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Special Collections & Archives

Digital Exhibits

Founded in 1899, Transformed in 1966: Celebrating 50 Years as a University 1966-2016. (2016). This exhibit highlights the last 50 years of history of Northern Arizona University. The exhibit focuses on the transition from Arizona State College; the Presidents; Academic Programs; Campus Life; Athletics; and Physical Campus.
Fred Harvey: Branding the Southwest (2015). Tells the story of The Fred Harvey Company and the impact it had across the 1000 miles of the southwest through a hundred years of history. The exhibit is populated with imagery and digitized material from the Cline Library, Special Collection's most used manuscript collection and features artifacts and materials from the Old Trails Museum, and La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ.
Offerings to the Gods of Light and Shadow (2014). Learn about the career of Flagstaff-based photographer John Running. Comprised of over 2 million images, this collection is exhibited in an effort to highlight elements of Running's professional career. Using project-based imagery and associated contextual pieces, this exhibit hopes to balance both fine art and archival approaches.
Louie's Legacy: The North Quad QR Code Project (2014) is a collaborative effort of the Northern Arizona University (NAU) History department, its first Public History class, and Cline Library Special Collections and Archives. Project consists of thirty-six sites in NAU's historic district with brief histories, photographs, documents, newsclippings, and oral history sound bites.
In the Time ... and Time Again exhibit (2013) contains photographs of Grand Canyon trails and cityscapes from seven towns in Northern Arizona obtained from Northern Arizona University's archives, as well as other archival repositories, each has been rephotographed and matched to demonstrate the changing landscape.
Flagstaff All-Indian Pow Wow exhibit (2012) tells the history of the Flagstaff All-Indian Pow wow in images, documents, moving images, and oral histories.
Days of Archives: A Real-Life Soap Opera (2010). Learn how archivists help students, researchers, and the public fulfill their greatest needs and desires.
Route 66 in Arizona: Don't Forget Winona! (2009). Travel across Arizona Route 66 and experience the history and color of the road.
Naked Truth: The Katie Lee Exhibit (2008). This exhibit attempts to describe the indescribable life of Katie Lee: river runner, canyoneer, musician.
Beyond the Rainbow: The Photographs of James J. Hanks (2007). Explore northern Arizona and southern Utah in photographs, letters, and maps, 1927-1928.
Los Recuerdos del Barrio en Flagstaff (2006). Features oral history recordings and photographs documenting the lives of Spanish/Basque/Mexican-American residents of northern Arizona.
Indigenous Voices of the Colorado Plateau (2005). The indigenous tribes of the Colorado Plateau tell their stories through images, documents, and oral histories.
Josef Muench (2005). Enjoy the artistry of this distinguished Arizona Highways photographer.
Fire on the Plateau (2003). Explore the history of the region's wildland fires through photographs, reports, and eye-witness accounts.
Voices of the Colorado Plateau (2002). This online multimedia collection features oral history recordings and historic photographs documenting life on the Colorado Plateau.
Bert Lauzon: Forty Years at the Grand Canyon (2000). Learn more about the remarkable life of this Grand Canyon pioneer.
Northern Arizona University: Portrait of a Century (1999). This multimedia exhibit was developed to honor and highlight NAU's first 100 years.
Traders: Voices from the Trading Post (1999). Through photographs and interviews, this exhibit brings to life the late-nineteenth-century and twentieth-century trading posts of the Four Corners region.
Bill Belknap: Photographer (1998). Freelancer Bill Belknap documented post-WWII life in the American Southwest with photographs and articles.
Flagstaff History for Kids (1997). This exploration of Flagstaff history focuses on life from a child's perspective.