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This archive is managed by staff at Dorothy Cummings Library at SAGU American Indian College. This archive is a work in progress. Check back regularly for more content!

Our Archive

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The archive houses many exciting historical documents relating to the history of the college, such as Alta Washburn's original writings plus institutional documents, publications, and photos.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!

What else do I need to know?

The archive is managed by staff at Dorothy Cummings Library. This archive is a work in progress. Check back regularly for more content. If you want to donate something, please contact us at

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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. 

FPHC Website: Home Page

Search the FPHC digital archive

Sample Search Terms:

  • Alta Washburn
  • All Tribes Bible School
  • American Indian Bible Institute
  • American Indian Bible College
  • American Indian College
  • SAGU American Indian College

SAGU American Indian College Librarian

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Keilah Villa
Dorothy Cummings Memorial Library
SAGU American Indian College
10020 N. 15th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021
(602) 944-3335 ext. 217 or ext. 252

American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes

American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes

The content of American Indian College: A Witness to the Tribes falls into three major categories: three previously-published histories of the school, short essays by people associated with the school, and an overview of the school’s history, mission, and aims, written by the editors.

Want to Volunteer?

Dorothy Cummings Library is seeking volunteers!

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!

Apply here: Library Archive Volunteer Application

About Volunteering:

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!