Tragedy in Tucson

Feb 1, 2011 8:55 PM

Archivists collect items at UMC memorial

TUCSON - University Medical Center is debating how to memorialize the Tragedy in Tucson. In the meantime all the things people left in the days following the mass shooting are being collected and archived by the University of Arizona.

Chrystal Carpenter is leading the project, "As I pick up the materials I get to see these lovely writings. It's overwhelming to be honest," she said while sifting through thousands of mementos.

A team of UA archivists expect to have everything collected by Friday, February 5th. "With the rain we're going to have to take some extra steps to dry them make sure they're going to be preserved for posterity," Carpenter explained.

One by one each item is boxed and placed on one of five trucks where it will be stored at the hospital. A committee will be formed to decide what to keep, Carpenter said, "It will be a long process, years to archival process the whole entire collection."

For the team of archivists, it's a touching project, "So much goes into it because there are many different levels of emotion with a site like this it's unlike anything i've experienced before."

The team is asking people not to leave anything in front of the hospital that can be damaged by the weather


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