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June 15, 2015
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Getting on TRAC: Trustworthy Repository Audit and Certification at NAU’s Cline Library

Recently, three members (Kelly Phillips, Todd Welch, and Peter Runge) of Special Collections and Archives attended and presented at the Western Roundup in Denver, CO from May 27-30, 2015. The Western Roundup is a joint supra-regional archives conference consisting of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), Society of California Archivists (SCA), and Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA).

Phillips, Runge, and Welch presented on the department’s recent internal TRAC audit, which was conducted to assess the trustworthiness of its digital repository. The investigation, and resulting report, used the Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories standard and checklist (ISO 16363:2012) to collect and examine evidence, record findings and observations, and report on the results and recommendations for each area where compliance would be required to achieve external certification. These areas include organizational infrastructure, digital object management, and technical and security risk assessment. Each speaker will address a different area of the report to summarize the findings of the self-audit, discuss proposed recommendations, and provide an update on the new developments since the report came out in Spring 2014 to improve the trustworthiness of the digital archives and establish a solid foundation and framework for the new institutional repository to be managed by Special Collections and Archives.

Runge presented on the organizational infrastructure perspective, specifically on issues of viability, structure, and staffing; preservation policy and planning; financial stability; and software licenses, deposit agreements, and intellectual property. He reported on the administration’s recent efforts to formulate and align policies and planning to increase support for the digital repository.

Welch presented on the report’s findings from the digital object management perspective, describing the evolution of procedures, practices, and workflows implemented in accessioning, storing, preserving, and making accessible the repository content. He discussed the deficiencies identified in the report and describe steps taken to improve the management of digital content

Phillips reported on the technical and security risk assessment perspective, illustrating the importance of technology and security protocols in building the digital archives. She demonstrated how establishing hardware and software documentation, performing cyclical ‘technology watch’ reviews, and instituting solid security practices are critical to ensuring trust among a repository’s designated communities.

The full TRAC report and recommendations is available on the Cline library’s website:

http://library.nau.edu/speccoll/pdf/TRAC_report_draft_Final.pdf

May 18, 2015
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Ordering from the Archives

Whether for personal use or publication, online or in a book, digital or print, we’ve got you covered when it comes to obtaining reproductions and permissions for the thousands of items within our photograph and manuscript collections. Funds generated for reproduction and use fees are directly reinvested into the preservation and maintenance of our collections.

The Most Request Image is? “Kolb on a Rope”

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Ordering in Four Simple Steps

  1. Download and fill out the “Application for Permission” form
  2. Submit completed application form to special.collections@nau.edu
  3. Once submitted form is reviewed by departmental staff, an email containing an invoice outlining reproduction and use fees will be sent — along with a link to a secure credit card payment form.
  4. Once payment is verified, an email will be sent containing requested files, invoice marked “paid in full” along with counter-signed and dated permissions form.

May 17, 2015
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Scholarship in the Archives: Route 66…Navigating the Archives

We have a guest post from an NAU graduate student from the anthropology department, Olivia Charest.

What’s a socio-cultural anthropology student doing writing a blog for SCA, you might wonder. Well, here goes. I am a second year graduate student from the anthropology department working on a thesis about pilgrimage and travel on Route 66. The main goal is to figure out what draws tourists to the road—especially those tourists from, say, the Netherlands, Germany, France…I want to know how they understand America, and how traveling Route 66 preserves the memory of The Road.

My SCA journey has taken me in some interesting directions that I was definitely not expecting. I have had many great conversations with Sean Evans, archivist and perhaps Prince of Route 66 to the King, Angel Delgadillo. Sean has been instrumental in providing me with every resource he knows concerning Route 66. My sampling strategy would be nothing without Sean’s assistance—almost every Route 66 contact I have made has been through Sean. My thesis research and my interest in Route 66 spawned some additional research projects, though.

Angel DelGadillo and Olivia Charest in Angel's Barber Shop on Route 66 in Seligman, AZ. (note the image of Angel in the background as a young man)

Angel DelGadillo and Olivia Charest in Angel’s Barber Shop on Route 66 in Seligman, AZ. (note the image of Angel in the background as a young man)

 

Sean Evans, Archivist, Route 66 Historian, and Clothes Horse Presenting at the 2009 Grand Canyon Lecture Series during the International Route 66 Festival. Photo courtesy of the Sean Evans Collections, Special Collections and Archives.

Sean Evans, Archivist, Route 66 Historian, and Clothes Horse Presenting at the 2009 Grand Canyon Lecture Series during the International Route 66 Festival. Photo courtesy of the Sean Evans Collections, Special Collections and Archives.

In my second year, I started a project for a Communications (COM) course on Two Guns, Arizona. Nearly every web page I looked at got the stories about this town twisted around and the facts wrong, often confusing Two Guns with Canyon Diablo three miles away. With Sean and SCA’s help, I had the idea to create a Two Guns web page—with the real story and links to photographs and oral histories held by SCA. The web page is still in its infancy (and currently not accessible), but after my thesis is done, I will be creating the web page and at the request of some friends in the Netherlands, I apparently will write a book about Two Guns. Sean and the SCA provided a plethora of materials for me to peruse, including access to the newspaper articles chronicling the interesting trial of Two Guns resident, Harry “Indian” Miller. I personally love the photographs that SCA holds of Two Guns and its zoos.

Rimmy Jim's Between Twin Arrows and Hopi House, 1969. Photo courtesy of the Fronske Collection, Special Collections and Archives.

Rimmy Jim’s Between Twin Arrows and Hopi House, 1969. Photo courtesy of the Fronske Collection, Special Collections and Archives.

Another project came about when WestLand Resources, Inc. was hired by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to create a visual roadbed survey of all accessible Route 66 segments in Arizona. I was hired as a researcher. I have spent a great deal of time accessing SCA materials—including Engineer Reports, Arizona Highways, and Arizona road maps. We have used the Fronske collection to verify segments of the road, as well as other collections. The ability to use SCA’s online resources has hugely helped us on this particular project!

Route 66 in Arizona, 1953. Map courtesy of the Arizona Highway Department and Special Collections and Archives.

Route 66 in Arizona, 1953. Map courtesy of the Arizona Highway Department and Special Collections and Archives.

The SCA has served my projects and me well!

Thank you, Olivia, for the update on your research in Special Collections and Archives and your research.!

May 17, 2015
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Congratulations Class of 2015 and Class of 1965

It’s that time of the year when all the hard work and studying is magically transformed into a diploma. Graduation weekend saw nearly 5,000 NAU students graduate beneath a light blanket of rain, snow, and hail.

The 1965 Golden Graduates on the Steps of Old Main, May 9, 2015. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

The 1965 Golden Graduates on the Steps of Old Main, May 9, 2015. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Graduation is also the time of year when Alumni Relations invites the Golden Graduates back to campus as special guests of the entire NAU community. The Golden Graduates received their diplomas 50 years ago! This year’s Golden Graduates (Class of 1965) are extra special, as they are the last graduating class of Arizona State College.

The Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives, and Alumni Relations partner to host the Golden Graduates at the library. This year, the Golden Graduates were treated to two days of activities and events. On Friday, the Golden Graduates visited the library after it closed for tours of the new classroom, the Media Lab, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Special Collections and Archives. Georgette Vigil welcomed the Golden Graduates to campus, and they socialized with library and Alumni Relations staff.

Georgette Vigil, Director of Alumni Relations, Welcoming the Golden Graduates in the Presidents' Room. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Georgette Vigil, Director of Alumni Relations, Welcoming the Golden Graduates in the Presidents’ Room. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Special Collections pulled out many of its treasures from the 1965 era to share with the Golden Graduates. Included were letter sweaters, the copper ax, yearbooks, student handbooks, photographs of campus, homecoming dedicatee pins, beanies, and much more for the Golden Graduates to enjoy as they socialized and reminisced.

Letter Sweaters, Chain Gang Sweater, and Commemorative Football. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Letter Sweaters, Chain Gang Sweater, and Commemorative Football. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Homecoming Dedicatee Buttons. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Homecoming Dedicatee Buttons. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

After Friday’s event, the Golden Graduates were the guests of honor at the 9:00am commencement exercises. They led the procession of soon-to-be graduates into the Skydome and had front row seats for the event.

 

Golden Graduates Leading the Commencement Procession in the Skydome. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Golden Graduates Leading the Commencement Procession in the Skydome. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

The Golden Graduates at Commencement. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

The Golden Graduates at Commencement. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

President Cheng, Honoring the Golden Graduates at Commencement. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

President Cheng, Honoring the Golden Graduates at Commencement. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Following the ceremony, they were brought back to the library where they were treated to a delicious lunch in the Jean Collins Reading Room. During the lunch, each Golden Graduate was introduced and had an opportunity to share some of their memorable experiences with the group. We heard stories about the Latin Quarter, Axer’s Ally, skiing (and skiing accidents), trips to Oak Creek, the early days of the School of Forestry, life long friends (a foursome of ladies who met and have remained friends for over 50 years!), multiple generations of ASC/NAU graduates in families (one family – Mary Beth [’65] and Royce [’64] Moore have 17 ASC/NAU degrees in their family!), just to mention a few of the touching and fascinating stories shared among the group.  As you might imagine, many of the stories shared were humorous, entertaining, and quite often reflective of how ASC/NAU shaped the graduates lives.

 

The Jean Collins' Reading Room. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

The Jean Collins Reading Room. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

University Librarian and Dean Cynthia Childrey Welcoming the Golden Graduates at Lunch. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

University Librarian and Dean Cynthia Childrey Welcoming the Golden Graduates at Lunch. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Gifts Given to the Golden Graduates during their Saturday Lunch. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

Gifts Given to the Golden Graduates during their Saturday Lunch. Photo courtesy of David Slipher, Alumni Relations.

This event is a developing tradition that we at the Cline Library and Special Collections and Archives as well as Alumni Relations look forward to and enjoy very much. The feedback from the Golden Graduates is equally positive and enthusiastic, so I’m quite certain this part of their weekend will continue to be part of the program.

From all of us at the Cline Library and Alumni Relations, we wish the Golden Graduates great happiness and a standing invitation to visit to the campus and library anytime they’re back in Flagstaff.

Special Collections and Archives would like to congratulate all the students who graduated this year. We are particularly proud of Ariel Apple and Jackson Klienfelter, who worked in Special Collections and Archives as student assistants. Way to go Ariel and Jackson!

May 4, 2015
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Our New Elizabeth & P.T. Reilly Intern!

The Cline Library and Special Collections and Archives would like to introduce the 2015 Elizabeth M. and PT Reilly Summer Intern, Ofelia Zepeda. Ofelia is an NAU graduate (class of 2000) and brings a wealth of experience and insight to the Special Collections and Archives (she taught middle school for 10 years!). She’s excited to return to Flagstaff and NAU for the summer and to start working on the Fred Harvey exhibit. Ofelia is a SIRLS graduate student at the University of Arizona and a Knowledge River Scholar (cohort 13). Ofelia will be joining us on Monday, June 8; the week prior, she will be at the University of Montana to attend a Tribal College Librarians Professional Development Institute (TCLI). Wow, Ofelia knows how to fill her summers with fun and interesting projects. By way of introduction, she volunteered to answer a few question we posed her that we thought might introduce her to NAU…

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Ofelia Zepeda, Class of 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us a little bit about your background?

S-keg sialig! Hello! My name is Ofelia Zepeda. I am a proud member of the Tohono O’odham Nation. I am originally from a tiny town called Stanfield in Central Arizona, but I currently reside in Tucson, Arizona with my husband of 15 years and two daughters, Elizabeth and Veronica, ages 12 and 8. I received my undergraduate degree in Extended English, Secondary Education from NAU after which I moved to Tucson and taught for the better part of 10 years between taking time off for our children. I just recently made the monumental decision to quit teaching in order to pursue a master’s degree in library science. I was fortunate to gain admission into the University of Arizona’s School of Information and Library Sciences (soon to become the School of Information) and best of all, the Knowledge River Program.

My husband of 15 years and two daughters, Elizabeth and Veronica, ages 12 and 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why did you apply for this internship and what do you hope to get from it?

When I saw the posting for the internship, I knew that I HAD to apply. Cline Library has a wonderful reputation. I have heard so much wonderful praise of Cline Library’s Special Collections and staff consistently that it would have been ridiculous not to apply. Just recently, I happened to be at the Arizona State Museum volunteering for an event and ended up speaking with their photo archivist who said when she runs into an issue, she thinks, “What would Cline Library do?” I hope to gain a wealth of experience from the internship and I am fairly confident that hope will be exceeded.

You’re from Tucson, so what aspect of Flagstaff will you be looking forward to this summer?

Strangely enough, I will miss the heat of Tucson and all of the wonder of the desert, but I know Flagstaff is beautiful in the summer also. My children are especially excited about seeing the sights of Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. Even though I am from Arizona and attended NAU for 4 years, I have never been to the Grand Canyon. We have promised our younger daughter that is where she will be going for her birthday.

Dog or cat?

Both, we have 1 dog and 4 cats. Yes, I know that’s a lot, but my husband and children are soft-hearted when it comes to cats.

How will your skill set/experience make this internship special?

I have been employed as a graduate assistant at the University of Arizona’s Special Collections for both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Working at Special Collections has provided me with a wonderful background in archives, especially in a variety of fields. We maintain our own blog as well (archivistapprenticehip.com – check it out!). So far this year, I have worked on the papers of a retired English teacher/poet, a Lunar Planetary Laboratory astronomer, a lawyer/photographer, and the Black Sparrow Press Collection. Additionally, I was fortunate to curate an exhibit highlighting the life and career of our late governor, Raul H. Castro. The variety of material and degree of work I have been exposed to will have most definitely prepared me to work with the Fred Harvey Collection which has so many different facets to it.

What aspect of Fred Harvey most interests you?

I have always wondered how the tourist trade began in Arizona and the Southwest. Also, I have wondered what has helped to shape how the Southwest was perceived and traveled. The Fred Harvey Collection is epic on so many levels. It contains so much variety: architecture, jewelry, business, marketing, travel, dining, trains. . .I could go on and on, but I will not. I appreciate the fact that there is always something new to discover and the potential is there. I will not have to worry about running out of work to complete.

“A woman and a man looking at the Grand Canyon through a viewer.” Collection: Fred Harvey Hotels Collection, courtesy University of Arizona Libraries Special Collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Ofelia, for the wonderful introduction and we’re looking forward to having you join us this summer!

May 1, 2015
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SEGA update from Hanks Scholar Sarah Ciarrachi

The last few months have been a thrilling adventure navigating through the Special Collections and Archives (SCA) holdings at Cline Library. From the time I was young I have enjoyed wandering up and down the aisles of the public or school library locating interesting books to read. Entering into SCA for the first time I was awestruck by the amount of local history preserved in one location. This is when I truly began to comprehend the task ahead of me. I would be combing through archives that compose the history of the Colorado Plateau: The original Kolb Brother’s photographs documenting their Grand Canyon adventures; photos and surveys from Powell’s 1871 river expedition; Glen and Bessie Hyde’s personal photos from their mysterious river trip; more recent river trips and the actual events that have occurred down the Colorado River (complete with photographic proof); Harvey Butchart’s photos, logs and annotated maps; the original James Hanks 1927 photographic documentation of the Glen Canyon region before the dam and Thomas Hanks’ recreation of these photos. I could go on and on. Having this opportunity to go through these personal photos and documents is a fascinating process as they share a story of another individual with a passion for the Colorado Plateau. Having insight behind a specific photo creates a profound perspective which I get to explore while out re-creating the image.

As the research portion of this project started nearing completion and the unpredictable northern Arizona weather became more pleasant, I transitioned my navigation from the archive aisles to the outdoors.

I would like to share some of the triumphs and struggles while currently working on the Hank’s Scholar Re-photography project. The first paragraph describes the very first attempt out in the field photographing a cabin within upper Soap Creek in House Rock Valley.  The second account is of another site near Walnut Creek in Williamson Valley, north of Prescott. My hope is that these accounts give insight and context into the journey leading up to the recreation of the historical image. In the words of the great adventurer and novelist Ernest Hemingway, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

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Soap creek and Vermillion Cliff geology

I choose Soap Creek to be my first historic repeat because this photo has a relatively specific location, distinct geologic characteristics in the background and a cabin in the foreground to locate. While driving up highway 89A to where the road crosses the soap creek drainage, I was scanning the upper portion of the Navajo sandstone, which makes up the upper reaches of the Vermillion cliffs. I was looking to match the head of the canyon and a distinct notch in the rock formation with the one in the photo to ensure that the photo was actually in Soap Creek. I did not expect the elation that rushed through my body when I aligned the photo with the exact geologic view in front of me. As I started to hike up the drainage I noticed wet sand, bent vegetation and the smell of sulfur which signified a flash flood had recently flowed through the creek bed. The thought that the cabin may have been destroyed by a flood in the fifty years since the photo was taken had never crossed my mind, until that moment. I continued to hike with uncertain thoughts running through my mind. What if the entire creek bed had been altered and there was nothing left of the cabin or the vegetation within the vicinity of the cabin? Having hiked many drainages in the Grand Canyon I know this is a common occurrence. Normally, I look forward to seeing the aftermath of a flash flood, the new boulders, newly exposed fossils and traversing the newly formed flow path. This realization made me reevaluate the significance of this project and the relevance of documentation because the environment is always changing. (As I would later photographically confirm, the alteration occurs from both natural and human events). Despite the doubt, sun and searing 90 plus degree heat I continued hiking, focusing on the near and distant geology. Heading further up the wash, I noticed the Moenkopi Formation began to appear more prominently at eye level. I knew I had to be getting close because this was the formation adjacent to the cabin in the photo. I hiked out of the drainage to get a better vantage. Off in the distance I could see a band of rock that created a low cliff, similar to the one in the photograph. I continued hiking, senses heightened, and after a few more bends in the creek I looked up to a man-made structure. I had found the cabin, intact.

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Original photo taken on 5/4/65 of the “Cabin Up Soap Cr.” Item #144244

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Recreated photo taken on 3/28/15

This first attempt at Soap Creek made me realize that the difficult part of this project is not recreating the photo; it is finding the location. Even with specific coordinates, finding the exact spot where the previous photographer was standing is not always easy, as I would find out with the next photo at Walnut Creek.

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Alexander Gardner’s 1867 photograph looking up Walnut Creek. Courtesy of US Forest Service.

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Repeat of Alexander Gardner’s photo taken in 1997 by Raymond M. Turner. Courtesy of US Forest Service.

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Recreated photo taken on 4/11/15

New challenges have presented themselves with each location. While driving down to the next re-shoot at Walnut Creek (West of Paulden) I encountered a slight “bump” in my plans while traveling across the rough back roads of Prescott National Forest.   The state had swapped public land for private land, blocking my direct route to Walnut Creek in Williamson Valley. My tattered and well-worn map of forest service roads throughout the state showed publicly owned, unpaved roads from Paulden to Williamson Valley. After a lengthy attempt at circumnavigating private ranches and gates with no trespassing signs I gave up and retraced the bumpy road back to highway 89. The detour took me south to Prescott and north again on Williamson Valley Road. It was frustrating being less than twenty miles from Walnut Creek but with no way to get through. The detour was scenic but it cut out hours of daylight. I was not too worried as the previous re-photographer had GPS coordinates of the reshoot location, rebar in the ground locating the site, as well as rock cairns. It was re-photographed in 1997 from the original in 1854. I expected this location to be easy. When I arrived I tracked down the GPS coordinates to within eight feet. I was perplexed as it was low in the creek bed with no view of the surrounding valley. I looked at the original photo and was reminded that the 1997 reshoot was only able to get an accurate GPS to within 100 meters. On paper that does not sound like a large area, but scanning a 100 meter circumference around my position turned into a search for a needle in a haystack. I searched for the piece of rebar and the rock cairn which was previously put in place to mark the reshoot site but found nothing, not even a cluster of rocks which looked like it could have been a cairn. During all of my pre-trip planning I never considered the need for a metal detector. Standing there, at that moment, that idea didn’t seem outlandish. The main dirt road looked recently re-graded and possibly widened and there was evidence of off-road vehicles in the area. This easy location was turning difficult. I referred to the photo and used the tangible topography to line up the photo. The distinct mountains in the background were easy to see, the barbed wire fence was still intact, and junipers were clustered in the foreground… A lot of junipers were clustered in the foreground! Attempting to line up the correct junipers to the mid-ground and background seemed more complicated than it should. Something was off. While walking around, trying to find an angle where everything would line up, I noticed numerous remains of mature junipers, cut down by chain saw. Progress may have interfered with a perfect replica, but it did lead me to an interesting discovery. While searching the vicinity for “the perfect shot” I stumbled upon the desiccated remains of several agave plants and stalks. In the original 1854 photo three agaves in bloom are in the center of the photo and numerous other agaves, ranging in age, dot the landscape. Looking more closely I found more remnants of agaves and even a very young one growing in between some boulders. It’s uncertain if these are the original agaves from the 1854 photo but being in the vicinity, they may be descendants of those in the photo. As daylight quickly dwindled, I photographed several slightly different angles but never found the precise spot. I was able to capture most of the key points in this re-shoot but the alignment is not completely correct. If I have enough time, I would love to go back out for another attempt. Now that I’m aware of the most direct route, it should be an “easy” second attempt.

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Agave remains near Walnut Creek reshoot site.

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Young agave sprouting up between boulders and old agave fibers.

There are seven additional sites associated with the SEGA project that I am currently repeating using historic images; I look forward to sharing these with you very soon. This is continuing to be a great experience, learning new things every step of the way. I’m gaining deeper insight into the history of specific regions across northern Arizona, familiarizing myself with new terrain around the state, and grasping, first-hand, the exponential growth in vegetation over recent years. I have gained priceless experience in the field, valuable wisdom about coordinating a project from start to finish, and made important contacts while collaborating with other agencies like the National Forest Service, Sedona Heritage Museum, and The Museum of Northern Arizona. Working at the Special Collections and Archives at NAU has opened the door for me to gain knowledge and understanding of library science and databases, an integral skill in research which I was previously unaware of. I am beyond grateful to the SCA staff, the Hanks Scholarship, and NAU for creating this opportunity which has broadened my skill set in a number of different fields. I am confident this experience will benefit me greatly with future endeavors.

April 21, 2015
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A Visit with Consul General of Spain in Los Angeles

Special Collections and Archives’ Delia Muñoz was a featured presenter on two separate occasions when Javier Vallaure–Spain’s Consul General in Los Angeles–came to Flagstaff/NAU on April 3. Vallaure was in town to learn more about the history of the Spanish presence in Flagstaff. His full-day visit took him to the Southside’s historic Basque “fronton” ballcourt, followed by an open discussion (featuring presentations) on the presence of Spain in the Southwest at NAU’s Health and Learning Center building.

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Delia began her day with an introduction to the Spanish and Basque people she has interviewed over the last 18+ years. She focused on two individuals (Margarita Martinez de Gomez, Victor Alonso) and shared their migration stories (including photos) with a captive audience of over thirty NAU students, staff, faculty, and community members. Vallaure spoke extensively about his experiences as a Consul General, in addition to sharing some family history. Coincidentally, his father was an ambassador; he met several dignitaries over the decades including former President Richard Nixon and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Audience members asked Vallaure about how he became interested in this line of work and what sort of education and skills he acquired in the process.

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Consul General Javier Vallaure, José Rodriguez, Basilio Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon, Delia and a small audience (including Vallaure) met just outside Flagstaff’s Tinderbox restaurant (34 S San Francisco St), which is located just in front of the Basque “fronton” ballcourt. Delia spoke of the history of the ballcourt, and made a point to highlight some aspects of its history that went beyond information currently provided in a descriptive historic sign nearby. Delia spoke of how Basque and Castilian sheepherders filled the boarding house next door alongside others who spoke the same language and shared the same customs. The Basque also reinforced cultural continuity and social customs, such as the game of pelota. Pelota is a form of handball that is played in a court called a “fronton.” At this time, the city is exploring an update to the sign to more accurately reflect its significance to the Spanish and Basque people.

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Historic statement related to the ballcourt currently seen onsite

 

April 9, 2015
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Communities and Identity – Southwest Oral History Association Annual Conference

SCA’s very own Delia Muñoz recently had the very distinct honor of representing her community in a very unique way on March 19. For the past 18+ years, Delia has been working with members of Flagstaff’s Southside community. She has been recording the stories of individuals who contributed in previously-undocumented ways to the history of Flagstaff’s Hispanic and African-American communities. You can learn more about her valuable work by reading an earlier blog post about the Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff project here.

Southwest Oral History Association (SOHA) Annual Conference – Del Mar, California, March 19-21, 2015

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Pacific Ocean Sunset, 2015. Photo by Delia Muñoz.

Delia was asked to present on the history of the Southside community through the lens of Flagstaff’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (OLGC – now Chapel) at the recent SOHA conference in California. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church served as a critical space where several disparate communities could find commonality with one another through shared faith. Presenting alongside fellow Flagstaff oral historian Duffie Westheimer and Texas instructor Ana Valeen Satterfield, Delia’s presentation was a valuable juxtaposition to Duffie’s; Westheimer’s work has focused on the history of Flagstaff’s historic Townsite district – an overwhelmingly Caucasian/Euro-American community with an entirely different perspective on the early development of Flagstaff. Satterfield, a Hispanic woman, has been working on implementing a culturally-relevant lexicon for derogatory terminology using her students to identify more appropriate wording to describe their cultural heritage. All three presenters touched on issues of marginalization affecting members of their community. Below are some of the highlights Delia presented on.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (OLGC) was built in 1926 as a result of cultural and linguistic differences that existed in Flagstaff at the time. Using funds that he had accumulated in his pursuit to build a new church, Reverend Edward Albouy drew up blueprints for a space that would serve (mainly) the Spanish speaking Roman Catholics. Pay deductions from sawmill employees also helped to support construction; most sawmill workers were Spanish speaking Roman Catholics. The early settlers—both men and women—were involved in raising funds, donating their time and labor.

OLGC’s connection with the community is one that weaves together the neighborhoods of the plaza nueva (New Town); plaza vieja (Old town); la loma (the hill); los Chantes (Chanty town); and Calveras (skulls) to become the place to worship, socialize and celebrate as one big family.

Presently, OLGC doesn’t serve the community with any Sunday Masses (about 1997). A rosary group that meet at the church every Sunday praying for a Mass.

Organizations associated with OLGC, such as a women’s group, Guadalupanas, and the men’s group, the Knights of Columbus, are active to this day. A local group, Nuestra Raices (our roots), devotes time and energy to the upkeep of the church.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1990 ca. NAU.PH.2006.43.227

Great work, Delia!

April 5, 2015
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Announcing the Acquisition of the Fred B. Eiseman Collection

Fred Eiseman, studying Upset Rapid, early 1970s. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.67c.1)

Fred Eiseman, studying Upset Rapid, early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.67c.1)

Special Collections and Archives would like to announce the acquisition of a new collection, the Fred B. Eiseman collection. Fred was a river runner in the1950s through early 1970s and primarily worked in the Grand Canyon and on the Colorado River.

Fred’s family donated over 1,200 35mm slides taken by Fred documenting his adventures in the Southwest. The images document a broad range of geographic and cultural areas in the Colorado Plateau, including Rainbow Bridge, Navajo Mountain, Arches, Bryce, Zion, Cedar Banks, Canyon de Chelley, Navajo National Monument, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon, Window Rock, Chaco Canyon, Acoma, Thoreau, Shiprock, and Mesa Verde to name a few areas captured in Fred’s collection.

Fred was born in the Midwest and first visited the Grand Canyon at the age of 11 in 1937 and saw the Colorado River on that trip. Seventeen years later he enjoyed his first river trip down the Colorado River. Fred became enamored with the Colorado River and was eventually recruited by Georgie White Clark to serve as a river guide. Fred and his wife, Margaret, worked for two river-running companies throughout their career – Georgie White Clark and her Royal River Rats and Mexican Hat with Gaylord Staveley. By 1970, Fred fell under the spell of the lightweight, shallow-draft dory and he and Margaret started running their own private trips using their own dories.

Fred and Margaret Eisman, running Upset Rapid, Grand Canyon, early 1970s. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.67c.15)

Fred and Margaret Eiseman, running Upset Rapid, Grand Canyon, early 1970s. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.67c.15)

Fred Eiseman cooking a riverside breakfast with Georgie Clark, late 1950s.  Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.1.103.2)

Fred Eiseman cooking a riverside breakfast with Georgie Clark, late 1950s. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.1.103.2)

Fred was a rugged river runner, who seemed to be on a quest for the purest river running experience. He was initiated into river running with the large motorized rubber rafts favored by Georgie White Clark and then graduated to the more traditional cataract-style boat introduced by Norm Nevills and the Mexican Hat River Running company, and eventually was draw to the elegant and nimble dories used by Martin Litton and Grand Canyon Dories. While working for Mexican Hat, Fred was part of the Goldwater trip down the Colorado River.

Fred Eiseman, wearing the whit cowboy had and looking at the camera, as he rigs one of Georgie White Clarks rubber rafts, late 1950s. Photo courtesey of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.7.9)

Fred Eiseman, wearing the white cowboy hat and looking at the camera, rigging one of Georgie White Clarks rubber rafts, late 1950s. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.7.9)

Fred Eiseman navigating a Mexican Hat cataract-style boat through Badger Creek Rapids. Joan Goldwater is prone on the stern, 1965. Photo Courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection.  (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.17b.2)

Fred Eiseman navigating a Mexican Hat cataract-style boat through Badger Creek Rapids. Joan Goldwater is prone on the stern, 1965. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.17b.2)

Fred Eiseman in the dory Hosteen, running Dubendorff Rapid, circa 1972. Photo Courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.47c.16)

Fred Eiseman in the dory Hosteen, running Dubendorff Rapid, circa 1972. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection. (NAU.PH.2004.8.2.47c.16)

Running rivers was a summer job/respite for Fred and his wife, Margaret. From September to May, Fred taught high school science. He was a man of great erudition. He had master’s degrees in chemical engineering and education from Columbia University and taught earth science at Phoenix Country Day School.

Fred’s collection complements his wife Margaret’s. Margaret donated her slides to SCA in 2004. Many of the slides and prints from Margaret’s collection are available for viewing via our digital archives and capture their river running experiences. The images in this post are from his wife’s collection.

Fred was deeply affected by the increasing regulations and restrictions placed on private river trips down the Colorado River imposed by the National Park Service. He eventually left the river by the mid 1970s and spent increasing amounts of time in Bali, where he wrote several books about the history and culture of Bali.

Fred Eiseman rowing  through Gen Canyon on the Colorado River, 1959. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection.(NAU.PH.2004.8.1.103.2)

Fred Eiseman rowing through Gen Canyon on the Colorado River, 1959. Photo courtesy of the Margaret Eiseman Collection.(NAU.PH.2004.8.1.103.2)

Fred B. Eiseman ran his last rapid at the age of 86 on April 6, 2013 at his Scottsdale, AZ home.

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.