In 1912, President William H. Taft signed the Arizona Statehood Bill, making Arizona the 48th state to join the Union. Because President Taft signed the bill on February 14th, Arizona was soon labeled as “The Valentine State.” Resources made available by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records through the online Digital Arizona Library (DAZL), have made learning more about the Valentine State easier than ever.
To celebrate our membership in the Union, this Saturday, February 13th, the Arizona Capitol Museum will celebrate Statehood Day. Dr. Gilbert Storms will present a talk on his book, “The Extraordinary Lives of Charles D. Poston ‘Father of Arizona’.” Additionally, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales will receive the Polly Rosenbaum Award from the State Library, and winners of the Arizona Education Foundation Polly Rosenbaum Writing Awards will be announced. More about the event is available online.
- “Statehood Granted Without Recall” Weekly Journal – Miner, August 23, 1911 (p. 1, column 1, continues on pp. 2 – 4)
- “Statehood is Achieved; President Taft Signs Proclamation/ Arizona into the Union,” The Bisbee Daily Review, February 15, 1912 (p. 1, column 1)
- “The Question of Statehood” Arizona Republican, September 20, 1901 (p. 2 column 3)
- Photograph of President William Taft signing the Arizona Statehood Bill (1912)
- Photo of Governor George W. P. Hunt greeting people at Arizona Statehood Day in Phoenix (Statehood Day February 14th 1912)
- Proposed Constitution The Proposed Constitution for the State of Arizona published in 1910
- Under the Copper Dome by Michael D. Carman, published in 2001
- Arizona: 100 Years Grand by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, published in 2011