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March 26, 2015
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Throwback Thursday

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Automobiles Racing at Northern Arizona Normal School, ca.1920. AHS.0003.00057

Fare enough. Using “Throwback Thursday” might well reflect a certain “lack of not  having a real entry to post”. This image though reflects both a certain oddity, or strangely cool quality that, one doesn’t often associate with a normal school.

So, what do we have here? First the image orientation: we have a nice historic image of campus (circa 1920), from the Arizona Historical Society Northern Division-whose images we house in SCA. We’re looking northwest towards the east side of Campbell Hall (built 1916). To the left of that is Hanley Hall (built 1912, now long-gone), and Bury Hall (built 1908). The photo was likely taken from a location close to the present-day South Beaver School, or the Chemistry building-close to the school’s original athletic field. The subject of the photo is clearly the two automobiles racing. What is interesting is that these aren’t mere jalopies. The one on the left appears to be a purpose built machine, whereas the one on the right might have started life as a production automobile- and note what appears to be a ride-along mechanic.

Obviously there are spectators (not very safe ones at that), and a whole lot of questions. Was this really a sanctioned event? Why were these cars in Flagstaff? Were they local, or passing through heading to larger venues? Race cars at a normal school?

I think this a fine “Throwback Thursday” image- our campus from almost a hundred years ago, vintage cars-racing no less, on what appears to be a fine, sunny afternoon. One that isn’t likely to happen at NAU quite this way ever again.

March 23, 2015
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University of Arizona Student Volunteers to Digitize Fred Harvey Collection

Volunteer, Ms. Heidi Charles, University of Arizona

Volunteer, Ms. Heidi Charles, University of Arizona. (Image courtesy of Heidi Charles)

Earlier this year, Special Collections and Archives was contacted by a University of Arizona student, Ms. Heidi Charles, who offered to assist the department prepare for its upcoming Elizabeth M and PT Reilly internship this summer. Ms. Charles volunteered at least 20 hours a week for nearly three months. During this time she researched the Fred Harvey Company, selected material from the collection to digitized, and then described that material so researchers can discover the treasure trove of Fred Harvey material at Special Collections and Archives. In total, Heidi selected, digitized, and described nearly 250 items from the Fred Harvey Collection. That’s an enormous amount of material to digitize in a relatively short period of time, and we’re so pleased with the remarkable work she did for us.

Heidi is now studying abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, but we asked her a few questions about her experience working in Special Collections and Archives and with the Fred Harvey Collection. Here’s what she had to say:

Tell us about working in special collections and archives as volunteer. What did you do learn that you didn’t know before?                                                                                                                                 Working in special collections and archives has been such a great opportunity and experience for me. I had absolutely no prior experience with special collections or archives, but I always knew I was interested in it. Through this amazing opportunity, I learned about finding guides (Arizona Archives Online), the digitization process of both photos and manuscripts, and how to assign call numbers to items.

What collection did you work with and what did you do?
I worked with the Fred Harvey collection and selected items to digitize to upload to the NAU special collections and archives site online. I digitized both photos and manuscript items such as menus and other Fred Harvey publications.

What did you learn about Fred Harvey?
Before this project, I had no idea who Fred Harvey was or what the Fred Harvey company was. During this project, I learned that the Fred Harvey company consisted of many Fred Harvey restaurants and hotels along the Santa Fe railroad. What made the restaurants widely popular were the Harvey Girls (waitresses), and the fact that it was the first time that there was quality food served along the railroads.

Harvey Girl behind the counter at the El Ortiz Hotel (New Mexico) pouring coffee.

Harvey Girl behind the counter at the El Ortiz Hotel (New Mexico) pouring coffee. (NAU.PH.95.44.117.1)

Fred Harvey lunch room, staffed with Harvey Girls, Deming, New Mexico,1883. A very early photographs of Harvey Girls.

Fred Harvey lunch room, staffed with Harvey Girls, Deming, New Mexico,1883. A very early photographs of Harvey Girls. (NAU.PH95.44.115.1)

What surprises or interesting things did you learn about this Fred Harvey or this area?
I learned a lot of interesting things about Fred Harvey, however, I will say one of the most interesting things I came across was the Harvey Girls movie by MGM. I thought it interesting that Fred Harvey was so popular back in the day, that a film was made about the waitresses. I also was surprised to learn that many Harvey Girls actually married men who traveled on the railroads and frequented Harvey houses, and that many children during this time were named Fred or Harvey.

The Harvey Girls movie poster, 1946 (Image courtesy of MGM)

The Harvey Girls movie poster, 1946 (Image courtesy of MGM)

Judy Garland as a Harvey Girl in the 1946 MGM movie The Harvey Girls. (Image courtesy of the MGM photo files)

Judy Garland as a Harvey Girl in the 1946 MGM movie The Harvey Girls. (Image courtesy of the MGM photo files)

You’re at Waseda University studying abroad, what are you future plans?
I study History and Political Science at UA, and I hope to go into Library Science or Museum Studies (or both), when I go to Graduate School. Currently, I am attending Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan for a semester and I will be taking Political Science classes as well as a Japanese language class.

Anything else you would like to add?
I had such an amazing time with special collections and archives at the NAU cline library. It was a great learning opportunity for me, and it has definitely made me more interested in pursuing Library Science in the future. [yay!]

On behalf of all of us at Special Collections and Archives, we would like to thank Heidi for the amazing work she did in a very short period of time. We wish her the best of luck while studying aboard and hope to see her at our Fred Harvey exhibit opening this coming October 16, 2015.

To see the material Heidi digitized as well as other Fred Harvey material, click on this link.

March 18, 2015
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SEGA/Hanks Scholar Internship Update

Cline Library’s Hanks Scholar, Sarah, has been hard at work combing through historic photos found in myriad collections here at Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives. She has been looking for images (anything older than five years) from 10 specific geographic locations across Northern Arizona. This research will enable Sarah to visit these sites and take repeat photographs that will detail changes to the vegetation since the time of the historic images. These historic and repeated images will form part of the dataset for the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) project here at NAU. Click here to learn more about the SEGA project and the vital role that Sarah is playing as part of this project.

Sarah has found images that are located in close proximity to a number of these sites. Collections in SCA from which these images come from include:

  • The Dave Lorenz Collection, which  includes information on and photographs of the Forest Fire Lookout Associations of New Mexico and Arizona (1909-2013). This includes measurement and other information of various lookouts, articles about the Association and lookouts, conferences and symposiums, presentations, and National Historic Lookout Register information.
  • The Mary K. Allen Collection, which contains correspondence, writings by herself and others, annotated maps, field notes, drawings, and photographs, almost all of which related to the rock art left by the ancient peoples who inhabited the western United States, particularly the Colorado Plateau (1990-2005). Most of the collection consists of detailed photographs of rock art sites and the surrounding country. Mary’s particular interest was in the pictographs and petroglyphs of the Grand Canyon region, but her interests took her to sites in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico as well as locations all over Arizona. The manuscript portion of the collection includes field notes and annotated maps, formal manuscripts prepared by Mary Allen detailing her explorations and theories about stylistic elements in rock art, unpublished writings by others on archaeological topics, and correspondence with other rock art enthusiasts.
  • The Clay McCulloch Collection, Research files pertaining to the members of the original John Wesley Powell survey, as well as materials pertaining to wildlife and habitat living along the Powell route. Materials include reports, articles, diaries, bulletins, field notes, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and personal research notes (1986-2008).

There are other collections that have been consulted; these are just some highlights for the time being!

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A selection of images that have been printed from various collections in SCA. These will be taken into the field and an identical repeat image taken.

Other images have been found at the Museum of Northern Arizona, and additional research has been undertaken at the Williams (Ariz.) office for Kaibab National Forest to locate images from specific locations in their jurisdiction. We wish to thank our archives colleagues across the state for willingly assisting us during the research phase of this internship.

Now that the snow has (mostly) melted on the north rim of Grand Canyon (Kaibab National Forest), Sarah is excited to begin the process of finding these historic geographic locations and taking the contemporary repeat image.

Stay tuned for future updates as this project rolls along!

March 6, 2015
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Let it Snow…Milton Snow

Northern Arizona was blanketed in snow this past week. For many, the snow was a welcomed visitor to the region. Another welcomed visitor the region was Milton Snow, a mid twentieth century photographer, who created thousands of images documenting the people, culture, and landscape of northern Arizona from the 1930s-1950s.

The Cline Library partners with several cultural heritage institutions across northern Arizona, including the Arizona Historical Society, Northern Division; the Grand Canyon Pioneer Society; the Navajo Nation; and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office. The Cline Library offers collection storage space, reference services, and onsite and online access to collections held by these institutions. The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO) has generously entrusted the Cline Library with a remarkable collection of images created by the renowned Southwestern photographer, Milton Snow.

Milton Snow was born in Ensley, Alabama on April 9, 1905. He was raised in Riverside California, graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School in 1926, and attended Riverside Junior College. He left college to become a photographer for the Los Angeles Museum in 1929. Following his work at the Los Angeles Museum, he was appointed the official photographer by the Soil Conservation Service in the 1930s, where he captured images of dams, schools, roads, and hospitals being constructed in across the Navajo and Hopi reservations. His HCPO photographs reveal the various social, economic, and cultural activities of Hopis living on the reservation. Some of the many subjects captured include food preparation, architecture, ceremonies, and planting. Below, please find a selection of photographs from the nearly 1,000 Snow images in the HCPO Milton Snow collection. More Snow images can be found online at the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives.

Girls Grinding Corn in Puberty Ceremony,  Shungopovi Village-2nd Mesa. Left, Belvera Nuvamsa, Right, Mary Anna Nuvakaku, June 28, 1949. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HH1.3

Girls Grinding Corn in Puberty Ceremony, Shungopovi Village-2nd Mesa. Left, Belvera Nuvamsa, Right, Mary Anna Nuvakaku, June 28, 1949. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HH1.3

Ruins of Old Oraibi, Third Mesa, March 1944.  HCPO.PH.2003.1.HE4.7

Ruins of Old Oraibi, Third Mesa, March 1944. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HE4.7

Blanch Tewanima making piki-Shungopavi Village, Second Mesa. June 28, 1944. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HH3.27

Blanch Tewanima making piki-Shungopavi Village, Second Mesa. June 28, 1944. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HH3.27

Beans and corn Sam Shing's farm 15 miles SW of Toreva Day School, October 1,1944.  HCPO.PH.2003.1.HA3.2

Beans and Corn Sam Shing’s Farm 15 Miles SW of Toreva Day School, October 1,1944. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HA3.2

Tewa Village-First Mesa. Two babies in cradle boards. April 1944.  HCPO.PH.2003.1.HN1.16 HCPO.PH.2003.1.HN1.16

Tewa Village-First Mesa. Two babies in cradle boards. April 1944. HCPO.PH.2003.1.HN1.16 HCPO.PH.2003.1.HN1.16

March 3, 2015
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Get Your Kicks on the New Route 66 Archives and Research Website

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The Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives at Northern Arizona University, in collaboration with the U.S. National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program, announces the launch of the national Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (ARC) website at www.ncptt.nps.gov/rt66/archives.

The website is an online portal to historical collections and information relating to Route 66. It is designed to help students, educators, film makers, business owners, community members, agencies, and others find information they need for research, education, corridor revitalization efforts, and more. Finding aides and information for each state are provided to help people connect to local, regional, and national sources of Route 66-related information.

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NAU.PH.2004.11.2.561 The Delgadillo empire (Angel & Vilma Delgadillo’s Route 66 Gift Shop & Visitor’s Center). 2006

The Route 66 ARC was established in 2008 through the impetus of the National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program to encourage cross-state collaboration to collect, archive, and make accessible research materials that promote education, preservation, and management of the historic Route 66 corridor.

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NAU.PH.2004.11.2.12 The Jackrabbit Trading Post, between Winslow (10 mi. west) and Joseph City (8 mi. east) on Route 66. 1992

The Cline Library is one of ten founding partners of the Route 66 ARC. Other founding partners include Illinois State Museum, Missouri State University, University of Missouri, Baxter Springs Historical Society (KS), Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma State University, Panhandle Plains Historical Museum (TX), University of New Mexico and the Autry National Center (CA).

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NAU.PH.2004.11.4.176 Ann Massmann at the restored “Meadow Gold Ice Cream” Sign, Route 66, Tulsa, OK. 2011

The new web site is also dedicated in the memory of our good friend, one of our founding members, and colleague, Ann Massmann of the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque. Ann was one of the driving forces for the ARC and this web site. She will be missed.

For more information contact the Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives at: special.collections@nau.edu

February 16, 2015
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Euler Internship Announced!

Take a look at the library’s Jobs and Internships page and you’ll notice a new internship opportunity has recently appeared. While the previously-posted Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship is available to students from across the country/world, this most recent opportunity is specifically geared towards NAU students only. A for-credit internship experience, the Euler internship deftly integrates the academic disciplines of anthropology, history, archives, and museum studies. Robert C. Euler was an active archaeologist/anthropologist who worked extensively throughout northern Arizona for several decades (1950s-1990s) with myriad cultural organizations and museums. After his passing in 2002, a large group of materials was donated to Special Collections and Archives. Analysis of these materials has yielded many concerns related to original ownership/copyright, land status management, curation agreements, and tribal sovereignty over the dissemination of their culture. The returning of materials to agencies of ownership or tribally-affiliated communities will be the end result of comprehensive research and analysis of the collection. Successful interns will learn primary-resource research skills; become familiar with archaeological field practices and tools; demonstrate cultural sensitivity in the management of historical resources; and serve an important role in the comprehensive and ethical disposition of a grouping of primary source materials. SCA feels that there is a solid foundation with this opportunity for scholarly output, such as a thesis/dissertation or another peer-review article in the fields of archaeology and/or archival science. Click here to learn more information, including how to apply! Applications are due March 20, 2015.

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Lily Wilder, Walapai [Hualapai], 1955. Courtesy of Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives

February 11, 2015
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Kayla Jean Mueller

The Cline Library and NAU join the rest of the world in mourning the death of Kayla Mueller, ’09. Kayla studied international politics at NAU, earning a degree in Political Science; Kayla was also a reporter for the Lumberjack – the student newspaper.  As a reporter, she covered a wide range of topics. Her articles and stories reflect some of the roles she had on campus that transcend mere academics, and illuminate her grasp of humanity. In honor of her memory, Special Collections and Archives would like to share the articles  written by and about Kayla during her time at NAU. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Kayla’s family and friends.

February 11, 2015
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Northern Arizona Normal School History

Unlike the University of Arizona and the Normal School at Tempe, (both of which were legally established by the Territorial Legislatures of 1885 and 1887 respectively), Northern Arizona Normal School traveled a more circuitous path to establishment.

Beginning in 1893, on April 13th, the 13th Territorial Legislature passed Act 81 “To Establish a Territorial Reform School for Juvenile Offenders and to provide Funds Therefor.” The bill established a Board of Trustees, whose duty it would be to locate appropriate space in Coconino County for the Reform School and to come up with appropriate plans for the buildings and grounds. The board chose a site 1/2 mile south of Flagstaff in Township and Range Section 21. The land would have to be purchased from the railroad, and locally $400 was raised to accomplish that. While there was not high enthusiasm for a Reform School, it was acknowledged that it was “a means to do good” for Flagstaff and the Territory. The Sheriff however, backed the need for such an institution in Coconino County.

In March 1895, the Legislature passed Act 19 “To create a Territorial Board of Control for the Charitable, Penal and Reformatory institutions, and for making an appropriation therefor.” The act essentially removed the former legislative foundation for the Reform School laid in 1893, and presented it to the new agency and board. The act did provide for a means of funding for the Reform School in a tax based upon assessed value within the county. It was however insufficient to complete the building, now well over cost.

In 1895 the University of Arizona formally opened, and in 1896, so did the Normal School at Tempe.

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Vacant building that will become Old Main (1989). NAU.ARC.1898-1-2

Through 1896, the Reform School remained uncompleted. Gov. Louis Cameron Hughes (and others including the Chancellor of the University of Arizona, and a host of Flagstaff leaders) had the idea that with the arrival of Percival Lowell in Flagstaff, and the wealth of geological wonders (including the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater and Petrified Forest), that Flagstaff, and perhaps the nascent Reform School could be utilized as the site of a Summer Science School. The idea was popular locally, but there was insufficient time to properly plan, organize and run such a school for the summer of 1896.

In 1897, the 19th Territorial Legislature passed Act 25, “To Establish a Home for the Insane, Near Flagstaff, Coconino County, Arizona“-a branch of the Territorial Insane Asylum in Phoenix in Flagstaff at the unfinished Reform School. The Insane Asylum as an actual institution or concept in Flagstaff was fairly short-lived however, for two reasons. First, there was not the support for it that the Reform School, or the Summer Science School had generated locally, and second; the Insane Asylum Board pointed out that there was a surplus of bed and patient space in the Phoenix asylum already, and that the costs in professional staff to run a second facility in Flagstaff would double their costs of operation.

Old Main at Northern Arizona Normal School, ca. 1900

Old Main at Northern Arizona Normal School, ca. 1900. AHS.0032.02108

In 1899 Territorial Governor Nathan Oakes Murphy put it to the 20th Legislature that as the building in Flagstaff remained unfinished and unused as either a Reform School or an Insane Asylum, it was time to either sell the building, or use it to create another Normal School for the territory. As the Legislature had passed a compulsory education bill that session that mandated a high school be established in each county, the Governor’s call was timely. In early 1899, local lawyer E.E. Ellingsworth wrote the bill that would be introduced into the legislature by Representative Henry F. Ashurst as bill 41 “To Establish the Northern Arizona Normal School and Provide for its Maintenance” on February 6, 1899. The bill, modified slightly, was passed on March 4, 1899, and signed into law by Murphy on the 11th. The Normal School Board formally inspected the property and accepted it on March 28th. With the $10,000 funded by the Legislature, the building’s 2nd and 3rd floors were completed, and furnishings acquired. Northern Arizona Normal School was opened September 11th, 1899.

NANS Group Portrait in front of Old Main

NANS Group Portrait in front of Old Main. NAU.ARC.1900.11.1

To read more about the founding of Northern Arizona Normal School, see:

Hutchison, Melvin T.  The Making of Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff : Northern Arizona University, 1972.

Cline, Platt. Mountain Campus, the Story of Northern Arizona University. Flagstaff : Northland Press, c1983.

Northern Arizona University: Portrait of a Century

February 6, 2015
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Rimmy Jim’s and Route 66

Somebody posted on Facebook a day or two back asking about where Rimmy Jim’s was on Route 66. In digging through our digital archives, we found that we have some images of places owned and operated by “Rimmy” Jim Giddings that helped to at least put some dates and places to that question.

Our first image is from 1925:

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This image depicts a gas station/café tourist shop on the west end of Two Guns (then called a much more tranquil “Canyon Lodge”). The image itself  is from the Arizona Historical Society (Flagstaff) and is image # AHS.0727.00005 . The building is still sort of there, at Two Guns, AZ. Here is a  more modern image (from a different angle):

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In the background you can see Harry “Indian” Miller’s zoo right on the rim of Diablo Canyon. This is from the Cline Library Digital Archives, photo # NAU.PH.2013.29.13 .

Next up an image from the 1930s, possibly at Meteor Crater Road and Route 66:

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Mr. Giddings was notoriously cranky with salesmen who plied their trade on Route 66, as the image shows. This one is image # NAU.PH.252.15 .

Finally, we have the last Rimmy Jim’s, taken in 1969- probably just weeks or months before the place burned spectacularly. Note the very cool Ford Ranchero (is it a GT model?) sitting out front. This Rimmy Jim’s was back at Two Guns, but right along the 1947 alignment of Route 66. By this time, Mr. Giddings was long gone having died in 1943 and buried in Flagstaff, but someone elected to keep the name- and perhaps the reputation.

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This image # NAU.PH.85.3.211.202 , and is from the Fronske Studios Collection- used to document businesses that were going to be impacted by the bypassing of Route 66 by the I-40.

For a little more information on Mr. Giddings and life along this stretch of Route 66, please go to the Digital Archives and watch (or read) our two-part oral History with Helen Maben from back in 2012. Part 1 is here and Part 2, here.

 

Happy travels, everyone!

 

January 26, 2015
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2015 Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship Announcement

Northern Arizona University

Cline Library

Archival Internship Announcement

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Summer 2015 Elizabeth M and PT Reilly Internship

The Cline Library at Northern Arizona University invites applications for The Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship.

The 2015 Reilly intern will work closely with Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives staff to develop physical and virtual exhibits focused on the Fred Harvey Company and its operations in northern Arizona and the greater Southwest. The Fred Harvey Company chain of restaurants and hotels was closely associated with railroad’s westward expansion in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Fred Harvey Company influenced the Southwest region economically through the development of tourism; the promotion of Native American arts; and of course, through its restaurants, hotels, food service, and the famous “Harvey Girls.”

The Cline Library’s Fred Harvey Collection (MS 280) covers the period from the1930s to the 1990s. It’s comprised of 24 linear feet of manuscript material; 24 framed posters, drawings and related material; 2,000 images; 32 blueprints and building drawings; and 3 moving images. The collection contains rich historical gems, including Mary Jane Colter blueprints, images of the Fred Harvey operations, business records, and menus from Santa Fe Railway passenger trains and many Harvey House restaurants. View the finding aid for the collection or selections from the Fred Harvey Collection in the Colorado Plateau Archives.

The exhibit will examine the variety of tourism experiences made available by the Fred Harvey Company and the company’s influence on the region yesterday and today. It will also highlight the artistry of the Fred Harvey Company that is demonstrated in its buildings, architecture, and food service.

Duties and Opportunities: The 2015 Reilly intern will assume primary responsibility for the development and fabrication of both virtual (web-based) and physical exhibits.

The internship offers the opportunity to gain practical experience in:

  • Research
    • Synthesis of primary and published sources
  • Exhibit Planning (team-based)
    • Storyline development and content interpretation
    • Web page design, creation, and digital storytelling
  • Public speaking (presentation to library staff upon completion of the internship)

The Reilly intern will work 40 hours per week for ten consecutive weeks. The successful candidate will work the ten-week block between June 1 – August 7, 2015. The workweek schedule offers some flexibility.

Stipend and Housing: $4,500 (no benefits included) total. The Reilly intern will be paid in bi-weekly installments to reach the total of $4,500. On-campus housing is subject to availability. For more information, please consult http://nau.edu/Residence-Life/Housing-Options/Summer-Housing/ (.) Renting a room in the community is also a possibility. The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to Flagstaff for ten weeks and underwrite his or her own food, lodging, transportation to work, and parking.

 Qualifications: The preferred candidate will be a graduate student in information science or museum studies working toward a career in a library, museum, or archives setting. Graduate students should be currently part of a program with an anticipated completion date of August/September 2015 or later. Undergraduate (junior or senior) applied indigenous studies, geography, history, hotel and restaurant management, and anthropology students are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Strong ability to write creatively while employing advanced research skills
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity with archival practice
  • Basic experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Basic understanding of web design
  • Familiarity with video and audio software tools, HTML editing, Bootstrap, and the Adobe Design Premium software suite

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Colorado Plateau and Southwest history
  • Demonstrated experience success creating exhibits
  • Project management experience

Application Deadline: March 06, 2015. To apply, submit the following documents to: Peter Runge, NAU Cline Library, Box 6022, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-6022 or peter.runge@nau.edu:

  • Letter of application addressing your qualifications
  • Résumé or vita
  • Copy of current transcript
  • A writing sample in the form of a 250-word historical sketch of a personal life event
  • Names and contact information for three references

For more information, contact Peter Runge at peter.runge@nau.edu or (928) 523-6502.

The mission of Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department is to collect, preserve, and make available archival materials that document the history and development of the Colorado Plateau. Interdisciplinary in nature, the collections include 7 million manuscripts, 1 million photographs, 55,000 books, 2,000 maps, and 1,300 oral histories. Learn more at http://nau.edu/library/archives .

Flagstaff is a city of 67,000 at the base of the San Francisco Peaks surrounded by the Coconino National Forest. Approximately 80 miles from Grand Canyon and 140 miles from Phoenix, Flagstaff enjoys a four-season climate at an elevation of 7,000 feet. NAU has a growing diverse student population and is committed to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.