The Old Trails Museum’s extensive collections include objects, documents, photographs, textiles, and oral histories donated by current and former Winslow residents. OTM has developed exhibits and videos utilizing those collections that interpret Winslow’s history for our on-site, off-site, and online visitors. (Above: A Good Year by Winslow artist Joseph Cruz Rodriguez)
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 the museum to do research, download a OTM-WHS Research Request-Agreement and mail it to us. As OTM relies on volunteers, your request will be filled as soon as possible.
OTM Oral History Collection
The Old Trails Museum conducts oral histories once a month to add to the collection. Interview subjects thus far are documented on the OTM-Oral History Collection List (pending). 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 Online Collections
The Old Trails Museum has four 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:
Other Research Resources
The Winslow Public Library has made four important, Winslow-specific resources available through their Winslow Public Library Archives page:
- The Winslow Mail and Winslow Daily Mail: OTM and the Library have partnered to purchase public access to the Library’s full archive (1894 to 2007) of Winslow’s hometown newspapers on NewspaperArchive.com; contact the museum or library for access instructions.
- Winslow High School Yearbooks: OTM and the Library also partnered on a project to have Oklahoma Correctional Industries digitize most of Winslow’s high school yearbooks as searchable PDFs, which the Library has made available on Internet Archive.
- Winslow Telephone Directories: The Library is currently digitizing directories starting in 1931 as searchable PDFs on the Arizona Memory Project.
- The Reminder and Daily Reminder: The Library is currently digitizing these local publications starting in 1947 as searchable PDFs on the Arizona Memory Project.
You might also find these research resources helpful:
- The Arizona Memory Project provides free access to almost thirty years of the Winslow Mail (1897 to 1926) through their Arizona Historical Digital Newspapers project.
- Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
- Arizona Projects & Publications Registry
- Ellis Island Research Resources
- Family Search (LDS Genealogical Resources)