LegYesNo
1905 Jan 23rd LegYesNo
1907 Jan 24th LegYesNo
1909 Jan 25th LegYesNo