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Take a deep dive into the history of Nelson’s Pool in Phoenix on the Arizona Memory Project

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Description automatically generatedPHOENIX – For over 40 years, Nelson’s Pool was the place to go to cool off in the summer heat of Phoenix. Entertainment included diving shows, safety demonstrations, and synchronized swimming performances. Free swim lessons were provided to local children. A unique well water circulation method kept the pool cool during the hot summers. The Nelson’s Pool collection contains over 100 items, including photographs, documents, videos, and oral histories that make this long-gone Phoenix destination come back to life.

“The Nelson’s Pool Foundation is so pleased that Nelson’s Pool is being recognized through its presence on the Arizona Memory Project highlighting a neighborhood pool that contributed so much to the lives of the people who swam there. The archive highlights Nelson’s Pool as an example of innovative, early swimming pool architecture in the state, as well as swimming, diving, and synchronized swimming culture from the ‘40s to the ‘70s, and individual stories of how this swimming pool contributed to their youth, development, well-being, and overall sense of belonging,” said Renee Angle, family member and collection curator. “Although the pool no longer physically exists, swimming at Nelson’s Pool in the summer is inextricably linked to summer memories for many Valley residents. Collecting these memories, photographs, and other materials all in one place ensures that future generations can learn and enjoy how residents relaxed, played, and lived under the sun.”

Researchers enjoying the Nelson’s Pool collection will find it on the Arizona Memory Project indefinitely and on any digital device at http://go.azsos.gov/nelsonspool.

For questions about this or any digital collection, or for cultural institutions interested in sharing collections on the Arizona Memory Project, contact azmemory@azlibrary.gov.


The Arizona Memory Project provides free online access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. The Arizona Memory Project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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