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Thunderbird School of Global Management Archives: Exhibits on Campus

Digital materials and research tools providing access to Thunderbird's historically significant records and publications.

Thunderbird Archivist

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Shannon Walker
1 Global Place
Glendale, AZ 85306
(602) 978-7236 IBIC office

Where to View Thunderbird History on Campus

There are several locations on campus where historical materials are on display. Feel free to visit these buildings during normal office hours to view the historic exhibits. Tours can be arranged by contacting the Thunderbird Archivist. A campus map is provided above. 

Control Tower

Located in the heart of the campus the control tower is original to Thunderbird Field. Over the years it has been used as classrooms, faculty and administrative offices and a cafe. In 2011 the building was completely renovated and now houses study spaces, a conference room, the ThunderShop, and the infamous Pub. Historical photographs and artifacts are on display on every level of the building, but mostly in and around the conference room.   

Herberger Administration Building

The Herberger building, built in 1998, is the main administrative building on campus. On the first level, surrounding the AT&T Auditorium are a series of black and white photos of the Thunderbird Field No. 1, taken by the photographer John Swope. The photos feature American, British and Chinese cadets as they completed 10 weeks of training at the airfield, which was in operation between 1941-1945. 

Thunderbird Archives: the Hangar

The Thunderbird Archives is located in the last remaining hangar on the northeast side of campus. The Archives house materials related to the school's history. There are several displays documenting Thunderbird Field No. 1, the history of the School and the Thunderbird Classic hot-air balloon race, held on campus for 15 years. 

Founder's Hall: Alumni Relations

Founder's Hall was the administrative building for Thunderbird Field, it housed the Commanding Officer's office as well as other offices and an infirmary. Today, Founder's Hall is the location for the Alumni Relations department. There is a lounge as well as a display of the President's Desk. The desk was used by all of the School's Presidents until 1998. There are photographs and artifacts on display here. You can also sit and take a photo of yourself at the desk!

The Commons

The Commons is where students, staff, faculty and visitors gather to eat and socialize. The pillars and walls display a gallery of historic photos documenting the history of Dining Services on campus. There is also a photo of the annual ThunderChef bake-off winner.  

Memorial Plaques

All over campus there are memorial plaques and dedications for students, staff, faculty and alumni that have passed away. The report below was created in an effort to document all of these memorials. 

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