A Legacy of Canyon Adventure-The George Billingsley Collection
If you haven’t ventured below the rim of the Grand Canyon, you’re missing the best part! For those with a more adventuresome personality (and extra leisure time), the panoramic landscape, geology, as well as unique flora and fauna are waiting to be experienced. Regardless of the time of year and trail or site trekked, the interior Canyon experience leaves a permanent mark on the visitor’s psyche. For a select few, it is a passionate love affair and devotion to the Canyon that leads to numerous adventures and experiences with family and friends. Few have loved or experienced the Canyon to the depth and breath as George Billingsley.
Special Collections is proud to announce the opening of the George Billingsley collection. This collection is the latest in a long list of archival collections documenting hiking and recreation in the Grand Canyon, including Harvey Butchart, Josef Muench, Fred and Margaret Eisement, P.T. Reilly, Tad Nichols, and Emery Kolb collections. The Billingsley collection includes the original research and correspondence for his book, Quest for the Pillar of Gold: The Mines and Miners of the Grand Canyon (co-authored with Earle Spamer and Dove Menkes) professional publications; and published Colorado Plateau and Grand Canyon maps. In additional, Billingsley has donated his annotated trip logs and thousands of photographs documenting his hiking and river excursions throughout the Grand Canyon region (1963-2002). The first series of the Billingsley photographs have been digitized and are now online. Stick around, there’s more to come!
Re-posted from the Special Collections and Archives Blog- http://library.nau.edu/speccoll/blog/2015/07/a-legacy-of-canyon-adventure-george-billingsley-collection/
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SEGA UPDATE FROM HANKS SCHOLAR SARAH CIARACCHI
Back in January, NAU student Sarah Ciaracchi started her internship as the 2015 Hanks Scholar. The Dorothy T. and James J. Hanks Cline Library Endowment supports Northern Arizona University students for research in repeat photography. Sarah was selected to participate in a truly unique partnership with the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) project and Cline Library's Special Collections and Archives. Read her personal account of how the project is going and what she has learned and discovered so far in her internship update on the SCA Blog.
Soap Creek and Vermillion Cliff geology. Photo: S. Ciaracchi.
LOUIE'S LEGACY: THE POST WAR QR CODE DISTRICT
You are invited to discover NAU's past as the NAU History Department's public history class, in partnership with Cline Library's Special Collections and Archives, unveils a new digital exhibit, The Post War QR Code District. This self-guided QR code tour allows you to discover the history of NAU's north central campus. Start at the Lumberjack Statue, north of the Student union on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm. Don't forget to download a QR scanning app.
To learn more about the project and self-guided tour, visit: http://library.nau.edu/speccoll/exhibits/louies_legacy/postwar.html .
LiveData ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE RESEARCH ARIZONA PORTAL
The LiveData initiative, funded by the Arizona Board of Regents’ Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF), is intended to improve research data management and scholarly productivity at the three public universities in Arizona. This collaborative effort aims to produce shared infrastructure and functionality that will benefit all three institutions and provide a competitive advantage for researchers and faculty within the Arizona university system.
As part of this effort, LiveData is pleased to announce the launch of Research Arizona (http://researchaz.org), a web portal designed to "link together searchable repositories of published and unpublished research data, scholarship, and creative contributions” at ASU, NAU, and UA. This portal is a “shop window” for our research activities and provides a consolidated point of access for research and scholarly outputs and an overview of the latest research developments at our institutions. ResearchAZ is intended to market our research efforts as well as being a source of information for businesses, the media and other researchers.
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SOUTHWEST EXPERIMENTAL GARDEN ARRAY (SEGA) INTERNSHIP
Thanks to the Dorothy T. and James J. Hanks Cline Library Endowment, there's a new face in Special Collections and Archives.
From the SCA Blog: This year's Cline Library Hanks Scholar has begun work on a new repeat photography project. Ms. Sarah Ciarrachi is a junior pursuing a Biology degree at NAU and brings a breadth of experience that makes her a great fit for this year's project.
The Dorothy T. and James J. Hanks Cline Library Endowment supports Northern Arizona University students for research in repeat photography. A primary goal is to locate and document camera stations of photographs held by Special Collections and Archives, with emphasis on images from the Colorado Plateau. Cline Library Hanks Scholars enhance the library’s photographic collections by increasing knowledge and discovery in the natural or social sciences. Hanks Scholars are given a unique opportunity to develop an appreciation of the value of historic photographs and repeat photography. Relatedly, SCA is the official repository for the James J. Hanks Collection.
Previous Hanks Endowment funding supported the development of the 2013-14 SCA exhibit, Time… and Time Again: A Repeat Photography Exhibit of Northern Arizona Towns and Trails. Click here to visit the virtual component of that exhibit.
In the spring of 2014, SCA approached NAU’s Dr. Tom Whitham–Principal Investigator for the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) project–and Paul Heinrich, Data Manager and Field Engineer for SEGA, to discuss a potential partnership around a historic photomatching for their climate change project. SEGA is a new genetics-based climate change research platform that allows scientists to quantify the ecological and evolutionary responses of species exposed to changing climate conditions. SEGA has begun to create a system of 10 gardens along a steep elevation gradient in northern Arizona that includes conditions ranging from desert to alpine forest. By planting the same plant species and genotypes in different environments, scientists can identify which ones perform best and are most likely to survive changing conditions. More information about the project can be found here.
In addition to studying vegetation at different elevations, Dr. Whitham and Heinrich felt that contextualizing their work with historic images from (or as close to) these ten garden sites would reveal much about subtle changes in the flora of these elevations over time. An intern would survey existing historic holdings in SCA that would result in a selection of images in close proximity to the SEGA sites, from which more contemporary, present-day photographs could be taken from those precise historic locations. Additional images from other repositories in Arizona would be sought in the absence of images from SCA’s collections. Following the principles of repeat photography, the intern would coordinate with SEGA project personnel and supply the team with both historic images and their respective repeat photographs using the latest in DSLR camera and GPS technology. All images taken would be maintained in SCA and preserved as part of a larger set of data for the entire project.
SCA was happy to help facilitate this part of the project and saw a direct link to its Hanks Endowment opportunity. Shortly thereafter SCA began the process to find its intern/Hanks Scholar. In January of this year, this person was in place and their work began.
Ms. Ciarrachi has extensive experience as a trip leader and outdoor guide in northern Arizona and has been to some very remote locations across the state, including many of the SEGA sites. She has previously worked with NAU Assistant Research Professor Russell Benford to collect quantitative and qualitative ecological data at six of the ten SEGA sites. She has guided photography workshops for Arizona Highways and National Geographic Adventures and has become skilled as a photographer in her own right.
SCA looks forward to sharing more about this exciting project as it ramps up!