Category Archives: Arizona Archives

Federal grant awarded to digitize historic Arizona newspapers

[Source: Newszap Forum] — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records a grant to digitize historic Arizona newspapers. Titled Arizona Newspapers, 1880-1912; Arizona becomes one of only six states and one of only two State Libraries in 2008 to be successfully awarded a grant through this nationwide program. The digitized newspapers will eventually be posted on the Arizona Memory Project website which is hosted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, and also posted on the National Digital Newspapers Project website hosted by the Library of Congress. Both websites are free and publically available. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board re-grants program

[Source: Melanie I. Sturgeon, Arizona State Library] — The Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB) recently received NHPRC funding for a $10,000 re-grant program to preserve and make accessible Arizona’s historical records and provide continuing archival education and training.  The State Library will provide matching funds, for a total of $20,000 available for re-grants.

The re-grant project and the goals it represents are prominent in AHRAB’s long range plan.  Arizona’s re-grant program will help with continuing education for individuals with custody of historical materials and demonstrated need for collections management training.  It will foster preservation, access, and the public and private historical records collaborations and partnerships with others to preserve our documentary heritage. Finally, it will serve under-documented communities.

These funds are only applicable for archival collections and/or records and do not include library books, museum artifacts, building construction, etc.  AHRAB will be holding 6 call-in sessions for anyone who wants more information or has specific questions about what they might be interested in doing:

  • August 27: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • August 28: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • August 29: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Call AHRAB at 602-929-3729 to let them know which session you are interested in participating in.  To participate in the conference call on the specified dates and times, dial 602-926-3738. When prompted, enter the five digit number 19807.  Click here for grant applications on the AHRAB website. Email Melanie Sturgeon with any questions.

Legislature funds new archive building in Phoenix, threatens to cut monies for moving artifacts

[Source: Bill Coates, Capitol Times] — Capitol Museum Curator Brenda McLain is working against the clock – and a state budget deficit – for the big move. Some 8,000 items in storage at the old Capitol are slated for transfer to the new Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building (pictured), 19th Avenue and Madison. Preparations for the fall move began last summer. Artifacts can’t just be tossed onto the back of a truck. They have to measured and carefully packed. Their condition and catalog numbers have to be written down, then keyed into a database that tracks museum items using special software. Money to complete the move is in jeopardy, as Gov. Janet Napolitano and the Legislature scramble to find ways to plug budget deficit for the current fiscal year that stands at $1.2 billion and counting.

The $38 million approved to construct the Polly Rosenbaum building originally included moving expenses. The money, however, was appropriated piecemeal over a three-year period. Last year, the Legislature approved the final $8 million to complete the project. In January, the governor’s budget office proposed lopping off $3.5 million of that to boost state coffers. The Legislature echoed that in H2857, legislation that called for a state spending freeze. Though that bill drew a veto, it at least showed the governor and lawmakers had agreed on a number when it came to a funding cut. One likely cut would be the estimated $200,000 to $800,000 required for the move, says Michael Braun, executive director of the Legislative Council. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]