CIMA 2015 Awards Announced

May 24, 2015

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2015 CIMA Awards. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon, the Director of the Arizona State Archives; and Dr. Gregory C. Thompson, Associate Dean for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah; are the designated recipients of the 2015 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Bradford Cole, Interim Dean of and Associate Dean for Special Collections, Utah State University, is the designated recipient of the 2015 CIMA Service Award.

The two honors (the CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award) are bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the inter‐mountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession. The CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award recognizes the work of an entire career, spanning the course of several years. Likewise, the CIMA Service Award recognizes important work and activity, but it is given to someone who may not yet qualify for the Life‐Time Achievement Award. Both awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients. The award recipients will be honored during the CIMA Awards reception at the 2015 Western Roundup in Denver, Colorado (May 27‐30, 2015).

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Dr. Melanie Sturgeon and Dr. Gregory C. Thompson as recipients of the 2015 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award.

Melanie SturgeonMelanie Sturgeon has served as Director of the Arizona State Archives since 2001, and joined the agency as Deputy State Archivist in 1996. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University, where her dissertation research focused on the National Research Project and technological displacement between 1935 and 1944. Dr. Sturgeon has served on a variety of national boards, including the Executive Board of the National Association of Government Archivists (NAGARA). She served as Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA) President in 2006, and on countless CIMA Committees. She advocated tirelessly for a new State Archives facility, and contributed to the design of the state-of-the-art Polly Rosenbaum State Archives Building, which opened in 2009. Melanie Sturgeon demonstrated strong leadership for the state of Arizona, during the recent economic recession. She has been a cornerstone of the Arizona archival community: teaching free archiving and preservation workshops around the state; mentoring new archivists and historians; organizing the annual Arizona Archives Summit, which gathers archivists together to discuss collaboration; and, serving as an archives advocate for her own institution and others.

Gregory C. Thompson serves as Associate Dean for Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. His career has exemplified a profound dedication to his profession and to his fellow archivists, as well as to the present and future generations of users who will most definitely benefit from his tireless labors on their behalf. Gregory Thompson holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in History, from the University of Utah. His doctoral research focused on the American Indian Reform movement, from 1867 to 1912; and he has published several monographs on the Ute tribe. He is a founding member of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Board and Board of Trustees, and he is a general editor for the Tanner Trust Publication Series, Utah, The Mormons, and the West. As a founding member of CIMA, Thompson has not only served on Council, but several of its committees over the years, as well. His leadership, humility, and undaunted enthusiasm have served as a catalyst for spawning countless statewide and regional projects, as well as a stalwart for resolving the challenges confronting the archival profession. He is a natural mentor, whose humble, yet encouraging spirit betrays a genuine interest in the progression of the individual in his or her professional and personal pursuits. His positive personality and disposition is infectious and a shining example of how to any professional should treat people, approach their work, and live their life.

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Brad Cole to receive the 2015 CIMA Service Award.

Brad ColeBrad Cole serves as Interim Dean of the Merrill-Cazier Library and Associate Dean for Special Collections, at Utah State University (USU). He has been a leader in the archival community for over 32 years. He received a Master of Science degree in History from USU; where he began his career as curator of manuscripts in the Merrill-Cazier Library in 1983. Brad Cole also served in a similar position in the Cline Library, at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Cole’s numerous contributions to CIMA have included serving as president from 1993-1994, as well as serving on the CIMA Council and countless organizational committees over the years.

Brad Cole has been involved in a number of creative projects and activities that have added significantly to the ability of the researching community and the public to gain access to the holdings of Special Collections’ materials. One such example in Utah…Brad Cole acted as principal investigator for a Library Services and Technical Act (LSTA) grant to convert legacy finding aides into the EAD format and has helped several institutions move into the Northwest Digital Archives database. Additionally, during his time in Arizona, Brad Cole conducted a major oral history project in which he interviewed members of the United Indian Traders Association, throughout the Southwest and Four Corners region. He has been recognized for his long list of publications, book reviews, articles, and presentations. In 2002, he received the Award for Merit from the American Association for State and Local History for “Voices from the Trading Post,” and the Thomas L. Kane Award from the Mormon History Association. In 2009, he was named USU’s Faculty Librarian of the Year. Brad Cole is a very generous administrator and scholar, who is quick to offer his assistance, and in his 32 year career, he has advanced the world of archivists and record curating. He is a model we all strive to achieve in our field.


CIMA 2014 Awards Announced

April 28, 2014

The Conference of Inter‐Mountain Archivists (CIMA) announces the recipients of the 2014 CIMA Awards. Walter Jones, the Head of Western Americana at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, and John Sillito, emeritus professor of libraries and former University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at Weber State University, are the designated recipients of the 2011 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award. Michael Frazier, Book and Paper Conservator for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries, is the designated recipient of the 2014 CIMA Service Award.

The two honors (the CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award) are bestowed annually to individuals who have demonstrated considerable service and leadership in the inter‐mountain west region, and who have made significant contributions to the CIMA organization and/or the archival profession. The CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award recognizes the work of an entire career, spanning the course of several years. Likewise, the CIMA Service Award recognizes important work and activity, but it is given to someone who may not yet qualify for the Life‐Time Achievement Award. Both awards are presented with the highest honor and gratitude by the peers and colleagues of the recipients. The award recipients will be honored during a reception at the CIMA annual meeting in Carson City, Nevada (May 14‐16, 2014).

The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Walter Jones and John Sillito as recipients of the 2014 CIMA Life‐Time Achievement Award.

Walter Jones photograph Walter Jones has actively and tirelessly nurtured the archival community in the Inter-Mountain Region and the Western United States throughout his archival career. He served as CIMA president in 2005-2006 and was instrumental in the launch of the Western Round-Up joint conferences that began in 2005. He also served as CIMA treasurer from 2007-2012 and on the CIMA Council from 2012-2014. Jones participated in the creation of the CIMA Awards and contributed in funding and launching the Journal of Western Archives.

Jones has served both as the Head of Western Americana and Assistant to the Associate Dean for Special Collections at the University of Utah. He has been a librarian there since 1982. Jones received his M.L.I.S. from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in History from the University of Utah. He is a recognized expert on American Western History and Oil Exploration. As a Veteran, Walter is a noted speaker and collector of literature on the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, events in Asia in the 1920s and 1930s, and the French wars in Indo-China. He teaches history classes at the University of Utah on the Vietnam War and teaches the class “American Civilization” at Salt Lake Community College. His publications include A History of the Sand Bar; Derricks and Determination: Oil Exploration in a Portion of Southwestern Wyoming, 1847-1982; and A Window to the World: The First 100 Years of the Natrona County Public Library.

John Sillito photograph John Sillito has been an active member and mentor of CIMA since the organization’s early days. He served as member-at-large from 1975-1981 and was the second chairman of CIMA from 1980-1983. He served on the Council from 2003-2005. Sillito also hosted numerous CIMA events at Weber State University, including the 2006 CIMA Annual Meeting. His dedication, leadership, and vision has inspired his many colleagues in the Inter-Mountain region. He received the Distinguished Archival Career Award from the Utah Manuscripts Association at the 2010 CIMA Fall Caucus.

Sillito served as Archivist at Weber State from 1977 until his retirement in April 2010. He was previously at the LDS Church Archives. A native of Salt Lake City, he has degrees in history and political science from the University of Utah. His publications include A World We Thought We Knew: Readings in Utah History published in 1995 by the University of Utah Press, serving as editor of History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts, 1880-98 and co-authoring with John S. McCormick, A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic, and Decidedly Revolutionary which received the 2012 Best Utah History Book Award. His writings have appeared in such journals as the Utah Historical Quarterly, Sunstone, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

Michael Frazier photograph The CIMA Awards Committee (with confirmation by the CIMA Officers and Council) has selected Michael Frazier to receive the 2014 CIMA Service Award. Frazier’s numerous contributions to CIMA have included serving as president from 2009-2010 and being instrumental in the organization and programming of the annual CIMA Nevada Fall Caucus. He is also heavily involved in recruiting sponsors and vendors for the annual meetings and has served on several local arrangement committees, including the one for the 2014 annual meeting. Frazier voluntarily took up the role of conference photographer and documenting CIMA’s history; his photographs were used in celebrating the 40th anniversary of CIMA in 2013. He is a true active, trusted, and reliable member of CIMA and the success of the annual meetings and CIMA Nevada Fall Caucus is largely owed to his work.

Frazier has served as the Book and Paper Conservator for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries since 2002. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa, where he also worked as a Preservation Assistant at the McFarlin Library. Frazier has a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. He has worked on the academic journal Conservation Administration News and has worked towards bringing archival and conservation training programs to the state of Nevada. He teaches a series of book and paper conservation workshops though UNLV’s Continuing Education Division.


2014 CIMA Awards: Call for Nominations

February 4, 2014

The 2014 Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists Awards Committee invites nominations for the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award. Both awards will be presented at the Annual CIMA meeting in Carson City, Nevada, May 14–16, 2014.

The CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award recognizes a career of service and leadership in the archival profession. Last year’s recipient was Karen Underhill, retired Head of Special Collections and Archives, Northern Arizona University.

The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has, in the recent past, made significant contributions to either CIMA or the archival profession. Last year’s recipient was Gordon Daines, University Archivist, Brigham Young University.

Award recipients do not have to be CIMA members. To nominate someone for either award, please send their name, along with a letter explaining why you think the individual merits recognition by their peers. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 1, 2014.

The CIMA Awards Committee, including: John Murphy, Daphne DeLeon, Alan Virta, and Todd Welch, will meet in mid-March 2014 to review nominations. The committee’s recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the CIMA President and Council. The names of this year’s award recipients will be announced in April, in advance of the spring conference.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may email your nomination to john_m_murphy@byu.edu. Please put in the email’s subject box “CIMA Awards Committee.” Or mail your nomination to:

John Murphy, CIMA Awards Committee Chair
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
1130 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602


2013 CIMA Awards: Call for Nominations

January 29, 2013

We are happy to announce the 2013 CIMA Awards will be presented at the joint meeting with the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 23-25, 2013. Two awards will be presented at that time: CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award.

The prestigious CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient. Last year’s recipient was Alan Virta, retired head of Special Collections at Boise State University’s Albertson Library. The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the CIMA organization, or to the archival profession in general in recent years. The award is given in appreciation for their service and leadership, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient, but to a reception who may not yet quality for the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient was Elizabeth Perkes, Electronic Records Archivist at the Utah State Archives.

Both awards are given one-time annually, during CIMA’s annual meeting. Recipients do not have to be CIMA members. To nominate someone for either award, please send us their name, along with a letter explaining why you think the person merits recognition by their peers. The deadline for submitting nominations is March 15, 2013.

The CIMA Awards Committee will meet in mid-March 2013 to determine its recommendations for the names of the award recipients. The committee’s recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the CIMA Council and Officers. The names of this year’s award recipients will be announced in April in advance of the spring conference.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may email your nomination to walter.jones@utah.edu. Please put in the email’s subject box “CIMA Awards Committee.” Or mail your nomination to:

Walter Jones, CIMA Awards Committee Chair
Special Collections Department
J. Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860

You may remain anonymous in this nomination process. The awards committee is comprised of representatives from each state within CIMA’s boundaries.

For further information, please contact:

walter.jones@utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-9391


2012 CIMA Awards – Call for Nominations

January 12, 2012

We are happy to announce the 2012 CIMA Awards will be presented at the joint meeting with the Society of Southwest Archivists in Phoenix, Arizona on May 23-26, 2012. Two awards will be presented at that time: the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award and the CIMA Service Award.

The prestigious CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the archival profession, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient. Last year’s recipient was Max Evans, Senior Archives Advisor, LDS Church History Department. The CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the CIMA organization, or to the archival profession in general in recent years. The award is given in appreciation for their service and leadership, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient, but to a recipient who may not yet qualify for the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Last year’s recipient was Steve Sturgeon, outgoing manuscripts curator at Utah State University.

Both awards are given one-time annually, during CIMA’s annual meeting. Recipients do not have to be CIMA members. To nominate someone for either award: please send us their name, along with a letter explaining why you think the person should be recognized by their peers. The deadline for submitting award nominations is February 3, 2012.

The CIMA Awards Committee will meet in early February to determine its recommendations for the names of the award recipients. These recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the CIMA Council and Officers. The names of this year’s award recipients will be announced in March in advance of the spring conference.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in the nomination process. You may email your nomination to: sukim.chung@unlv.edu, with the subject “CIMA Awards Committee.” Or mail your nomination to:

Su Kim Chung, CIMA Awards Committee Chair
Special Collections, UNLV Libraries
4505 Maryland Parkway @ Box 457010
Las Vegas, NV 89154-7010

You may remain anonymous. The awards committee is comprised of representatives, from each state of the region.
For further questions or concerns, please contact:

sukim.chung@unlv.edu or
Phone: (702) 895-2241
Fax: (702) 895-2253