Safford Library teaming with Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society

Early 20th Century woodcarvings by Don J. McFate is the first exhibit from the Eastern Arizona Museum & Historical Society to be digitized and available for viewing on the Safford City-Graham County Library website - Contributed Photo

SAFFORD — When the pandemic means you can’t go to the museum, the Safford City-Graham County Library brings the museum to you.

The library is working with the Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society in Pima on making the museum’s historical displays available during these days of quarantine.

“They have all these fantastic collections in their building (that) we don’t have access to them. So we have begun digitizing some of the things there and making them available on our website,” said the library’s Lesley Talley.

Currently featured is the McFate Collection, featuring a series of early 20th Century wood carvings by Pima resident Don J. McFate.

“They have some really neat things, including the original transcripts from the Wam Paymaster Robbery. Just things of historical interest for people that have grown up here, or are interested in the area, or just love history,” Talley said.

The project is being funded by a Cares Supplemental Grant from the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records, with a focus on partnerships between libraries and museums. The Safford Library is one of 23 across the state taking part in the program.

To view the exhibits, go to and search for Biblioboard.