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Greater Arizona Collection Audio and Visual Materials


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.


Date Range
1929 2004


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

Meredith Harless interviews several individuals for KTAR radio in 1951 including her husband US Congressman Richard Harless, Arizona FBI Agent William Murphy, US Congressmen Harold “Porque” Patten (D-AZ), Walter S. Baring Jr. (D-NV), Wesley A. D'Ewart (R-MT), and Charley Willis, Executive Secretary of the Small Miners Association of Arizona, New York Yankees Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel,. and actresses Susan Peters and Jane Winton. Disc 1: Arizona Close Ups: George Bennett – Dick Harless 3/21/51 KTAR# 7505A Disc 2: Meredith Harless Interviews Wm. Murphy 1/14/51 KTAR# 7432A; United States Congressmen Discussing Small Mines Prob. 5/12/51 #7432B Disc 3: Meredith Harless ...

Created Date
1951

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

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

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

Raw silent film footage produced for local news outlets documenting flood conditions in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Created Date
1980-06

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

Predominantly Sunday morning religious radio programs hosted by Austin Coleman and sponsored by the Ragsdale Mortuary and the Valley Life Insurance Company. Programs were recorded to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Broadcasts feature christian and gospel music, advertisements for the Ragsdale mortuary and insurance businesses, and political and social commentary by Lincoln and Eleanor Ragsdale and many others. Broadcast on KCAC radio, Phoenix in 1963 and 1964.

Contributors
Coleman, Austin, Ragsdale, Lincoln, Ragsdale, Eleanor

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.

Off-air copies of KCAC broadcasts including Bill Compton interviews with Ted Mote, Arizona ACLU and terminated Arizona State University professor of Philosophy Morris Starsky (June 11, 1970). Both interviews are joined in progress.