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July 23, 2014
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SCA Receives Two Important Grants

Writing grants can be a time-consuming process, one that isn’t for the faint of heart. Aside from adhering to a prescribed style of writing, there is research, data collection, and collaboration that all form critical parts of the grant-writing process. Then, of course, there is the unapologetic waiting period–often months go by–where a frenzy of activity results in the sound of crickets until word is received, either in the positive or negative.

Special Collections and Archives has been through this process a handful of times throughout the past number of years and has demonstrated great success when requesting funding assistance for departmental initiatives. It is encouraging when granting agencies have funds available to help SCA undertake projects it has already been planning, especially when the granting agency’s review committee agrees and funds them. We wish to share information with you about two such grants that were received and what these funds will be applied towards.

A recently received grant [early July 2014] from Arizona Humanities (formerly the Arizona Humanities Council) will enable SCA to provide and make available online transcriptions for a backlog of 20 oral histories recorded from 1999-2014 for the “Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff” project. See an earlier blog post about the history of that project. Mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, transcription is a required component when providing access to these audio/video recordings in an online format. Once transcribed, these narratives will be keyword searchable and freely accessible by students, faculty, researchers, and the public.

National Endowment for the Humanities logo

Just this past week, SCA received word that it was successful with its December 2013 application to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the second part of a three-part project designed to plan for [and later implement] specialized cold storage for the fragile visual materials (photographs, negatives, moving images, magnetic media) that form a significant part of the rare and original archival collections housed in SCA. Funding from NEH’s Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant opportunity will bring in a team of specialized experts who will work collaboratively to plan for (a) storage environment(s) that will significantly deter the degradation of these irreplaceable items. This grant is building off SCA’s successful April 2012 application to NEH’s Preservation Assistance Grant program and subsequent consultant’s assessment report (April 2013). Successful outcomes of this upcoming two-year planning process will be a comprehensive plan and related schematics that will incorporate the collaborative team’s expertise. A subsequent third grant application to NEH would then be submitted to assist with implementation.

We look forward to sharing the results of both these projects with everybody in the coming months and years. Our continued thanks to Arizona Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for providing us with the opportunity to enhance our program!

July 18, 2014
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Celebrating One-hundred Years of The Pine/The Lumberjack Newspaper


The Pine/The Lumberjack Newspaper

Official publication of the Associateed Students of Northern Arizona Normal School (original name of Northern Arizona University), The Pine was first published a few weeks after the beginning of fall semester 1914 with the support and encouragement of college president, Dr. Rudolph H.H. Blome. Initially published bi-weekly, the newspaper alternated between a monthly, weekly, and semi-weekly publication over the years. In 1946, by a vote of the student body, the name of the student newspaper formally changed to The Lumberjack. The design of the newspaper’s masthead has gone through several iterations.

During the course of this project, the library discovered a few missing issues of the student newspaper. If you know the location of any missing issues, please contact Special Collections and Archives (special.collections@nau.edu).

July 10, 2014
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Special Collections Gets Its Kicks along ARC Route 66


Roy’s Café and Motel, 1926-1973 Route 66, Amboy, CA NAU.PH.2004.11.3.145

I just returned from Los Angeles. My name is Sean Evans and I am the archivist at the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives. This post will reflect on a driving trip I took with a colleague from the Arizona State Archives to attend the annual 2-day National Park Service Route 66 Archives and Research Collaboration (ARC for short) meeting, held this year in sunny downtown Burbank, CA. Aside from an opportunity to drive many miles of the vintage road between Flagstaff and Los Angeles, the meeting reminded me of the fruitful and unique relationship between the National Park Service and the libraries, archives, and museums from along Route 66 that partner to make the ARC. These institutions are actively collecting, ordering and preserving unique, primary source materials about Route 66, the road, the businesses and communities along the route, but perhaps most of all, about the people of the road. For Special Collections and Archive in the Cline Library at NAU, this relationship was probably destiny.

ARC Members with Dan Rice on the Santa Monica Pier- at his "end of the road" kiosk.

ARC Members with Dan Rice on the Santa Monica Pier- at his “end of the road” kiosk.

Route 66 and NAU grew up alongside each other here in Flagstaff. In 1926 when Route 66 was established, our little Northern Arizona Normal School changed its name to Northern Arizona State Teachers College. Like Route 66 which underwent ongoing changes across Arizona (largely in 1937 and 1947 before the I-40 bypass era of the ‘50s and ‘60s and later), so would NASTC becoming Arizona State Teachers College in 1929, Arizona State College at Flagstaff in 1945, and Northern Arizona University in 1966. Even our former library (the Gammage Library across from Ashurst Auditorium on NAU’s historic north campus) had a back door facing Route 66. It was no surprise that our Special Collections and Archives was ultimately invited to become one of the 10 founding National Park Service ARC libraries for researchers on and of the “Mother Road”, Route 66.

Working with our friends and colleagues at the NPS has allowed us to better understand the whole road and its history. Additionally, the mix of libraries, archives, and museums working within the ARC has certainly made for a richness of resources, ideas, and viewpoints. We’ve worked on a variety of initiatives to promote collections and preservation activities along the road, presented at regional conferences on Route 66 and the ARC and more. Along the way we have helped researchers, authors, and film makers with a variety of Route 66-related projects. I like to think we’ve helped to create a new way of looking at America- a linear way, by looking at the road and its environs as community.

Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 between Barstow and Victorville, CA.

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch on Route 66 between Barstow and Victorville, CA.

In support of Special Collection’s collecting focus of the Colorado Plateau, and also in support of the ARC, Special Collections has digitized nearly 2000 images of Route 66 in the region from more than 10 different photo collections covering more than 80 years of 66; has acquired more than 180 monograph titles that touch on Route 66; acquired an assortment of historic and contemporary maps and; conducted 13 oral histories. The Cline Library hosted an exhibit on Route 66 (Route 66 in Arizona: Don’t Forget Winona) in 2009 that lives on today online. We’ve even put some of our Route 66 images into Historypin.com (see related story in this blog).

L.A. turned out to be a great venue for our formal ARC meeting sessions. They were held in the Autry National Center where their great Route 66 exhibit “Route 66: the Road and the Romance”  recently opened. Needless to say, if you’re down L.A. way, you need to go see the exhibit. They have fantastic material on display to illustrate Route 66. Our sessions also took us to Disney’s Imagineering Archives. All I can say about that place is wow! As an archivist it is even better than actually being at Disneyland!

We’ll keep you posted on Route 66 developments and additions to SCA’s Route 66 collections. The Route 66 International Festival is in Kingman in August, and Flagstaff has its own Route 66 Festival in September. All of these events are bound to bring up photo opportunities, preservation and other issues to explore and document for the future.

Get your kicks.

July 1, 2014
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Reaching Out to our Canadian Colleagues

Hello and Happy Canada Day! My name is Jonathan Pringle and I am Curator of Visual Materials for Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives (SCA) department. I myself am Canadian, having moved here in 2008 to pursue an opportunity at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Since 2011, I’ve been a member of the SCA team and have enjoyed collaborating with all sorts of people and institutions in an effort to jointly address topics of concern to the archival community and the population we serve/represent.

Canada and USA miniature flags

One of our highest priority responsibilities in SCA is the respectful management of archival materials created by and about Native American people. In April 2006, a group of nineteen Native American and non-Native American archivists, librarians, museum curators, historians, and anthropologists gathered at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives to discuss effective methods of providing responsible preservation of—and access to—these materials in non-Native repositories. This meeting resulted in the release of the Protocols for Native American Archival Materials (available for download here) in 2006. Since 2006, SCA has endorsed and adopted several recommendations in the Protocols.

Stacy Tso, 1994. Courtesy of the John Running Collection, NAU.PH.2013.

I was recently given the opportunity to attend (and present at) the Association of Canadian Archivists’ (ACA) annual meeting (June 26-28) in Victoria, British Columbia. In a session titled Looking Toward the Future: Aboriginal Archives in Canada and the United States, I presented on SCA’s experiences with the Protocols and demonstrated to attendees how NAU–through this document–has shown success with bridging the gap between archival professional ethics and cultural sensitivity. Also presented on was ACA’s Aboriginal Archives Guide, a 2007 document that was published to assist in the development of autonomous community-based First Nations/Metis/Inuit archives. I was humbled to have been given the opportunity to present alongside Canadian and American colleagues–both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous–from diverse backgrounds who happen to share similar challenges. A copy of my presentation slides are available here – ACA2014. I hope that future collaboration with ACA and other professional organizations result in increased international education, awareness, and programmatic enhancement opportunities related to this important topic.

Conference hotel – The Empress

Session panelists (l-r): Session Chair Jennifer O’Neal; Sherry Lawson; Kim Lawson; Jonathan Pringle; Reagan Swanson; Patricia Kennedy

Jonathan Presenting



June 27, 2014
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Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff

Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff is a partnership between Northern Arizona University Cline Library and Flagstaff’s Basque, Spanish, Mexican, and Mexican-American families. In 1997, with the encouragement of Hispanic community leaders, local scholars, and NAU historians, Delia Ceballos Muñoz, a life-long Flagstaff resident and well-respected community member, began conducting oral history interviews with local families.

The Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff project evolved from Delia’s efforts to collect family stories, photographs, and materials. Families graciously donated original archival materials to Cline Library or loaned items for copying. Delia’s desire to share the lives of her neighbors became an ongoing labor of love. The oral memoirs document family journeys to northern Arizona, as well as daily life, work, and special occasions.

Today (2014), there are nearly 70 interviews that continue to expand our understanding of the families, communities, history, and culture of northern Arizona’s Mexican, Mexican American, Spanish, and Basque people. This project serves to not only document the rich culture of the region but also as a resource for others who wish to pursue similar endeavors. The project is indebted to the Arizona Humanities Council, who generously provided support at the project’s inception for transcription.

Interviews and narrators from the Los Recuerdos project will be shared periodically on the department blog. Below are some highlights from two narrators – Alejandro Vergara and Antonio Martinez – each of whom worked in the lumber industry in the region.


Alejandro Vergara (photo) came to Flagstaff in the early 1920s from Topia, Durango, Mexico. He was employed in the mines of San Ramon, Mexico until he journeyed to North American.  He logged in the Mt. Graham area in southeastern Arizona, were logs were sent to the lumber mill in the town of Pima by water sleuths. Later, as a lumberjack with the Arizona and Lumber and Timber Co., Alejandro lived at the logging camp at Mormon Lake with his family.


Above Alejandro and Hilario Esparza fell a tree with a crosscut saw. At the time, this was one of the most efficient means to fell trees. It was a difficult life as a lumberjack and also for the lumberjack’s family. Frequently Alejandro’s family, and the families of other lumberjacks, would be moved as the harvesting of lumber progressed throughout the season.

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(Photo Margarita Martinez and family)

Antonio Martinez (photo above) came to northern Arizona in 1912 to work at a sawmill in Williams, Arizona from Spain. His Uncle Antonio Osle lived in Flagstaff and wrote to him, encouraging Antonio to relocate to the U.S. to make a better life for his family. Like many emigres, Antonio came to the United States by himself, made some money, and then sent for his wife, Margarita Osle Cubria, their three children – daughters, Margarita and Manuela, and son, Nino Martinez. Margarita and the children arrived at Ellis Island in December of 1920, only to be met with misfortune immediately upon their arrival; while watching her children, all her belongings were stolen. She waited for money to be wired to continue the trip to the Southwest by train. During his life in northern Arizona, Antonio found employment with the Perry Francis Sheep Co. and the Dolans at the Saginaw and Manistee Lumber Company.

The complete stories of Alejandro and Antonio, as well as the other interviews of the Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff oral history project, are available on the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives (link). Los Recuerdos was the focus of Special Collections and Archives 2008 Reilly Internship and the online version of the exhibit is available here (link to exhibit). Los Recuerdos is an active oral history project and interviews are collected regularly; contact Special Collections and Archives for additional information or if you would like to share the name of a potential narrator (email address).


June 27, 2014
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Throwback Thursday



Built in 1912, this campus building served many roles during its life. It was razed during the summer of 2005, but portions of the exterior were preserved and incorporated into the new building that sits on this location.

What was the name of the building and for whom was it named?

Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives 2014 Reilly Intern, Dr. Cinda Nofziger, 2014. Photo courtesy of SCA staff.

June 20, 2014
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Hello Cinda Nofziger! – The 2014 Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Intern

I’m excited to be the Reilly Intern at the Cline Library. My family and I arrived in Flagstaff a week ago after bicycling from Ann Arbor, Michigan–where I’m a Masters student at the School of Information–to Colorado. We drove the rest of the way.

Heading to Flagstaff with our bicycles in tow. Photo courtesy of Cinda Nofziger.

Heading to Flagstaff with our bicycles in tow. Photo courtesy of Cinda Nofziger.

The trip was challenging, but it was also a great experience for all of us. Jackson, nearly three, alternated riding in the “front seat” of Dad’s bike, in the trailer, or occasionally on his bike if we were on a trail.

At the beginning...Photo courtesy of Cinda Nofziger.

All smiles, as we prepare to start our journey, 2014. Photo courtesy of Cinda Nofziger.

If that's not a Flagstaff beard...Brad and Jackson crossing a bridge. Photo courtesy of Cinda Nofziger.

Brad and Jackson merrily riding across a bridge, 2014. Photo courtesy of Cinda Nofziger.

Jackson, taking the path less travelled, 2014. Photo courtesy Cinda and Brad Nofziger.

Jackson, taking the path less travelled, 2014. Photo courtesy Cinda and Brad Nofziger.

He had a great attitude most of the time. And he always had lots of energy at the end of the day—when my husband and I were most worn out. We saw lots of small (and some large) Midwestern towns, battled hills, wind, and some initial cold weather. Cars on the road were more or less aware (sometimes much, much less) and considerate of our presence beside them. We camped the majority of the nights, sometimes in state parks, sometimes in city parks. Jackson climbed, slid, and swung on countless playgrounds.  We met some kind and generous folks along the way who offered us water and snacks, fed us breakfast, or bought our dinner. Jackson got lots of free ice cream! Overall, it was an amazing trip. I feel lucky and grateful that I had the chance to do it.

The bike tour was a great start to what I’m sure will be a great time in Flagstaff and at the Cline. This week, I’ve begun planning Special Collections and Archives’ 2014 exhibit showcasing John Running, freelance photographer from Flagstaff. To get inspired for the exhibit design, I’ve been listening to John Running’s oral history interview with Jonathan Pringle and Jess Vogelsang. Running has had an amazing life; for over forty years, he’s traveled and photographed around the Southwest, the United States and internationally, in Trinidad, Palestine, Mexico and Scotland. I’m eager to delve into representing his life and work in the exhibit. As a photographer of people, Running believes making a portrait is a gift; as a documentarian, he believes one must “try to photograph the truth and present it honestly.” He approaches his subjects with humility, grace, and kindness, which come through in his images.  I was pleased to meet him in person and found him to be just as kind and gracious in person. He’s also a great story-teller. I will work to infuse his approach to photography into this exhibit.


I’ve only had time to scratch the surface of his collection, but here are a few of my favorites so far…

Salina Bartunek in the Grand Canyon Cafe, Flagstaff, AZ, 1994. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Salina Bartunek in the Grand Canyon Cafe, Flagstaff, AZ, 1994. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Leonard Deal Cooking in the Shade. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Leonard Deal Cooking in the Shade. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Hackberry, Arizona, 2000. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Hackberry, Arizona, 2000. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Crow Fair, 1979. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Crow Fair, 1979. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Man on bus, Palenstine. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

Man on bus, Palenstine. Photo courtesy of the John Running Collection (NAU.PH.2013.

I’m really honored to be here working on this project and am thrilled to be in Flagstaff. I look forward to exploring the city and surroundings, as well as learning more about Running’s life, career, and photographs.


June 19, 2014
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Happy 100th Birthday – Jerry Emmett!

Mrs. Jerry Emmett sitting for her oral history with Eric Dueppen, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Gary Emanuel Collection
Mrs. Jerry Emmett sitting for her oral history with Eric Dueppen, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Gary Emanuel Collection

SCA is highlighting a very special graduate of NAU. Jerry (Geraldine) Johnson Emmett was born in 1914 and graduated from Arizona State Teacher’s College (NAU) with a teaching degree in 1937. Jerry met her husband Cecil Emmett while attending ASTC. Cecil went on to a career in coaching in Phoenix and unfortunately passed away in 1962.

Cecil Emmett, Class of 1936. Photo courtesy of La Cuesta Yearbook, Arizona State Teachers College, 1934.

Cecil Emmett, Class of 1935. Photo courtesy of La Cuesta Yearbook, Arizona State Teachers College, 1934.

When you stop to think about it, during Jerry’s lifetime, NAU has gone through some significant changes. The campus grew from 26 buildings in 1934, when Jerry first came to ASTC, to over 100 buildings today. Enrollment grew from 470 students in 1934 to 26,606 in 2014, and NAU has had 8 presidents since Jerry’s graduation, including President Walkup who served for over 27 years. Most of all, NAU is widely recognized as the preeminent institution of higher education in the state of Arizona- well, at least in northern Arizona.

Geraldine Johnson, Class of 1937. Photo courtesy of the La Cuesta Yearbook, Arizona State Teachers College, 1934.

Geraldine Johnson, Class of 1937. Photo courtesy of the La Cuesta Yearbook, Arizona State Teachers College, 1934.

Jerry taught for many years in a variety of locations in the state including: the Navajo Reservation, Seligman, Tombstone, Scottsdale and Phoenix. Jerry’s teaching career extended over a period of 45 years. Today, Jerry lives in Prescott- where family is her priority and involvement with the Democratic Party remains her passion.

The following excerpts are from a 2014 interview with Jerry which will soon become part of Special Collections and Archives digital archives (http://archive.library.nau.edu):
Interviewer- “So what was the social life like [at ASTC] at that time?
Jerry-“Everybody was on the same page. We all understood each other because we were all so lucky to get to go to college. Nobody thought they would ever- you know in those days, it was so bad. All the banks had closed. People don’t have any idea what a great depression was…”

And we all got together…We went down [to ASU] and beat the hell out of Tempe- every whipstitch. They stole our Ax, we caught ‘em and took it back and painted their heads green… made ‘em sing the school song, fed ‘em a good dinner, put ‘em on the train and sent ‘em back to Tempe. Blew up their A on A mountain. Went down and lit their bonfire for their homecoming two days early… … Oh they were furious with us. But they had our axe and we got it back.

To hear more of Jerry’s interview and experiences from her 2009 oral history interview, it can be accessed via the following link:

For more alumni images from La Cuesta (the yearbook) and to view and listen to oral histories from the Lumberjack Timbres Collection, which highlights NAU alumni – please visit our website at: