Preserving the Voices of Arizona's Diverse Communities

Join us for a symposium and reception to learn about the diverse voices in Arizona's newspapers!

The University of Arizona Libraries and the State of Arizona Research Library at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Arizona Secretary of State, are collaborating on a National Digital Newspaper Program grant, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress. Through this grant, we are digitizing newspapers that reflect the diverse communities of Arizona, including African American, American Indian, and Mexican American newspapers. These digitized newspapers will be included in Chronicling America, the free and openly-accessible national newspaper database hosted by the Library of Congress.

Hear from scholars, librarians, students, and publishers about the importance of preserving these rich resources and how to use them in your research and communities.

The event is free, but registration is required. Please register by March 25. Attend the symposium, or reception, or both!


Event will take place in Rooms A313/314 in the UA Main Library, unless otherwise noted.

8:30 a.m. Refreshments and check in

9 a.m. Welcome

  • Shan Sutton, Dean, University of Arizona Libraries

  • Laura Stone, Administrator, State of Arizona Research Library

9:15 a.m. Guest speaker: "Hear the People: Diverse Voices in the Historic American Newspapers of Chronicling America"   

  • Deborah Thomas, Program Manager, National Digital Newspaper Program, Library of Congress, will provide an overview of the National Digital Newspaper Program and the website Chronicling America which currently provides open and free access to almost 15 million pages of historic American newspapers. Selected by state institutions partnering in the program, including Arizona, these newspapers include the many voices and communities that make up the fabric of the United States. She’ll highlight these diverse points of view and provide some insight into what’s available, how it’s being used, and encourage you to “Read more about it!” 

10 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. Panel presentation: Preserving Arizona's Diverse Voices

  • Dr. Linda Lumsden, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, School of Journalism, University of Arizona

  • Dr. Tani Sanchez, Associate Professor, Africana Studies, University of Arizona

  • Dr. Roberto Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona

11:45 a.m. Lightning talk: Women in Arizona Journalism

  • Ava Garcia, Graduate student, School of Journalism, University of Arizona

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. Presentation: Outreach and Education Using Newspapers

  • Dr. Ana Krahmer, Director, Digital Newspaper Unit, University of North Texas

2:15 p.m. Lightning talk

  • Grace O'Connor, PhD student, Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE), Department of English, University of Arizona

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Workshop: How to Start and Host a Digitization Project

  • Sativa Peterson, News Content Program Manager, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

  • Ryan Ehrfurth, Digital History & Maps Librarian, and Manager, Arizona Memory Project, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

3:30 p.m. Workshop: Research Using Newspapers and Chronicling America

  • Mary Feeney, News Research Specialist and Social Sciences Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries

  • Jennifer Shaffer Merry, Arizona Historical Society and Arizona State University

4:15 p.m. Break until reception

6-8 p.m. Reception in Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks: Shan Sutton, Dean, University of Arizona Libraries; Laura Stone, Administrator, State of Arizona Research Library

  • Panel of journalists and publishers, moderated by Bobbie Jo Buel, former editor of the Arizona Daily Star:

    • Tom Arviso, Jr., Publisher and CEO of The Navajo Times

    • The Honorable Richard Elías, Chair, District 5, Pima County Board of Supervisors; family published El Tucsonense

    • Frank Sotomayor, Staff editor, Los Angeles Times, 1970 to 2005; Co-editor of Pulitzer-winning Latino series, L.A. Times, 1984; UA School of Journalism Hall of Fame inductee
  • Lightning talks by UA students: Matt Brockman (Journalism), Ty Hudson (Journalism), Thatcher Warrick Hess (History)

With gratitude for support provided by the Laura and Arch Brown Library Endowment.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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March 29, 2019, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Main Library, Rooms A313/314 and Special Collections