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New Library Catalog!

24 Sep

We are excited to announce that this month the AHS Archives is unveiling a new state-wide catalog. We are making the move to an open-source catalog that will be more efficient and more versatile than our previous system. We hope this new catalog will improve ease of access to our collections. If you have questions during the transition, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will help!

To start browsing the new catalog, visit: http://catalog.azhsarchives.org/

New AHS catalog!  catalog.azhsarchives.org

                New AHS catalog!
         catalog.azhsarchives.org

This blog post is brought to you by the letter ‘C’…

31 May

For card catalog! Our card catalog is still sometimes the best way to find what you’re looking for. Archivists and librarians of yore took the time to create this card catalog which indexes in detail many of our photographs, manuscripts, journals, and newspapers. At the time this was the best way to capture this information and it still proves invaluable today. In part because of the dramatic increase in records production in recent years – both digital and paper – it has become impossible to continue to catalog everything in this level of detail; however, it is great that we can take advantage the vast amount of knowledge that is contained in this card catalog. In many cases you can find an individual or location in the card catalog even if it doesn’t appear elsewhere. This is especially useful when looking for individuals or specific addresses.

The card catalog in our Reading Room.

The card catalog in our Reading Room.

For example, if you just searched the online catalogs for ‘cats’ (‘C’ is also for cat!), you would find some great photo files, including one called Subjects-Camels and Cats, but you would miss this adorable photo of a kitten cuddling up to an oil lamp that only appears in the card catalog:

PC 107, Reynolds Photograph Collection, 1885-1920, b1f14. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

PC 107, Reynolds Photograph Collection, 1885-1920, b1f14. As always, if you would like to use any of the photos seen here on the blog please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for information on image reproduction.

 

Here is an example of the detail that can be found in the card catalog entries:

Detail of the card catalog index card for cats that led to the discovery of the photo above.

Detail of the card catalog index card for cats that led to the discovery of the photo above.

Even though online catalogs have made searching so much easier, it’s important to remember to check the card catalog!

Photo Friday: National Library Week

12 Apr

Next week is National Library Week!

In the process of working on a photo digitization project, my colleague Liz and I came across this lovely photo of an unidentified young girl gazing lovingly at a book in her lap, just in time for National Library Week! This lovely cabinet card photo beautifully captures the true sense of delight and the enduring value to be found in books. National Library Week, which this year is April 14th-20th, is a national observance dating back to 1958 which is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) (http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek).  Libraries across the country use this week each April to highlight the important role libraries play in their communities. AHS Library and Archives in Tucson is home to a wonderful collection of approximately 50,000 books, hundreds of periodical titles and 9,000 reels of microfilm, covering a wide range of subjects related to the history of Arizona, northern Mexico and the West. While our books don’t circulate outside of our building, they are all freely available for use in our reading room Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00. You can search for books in our collections using our online catalog Our library is an essential part of our dedication to helping to preserve and make accessible the rich and complex history of Arizona. Happy reading!

AHS #PC83f3_73795 [cabinet card by Marceau of San Francisco and Los Angeles], circa 1900

AHS #PC83f3_73795 [cabinet card by Marceau of San Francisco and Los Angeles], circa 1900

Here is a list of some other wonderful Arizona libraries to celebrate and explore:

Tucson area:

 

Statewide: