OTM Collections

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 three important, Winslow-specific resources available on their Winslow Public Library Archives page:

  • The Winslow Mail and Winslow Daily Mail: The Library maintains the full archive (1894 to 2007) of Winslow’s hometown newspapers and has made them available to Winslow residents (contact the museum or library for out-of-town access). The Arizona Memory Project also provides free access to almost thirty years of the paper (1897 to 1926) through their Arizona Historical Digital Newspapers project.
  • Winslow High School Yearbooks: Most of Winslow’s high school yearbooks have been digitized as searchable PDFs by Oklahoma Correctional Industries.
  • Winslow Telephone Directories: The Library is in the process of digitizing many of Winslow’s telephone directories as searchable PDFs.

You might also find these research resources helpful: