The Old Trails Museum’s extensive collections include objects, documents, photographs, textiles, and oral histories donated by current and former Winslow residents. OTM welcomes appointments with professional, press, and family researchers. If you’d like to request a copy of a photograph or are unable to come to OTM to do research, download a OTM-WHS Research Request-Agreement and mail it to us. As OTM has only one half-time staff member and relies on volunteers, your request will be filled as soon as possible. (Above: detail of OTM’s Trading Post display)
OTM Oral History Collection: OTM conducts oral histories once a month to add to the collection. Interview subjects thus far are documented on the OTM-OralHistoryCollectionList. We invite current and former Winslow residents to share their stories with us, and the OTM Oral History Handout provides an overview of the process. OTM participated in Capturing Arizona’s Stories, and audio files and written transcripts are available for the resulting interviews with Patricia Egan, Ellen McGee, and Sister Michael Wilson.
OTM’s Online Collections: OTM has five permanent collections on the Arizona Memory Project, the Arizona State Library’s online repository that allows researchers and the general public greater access to the unique collections of Arizona’s cultural institutions:
- Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company (Though still on the Arizona Memory Project’s OTM’s page, this collection now belongs to the Arizona State Railroad Museum.)
- Harvey Girls of the Winslow Harvey Houses
- Indigenous Peoples near Winslow
- Old Trails Museum Collection Highlights
- Trading Post Families of Winslow
Additional Resources: The Winslow Public Library maintains the full archive on microfiche of Winslow’s hometown newspaper, The Winslow Mail (1894 to 2007). They have made most of the archive available through Newspaper Archive, a searchable online service.
You can also try these resources for doing research:
- Arizona Genealogical and Historical Societies
- Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
- LDS Genealogical Resources
- Ellis Island Research Resources