Rick Wiley / Arizona Daily Star

The Daily Star just took delivery today of five pallets of boxes filled with photo negatives dating back to the mid-70s. Whose negatives, you ask? Why, the Star's very own staff-generated photo negatives. In the not-too-distant past, they were shipped off to Iron Mountain storage due to lack of space in the Star's building. The newspaper business is smaller now and the Tucson Citizen across the hall has closed. Thus, the negatives have returned.

The Star took ownership of the Tucson Citizen's excellent historic negative files, which date back to the 1950s, soon after the Citizen ceased operation in 2009. Those were always stored in the Citizen newsroom. We've been using them in print and on StarNet for a couple years now.