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April 19, 2018
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SCA Student Assistant, Mowana Lomaomvaya, Earns Mary Crawley Scholarship and Summer Internship with the American Philosophical Society

Mowana Lomaomvaya

Special Collections and Archives student assistant, Mowana Lomaomvaya, is a senior, graduating in May 2019. Mowana is studying anthropology, archaeology, and history at NAU. Since May of 2015, Mowana has been working as a student employee for Special Collections and Archives in Cline Library, processing collections, digitizing content, and learning history and culture of the region.

Mowana is the 2018 spring semester recipient of the Mary Crawley Scholarship, awarded to a library student  employee in honor of Mary Crawley a past student supervisor.

Mowana Lomaomvaya (L) and Director of Communication and Development, Kathleen Schmand (R).

Mowana recently received some additional good news when she was selected for the Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship by the American Philosophical Society. This was a very competitive national search and Mowana was selected as one of three interns for this prestigious opportunity. For those of you who may not know, the American Philosophical Society is the oldest learned society in the United States and was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”

Please join me in congratulating Mowana and wishing her the best for her internship at APS!

April 19, 2018
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Announcing Our 2018 Elizabeth M and PT Reilly Intern – Hana Lipke!

It is our pleasure to announce Hana Lipke as the 2018 Elizabeth M and PT Reilly Intern. Hana will be working with the staff of Special Collections and Archives to develop a virtual and physical exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Grand Canyon as a national park. Hana is currently a junior in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University studying Art History, Studio Art with a minor in Museum Studies, Arts and Cultural Management.

In her three years at NAU, Hana has received several scholarships and honors, including the Lumberjack Scholarship, John Acker Memorial Scholarship, and she’s been on the Dean’s List since her arrival.

We asked Hana to share a little bit about herself so we could all get to know her.

Tell us where you’re from and why you chose NAU?

I am from Tucson, Arizona and chose NAU for its intimate Art History program and the well-equipped Art facilities. Having to immerse myself in multiple disciplines is a challenge I have gladly taken on! (It didn’t hurt that I got a nice scholarship as well.)

What are you studying at NAU?

As you can guess from above, I am studying Art and Art History! I have an emphasis in painting where I primarily work in oils. Along with these two majors I also have two minors: one in Museum Studies and the other in Arts and Cultural Management.

What are your plans after NAU?

I want to work in a museum – that is ultimately what I want to do. I see myself spending some time after I graduate doing internships and getting some hands-on experience in the art conservation world. Grad school is in the works, but I am taking it as it comes. We will just have to see what kind of opportunities present themselves!

What interested you about the Reilly Internship?

The Reilly internship, especially for this exhibit, really encapsulates all of my interests. I want to work in museums and am especially interested in curation. I have a strong love of nature and the Colorado Plateau in general. The archives take special care to preserve and protect pieces of our local history – I myself want to work as a conservator. Overall, this opportunity seemed too good to be true for me. It is the subject matter I enjoy with the job I enjoy as well – couldn’t be better!

What are you hoping to learn from the experience?

This is the hands-on opportunity I have been looking for. I have spent my undergraduate career learning of the theoretical museum and the theoretical jobs that go into making it run. I am excited to actually go to work and see what the day-to-day experience is like. I understand the conceptual aspect of building an exhibit and I understand the final product, but I am excited to experience first-hand the steps to get from A to B. I am hoping this experience can then also solidify for me what I really want to do as a career in museums.

What’s your favorite part of the Grand Canyon?

The North Rim holds a special place in my heart but I have spent the most time on the “East Rim”. Lee’s Ferry has been a camping destination of choice along with Badger Creek Overlook.

Cats or dogs…and why?

I can’t pick this either! I love dogs for their unconditional love but I love cats for their independence. I’ll probably go with cats. They’re soft and they purr.

To know more about me in general, I love to cook and rock climb! Baking has become a newly acquired passion and I spend a fair bit of time restoring antiques. My home is completely overrun with plants and I consider myself quite the gardener. Though I love camping and hanging out outdoors I haven’t gotten much of a chance this semester being in 22 credits and all!

Please join me in congratulating Hana and welcoming her as our new Reilly Intern!

January 19, 2018
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Remembering John Running, 1939-2018

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Running, who died in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 7. John was an internationally-renowned commercial photographer in Flagstaff for several decades; along with his partner Sue Bennett, they helped to develop the local photography community, mentoring many individuals who would also go on to find success as professional photographers. Running was an alum of NAU, having graduated in 1969 with a degree in anthropology. Special Collections and Archives (SCA) began working with Running while creating the 2012 exhibit focused on the Flagstaff All-Indian Pow Wow, where his loaned images featured prominently. But it wasn’t until the following year, when Running expressed interest in donating his life’s work to SCA, that his relationship with Cline Library really grew. In Spring 2014, both his and Sue Bennett’s collections were donated, and an exhibit of his life and work installed in September of that year. Over the past few years, John became much more than a donor; he was an advocate; a collaborator; a mentor; and a friend. His voice was integral to our interpretation of Sue Bennett when creating her exhibit in 2017. He is very much missed by his friends, family, and all of us here at Cline Library. In addition to his exhibit, more can be learned about John Running by reviewing his finding guide and a selection of his images in the digital archives.


John Running and Jeri Ah-be Hill in Special Collections and Archives, 2015

January 12, 2018
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2018 Elizabeth M and PT Reilly Internship Announcement


Marble Canyon, Bridge of Sighs, Boaters. Photo Courtesy of Emery Kolb Collection.The Cline Library at Northern Arizona University invites applications for the 2018 Elizabeth M. and P.T. Reilly Internship.

The 2018 Reilly intern will work closely with Cline Library’s Special Collections and Archives staff to develop physical and virtual exhibits that celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Grand Canyon as a national park. The library is seeking a highly motivated and organized student to work in collaboration with Special Collections and Archives staff to develop the exhibits. The intern will draw on the vast and rich resources housed in the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives.

The Cline Library Special Collections and Archives contains one of the most comprehensive collections of Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau history in the world. The department has over 200 collections, containing millions of photographs, correspondence, journals, maps, films, and oral histories, that document the human and natural history of the Grand Canyon from a wide variety of perspectives from the 19th century to the present. Collections of note include the collections of Emery Kolb, Plez Talmadge Reilly, Martin Litton, the Fred Harvey Company, William Wallace Bass, Bill Belknap, Edwin McKee, the Verkamp Family, and many others.

Tad Nichols, Red Wall Cavern. Photo Courtesy of PT Reilly Collection.

The library envisions the exhibit as a retrospective examination of the human and natural history of the Grand Canyon from the late 19th century prior to it becoming a national park, to its designation as a national park in 1919 and the subsequent 100 years as a national park. We will be particularly focused on the areas of park administration, exploration, land use, tourism, politics, and economics within the above noted period.

Duties and Opportunities: The 2018 Reilly intern will assume primary responsibility for the virtual (web-based) exhibit.  The intern will also provide significant support for development of the physical exhibit, from its interpretive text to design and fabrication.

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 select a ten-week block between May 14 – August 10, 2018.  The workweek schedule offers some flexibility.

Clouds over Grand Canyon. Photo Courtesy of Emery Kolb Collection.

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 https://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 2018 or later. Undergraduate (junior or senior)  students studying applied indigenous studies, geography, history, forestry, anthropology, parks and recreation management, or other appropriate area are also encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • Strong ability to write creatively while employing advanced research skills
  • Demonstrated experience with web design
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with video and audio software tools, HTML editing, and the Adobe Creative Suite products
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Preferred:

  • Knowledge of Colorado Plateau and Southwest history
  • Understanding of photographic and print making processes
  • Familiarity with archival practice

Application Deadline: February 28, 2018.  To apply, submit the following documents to:  Peter Runge, NAU Cline Library, Box 6022, Flagstaff, AZ  86011-6022:

  • Letter of application addressing your qualifications, including hyperlinks to previous online exhibits you have created/designed
  • Résumé or vita
  • Copy of current transcript
  • Names and contact information for three references

For more information, contact Peter Runge via email at peter.runge@nau.edu or phone at (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, 35,000 books, 2,000 maps, and 1,300 oral histories.  Learn more at http://archive.library.nau.edu.

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.

December 21, 2017
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Throwback Thursday: It Snowed!












This evocative image (a.k.a. “Snow scene. [1933 Studebaker by a cabin.]“) is from the Fronske Studios Collection, housed here at Special Collections and Archives at Northern Arizona University. The Fronske Collection  represents the cumulated photographic work of Robert “Bob” Fronske  who in 1933 after graduating from Flagstaff High School enrolled in the New York Institute of Photography in New York City. Upon returning to Flagstaff, he opened his first photographic studio downtown studio at 21 E. Aspen Avenue and operated out of there for the 45 years. For the following four decades, he would capture local birthdays, weddings, graduations, and other events.

We are posting it today not only because it is a very cool image of a Studebaker in the snow in Flagstaff dating from 1939, but because today (the first day of winter) it actually snowed. Sure it was maybe a half an inches’ worth, but it is our first kind of measureable precipitation since September. Hopefully there is more out there to come….

Happy Throwback Thursday!

December 4, 2017
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Katie Lee – Goddess of Glen Canyon, 1919-2017

Glen Canyon, May 1954, Katie Lee. Tad Nichols, Photographer, Courtesy of Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives, Tad Nichols Collection.

It’s with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Katie Lee, Goddess of Glen Canyon, on November 1, 2017. Katie was raised in Tucson and called the desert Southwest her home and sanctuary. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and went on to have a quietly successful career as an actress on stage and screen. While working as an actress, Katie’s interest in playing folk music grew and eventually eclipsed her acting career.

As a folk musician, Katie played guitar, wrote and sang her own songs and those of others. She worked with numerous 20th centuries folk artists and jazz musicians, including Josh White, Harry Belafonte, Peter McLaughlin, Shelly Manne, Burl Ives, and many more. She recorded 13 albums in her career, several of which paid tribute to her love of the Southwest, Colorado River, and Glen Canyon.

Navajo Creek Bar Mile 95.1. Tad Nichols Photographer, Courtesy of Cline Library Special Collections and Archives, Tad Nichols Collection.

In the early 1950s, Katie visited Glen Canyon for the first time. It was love at first sight. She, along with two friends – Frank Wright and Tad Nichols (affectionately known as “We Three”), spent as much time as they could in Glen Canyon, drifting down the river, camping and signing on the beaches, and climbing in and through the numerous serpentine sandstone canyons. Glen Canyon became their Eden and source of spiritual nourishment. They would return to Glen Canyon as often as they could until 1963, when the Bureau of Reclamation damned Glen Canyon. The damning of Glen Canyon broke Katie’s heart but fueled her environmental activism. Katie fought alongside David Brower, Edward Abbey, and Martin Litton to save “her” beloved Glen Canyon, but sadly, they lost and the world lost a remarkable and beautiful treasure in Glen Canyon. Once Glen Canyon was buried beneath the waters of “Lake Foul” (Katie’s favorite name for Lake Powell), Katie spent the remainder of her life (55 years!) raising hell and awareness of environmental issues in the Southwest.


“We Three”

Following the damning of Glen Canyon, Katie began writing about her love of the Southwest with a focus on the Glen Canyon. Several of her books revolve around the subject of Glen Canyon – Glen Canyon Betrayed: A Sensuous Eulogy; Sandstone Seduction: Rivers and Lovers, Canyons and Friends; All My Rivers Are Gone: A Journey of Discovery Through Glen Canyon; The Ghosts of Dandy Crossing. In each of these books, Katie turns to words as she fondly recalls and describes every physical and visceral detail of Glen Canyon.

Katie Lee on beach beneath sloping cliff wall We Three Trip_ September. Tad Nichols Photographer, Courtesy of Cline Library Special Collections and Archives, Tad Nichols Collection.

During the last few years of Katie’s life, she saw a resurgence in interest in her activism, music, and writing. Two critically acclaimed films were produced that highlighted Katie’s efforts protecting the natural beauty of the Southwest – Damnation and Kick Ass Katie Lee. Katie was invited to film festivals around the country to speak about the importance of environmental activism; in turn, she inspired an entirely new generation of activists.

Katie called Jerome, Arizona home since 1971. Jerome is a former mining town perched on the side of Mingus Mt., a town populated with self-reliant, artistic, tough, and tender people. Katie and Jerome were a perfect fit.  She loved the town and the townspeople loved her. She reveled in riding her bicycle naked from her home at the base of town to the post office every year on her birthday to collect the cards and well wishes from friends and admirers. Anyone who met her, knew she loved to swear and did it with remarkable aplomb. Katie left this world on her own terms on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, just eight days after her 98th birthday.

Katie’s License Plate, “Dam Dam.”

Katie donated her extraordinary collection of photographs, writings, songs & music, letters, and journals to the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives. It may be one of the most important collections documenting Glen Canyon prior to and following the damning of the Canyon. An online finding guide to Katie’s collection is available as well as selections of photographs and recordings from her collection via the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives. Prior to her passing, Special Collections and Archives developed an exhibit about Katie’s life and passions titled Naked Truth: the Katie Lee Exhibit.

Journal Entry from Katie Lee’s Glen Canyon Journals.








Journal Entry from Katie Lee’s Glen Canyon Journals.








It was Katie’s wishes for her archival legacy to be housed at the Cline Library Special Collections and Archives. Shortly after her passing, the remainder of Katie’s manuscripts, journals, music, and photographs came to the department. Although it will take some time to fully arrange and describe, highlights from the donation include Katie’s original journals and medium format slides describing and documenting her Glen Canyon river trips, annotated maps used for river trips and hiking, drafts of her books, original recordings, correspondence with fellow river runners and activists, and much more. Special Collections and Archives anticipates having a virtual and physical exhibit celebrating Katie’s life, work, and experiences during the year of her 100th birthday (2019-2020). Stayed tuned for additional information.

October 25, 2017
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SCA Closing Early October 27, 2017

On Friday, October 17th, Special Collections and Archives will be closing at 3pm to the public to prepare for the opening of our next exhibit: “Such a Sweet Fragile Journey We Make: The Sue Bennett Exhibit“. Through Bennett’s personal journals, loved ones’ memories, and her studio materials the exhibit gives an intimately detailed look into her complex photographic process and personality. Bennett’s life work was donated to Northern Arizona University’s Special Collections and Archives by colleague and partner, John Running, in 2013 where it is now available for public access.

Special Collections will be open to the public Saturday, October 28th, from 1 – 3 pm during Homecoming, and will resume normal hours beginning on Monday (M-Th, 9 am – 6 pm; Fri. 9 am – 5 pm).

If you have questions regarding the exhibit, or associated events, call us at: (928) 523-5551, or e-mail us at: Special.Collections@nau.edu.

Sue Bennett Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah
John Running Photograph (NAU.PH.

September 27, 2017
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Another Route 66 Collection

Last Friday we left Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University, and were off to Kingman, Arizona to pick up a new Route 66 collection from the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. The collection was stored in the Powerhouse in Kingman, and reflects the early history of the association (founded in 1987). Included are meeting minutes from the late 1980s and early 1990s; all of the association’s various member newsletters and magazines; and a full run of the association’s annual Fun Run activities as reflected in their participant’s programs, posters, license plates and dash plaques. Also in the collection are years of scrapbooks highlighting the association’s many activities along 66 in Arizona, and photograph albums of events across the years. There is a small collection of correspondence, some of note included letters between the association’s Jerry Richards and performer Bobby Troup of “(Get Your Kicks) on Route 66” fame.

A sampling of some of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona’s published newsletters and events programs

The collection naturally ties in with some of the material in the Angel Delgadillo Collection that Special Collections and Archives began to receive from Angel and his family back in November 2016, specifically the material pertaining to the road and the founding of the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona. The collection also resembles in some ways the structure and content the Route 66 Car Club of Flagstaff Collection in that there are scrapbooks and newsletter material reflecting the interests and activities of the groups- and of course, the allure of Route 66 and the automobile. One of the unique aspects of this collection however, is that it also contains a vertical file of Route 66-related topics and the research files of Dr. Vince Salmon who helped create a scholarly understanding of the importance of Route 66 in the post-decommissioning era, and synthesized the importance of the Kingman-Golden Shores alignments of 66.

Most importantly, the collection reflects the actions and ideas of the very first Route 66-related organization to form after the last bypass occurred Williams, AZ., and Route 66 being decommissioned in 1984-85. In some ways, the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona became the model for the many Route 66 Associations in the U.S. and abroad to follow and emulate. Included in the collection are some publications and correspondence and information from the Canadian Route 66 Association, the Czech Route 66 Association, New Mexico Route 66 Association among others.

Historians of the road; Route 66 enthusiasts; car enthusiasts; preservationists; local historians along with many others will find this collection interesting and important. The material present in this collection really is a critical foundation to understanding the rebirth of interest in Route 66 and to what the road means to the cities the road passes through in northern Arizona, and to all of the travelers from Arizona (and in fact, from all over the world) who seek 66 out today. It also demonstrates the power that a relatively small group of people were able to exert to keep Route 66 both on the maps, but more significantly in the minds and hearts of people world-over. The Association has greatly added to the potential interest in and scholarship of the road by choosing to deposit it’s collection at NAU.

The collection filled 19 boxes at the time of pick-up and is now undergoing a more thorough inventory in preparation for processing and the creation of a finding aid. It may be a little while before the collection is ready for it’s first researcher, but along with Angel’s collection, it won’t be long before they will be available via our reading room, or online.

Some of the 19 boxes of materials donated by the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona

Some of the 19 boxes of materials donated by the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona


Some of the 19 boxes of materials donated by the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona












Below are some links you may wish to visit to sample some of the other material SCA has already ingested and processed regarding Route 66 and made available online through the Cline Library’s Digital Archives:

Route 66 Oral History Project

Route 66 related images in the Digital Archives

Special Collections’ “Route 66 in Arizona: Don’t Forget Winona” exhibit


September 12, 2017
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Fun with History 205-Public Presentations in Cline Library

Bessie Hyde in boat below Tuckup Canyon, Grand Canyon Mile 165 on 11/27/1928

Every semester Dr. Linda Wood’s History 205 learns about historical research by investigating the disappearance of Glenn and Bessie Hyde. To facilitate this, Special Collections and Archives participates by providing mass access to:

  • MS 33 The Glen Hyde Collection
  • MS 77 The Martin Anderson Collection, Series 8, Box 13, the Hyde Mystery
  • MS 318 The Bones in the Boathouse Collection
  • NAU.PH.2001.11.1-4 Glen Hyde photo albums
  • Map 247.01 Scroll Map of the Colorado River
  • F788.D556 2001 Dimock, Brad, Sunk Without a Sound: The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde
  • In addition, the students get to see the Kolb movie that documented the finding of the Hyde’s boat

It is a nice mix of primary and secondary source students consult so that they can complete their assignment- which is to create a prototype for a sign to be installed where the Hyde boat was found, to explain the event to people on the river. The student presentations are this week, Sept. 14, 11:10-12:30 in Special Collections. The student’s works are always entertaining!


Also related to HIS 205 is a talk to be given by local historian John Westerland to Dr. Wood’s class on his research into the Mt. Elden gravesite, and the commonly known story behind the grave. This is Dr. Westerlund’s trip through history to attempt to verify the story behind the murder of little John Edlen Jr. Dr. Westerlund’s talk will be in Cline Library rm. 200, September 28 at 11:10am.


Who says the Historical Method isn’t fun!

July 21, 2017
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The Day Louie the Lumberjack Visited Special Collections and Archives

It isn’t often we get celebrities in the archives, but we had a special one on Monday July 1th. He came striding in, Ax in hand just like he owned the place!

He blew in the doors like he owned the place!

The pensive Louie contemplating the wonders of the Pine.


Louie the Lumberjack came to the Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives on Monday morning to check out our holdings of the alumni magazine, the Pine, and to film a little video footage. Like all celebrities, Louie did have a small entourage with him.



Louie reading select issues of the Pine while the camera crew, director and handlers look on…

Louie also meets the historic 1933 mascot: the 25 lb. copper Lumberjack ax!


In reality, the filming was being done to create a video (that will go out to alumni) to promote the news that the Pine is coming back as a paper periodical(!). From as nearly as we can tell, one of the first issues of the Pine came in October 1957 to promote Arizona State College news and events around homecoming that year-unfortunately we don’t know when volume 1 was printed.  The Pine may have been a little episodic until 1961, but the had a solid print publication history until the late 2000s when it became a digital publication. The Pine then to a little hiatus after the Fall 2015 issue.  The Pine as a title has a very long history at our university. It was first used as the title of the student newspaper (before the Lumberjack). Welcome the Pine back!

Meanwhile for other campus-related publications and history, know that the Special Collections and Archives website provides full-text, online access to the Pine and Lumberjack student newspapers, the La Cuesta yearbook, and to commencement programs.

Visit the archive online or in person to see these treasures. Even Louie thinks its fun!