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Announcement: Upcoming Library Closure!

16 May

This post is to alert you, our valued patrons, that we will be closing the library and archives on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 to do some work on major projects. Remember what happened the last time the library was closed? This time we’re working on changes behind the scenes, so you won’t be able to actually see them out in the Reading Room. The changes we’re making will make it easier for us to access some of our collections and are also focused on improving the use of space in our stacks so we have more room for future collections. However these projects are so large that we need all hands on deck for a couple of days in order to complete them in a timely manner.

We definitely do apologize as we know this may cause some inconvenience on the part of our researchers, but we think we’ll all be happy and excited about these changes. So please plan your research with the knowledge that we’ll be closed these two days: Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7, 2013.  (And don’t worry, we’ll remind you again when it gets a bit closer to June). Thank you for your patience!

PC 1000-Subjects-Indians-Tohono O’Odham-People; Men, Women and Children-2 of 2. As always, if you’d like to purchase reproductions of any of our photographs, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov.

PC 1000-Subjects-Indians-Tohono O’Odham-People; Men, Women and Children-2 of 2. As always, if you’d like to purchase reproductions of any of our photographs, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov.

Reading Room Refresh!

8 Feb

This week marks the re-opening of our Library and Archives reading room after our closure from the last week of 2012 through the month of January 2013. While it wasn’t an easy decision to close our doors during public hours for a few weeks, this rare occasion allowed us to undertake some much- needed, in-depth work to revamp and refresh our Library and Archives reading room.  While we continued to offer active reference assistance to our patrons by email and phone, as well as through research appointments, January saw our staff very busy working on large and complex projects throughout the Library and Archives.

     One change you are sure to notice as soon as you walk through the doors is the bold new paint! You will enter a room that has gone from a cold, institutional grey to a warm and inviting space, vibrant with Sonoran color! These rich tones of terra cotta, mustard yellow and aubergine were chosen to complement our historic 1955 Josias Joesler- designed Sonoran style building and to reflect southern Arizona’s rich cultural heritage. Many thanks are due to Jan, our Building Maintenance Specialist, for doing such a great job with the painting. We love our new space and hope you will too!

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In addition to painting the walls, we worked on multiple projects like shifting of materials on the archives shelves, creating a new and improved reference book section, patching and deep cleaning of the carpets, and installing of new baseboards. We also removed the old, barrier-like reference desks and have begun using some lovely repurposed vintage library tables and a desk which had been hidden away behind the scenes.  We hope you will notice the more welcoming and approachable atmosphere!

Another change we are truly excited about is the new exhibit wall we are creating which will highlight selected images from our collections of over one million historic photographs. We have been working on a special first photo exhibit, so stay tuned! It will be installed in the next few weeks, so look for a more detailed post about it here soon.  We really do have exhibits on our minds as two new small exhibit cases for our reading room are currently being finished by our museum preparator. These exhibit cases will allow us to share a rotating series of intriguing treasures from our extensive manuscript, book and periodical collections with you.

Beyond these noticeable changes are some other efforts, perhaps not so visible at first, which are designed to improve how things function behind the scenes and to make your research visit a success. We have been working to streamline registration and call slips/check-out procedures. Other projects include involving shifting and cataloguing our periodical collection, creating new finding aids and indices for our extensive ephemera, clip book and biographical files collections, creating an improved map encapsulation area, improving environmental monitoring and conditions in the stacks, and  installing more electrical outlets and enabling wifi access for patrons using laptops in our reading room.  We have also been working hard behind the scenes in the stacks to shift collections on the shelves to ensure greater efficiency and access. And of course, we as archivists are always working on the processing of historic manuscript and photograph collections, as well as the creation of exciting new digital collections to share online, so there is truly never a quiet or idle moment here at AHS! We’ll soon be sharing more with you about some recently processed collections and what sorts of materials we are working on at the moment.

 Whew! It has already been a very busy year, but we think we have started it off with very some exciting changes. We hope you will come in and visit us in our refreshed reading room soon–we will be waiting to welcome you and do all we can to support your research visit!

(Photographs for this blog post provided by Alexandria Caster, Archivist and Librarian)

Launch Day: Welcome to the Blog!

4 Feb

Welcome to the Arizona Historical Society in Tucson’s brand new blog!

The Arizona Historical Society has been closed for a while as we make many exciting changes. This blog is one of these changes. However, we see it less as a “change” and more as an evolution of the interactions we offer to the community we serve. As we move forward, you will see more and more content go up on the blog. What will begin as a weekly posting schedule, we soon hope to broaden to include a wide range of fun, informative, educational and interactive posts from staff and volunteers in many areas of our division for the entertainment of our excellent users.

Take a few moments to click around on the blog and explore these first pages. If you choose to “follow” this blog via the link on the right then you will receive each new post in your email when it is published, or you can check back each week to see what’s new. We look forward to taking this journey into the blog world with you, our fabulous users!

Take a look below at a few “Before” and “After” shots of our newly painted Reading Room. We’re all excited about our new colorful home! We hope you’ll come in and check it out in person.

A "Before" shot of our Reading Room taken by archivist and librarian, Alexandria Caster.

A “Before” shot of our Reading Room taken by archivist and librarian, Alexandria Caster.

An "After" shot of the brand new Reading Room paint job! Taken by archivist and librarian Alexandria Caster.

An “After” shot of the brand new Reading Room paint job! Taken by archivist and librarian Alexandria Caster.