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

(Exhibit 9:00 AM-4:00 PM)

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

 

 

The Arizona State Fair

Take me out to the fair!Well, friends, it’s just about that time again – the time of year when you can purchase just about every kind of food imaginable, deep fried and served on a stick. Where you can see your favorite bands from high school, twenty years after their peak.

The Arizona Territorial Fair was first held in 1884, and morphed into the State Fair once Arizona gained statehood. The experienced some rough years during the Great Depression and World War II, but has been going strong since 1946. The fair has hosted some big name acts, and Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and the Rolling Stones have all performed there!

While the Arizona State Planning and Building Commission went as far as to draw up plans to relocate the fair from it’s home west of 17th Avenue between McDowell and Encanto in Phoenix to Papago Park, plans were eventually scrapped and the fair remained at it’s historic location. The fairgrounds is home to some pretty impressive historical structures! Some highlights include the Gem and Mineral Building (1918), the Grandstand arena (funded by the WPA, 1936), and the Coliseum (1946).

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Letterhead from the 1914 Arizona State Fair

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The site of the current fairgrounds, located between McDowell and Encanto west of 17th Avenue, was purchased in 1905.

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In 1957, the Arizona State Planning and Building Commission proposed a massive development of Papago Park that would have moved the State Fair east.

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Happy Archives Month!

October is Archives Month across the country, and here in Arizona, we decided to focus our annual Archives Month Poster on Ghost Towns of Arizona! We chose the theme to focus on towns in their heyday, but to also look at how these towns look today. Towns would spring up as part of boom or bust economies, often centered on resources such as mining, ranching, or timber. We’re delighted this year to have a good representation from across the state – everything from Metcalf, the copper town in Greenlee County, to Charleston, the mill town in Cochise County that provided timber for Tombstone. If you’d like your own copy of the poster, just fill out the form at the bottom of the page! 

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The 2015 Archives Month Poster!

We also took the opportunity to explore and display some of the goodies from our own collections, and you can stop by and see them in our display case in the reading room!

GhostTowns3 GhostTowns2 GhostTowns1We’re happy to mail you a copy of the Archives Month Poster! Just provide us with a little information here!