A finding aid is a descriptive guide to the content of a collection. The guide describes the origin, background, contents, and arrangement of a collection. It also includes a folder listing of the contents.
The alphbetical links below lead to an annotated list of all processed collections with links to the finding aids.
Finding Aids by Collection Type
As a heritage institution and part of the collecting
community in Arizona, our goal is to selectively collect, preserve
and make available historically relevant material to current and
future generations of researchers. What began in 1959 as an eclectic mix of material that reflected the AHF founders’ personal interests has given way to specific areas of concentration. The focus now rests on internal strengths identified through an independent audit process of the repository’s holdings. These strengths include Arizona business, law and politics.
AHF holdings include over 135 manuscript collections, 50,000 photographs
and ephemera, books, artifacts, film, videos, maps, oral histories,
political cartoons, microfilm and several distinctive card catalogs. See the home page for a description of AHF holdings by format.
As a policy, the Arizona Historical Foundation provides access to unprocessed collections. Researchers interested in viewing these
materials must call before visiting as many of
the collections are off-site. Please
contact our office if you have any questions.