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Best Friends Day!

9 Jun

National Best Friends Day was yesterday, and we wanted to share this photograph of two great friends, Helen and Muriel Upham, having a blast together in 1910. The image is part of the Muriel Upham photograph collection. The Tucson archivists wish our very own BFFs a happy day!

Helen and Muriel Upham, 1910. PC 142 - Muriel Upham Collection, PC142b3f1_92817. As always, if you'd like to use any photos seen on the blog please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permission.

Helen and Muriel Upham, 1910. PC 142 – Muriel Upham Collection, PC142b3f1_92817. As always, if you’d like to use any photos seen on the blog please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov for permission.

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Snow Days

6 Mar

While we have had an incredibly mild winter in Tucson this year, we’ve been watching coverage of the storms hitting the rest of the country with sympathy. Although we wouldn’t have minded a snow day, we’re glad to have escaped the worst of the ice and snow. It’s hard to believe it ever snowed this much in Tucson (especially when we already hit 90 degrees in February), but check out this image from our Main Photograph Collection of the U of A Main Gate after a major snowstorm in 1922.

Seven inches of snow fell in Tucson on March 12, 1922. This photo shows the U of A gate covered in snowf. Main Photograph Collection, Photo #12928. As always, if you'd like to use or reproduce an image from this blog, please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

Main Photograph Collection, Photo #12928. As always, if you’d like to use or reproduce an image from this blog, please contact ahsref@azhs.gov for permissions.

For those of you in the cold, snowy weather: you can gloat when you’re having a reasonable summer and we’re enduring 120+ temperatures!

May Day

30 Apr

May Day, of course, is a celebration of the beginning of summer. It has roots in ancient celebrations, like the Celtic festival of Beltane, and is sometimes celebrated today with the May Pole Dance and the crowning of a May Queen, among other things.

Girls dancing the traditional Maypole Dance, taken at Davis School, circa 1905. Portraits-Peyron-Araneta Family, #62632. As always, if you’d like to purchase reproductions of any of our photographs, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov.

Girls dancing the traditional Maypole Dance, taken at Davis School, circa 1905. Portraits-Peyron-Araneta Family, #62632. As always, if you’d like to purchase reproductions of any of our photographs, please contact us at ahsref@azhs.gov.

However, libraries and archives have capitalized on the double meaning of May Day as a distress call (and the date’s convenient location at the end of Preservation Week), to use it as a day to raise awareness about disaster preparedness. In the archives we take all sorts of measures to ensure the longevity of our records – there are lots of things we are able to predict and expect: acid free enclosures slow deterioration of archival materials; maintaining stable environmental conditions helps protect archival materials. But we also have to be prepared for the unexpected – fire, flood, weather.  So for this year’s May Day we, along with archival institutions around the world, are taking extra steps to make sure we will be prepared in the face of a potential disaster.

At AHS-Tucson, we are observing May Day by:

-Checking the batteries in the flashlights we have placed strategically throughout the stacks in the event of a power outage.

-Continuing work on a larger scale project to create an emergency plan for all AHS Library and Archives locations

-Starting an emergency kit to be placed in the collections area.

 

Our brand new Emergency Kit!

Our brand new Emergency Kit!

Among other things, our emergency kit will include the following items:

-A copy of our emergency plan

-Plastic sheeting

-Forms for documenting recovery measures

-Pencils, clipboard

-First Aid kit

-Nitrile gloves

-Masks

Do you want to learn more about May Day and emergency plans for archives and archival collections?

The Northeast Document Conservation Center has lots of tools for creating a disaster plan and a suggested list of contents for an emergency kit.

These are just a few of the things we’re working on to ensure the safety and security of our collections. To learn more about May Day and emergency preparedness check out the SAA’s information on May Day activities and
the Council of State Archivists’ May Day information page.

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: