Processing collections: 2 down-many, many more to come.

I have successfully processed the Association for Women Faculty Records (MS 334)!!!

This collection definitely was more challenging than the last one I had processed for reasons I’ve already lamented to in my post prior to this one. I am very happy to have yet another processed collection completed- just another feather in my archival cap.


These 17 boxes are now chock-full of good arrangement and description- a UA Special Collections specialty.


This looks familiar- DACS compliant EAD. I was pleased to find that it’s just like riding a bike.

The Association for Women Faculty (AWF) was created because of an identified need to rectify inequities within the university institution that were gender based. The AWF’s most noted work began in 1982 which called for the reorganization of salary equity (or inequity really) and ended in 1984 with a comprehensive study which showed that women faculty received $4200 less than their male faculty counterpart. As a direct result of the AWF’s monitoring and advocacy, the UA made over $200,000 in salary adjustments to women faculty.


Top article: “Women faculty to seek pay remedy” is from UA’s faculty and staff news paper called Lo Que Pasa in 1983. AWF’s President Mary Doyle comments: “the inequities [that] do exist is unchallenged.” This pertains to a study conducted jointly with UA President Henry Koffler’s Office revealing that “men on the faculty earn an average of $4,300 a year more than women.”

On another note, the Special Collections had been augmenting a good portion of the archival storage area since the start of the semester until now. A lot of rearrangement of the stacks down in the archives has been going on as well. At any rate, the new processors’ workspace is now available- I think it’s really great.


Very conducive to quality work.

This is the kind of workspace that was needed for the work that we do and how we do it- by being able to spread out all of our materials in order to better organize it. This will be perfect for my next project underway. I will be doing a digitization project utilizing the UA Photographic Collection. But more of this to come next time!!!


Link Inventory – Morris & Stewart Udall Websites

My name is Lizeth Zepeda, and I am one of the new Graduate Assistants at Special Collections.

One of the first projects I have been working on has been to collect an inventory of all the links for the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall websites. This entails going to both the “Stewart Lee Udall: Advocate for the Planet Earth” and “Morris K. Udall: A Lifetime of Service to Arizona and the United States” websites and checking all of the links and documenting them on Excel. I am currently on the 3437th link, and still checking!

Photograph of computer station with the “Stewart Lee Udall: Advocate for the Planet Earth” website and Link inventory on Excel.

Photograph of computer station with the “Stewart Lee Udall: Advocate for the Planet Earth” website and Link inventory on Excel.

One of the main goals in this project is to note which links are broken. The most common broken links are JPEG images, and are directly noted in the inventory. Another goal is to find out when in the past have these websites been archived with the “Internet Archive Way Back Machine” ( The ‘way back machine’ shows archived screen shots of websites.  Both of the Udall websites were archived as early of 2006.

In this process I have learned that these websites are so rich with information about the Udall families like family genealogical information, photographs, scanned letters, biographies, career, audio materials, material written about the Udall’s, and suggested websites. I have also gained a great admiration to those who create the coding and construction of websites.

Check the websites out!                          

“Stewart Lee Udall: Advocate for the Planet Earth”

“Morris K. Udall: A Lifetime of Service to Arizona and the United States”

My New GAship at Special Collections

Hi, my name is Alexa Tulk and I am the new Graduate Assistant (GA) here at Special Collections! I have learned so much already and have been digging through some neat congressional collections. I have spent some time with the Deconcini Papers, looking at campaign pictures, learning about the Panama Canal treaty, finding presidential letters for an upcoming exhibit, and so much more. I really knew nothing at all about Dennis Deconcini, so this was a great learning experience for me to be able to learn about Arizona’s politics.
In the stacks...on the hunt for Deconcini memorabilia

In the stacks…on the hunt for Deconcini memorabilia

I have also been researching the Udall brothers, Morris and Stewart. I’ve been learning about the Wilderness Act, which I also didn’t know much about.  Stewart Udall became the Secretary of the Interior in the early 1960’s and fought for the Wilderness Bill to be passed. I’ll share a quote by Stewart Udall that resonated with me,
“America today stands poised on a pinnacle of wealth and power, yet we live in a land of vanishing beauty, of increasing ugliness, of shrinking open space, and of an overall environment that is diminished daily by pollution and noise and blight” (Smith, 349). I found this quote from Thomas G. Smith’s article titled, “John Kennedy, Stewart Udall, and New Frontier Conservation”
Surveying the new collection

Surveying the new collection, SIROW (Southwest Institute for Research on Women)

I’ve also been pulling collections for a couple reference questions, which I always enjoy doing. I have also been reading a lot about archival processing and its profession. Though I have worked at an archive in the past, I find myself constantly learning something new. I have never processed a collection before so this will be an exciting project for me to dive into. I have also never worked with EAD before, hopefully it won’t be too tricky…wish me luck guys!
Box 3 of SIROW (Southwest Institute for Research on Women)

Box 3 of SIROW (Southwest Institute for Research on Women)

I’ve started processing a collection on the Southwest Institute for Research on Women. There’s been a lot of different materials to go through, such as: newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlets, research essays & grants, videotapes & cassette tapes, and correspondence. A lot of the material is about women’s studies here at the U of A from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s.

In addition to… it’s great to be back at the Special Collections


Sedona, AZ. Over Winter break I wanted to de-stress, after a challenging yet satisfying semester, by doing some backcountry hiking and camping. Beautiful.

Hello again, Special Collections!!! Hello again, to you all!!!

It was a great winter break, but all things must come to an end and reality sets in; which means getting back into gear because business awaits. In my last post, I had mentioned that I started processing the Association for Women Faculty Records (MS 334); as a carryover project from last semester it has proved to be quite difficult because I seized to work on this collection for 4 weeks.



Even when I started it, it was challenging. Since this collection consists of mostly additions- material added onto an established collection post ex facto- it was a handful. What happened is that somebody worked on this collection (in 1998?), described and arranged, and designed a finding aid for what was there- about 2 boxes. Then, December 2013 comes around and additions- 8 boxes- have been attached to this collection. It is my job to redesign this collection. What is an archivist to do but persist and pursue?

It might not look like it but I know where everything is at my workspace. It's good to be back.

After: Ahhh!!! Like a can of worms…It might not look like it but I know where everything is at my workspace. It’s good to be back.

Now, being a graduate student there are many papers one has to write and, as I’m sure you are aware, writers have a thing called “writer’s block” from time-to-time. It just so happens that archivists can experience the same type of displacement- cognitive dissonance. It is truly difficult, especially in this line of work, to pick up where you left off having to get back into the swing of things: following the lines of your own contrived logic of organization and discrete order of series.  I found myself asking: “what was I thinking when I put these documents in this series?” or “was I just going to re-folder these or was I going to extract items and place them elsewhere into a new series?” Ah, the things archivists think.

There are more projects underway this semester and I can’t wait to take them on.

On another note, the Special Collections has acquired some of this campus’ best. I am pleased to introduce Graduate Assistants, Liz and Alexa.


The dynamic duo hard at work.