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Greater Arizona Collection Audio and Visual Materials


Date Range
1929 2004

Film produced by the State of Arizona Development Board to promote tourism ca. 1964. The Grand Canyon, rodeos, hotels and restaurants, fashion shows, Japanese flower gardens, auto, horse and dog racing and many other topics are depicted.

Contributors
Arizona Development Board, Canyon Films Inc.

Amateur silent color film footage of President Nixon's arrival at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix (likely October 31, 1970) and local anti-war protesters, some likely responding to the Kent State "massacre" in 1970. Nixon is barely visable from a distance as he disembarks from Air Force One in this brief clip.

Created Date
1970

An online exhibit documenting the career of Congressman Rhodes, recast in PDF files for sustainability. The exhibit describes Rhodes' political career and includes a series of short essays written by Rhodes, excerpts from his books, and news coverage of events including Watergate and the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.

Created Date
2003

Civilian Conservation Corps and personal silent films created by the itinerant CCC chaplain. A compilation of B&W and color clips. 00:00 Inauguration of Governor Rawghlie Stanford at State Capitol, January 1937. 01:42 Flood Control/Dam construction site, possibly Bartlett Dam. 02:45 CCC Basketball team, action and posed. Company 830? 03:19 Arizona Territorial Prison at Yuma 04:23 Desert CCC camp w/officers and CCC personnel. 05:43 Palm-lined city street w/cars, likely Phoenix. 05:58 Rodeo, possibly at Arizona State Fair. 06:28 Native American parade at Phoenix Southern Pacific RR Station. Indian Band from Sacaton, Arizona 06:52 Outdoor picnic with native american families. 08:19 Boy ...

Contributors
Freye, Benjamin
Created Date
1937

The music of cowgirl musician Billie Maxwell and her father's White Mountain Orchestra from Nutrioso, Arizona. Ms. Maxwell's songs are solo recordings while the instrumental numbers are by the orchestra.

Contributors
Maxwell, Billie
Created Date
1929

KOOL-TV coverage documenting the event at the Hotel Westward Ho in Phoenix, November 17, 1961. President John F. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield and Arizona Governor Paul Fannin appear along with a number of other Arizona and national politicians. The event program, an index with time codes and selected clips are also presented.

Created Date
1961-11-17

Silent color motion picture documenting the last Colorado River boat tour before the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. This invitational event featured Governor Paul Fannin of Arizona, Governor George Clyde of Utah, National Park Service personnel and several other Arizona public officials and special guests. The tour from Hite, Utah to the present day location of Glen Canyon Dam was organized and led by Art Greene of Canyon Tours Inc.

Created Date
1962-05-26

An online exhibit recast as PDF files for sustainability. The exhibit presents over sixty individual documents from Gilbert's papers, describing the efforts of the Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council to establish and preserve the Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

Contributors
Gilbert, Dorothy
Created Date
2003

Recorded messages to US servicemen in Vietnam from several Arizona US Senators and Congressmen in February, 1971, and an August 21, 1965 interview with Barry Goldwater re: racial violence in California, defense spending, Central Arizona Project, Republican party politics and his recent back surgery. Murphy's coverage of the 1956 TWA/United airplane crash at the Grand Canyon for KOOL-TV is also included.

A silent motion picture depicting the last run of the Phoenix Street Railway in 1947 plus audio recordings of interviews with several past employees, including motorman Sam Hodges who was employed by the railway in 1913. The interviewer and most interviewees are unidentified.

Contributors
Hodges, Sam

Greater Arizona Collection Audio and Visual Materials consist of archival audio recordings, motion pictures and video productions selected from the Arizona Collection. Media is added as permissions are secured, and resources for digitization become available.