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For Immediate Release
June 16, 2010

Contact: Matthew Benson
Director of Communications
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Happy Days: State Archives to receive donation of Depression-era newspapers

Indexed microfilm documents Civilian Conservation Corps projects of 1930s

PHOENIX – The Arizona State Archives on Monday will accept a significant donation of Great Depression-era newspapers.

The Happy Days newspapers, published from 1933 to 1940, document the public works projects of the Civilian Conservation Corps. During a ceremony on Monday, June 21, the Arizona State Archives will receive a donation of the complete set of the available Happy Days newspapers on microfilm.

The donation will be made by Chapter 44 of the Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy during an 11 a.m. ceremony in the conference room of the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, 1901 W. Madison St., in Phoenix.

Additionally, the entire six-roll collection of microfilm has been analyzed and indexed to account for every newspaper story with an Arizona connection. The six-month indexing project was completed at no state cost by Bob Audretsch, a retired employee of the U.S. Park Service. Previously, Audretsch helped index CCC-related stories from the 1930s that were published in two newspapers in Flagstaff and one in Williams, Arizona.

Monday’s ceremony follows the State Library’s receipt of a $315,000 federal grant to digitize and preserve historic newspapers from the decades preceding and immediately following Arizona’s statehood.

Donation Ceremony

What: Arizona State Archives to accept donation of 6 rolls of indexed microfilm from the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps newspaper Happy Days.

When: 11 a.m. Monday, June 21

Where: Conference room, Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, 1901 W. Madison St., Phoenix

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