One of the nice advantages of working at Special Collections is there always a task to be completed, all you have to do is ask. For instance, I was between projects one day and asked Bob Diaz, Associate Librarian, if he needed any help with his then upcoming exhibit, 100 Years of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He was in the final stages, but needed additional books pulled from the collection. He gave me about eight different call sheets and sent me downstairs to find the books. It was quite an adventure for me as I had never really dealt with the book stacks in Special Collections. I was lost in the stacks for a while, but I persevered. I was able to learn locations of the call numbers and see some of the fun and cool materials. Thankfully, I now have a deeper knowledge of where to locate many different types of materials in Special Collections.
Hanni, another Graduate Assistant, asked Roger Myers if he needed anything done which led to her first working on Black Sparrow Press and then I was recruited to help make the work go faster. This has been an amazing project to help process as I was an English major in my undergraduate years. I get to have my fan moments when I see manuscripts, edits, and letters by Joyce Carol Oates, Charles Bukowski, and Allen Ginsberg among many other great writers encouraged by John Martin. We have made great headway with this project and see a light at the end of the tunnel.
Roger Myers, Associate Librarian and Archivist, gave me the small task of locating a file on Samuel Kipnis, the first mayor of South Tucson, in Special Collections’ Biographical Files. I now have the honor of processing the materials and creating the finding aid for the small collection which consists of newspaper clippings, letters of congratulations from many political dignitaries of the time, and Kipnis’ WWI photos.