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Deputy Archivist recognized for achievements in the State of Arizona

PHOENIX – The Secretary of State’s Office announces that Laura Palmer Blandford, the Arizona state deputy archivist for the Arizona State Library, is receiving the Mentor Award from the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists on April 30.

Laura began working for the state in 2007 at the Arizona Capitol Museum, and transferred to the Library, Archives and Public Records that same year. As deputy archivist, Laura oversees the day-to-day operations, and coordinates special projects at the archives. She serves on the Arizona Historical Records Advisory board, assists with grant management, records management operations, and provides statewide record liaison services.

“We rely on Laura to help us preserve our state’s unique history. We are fortunate to have her on our team,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said. “Her dedication to helping new archivists comes from her passion for protecting Arizona’s past.”

The Mentor Award celebrates achievement in:

  • Advocating for students and/or new professionals
  • Providing guidance in professional development and self-assessment
  • Helping students and/or new professionals build a professional network through collaborations and introductions
  • Demonstrating sustained commitment to creating a productive working environment that enhances the archive work experience

“Laura has been instrumental in preparing the next generation of archivists on the complicated nuances of the profession,” Dennis Preisler, the state archivist for the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, said. “Throughout the years, she has provided hands-on training to countless team members as we modernized the state archives.”

The Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists is an association that includes archivists, conservators, historians and archival professionals based in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.


The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Arizona Secretary of State. For more information visit www.azlibrary.gov or call 602-542-6200.

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