Robert Spindler's Collection

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Created Date: 2017-02-18
Contributors: Spindler, Robert
Description: Powerpoint slides, audio clips and transcriptions from the presentation describing the work of Lincoln and Eleanor Ragsdale and civil rights actions at Phoenix from 1963-1964.

Created Date: 2015-04-24
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: Powerpoint slides from Spindler's presentation at the 56th annual Arizona History Convention in Tucson, Arizona, April 24th, 2015. Details of the 1993-1995 U.S. District Court orders directing the corporate archives to Arizona State University and ASU's efforts to recover information from an obsolete digital imaging system are presented.

Created Date: 2014-06-30
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: This research study will discover and evaluate information about existing crowdsourcing or participatory archives projects devoted to archival description, indexing or transcription. Many related projects that use crowdsourcing for collecting archival materials from the public are not specifically addressed here. In this research the author has specifically sought evaluative information about exemplary projects that can lead to useful specifications for a participatory archives system at Arizona State University Libraries.

Created Date: 2013-07-01
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: Original exhibit panel text for the exhibit presented at the Luhrs Gallery, Hayden Library, Fall, 2013.

Created Date: 2013-09-24
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: Remarks offered at the Luhrs Reading Room, Hayden Library, Arizona State University on September 24, 2013 and at the Arizona Latino Art and Cultural Center, Phoenix, Arizona on September 26, 2013.

Created Date: 2012
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: Historical research produced for a portion of the exhibit entitled Civil Rights in Arizona, which was displayed at the Luhrs Gallery, Hayden Library in 2012-2013. The action at the ROTC Building was one of the largest protests in Arizona State University history, resulting in the arrest of ten individuals. The second file entitled "Who Were the Tempe Ten" describes the arrested students and unaffiliated persons.

Created Date: 2005-11-18
Description: Video recording of the keynote address, NHPRC Electronic Records Fellowship Symposium, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 18, 2005

Created Date: 2004-09-06
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: An unpublished paper regarding opportunities for digital library development and incentives for attracting faculty publications.

Created Date: 2004-09-02
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: An early draft of a book chapter regarding electronic publishing and opportunities for digital archives. Produced during the author's sabbatical in 2004.

Created Date: 2008-12
Contributors: Spindler, Robert P.
Description: Presentation slides offered to the Arizona State Library Association Annual Meeting at Glendale Arizona, December 2008. Spindler describes several years of work on the collection of rare Buddhist palm leaf manuscripts preserved at Special Collections, Arizona State University Libraries. For access to photos from the collection visit For access to the online descriptions of the collection visit;query=guardianflame;brand=default

A collection of scholarly work created by Robert Spindler, University Archivist and Head of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Arizona State University Libraries.

Robert received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American History from Boston University and his Master of Science from the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He was formerly Project Archivist at the Peabody Museum of Salem, Massachusetts and has served as a professional consultant to the Polaroid Corporate Archives, the Regents of the University of California, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Maine Maritime Museum, and the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. Mr. Spindler is Distinguished Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and a past chair of their 2012 Annual Meeting Program Committee, Nominations Committee, Committee on Archival Information Exchange, Description Section and Congressional Papers Roundtable.

In 1998 he was one of fifteen archivists awarded SAA’s C. F. W. Coker Prize for his participation in the international development team for the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Tag Library. He has presented and published regularly on archival description, electronic records preservation, and internet ethics issues.