The collection documents Etter's research about 19th century Chinese opium pipes and smoking at two sites--Donner Summit,
California; and Virginia City, Nevada.
Patricia A. Etter had a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona in 1986; a Bachelor of Arts
from California State University in 1979; and an Associate of Arts degree from Santa Monica College in 1977. She also received
a Certification in Archives Management from the National Archives & Records Association in 1987; and a recognition as an Outstanding
Anthropology Alumnus from California State University from 1991-1992. She was recipient of two Coke Wood Awards from Westerners
International for the best journal article (both published in Overland Journal). She was author of To California on The Southern
Route: A History and Annotated Bibliography. She was also the editor of An American Odyssey; and California Odyssey: A Journey
of Southern Trails.
Etter briefly worked under Paul G. Chace and Associates in California. She later served as a Manuscripts Librarian at the
University of Arizona. Between 1989 and 2006, she was the curator of the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at
Arizona State University (ASU); the center is a part of the American Indian Research Library.
At ASU, she was a member of Emeritus College; was on the advisory board of the University Club; and was affiliated with ASU’s
sponsorship with the Pima County Public Library’s Southwest Books of the Year program.
In addition, Etter was on the Board of Directors of the Oregon California Trails Association and its Editorial Advisory Board;
and was on the Editorial Board of the Western Historical Quarterly. Etter passed in 2013.
0.83 linear feet (2 boxes)
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