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Finding Aids
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.

Processed Collections
The alphbetical links below lead to an annotated list of all processed collections with links to the finding aids.

Finding Aids by Collection Type

  Manuscript Collections
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  Biography Files
  Oral History Collection
  Microfilm Collection


 

 



Manuscripts - A

 

ACHIEVEMENT REWARDS FOR COLLEGE SCIENTISTS (ARCS) COLLECTION
Call No. MS FM MSS 21
1.5 linear feet
The ARCS Foundation is a national volunteer women's organization dedicated to providing scholarship awards in natural sciences, medicine and engineering to U. S. graduate and undergraduate students.  The Foundation was formed in 1958 in response to a lack of U.S. supremacy in the technological race after the Soviets launching of Sputnik.  This collection documents the activities of the Phoenix chapter, one of seventeen through the United States, founded in 1975.  Finding Aid
     
A.L. MOORE AND SONS MORTUARY COLLECTION
Call No. MS FM MSS 59
1.5 linear feet
A.L. Moore and Sons Mortuary established in 1906 was a prominent mortuary in Phoenix. It was recognized from the beginning as a modern mortuary. They had the first funeral car in Arizona (a model-T), the first automobile ambulance service, and the state's first air-ambulance service in the 1950's. After four generations the mortuary was sold in 1984. Includes photographs, ephemera, news clippings, memorabilia, and records relating to the mortuary business. Finding Aid
     
ALLEN, HELEN HAMLIN 1880-1945
Call No : MS FM MSS 11
4 cubic feet

Native of Phoenix, Arizona. Helen Hamlin Allen was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1884. Her father, George Hamlin, who had come to Phoenix in 1860, ran a livery stable and served as superintendent of the Relief Mining Company. For 35 years Helen Allen was a barberess in the Commercial Hotel (later the Luhrs Hotel). She died in 1963.

Contains correspondence, cancelled checks and other papers of the Relief Gold Mining Company, a post card collection, several scrapbooks of early theater material, stable ledgers and personal family papers. Accompanied by photograph collection. Finding Aid

     
ALTSHULER, CONSTANCE WYNN 1908-2000
Call No: MS FM MSS 113
15 linear feet

Constance Altshuler became interested in Arizona history in the mid 1960’s, beginning with research on Governor Anson P. K. Safford. Over the next three decades she wrote four books and numerous journal articles on territorial and pre-territorial Arizona history from 1850-1890. She specialized in the history of Army posts and personnel of the period. She won awards and commendations for her work from Company B of the 8th U.S. Memorial Infantry in 1975, the Arizona Historical Society in 1982, the Arizona Hall of Fame in 1987, and Governor Rose Mofford in 1990.

Arranged in five series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Research Files; Series III. Index Card Research Files; Series IV. Microfilm; Series V. Oversized. Finding Aid

 
 
ARIZONA BANKERS ASSOCIATION 1920-1935
Call No: MS FM MSS 109  
3.5 cubic feet  
Accompanied by separate bound volumes of convention proceedings of the Association from 1903-1930. Contains correspondence, minutes and books of the Association; also contains some personal documents of Morris Goldwater. Founded in 1903 as an affiliate of the American Bankers Association, the Arizona Bankers Association promotes the interests of banks and banking. The Association also provides a forum for education and dissemination of information of concern to bankers, and supports community organizations such as 4-H. Morris Goldwater served as secretary of the association from 1906 until the late 1930's.
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ARIZONA CANAL DIVERSION CHANNEL 1987-1991
Call No. MS FM MSS 122
2 cubic feet
Contains material relating to details of legislation, correspondence, water issues, the Arizona Canal Diversion Channel and topics regarding Arizona, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and other water related issues. Finding Aid
     
ARIZONA CATTLE GROWERS 1935-1980
Call No. MS FM MSS 23
23.5 cubic feet
Arizona Cattle Growers' Association was organized in 1904 in order to protect the cattle industry from cattle rustlers and brand tampering. Since then its focus has changed to include land ownership, water rights, taxation, overgrazing and the association's awareness of the sports industry. Consists of minutes of meetings, correspondence and other records of various boards and committees of the Association. Includes correspondence with various state and federal agencies as well as the American National Cattlemen's Association. Also includes recordsrelating to Arizona Cattlelog and the Cowbelles organization. Finding Aid
     
ARIZONA COTTON GROWERS 1950s-1980s
Call No. MS FM MSS 30
46.5 cubic feet
Arizona Cotton Growers Association was formed in 1942 to help resolve problems common to the cotton grower. Contains minutes, correspondence, resolutions and other documents relating to such committees and topics as public relations, legislation, energy, research and the Arizona Maid of Cotton. Also contains pamphlets and booklets on agriculture, cotton and water. Finding Aid
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ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION BIOGRAPHY FILES
10 linear feet  
   
The AHF biography files contain material relating to over 1750 individuals who influenced Arizona, dating from Territorial times to the present. The individuals span race, age gender and class. New files and additional material are added on a regular basis. The files are an excellent resource for genealogists or students needing ready reference. Finding Aid
     
 
ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION MICROFILM COLLECTION
Call No: FF FMF 1  
870 reels.  
The microfilm was collected from various sources over many years. The content reflects the research, publication, exhibitions, and special project interests of former AHF directors. Some of the reels are cataloged individually in the ASU Libraries catalog. The collection is divided into four series: Series I: Newspapers; Series II: Federal Documents; Series III: Personal Papers; Series IV: Other. Finding Aid
     
 
ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION MINING RECORDS COLLECTION
Call No: FM MSS 33  
2.25 linear feet .  
The collection contains primary and secondary source materials covering 60 years of Arizona mining history.  Items in this collection include mine deeds, manuals, stocks, financial documents, correspondence, maps, reports, articles, and photographs.  This collection includes four oversized boxes of ledgers, cash books, courtroom exhibits, and journals of early mining organizations.  The quality of the materials ranges from poor for some of the ledgers and minute books  to fair for most documents. Finding Aid
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ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION
Call No: MS FM MSS 141  
9 linear ft.  
Foundation oral histories come from a variety of sources, the majority resulting from three projects: Phoenix Civil Rights Project, Arizona Way, and, Arizona Ways Revisited. Transcripts are available for many but not all interviews. Finding Aid
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ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUMS COLLECTION
Call No. FP FPC 13  
12 linear feet  
This collection consists of orphaned or individually donated photo albums. These albums range in condition from poor to excellent. They represent various subject matter, photographic processes, and photographers from Arizona and the greater Southwest. Some albums were commercially printed while others are personal family endeavors or community projects. The finding aid contains for each album a short description of broad subjects covered and approximate count of photographs contained within. Finding Aid
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ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION POSTCARD COLLECTION
Call No. FP FPC 3  
5.5 linear feet  
The postcards in the collection were acquired from various sources. They have been organized into one cohesive collection, for the ease of research. The collection is organized alphabetically by geographic location. Yellowstone National Park is well represented under the state of Wyoming. International postcards are also arranged alphabetically. The postcards are generally in excellent condition. These postcards document the changes in Arizona urban landscape and architecture. This collection contains significant documentation of the San Francisco earthquake in 1906.
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ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION SMALL MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION
20 linear feet  
   
The Small Manuscript collection is an active, artificial collection begun circa 1960 in an effort to aggregate historical materials, orphan documents, unpublished works, and fragmented personal papers into a “ready reference” for students. These materials were of insufficient quantity (5 folders or less) to merit a stand alone status.  The donations came from multiple sources ranging from family histories for class assignments to items purchased from historical document dealers.  The collection includes correspondence, eye witness reports, genealogies, diaries, old newspaper clippings, reminiscences, short stories, early histories of cities and towns, small maps, surveys, and military documents. Finding Aid
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ARIZONA HISTORICAL FOUNDATION SUBJECT PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION
Call No. FP FPC 100  
30 linear feet  

Contains approximately 15,000 photographs. Geographic areas include Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. This is an active collection where future additions are anticipated. Collection highlights include late 19th century mining towns and housing developments in Phoenix from the 1960s.

The collection is organized by broad subject categories: Animals, Artifacts, Biography, Buildings, Canals, Dams, and Irrigation, Cemeteries and Graveyards, Churches, Missions, and Temples, Farming and Agriculture, Geology, Housing, Indians, Law Enforcement, Landscapes, Military, Mining, Natural Disasters, Organizations, People, Places, Plants, Parades and Rodeos, Schools and Universities, Sports, Transportation, and Utilities. The broad subjects are broken into more narrow subjects under each heading and arranged alphabetically and then by date. Finding Aid

     
ARIZONA NEWSPAPERS PROJECT COLLECTION 1880s-1980s
Call No. MS FM MSS 38
1 cubic foot
Initiated in 1990, the Arizona Newspapers Project was designed to document the history of newspapers in Arizona. Includes newspaper histories, directories, anniversary editions and biographies of persons associated with newspapers in Arizona. Finding Aid
   
   
ARIZONA ORGANIZED CRIME 1920's-1990's
Call No. MS FM MSS 107  
13.5 linear feet  

John Doherty, a researcher and archivist for the Editorial Department at the Arizona Republic, was the principle organizer and creator of this collection which reflects an interest in organized crime involving high profile individuals in Arizona.

As an investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic, Don Bolles made use of this collection as well as contributed to it. Bolles, who was known for investigating organized crime links, was killed in June of 1976 when he responded to an anonymous tip about land fraud.

Established in 1975, the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) was a “grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting.” After the murder of Bolles, who was a founding member of the IRE, the group descended upon Phoenix to investigate organized crime within the state. A series of articles, published in 1977 known as the Arizona Project, highlighted their findings.

The collection is arranged into seven series: Series I: Don Bolles; Series II: People; Series III: Places; Series IV: Businesses; Series V: Crime; Series VI: IRE; Series VII: Crime Commissions; Series VIII: General
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ARIZONA PHOTOGRAPH COMPANY COLLECTION
This collection has been transferred to the library and archives at Sharlot Hall Museum. Please call  928-445-3122 extension 14 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.
20 linear feet  

The Arizona Photograph Company was formed by a group of photographers in Prescott during the early 1900s, including Percival Armitage, Erwin Baer, Thomas Bate, W. R. Humphries, and A. E. Suppiger. The groups' photographs included studio portraits, landscapes, local businesses, ranches, military forts, mills and hoists, pack trains, wagons, railroads, mines and miners. The collection contains nearly 500 glass plate negatives. All the glass plate negatives in this collection were cleaned, re-housed, and scanned. Finding Aid

     
     
   
ARIZONA REPUBLICAN PARTY COLLECTION
Call No. MS FM MSS 90  
14 linear feet  

The bulk of the collection covers the post Goldwater period (Barry Goldwater’s 1986 retirement from the U. S. Senate) after which he exerted less direct influence upon activities of the state Party.   Strengths of the collection are the documentation of reapportionment and redistricting, grass roots political activities, fundraising, the selection of local, state and national delegates and local and national political campaign materiaL. Arranged in three series and alphabetically within: Arizona Republican Party, 1962-2000; Photographs, 1952-2001; National Republican Party, 1952-1964. Finding Aid

     
ARIZONA SOCIETY OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS
1920s-1990s
This collection has been transferred to the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records.
1901 West Madison • Phoenix, AZ 85009 • Map
Phone: (602) 926-3720 • Fax: (602) 256-7982 • Email  
Please call 602-926-3720 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.
18 cubic feet
The Arizona Society of Public Accountants (ASPA) was founded in 1933 by a small group of certified and licensed public accountants in Phoenix, Arizona . Through the years, the organization has held close relationships with both the Arizona State Board of Accountancy (ASBA) and the American Institute of Accountants (later AICPA). The society changed its name to the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) in 1948. The purpose of the organization is to promote professional ethics and conduct, to raise the profession to a higher standard, and to promote the interests of the profession and the public through education of the public as to the value of service. The bulk of the collection consists of the records reflecting the on-going business operations of the ASCPA and various committees of the organization including committee and financial records, correspondence and minutes, as well as the records of Max Millett, an officer of the Society. Includes additional administrative material related to the ASBA, and informational brochures and circulars from the AICPA. Finding Aid
     
ARIZONA TERRITORIAL DOCUMENTS COLLECTION
Call No. MS FM MSS 26
.5 linear foot

The Territorial Documents Collection includes original government, personal, and business records created during Arizona’s years as a U.S. Territory.  The date range for this collection stretches from 1848, when the Treaty of Guadalupe was signed between the United States and Mexico,and 1912, when Arizona officially became the 48th state.  The original materials in this collection are comprised of reports, government documents, land sale documents, business dealings, and personal papers. Finding Aid

     
ARIZONA UNDERGROUND WATER COMMISSION COLLECTION
Call No. MS FM MSS 97
1.5 cubic feet
Arizona Underground Water Commission was formed in 1952 by Governor Pyle to address issues relating to groundwater in Arizona. Its final report was submitted in 1953. Contains clippings, articles, and hearing reports related to the Arizona Underground Water Commission. Finding Aid