After 14 years as director of the state Library, Archives and Public Records division, GladysAnn Wells is about to close her own chapter of Arizona history when she retires later this month. Wells is packing up her personal archives in her office beneath the wood-paneled state library, preparing to marry and move to North Carolina - with her two horses, two dogs and donkey along for the journey.

Her departure comes as Arizona is approaching a historic milestone: its centennial in February 2012. Many of the programs launched by the agency Wells oversees will get increasing prominence as the state's 100th year approaches, from an oral-history project to educational exhibits in the original state Capitol.

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