Chafee Exhibit Opens

Last week, on Monday, we finally opened the Judith Chafee exhibit. The next evening, we held an event to commemorate the opening titled Judith Chafee – Geographical Powers where one of Chafee’s ex-students, collaborators, and current UA Architecture Professor Christopher Domin contextualized the exhibit with a lecture about her work and life. I was so excited to learn about Chafee from an outside perspective, as I feel that I developed my own (possibly warped) perspective about her from her archives. The event was a major success, and over 200 people attended!

The exhibit itself will be displayed in the Special Collections gallery until July, and features a variety of materials from the archival collection. Curator Bob Diaz organized the materials around different parts of her life and featured some of the main houses that Chafee designed.I didn’t know until the very last day, but an anonymous donor also let us borrow the original model of the Ramada House, which is exciting to see, after only seeing pictures of it.



Model of the Ramada House.

After the lecture by Professor Domin, the attendees were able to walk through the exhibit and look at the various items from the collection. Multiple people asked if the collection was available to the public, and I was so glad to be able to see first-hand the interest that people had in Chafee’s collection. Processing this collection has been a real treat, as someone who is interested in space and design, and I’m happy that it’s now open for people to admire and peruse on their own.

In case you missed the lecture, there will be another one about Judith Chafee and her career on March 13, 2018. More information can be found here.




My name is Kristen Cook and I am in my fourth and final semester in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Arizona.

Originally from Redondo Beach, California, I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where I received my degree in English Literature and a minor in History. It was only recently I discovered my passion for old books and archival material, which has thus lead me to Tucson and pursue my master’s degree!

I have been working at the Special Collections Library on campus since the beginning of 2017, as a student page. More recently, I received a “Senior Support Staff” position, which has allowed me to work more hands on with the materials and assist the archivists and librarians in various tasks. I absolutely love my job here at Special Collections. Every day, I learn something new or find an item that fascinates and captures my attention.

One of the requirements of the Master’s program at Arizona, is a capstone internship. I could not think of a better place to serve my internship than at the Special Collections Library, my home away from home. During this internship I will be processing smaller collections, arranging and organizing items into a collection format. I am very excited to begin my internship and acquire more knowledge and experience with arranging and describing archival materials!