Steinheimer Collection

Elizabeth B. Steinheimer Collection of Children's Materials on the Southwest

Established by the Eugene C. Steinheimer family as a memorial to Elizabeth B. Steinheimer, the collection provides an unusual picture of Southwestern history, geography, and ethnology, focused through the unique prism of children's literature.

The materials are a reflection of the diversity of the Southwest itself and the eras in which they were published. The collection is intended to be as comprehensive and as complete as possible. No judgment is placed on the material for literary excellence, appropriate library format, accurate interpretations or other common measures of criticism used to determine the merit of children's materials. The Steinheimer collection includes fiction and non-fiction, print and non-print materials.

The collection was established in 1979, and is housed on the 3rd floor of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library. Steinheimer materials do not check out. Please ask for assistance at the reference desk.

View a listing of the materials in the Steinheimer Collection.

Who was Elizabeth Steinheimer?

"Eugene and Elizabeth owned and operated three bookstores in Tucson between 1938 and 1972. The Steinheimers were active in the Tucson cultural community."

Arizona Daily Star, 8/7/90

"Elizabeth was a consultant to many Tucson mothers, who sought her advice on reading material for their children."

Tucson Citizen, 11/14/79

"Mrs. Steinheimer had considerable interest in children's books and helped lead a successful effort to start libraries at the city's elementary schools."

Arizona Daily Star, 11/14/79

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