An archive is a place where extensive records or collections of data are held, such as public records or historical documents.
What’s in the library's archive?
The archive houses many exciting historical documents relating to the history of the college, such as Alta Washburn's original writings plus institutional documents, publications, and photos.
Where can I access the library’s physical archive?
Our physical archive is located on the bottom floor of the library. In this space, you can project photo slides onto the wall, listen to cassette tapes, watch video yearbooks, flip through original documents, and more! Students, employees, alumni, and friends are welcome to use the physical archive. Please handle with care!
"American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes" is a celebration of the identity of what is now known as SAGU American Indian College. The library owns six copies of this book. Three are reference copies, and the other three are available for check-out. The book is also digitized on the page "American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes."
"Trail to the Tribes" is Alta Washburn's memoir that describes her time ministering to Native Americans. The library owns three copies of this book. Two are reference copies and one is available for check-out to employees, alumni, and students. The book is also digitized on Alta Washburn's page.
"Indian Harvest" is a brief history of the American Indian Bible College and includes photos. The library owns two reference copies of this book. This book is also digitized on the "American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes" page.
"A Trail of Beauty" gives the history of the school from 1957-1984 and its goals for the future. The library owns one reference copy of this book. It is digitized and available on the "American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes" page.
"40 Stories Behind the Story" tells both new Christians and Bible students the story of the Bible in the words of this generation. Along the way, you will plunge into some of the questions that have been asked for centuries as people have struggled to comprehend God's word. What is the purpose of the Bible, and where did it come from, anyway? Isn't the Bible full of contradictions and confusing terms? I tried to read it, but after two pages I was out cold. Make it make sense to me! What page is smoking on in the Bible? If I hold "Revelation" up to the mirror, will I see the name of the antichrist? In Volume 1, Jim Demsey, a Bible "tour guide," introduces readers to the purpose and origin of the Bible, gives some tips in how to understand its story, and guides Bible "newbies" through the Old Testament. Along the way, he points out the way in which the many stories of the Bible flow together into the Big Story, the story of the rescue and redemption of the whole human race.
The ongoing incarnational ministry of Christ has not always been fully incorporated culturally into the celebration of Holy Communion especially among Native Americans. This project consisted of seven pilot studies that are concerned with the development of an inculturational model for celebrating Holy Communion at the American Indian College in Phoenix, Arizona. The inclusion of different cultural traits and the use of a variety of styles in the celebration of Communion are presented as a means that can lead to a greater awareness to the presence of the Lord, which produces personal and corporate renewal in a community of believers.
This study examined institutional choice and experiences that enhanced or precluded retention past the freshman year at American Indian College (AIC), a Bible college located in Phoenix, AZ. Click on the link to read the e-book. A physical copy is available in the on-campus archive.
The Bible is primarily an inductively natured book that might best be studied inductively by a people group who might learn best through inductive teaching methods, i.e., when they are respectfully encouraged to accept or reject the historical-grammatical truth they discover through a hands-on, culturally and life-related learning experience with the Bible. This project conducted with sixteen Native American Bible students attending American Indian College (Spring 1995 semester) documents the use of Ned Flanders' interaction analysis to shape an inductive Bible teaching model for a Native American classroom.
The history of American "Indian," both past and present, has been encompassed by myth and caricature. Concentrating on the Native American nations of the "lower forty-eighty," "Native American Voices" surveys tribal groups, their life before the European conquerors arrived, religious encounters, current beliefs, and history of pain. Written to inform and challenge the average reader as well as the professional, this account goes beyond history to assess continuing justice issues and immense problems that face the Native American community today. The book presents research data and the need for a response. Say the authors: "Only a change of opinion and a clear insight by the majority of this land will end the debilitating prejudice that senselessly contributes to the Native Americans' modern history of pain."
This article briefly surveys the history of Christian higher education among Native Americans through the Colonial, Federal, and present-day Self-Determination period. The writer concludes this piece with contemporary challenges and opportunities for educators and practitioners involved with Native American Christian higher education in the twenty-first century.
Research on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students indicates that only about 47% persist to complete their freshman year, meaning that one of out two students drops out before the sophomore year. Using a focus group methodology, the study reported in this paper examined the extent to which and out-of-class academic, social, and spiritual experiences are associated with persistence among AI/AN students at a Bible college. Family, spirituality, and validation were the most important influences on student persistence.
Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center
The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center (FPHC) is the largest Pentecostal archives in the world. Located in the National Office of the Assemblies of God, USA, the FPHC collects printed materials, oral histories, artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the Assemblies of God and the broader Pentecostal and charismatic movements, spanning the globe. The FPHC has become an important hub for Pentecostal history and research, preserving and promoting Pentecostal testimonies and identity so that future generations can know the works of God. Countless church leaders, scholars, students, people in the pew, and other researchers have used its collections.
Are you an alumni, former employee, or friend of the school? Do you have an intimate knowledge of All Tribes Bible School, American Indian Bible Institute, American Indian Bible College, or American Indian College? Do you have a desire to share your knowledge of the school with others? Apply to be an archive volunteer!
Due to the high volume of material, the archive will likely take a few years to complete. However, with your help, we can get through the content faster and with more accuracy. Here are the kinds of things we need help with:
Gathering archive material (documents, photos, etc.) from outside sources (alumni, former employees, etc.)
Identifying people in photos
Identifying the time period a photo was taken
Identifying the place a photo was taken
Placing photos into appropriate photo albums on Flickr
Typing up cursive pieces handwritten by our founder, Alta Washburn
Donating money that will help fund the digital archive site and materials to physically preserve the items
Please note that the library is usually closed between the 3rd week of May until the 3rd week of August each year. Library staff prefer volunteers to be on-site for initial training, but volunteer work can take place year-round if done virtually. If you don't live in the Phoenix area or only have summer availability, you can still apply. We welcome anyone with the knowledge, time, and talent to help us out!