2010 - 11

An exhibition of enlarged documents from the public library's administrative archive and the retired Bookmobile director's personal photo albums. The documents tell the story of the Bookmobile's work with the farm labour camp Murphy's Crossing, during a four year period of conflict over the living conditions of the camp. Things eventually came to head with the 1989 earth quake. Following the earth quake's and its damage to already inadequate living spaces, ownership of the camp was transfered to a non-profit that rebuilt the camp, giving the residents high quality homes.

A field trip to the Murphy's Crossing was lead by Catherine Steele. Catherine Steele explained how the rhetoric used to describe "migrant" workers and their "camps" informed/reflected wide spread institutional neglect on the part of the local authorities. With many of the workers having been there their most of their lives, if not multiple generations, they were anything but "migrant."

Following the field trip, and initial exhibition, the prints were installed in the community room at Murphy's Crossing. This was part of the Circulation of Knowledge Archive project.

Archival document from print series

Initial exhibition of documents

Initial exhibition of documents

The use of moving boxes and blue tarp in the initial installation of the documents was inspired by one of the photos that shows Catherine visiting Murphy's Crossing during the years that Outreach Services did not have a bookmobile. Using a retired cop car and later a van, Catherine would spread a blue tarp out on the ground and lay the moving boxes of books onto the tarp.

Initial exhibition of documents

Archival image from print series. Top photo shows Catherine Steele delivering books to Murphy's Crossing.

Catherine Steele leads a field trip to Murphy's Crossing, meeting local residents and exploring nearby farms.

Daniel Kagan installing prints in the Murphy's Crossing Community room.

Longtime Murphy's Crossing resident Heriberto Sanchez with children inside the community room.

Heriberto Sanchez pointing out his son in the print, his son is now an adult and works at a near by store.