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United States Arizona Archives and Libraries
Many archives and libraries have resources such as maps, gazetteers, and other place-finding aids to help you locate information about Arizona. They may have collections of previous research, such as family and local histories and biographies. Many have record-finding aids such as guides to their own collections or inventories of records housed elsewhere in the state.
The following archives, libraries, and societies in Arizona have collections or services to help genealogical researchers:
- Department of Libraries, Archives and Public Records
The Arizona State Archives maintains collections from state, county and local government offices, boards and commissions as well as collections from private citizens and non-governmental groups. These records help document the official actions of state, county and local governments and the private lives and accomplishments of people and organizations in Arizona.
- National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside)
The National Archives at Riverside has more than 38,000 cubic feet of archival holdings dating from about l850 to the l980s. In addition to textual records, there are architectural drawings, maps, and photographs. These holdings were created or received by the Federal courts and over 50 Federal agencies in Arizona, southern California, and Clark County, Nevada. Federal law requires that agencies transfer permanently valuable, noncurrent records to the National Archives.
- Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona Historical Society’s (AHS) Libraries & Archives Division collects, preserves, and makes available written, graphic and other material concerning Arizona’s history that is of enduring historical and research value. Manuscript collections are papers and records created or gathered by an individual, family or organization. The manuscript collections constitute the core of our research collection and range from the 1860s to the present.
- ASU Museums, Galleries & Collections
ASU has a variety of collections that reflects much of ASU's and Arizona's history and culture. The Archaeological Research Institute hosts a collection of Arizona artifacts that have been discovered. ASU also has the Museum of Anthropology and the Luhrs Gallery which exhibits the collections of historical writings and manuscripts about Arizona.
- University of Arizona Special Collections
The University of Arizona Library Special Collections maintains collections of rare books and unique archival materials that make possible in-depth research on selected topics. The scope and diversity of Special Collections make it an important resource for the international academic community. Established in 1958 to house materials on Arizona, the Southwest, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, Special Collections now includes rare books, manuscript collections, photographs, and other materials in a wide variety of subject areas.
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Arizona counties, use the inventories of the Maricopa, Pima, and Santa Cruz county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. These inventories are available at the Family History Library.
Arizona Online Collections
links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.