The Wonderful Earle Florence

Over the past few years, we’ve been pretty proud to develop a collecting strength in the area of architectural records. Because a lot of the great mid-century architects here in the Valley have left the field in recent years, the architectural community has reached out to archivists to make sure that these records don’t find their way into dumpsters! We cannot thank this architectural records advisory board enough for introducing us to Earle Florence!

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Earle in his studio, completing a landscape sketch to contribute to his pal Christopher’s coffee table train set. http://www.coffeetabletrains.com/

Earle received some architectural training at the University of Michigan, but did most of his learning on his own. He didn’t graduate, but did go on to join the American Institute of Architects. He married his sweetheart Donna in the 1950s, the couple relocated to Arizona, and Earle began working in the architecture field in the early 1960s. Earle’s name shows up in the company of many well-known architects in Phoenix – he worked with Bennie Gonzales, partnered with George Schoneberger, and jokes about being fired by Ralph Haver.

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Earle and Donna at their home in Mesa, shortly before they relocated to the East Coast.

There is no question that Earle is a brilliant architect, and he produced a variety of wonderful residential, commercial, and civic projects. He told stories of designing a house in the Bahamas for Charles Keating (yes…THAT Charles Keating!), of working with Bennie Gonzales on the Scottsdale Civic Center, and the Henrich House. The Henrich Project never got to construction, but Earle told us, “this would have been my zenith.”

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Earle told us that the Henrich House would have been his “zenith.” What an incredible house it would have been!

Earle is a fantastic architect, but like many other architects, he also shines artistically. Through the years, he has filled volumes and volumes of notebooks with beautiful art and his musings on the world around him.

We were very honored to receive the Earle Florence collection here at the State Archives over the past few months. Earle contributed architectural records, artists’ journals, photographs, and other materials, many of which are inventoried on our ARIZONA STATE KNOWLEDGE DATABASE. You can also go directly to the FULL FINDING AID.

We would like to thank both Earle and Donna Florence for making sure that this collection was saved for future generations, as well as their wonderful hospitality and storytelling throughout the transfer process. We wish them all the very best in their new home on the East Coast!

 

 

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Dillinger Days!

As Tucson prepares for the annual Dillinger Days, we thought we’d share what we have – or rather, what we don’t have – in the archives. dillinger

But first, the Dillinger back story. John Herbert Dillinger was a well-known Depression-era gangster who operated a group called the “Dillinger Gang,” a notorious group wanted for robbing 24 banks, four police stations, and was charged with the murder of an Indiana police officer. Dillinger was also famous for escaping jail twice, and found his way to Tucson to lay low after the gang’s crime sprees.

The group was spending some time at Hotel Congress, but on January 22, 1934, their plans to hide out were interrupted. A fire started in the basement of the hotel, and following an evacuation, Tucson firefighters retrieved nearly $24,000 in cash stowed away in heavy suitcases. The firemen recognized the gang from True Detective Magazine, tipped off local police, and they were able to capture the gang members on North Second Avenue. Dillinger was extradited to Indiana, where he was placed in jail and escaped once again! In July of 1934, Dillinger met his demise at the hands of Chicago Police, who shot and killed him outside of the Biograph Theater. Hotel Congress still observes the illustrious gangster’s stay in their hotel with a weekend of Speakeasy fun!

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A Spanish Language Newspaper, El Tucsonense, reported on the capture of Dillinger.

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And now the archives part. A few years ago, we received some microfilm from the Tucson Police Department containing several years of police reports. We were able to locate the police report sheets for all of Dillinger’s accomplices, but the sheet for Dillinger was mysteriously missing from the roll of film! The suspense continues. Have fun at Dillinger Days if you make it this weekend! dillinger-and-gang0001 dillinger-and-gang0002 dillinger-and-gang0003 dillinger-and-gang0004 dillinger-and-gang0005 dillinger-and-gang0006 dillinger-and-gang0007 dillinger-and-gang0008

Mold and foxing and termite damage, oh my!

We recently received a transfer of some pretty nasty county records, and in the spirit of starting the new year off right, we are tackling the challenge. Unfortunately, these records have both mold and termite damage! Some will be microfilmed and destroyed, while others are beyond repair. archivistscoverupA few things to know:

  1. Be careful about where you store records! Leaky basements, musty attics, or outbuildings like barns and sheds are not appropriate storage!
  2. It’s a lot easier to be proactive about storage of records than to repair them later (and a lot less expensive!)
  3. Mold is one of the biggest threats to the health of archivists. We appreciate it when folks take care of their records so we don’t have to worry about this when they come!

If you have any questions about the storage of your records, feel free to give us a call at 602.926.3720.

Election Season is Upon Us!

It’s just five more days until election day, so we decided to collaborate with our pals at the Capitol Museum and the Digital Arizona Library to put together a display of some of our more interesting treasures from our collections. Stop by the reading room if you have a chance, but here is a sneak preview!

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This act gives instruction as to the collection of poll taxes, 1899. The first first act related to poll taxes was passed in 1879, and poll taxes were declared unconstitutional in 1963 with the Twenty-fourth Amendment.

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A George W.P. Hunt campaign poster, undated. (ca. 1920s or 1930s)

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A telegram of congratulations to George W.P. Hunt from G.C. Ruffner.

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A congressional district map from 1965, when Arizona had only three districts! Many thanks to Ryan Ehrfurth for contributing this from the Digital Arizona Library.

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Some ephemera goodies courtesy of the Arizona Capitol Museum – many thanks to Museum Curator Stephanie Mahan!

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A selection of photos from our Photo Archivist, Wendi Goen.

2016 Archives Month Activities

-Many thanks to Shannon Walker of the Thunderbird School of Global Management for compiling this list! 

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Louie’s Legacy Project at Northern Arizona University

NAU celebrates the completion of Louie’s Legacy as an innovative use of archival content and technology. It allows students, faculty, and the broader community to learn about the history of the campus through its built environment through the use of QR codes.

Online at (http://library.nau.edu/speccoll/exhibits/louies_legacy/

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 Wednesday, October 5th, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Arizona Historical Society Sneak Preview and Tour (Tempe)

The Arizona Historical Society’s Tempe Library and Archives is celebrating Archives Month with a screening of several Wallace & Ladmo episodes.  The popular children’s show aired from 1954-1989 and combined live skits, local musicians and cartoons and poked fun at the daily news. The screening will be followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Arizona Historical Society’s Library & Archives. Rarely seen items will be available for viewing.

Location:

Arizona Heritage Center, 1300 N College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

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Wednesday, October 5th

(Opening remarks from Secretary Reagan at 2:00 PM, presentation by Denise Lundin at 3:00 PM, materials on exhibit October 5th, 2:00-4:00 PM)

Finding the OK Corral Inquest Papers

The Gunfight at the OK Corral occurred 135 years ago this October 26th yet is still subject of much public fascination.  Almost all of the original court documents have been lost to history, but a few remain.  Just 6 years ago some of the transcripts of the Coroner’s Inquest into the shooting resurfaced after being misplaced for decades in the court clerk’s dusty records storage.  Come hear from that now-retired court clerk about her search for, and ultimate discovery of, our state’s precious documentary heritage AND see the papers themselves, now restored and in the public domain.

Location:

Historic Arizona State Capitol, 3rd floor, Margaret B. Cooley Room, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix AZ 85007

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Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th

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Legends of the West: The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection of Jim Melikian

This collection includes the earliest known postal cancellation from Tombstone (August 26, 1879), a bank draft stamped on the day of the O.K. Corral Shootout (October 25th, 1881), numerous correspondence between the city’s and Cochise County’s founders, very rare photographs, an advertising broadside offering the O.K. Corral itself, a Pima County Bank note demanding payment from Tom and Frank McLaury – both were killed in the gunfight, and much, much more. It is an Old West goldmine in documents and photos.

Location:

Historic Arizona State Capitol, 3rd Floor, Margaret B. Cooley Room, 1700 W. Washington, Phoenix AZ 85007

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Friday October 7, 8:00 AM-4:45 PM

2nd Arizona Women’s History Symposium, “Arizona Women at Work: From the Family Economy to the Workplace” (Tempe)

Interested in learning about the history of Arizona women? In listening to and talking with historians who write about Arizona women? In researching and writing about Arizona women?  In meeting archivists and others who have research collections? This symposium represents the second major public educational project of the Arizona Women’s History Alliance (AWHA), a collaboration of the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame and the Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail. With opening remarks by Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, the goal of the symposium is to encourage the audience to participate in conversations about the contributions of Arizona women representing our rich and diversified cultural and social history. It is an opportunity for attendees to hear and talk to notable scholars and archivists about conducting research on Arizona women, the process of historical inquiry, providing historical context and answering the “so what” questions.  It will help identify assumptions about working women’s roles, discuss the importance of placing women in historical context and stimulate thinking about the research, writing and interpretation of women’s history.

Location

Arizona Heritage Center, Steele Auditorium, 1300 North College, Tempe, AZ 85281

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 Friday October 7, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

What’s My Job Again? A Symposium on Refining Archivists’ Roles (Tempe)

The Arizona Archives Alliance (AzAA) presents a symposium that explores the shifting roles of archivists, including in-depth discussions on job titles, responsibilities, and the need for functional analyses of existing jobs in archival repositories.  Featuring speakers: Chrystal Carpenter of Elon University and Erin O’Meara of the University of Arizona.  The symposium is offered at no cost thanks to funding generously provided by a grant from the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board.

Location

Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

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Friday, October 7th, 4:00-6:00 PM
Arizona Historical Society Archives Tour (Tucson)

In celebration of National Archives Month, the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives in Tucson will be hosting a behind the scenes tour of the Archives and an open house with a special selection of materials on display from 4 to 6pm on October 7th, 2016. The first tour will begin at 4:30pm and the second will begin at 5:15pm. Archival materials will be available for viewing in the reading room from 4 to 6pm.

Location: 

Arizona History Museum, 949 E Second St., Tucson, AZ 85719

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 Friday, October 7th, 4:30-6:00 PM

Northern Arizona University special exhibit

Join us for the opening for our exhibit chronicling the University era at NAU.

Location:

Northern Arizona University, Special Collections and Archive, Cline Library

special.collections@nau.edu

(928) 523-5551

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Wednesday October 12th, 11:30 AM

Tempe Historical Society Lunch Talks

Mark Vinson will present “From Teepees to ‘the House of the Future’:  Midcentury Buildings of the East Valley and the Stories behind Them.” Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and other East Valley communities experienced phenomenal growth in the 30-year period following the end of World War II.  Along with changes in the economy, transportation and lifestyle, building design in the area underwent a radical transformation. Vinson is Tempe’s former City Architect and founding Historic Preservation Officer, he will describe and illustrate many of these buildings, their history, styles and architects. Admission is free, with coffee and light refreshments provided.

Location:

Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern, Tempe AZ 85282

www.tempe.gov/museum (480) 350-5100

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Wednesday October 12th, 7:00 PM

Book Launch: And TiKo-Tu, the Midcentury Architecture of Greater Phoenix’ East Valley

By Mark Vinson

Tempe, Mesa, Chandler and other East Valley communities experienced phenomenal growth in the 30-year period following the end of World War II.  Along with changes in the economy, transportation and lifestyle, building design in the area underwent a radical transformation.  And TiKo-Tu, a new book published by the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation, describes and illustrates many of these buildings, their history, styles and architects.  Mark Vinson, FAIA/AICP, Tempe’s former City Architect and founding Historic Preservation Officer, is the principal author.  Other contributors include the Tempe Historical Society’s Vic Linoff, Ron Peters, AIA/AICP, Tempe resident Michelle Korf, Christine Wahlstrom Weiss and ASU student Raymie Humbert, with a Forward by Grady Gammage, Jr.

Location:

Tempe History Museum, 809 E Southern, Tempe AZ 85282

www.tempe.gov/museum (480) 350-5100

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Thursday, October 13, 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Little Known Treasures in the State Archives (Phoenix)

In honor of Arizona Archives Month, the State Archives will display some of the wonderful records we have in our collections. Come and see Billy Breckenridge’s hand-written version of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, the Extradition to the Governor of Colorado for Wyatt Earp and friends, property owners in 1890s downtown Phoenix, the 1910 Constitution with seal and signatures, evidence from trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd’s court case, colorful trademarks, rare photographs, maps and more.

Location:

Polly Rosenbaum State Archives and History Building, 1901 W. Madison, Phoenix, AZ  85009

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Tuesday October 18th, 10:00 AM

Preserving the Past, the Map Digitization Project & Library Tour

A presentation of the techniques, methodology, and concerns surrounding the digitization of our recorded past. The event is directed toward folks interested in maps, document preservation, digitization, and the Museum Library. The presentation will cover document encapsulation techniques employed for the project, document handling, sorting, and indexing, logistics, funding, storage, and distribution challenges, stakeholders and partners.

Location:

Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 West Beale Street, Kingman, Arizona 86401 (928) 753-3195

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Wednesday, October 19, 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Workshop (Phoenix)

On behalf of the Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB), the Arizona State Archives will present a day-long basic workshop aimed at small cultural institutions including historical societies, museums, archives, libraries, and local governments that have records in their collections. We will cover types and scales of disasters, prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and writing an emergency preparedness plan. Each attendee will receive a notebook and a box with some basic emergency supplies including the Heritage Preservation Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.

Call Karlee Myers at the State Archives for information on how to register for the workshop (602-926-3729).

Location:

Arizona State Records Center, 1900 W. Washington Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009

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Wednesday October 19, 6:00-8:00 PM

Phoenix History Meetup

Join Matthew Luhrs Crane and ASU Libraries Arizona Collection curator Rob Spindler for a social event at the historic Seamus McCaffrey’s pub in Phoenix. See rare videos and photographs from the ASU collections, tell your stories and ask questions about Phoenix history as you enjoy McCaffrey’s  food and drink!

Location:

Seamus McCaffrey’s, 18 West Monroe, Phoenix AZ 85003

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Thursday October 20th, 5:00-6:30PM

ASU Libraries Online History Treasure Hunt

Grab your tablet or laptop and join ASU archivists in a search for buried historical treasures from the ASU Libraries digital collections! Walk the plank and dive into the many texts, audio and video recordings that have been digitized for your use with this guided tour of our online collections. Conduct your own searches, suggest new materials to digitize and get help with your research interests from our archival experts! One of many Arizona Archives Month events happening this October!

Location:

Hayden Library Room C6A, Arizona State University – Tempe campus, 300 E. Orange Mall, Tempe AZ 85201 

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Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00-2:30 PM

A Cochise County Treasure Returns Home – OK Corral Inquest Papers and More

Free and Open to the Public

View first-hand the original documents relating to the inquest from the gunfight at the OK Corral.  They’ll be leaving their home at the Arizona State Library and Archives for a brief one day special appearance back to the county from which they originated. Learn of their discovery in an old evidence locker and what it takes to lovingly restore and preserve these integral pieces of our local heritage with Denise Lundin, former County Clerk, currently Business Analyst with the Arizona Supreme Court; and Melanie Sturgeon, Administrator, State Archives. Light refreshments will be served.

Location:

Henry F. Hauser Museum, Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 East Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

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Monday, October 24th– Friday, October 28th

Mohave County Photograph exhibit

Come join the Mohave Museum of History and Arts on for the themed photo exhibit “Early Mohave County.”  It will be displayed in the lobby of the Mohave County Administration Building. This event, celebrating American Archives Month, is free to the public.

Location:

Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W Beale St, Kingman, AZ 86402

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Thursday, October 27, 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

How to Care for Family Photographs and Papers (Phoenix)

Want to learn how to care for old photographs, your great-grand parents’ love letters, a pioneer journal, old maps, and more? Meet one-on-one with the State Archive’s Conservator to talk about how to best preserve your family archives.

Location:

Copper Dome Conference Room, State Capitol Museum, Phoenix, AZ 85007

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Saturday, October 29, 1:00-2:30 PM

Latino Genealogy & Preservation of Family Archives Workshop

Free and Open to the Public

Are you interested in learning YOUR family story, then join Nancy Liliana Godoy-Powell, Archivist and Librarian of Chicano/a Research Collection, Arizona State University, for an informative and practical workshop designed to help you trace your roots and preserve your precious family archives. Light refreshments will be served.

Location:

Henry F. Hauser Museum, Ethel H. Berger Center, 2950 East Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

 

 

Remembering Rose Mofford

Yesterday, Arizona said goodbye to former Governor Rose Mofford, so we’ve been spending time with some of our favorite materials related to her long career of service here in Arizona. Stop by and see some of the treasures we have on display here at the archives, including Mofford’s 7th grade yearbook in Globe.

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“Sat., 30 Sep. 1978 – Arizona Secretary of State Rose Mofford takes a turn on the serving line at Hays Ranch, Peeples Valley, Ariz. – during 45th Annual Yavapai Cattle Growers calf sale and barbecue.” Lloyd Clark Collection, MG 86, Series 1, Box 11, File 69, Image 057.

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One of Rose Mofford’s legendary holiday cards.

Rose Perica was born in Globe, Arizona on June 10, 1922, the youngest of six children of Croation immigrants Frances (Oberstar) and John Perica. She attended Globe High School, and exceled both academically and athletically. Rose played basketball and softball, including earning  All-American status as a member of the Arizona Cantaloupe Queens, and turned down a contract to play basketball.

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She married Lefty Mofford in 1957, and although the couple divorced ten years later, they remained friends and she kept his surname. She never remarried, never had children, but dedicated her life to civil service in Arizona for more than 50 years. After high school, she began working as a secretary for the State Treasurer, and later as business manager for Arizona Highways. She was appointed Secretary of State in 1977 following the resignation of Raul Castro and Wesley Bolin’s subsequent appointment as governor, and was elected to a full term in 1978. She served as Secretary of State until 1988, when she was elected as Arizona’s first female governor.  A Democrat, she served as Governor from 1988 until 1991, and did not seek re-election.
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After leaving public office, Rose Mofford continued to dedicate herself to civic and charitable activities. She passed away on September 15, 2016 at the age of 94. She is remembered for her beehive hairdo, for answering her own phone, and for having a “heart as big as her hair.”

Yesterday’s Vision of Tomorrow

Can you imagine a world without computers? We use them every day in our work, and even have them in our pockets! But when Betty West (Chief Clerk of the Arizona House of Representatives) attended a  seminar on the possible usefulness of computers for legislative work in 1970, she wasn’t convinced. “I am doubtful as to Arizona being ready for computers at this time for legislative work.” The following month, Betty visited the American Micro Systems, Inc. plant in San Jose and scored these computer parts. Our contractor Brianna found these parts filed away in some boxes we received from a member of the House research staff when he retired.

*Fun fact: did you know that we maintain several old computers and machines to help us with our obsolete media? Computers have been tremendous for convenience and efficiency, but digital records have produced a whole host of challenges for archivists in terms of preservation!

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