One of our summer projects in the ASM Library/Archives is to complete the final processing of the papers of Clara Lee Tanner (1905-1997), noted authority on the arts and crafts of Southwestern Indians. Tanner wrote six scholarly books and was an instructor in the UA Department of Anthropology for more than thirty years. In getting her papers ready for scholars to use, we learn a lot about Tanner’s research habits and about how scholars worked in pre-Internet days.
I am fortunate to have the assistance of Nicole Becwar, a graduate library school student. Working together she and I are constantly reminded of the fascination of archives. Unlike books where title pages, chapters, and index are always in their predictable locations, each time we open a box in the archives we must be ready for the spring-loaded surprise to jump out. … » Read more »