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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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Manuscripts - B

BARNES, WILL C. 1897-1964
This collection has been transferred to the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University. Please call  928-523-5551 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.
Prominent Arizona author. Born in 1858, Will Croft Barnes came to Arizona as a telegrapher at Fort Apache in 1880. A Congressional Medal of Honor winner and considered by many to be the father of Navajo County, he authored several books including Arizona place names before his death in 1936.

Includes book reviews of Barnes' publications, the dedication of Barnes Field House, manuscripts, play bills, theater programs, biographical sketches, and scrapbooks of personal items and photographs. Also known as Will C. Barnes collection. Accompanied by a separate photograph collection. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 4
3 cubic feet
Prominent Arizona native. Born in Yuma in 1874, James Mitchell Barney was educated at Stanford University. He served for thirty years as an engineer and topographical draftsman for the United States government and was the unofficial historian for Arizona. He died in 1965.

Includes correspondence, original manuscripts, published pictures and articles that have appeared in the Phoenix Gazette, Sheriff magazine and Oak leaves. Accompanied by a separate photograph collection.
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Call No. MS FM MSS 130
3.5 linear feet

Charles A. Barrow worked in various family businesses. These include the Consolidated Machine Tool Corporation, the Grand Pacific Copper Company in Superior, Arizona and the Joy Manufacturing Company in Franklin, Pennsylvania which manufactured heavy coal loading equipment for the mining industry. In 1959, he establish a neurology laboratory adjacent to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Phoenix (now St. Joseph’s Hospital). With his generous contributions, the laboratory became the Barrow Neurological Institute which opened in 1962. It was dedicated to his father, William E. Barrow. Later, the Charles A. Barrow Heart Lung Center at Saint Luke’s Hospital was dedicated in his honor. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 140
2 linear feet
Contains speeches, newsclippings, campaign schedules, and promotional material from Eddie Bashas run for Arizona Governor in 1994. Also includes records from an Exploratory Committee formed to investigate another possible run for Governor in 1998. Finding Aid

This collection has been transferred to the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University. Please call  928-523-5551 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.

William W. Bass established Bass Camp in 1883, built a trail into the Grand Canyon and conducted tours on horseback. He also built a cable tramway across the Colorado River and wrote poetry.

Consists of publications on the Grand Canyon written by Bass and other authors as well as the U.S. Department of the Interior series on the Grand Canyon National Park, 1922-1941. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 55
.5 cubic feet cubic ft.
Arizona lawyer and Superior Court judge. Consists of biographical material, correspondence, material addressing various issues relating to the San Carlos Project and dam, texts of speeches delivered to civic groups, and information regarding Baughn's membership in the Masonic Lodge. The bulk of the material covers from 1916. Also included is a brief biography written by Baughn's son in 1983. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 144
47 linear feet

The Behavior Research Center was founded in 1965 by Earl de Berge and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with a field office in Guatemala. The company was conceived as a Western alternative to the established pollsters in the East. BRC is an independent polling company specializing in opinion polling and market research.  The BRC provides polling services for private and public organizations, including corporations, non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties, social services, government agencies, and universities.  The collection includes, but is not limited to: political/voter polls, brand recognition studies, consumer awareness and satisfaction studies, focus group recordings, surveys of target populations, and newspaper coverage of poll results. Finding Aid


BENTZ, DONALD N. 1965-1985
Call No. MS FM MSS 18
.5 cubic feet
A former Arizona State University faculty member and author of numerous western stories, Donald N. Bentz also served as assistant professor of library science at the University of Arizona. Later, while a visiting instructor at Western Carolina University, he resigned and went to Tucson, Arizona, where he joined a casting company and performed as an extra in television programs and commercial.
Consists of newsclippings and western lore magazines containing Bentz's bylines. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 24
2.5 cubic feet
Author of books on local Arizona history. Consists of research and drafts relating to Robert Blair's book Tales of the Superstitions. Also includes copies of documents relating to the infamous Peralta-Reavis land grant case of 1890. Finding Aid


BOYD, CONSUELO 1960-1981
Call No. MS FM MSS 68

.75 cubic feet
Multi-lingual librarian, writer, researcher and translator. Comprised of manuscript materials and correspondence. Materials include a copy of Boyd's English translation of the Index to El Archivo de Hidalgo del Parral, 1631-1821, and a manuscript copy of Rudolph Francis Acuna's doctoral dissertation on which Sonora strongman is based. Finding Aid


BOYD, GEORGE A. 1950s-1980s
Call No. MS FM MSS 132
.75 linear feet
George Addison Boyd was born in Texas in 1907. He was teacher and researcher who held various positions at Arizona State College (now known as Arizona State University).

This collection contains information on the subjects of science and meteorology. Of note are Boyd’s research notebooks which contain detailed descriptions of his meteorite site visits and findings. Of significance is a manuscript copy including original notes and corrections of George A. Boyd’s book Autoradiography For Biology and Medicine. The book was later published in 1955 under the title Autoradiography In Biology and Medicine. The collection includesis a research proposal to travel to the Sahara Desert in West Africa near Chinguetti, Mauritania in order to find an 800,000 ton mass reported to be there. The report contains copies of correspondence as well as a detailed plan, budget and outline for the trip. Finding Aid


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.

Historian, author, curator for the Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society, president of the Arizona Archaeology and Historical Society, director of the San Diego Historical Society and archivist for the University of San Diego Library.

Contains correspondence, rough draft manuscripts, newspaper clippings and material relating to the Arizona Pioneers' Historical Society and the Historical Advisory Commission. The Brandes photographs are in a separate photograph collection. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 54
.25 linear feet

The Brinegar – Bethancourt Collection is comprised of materials collected by David Brinegar who was a Captain in Coast Artillery Corps and Wiltz Bethancourt, the Head of the United States Army Censorship Department in Iran. This collection contains largely primary sources detailing the experiences of David Brinegar and Wiltz Bethancourt during their service in the Persian Gulf Command and afterwards.  The collection includes such materials as correspondence, newsletters, unpublished manuscripts, U.S. Army regulatory manuals circa the 1940s - 1950s, & original copies of the Persian Gulf Command Dispatch newspaper. Finding Aid

Call No. MS FM MSS 142
49 linear feet

Dean Burch was a Tucson lawyer who played an active role in Republican Party politics 1955-1987. This collection reflects his service as Deputy Director of the Goldwater for President Committee, Chairman of the Republican National Committee and Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Includes correspondence, memos, reports, and speeches.  The bulk of correspondence documents the groundswell of Goldwater support and grassroots activism for the conservative movement post the 1964 election. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 36
2.5 linear feet

Isabel was active in Republican politics and began a Republican Party Group
within her district. She became well known in Republican circles and was encouraged to run for the Arizona State Legislature in 1952. She was elected to the Arizona House of Representative where she served five successive terms. In 1966, she became the first Republican woman elected to the Arizona State Senate. During her tenure, Isabel was Chairman of the Arizona State Senate Highway and Transportation Committee. In 1969, Isabel Burgess was nominated by President Richard Nixon to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

This collection documents Isabel Burgess’s personal and public life which includes herassociation with the Episcopal Church, awards, friends, travels, biographical files, an oral history of her time with the Heard Museum in Phoenix and her work within the NTSB. Arranged in seven series, alphabetically and chronological within except as noted. Series I: Personal, Series II: Personal Correspondence, Series III: NTSB, Series IV: NTSB
Correspondence Series V: Personal Journals; Series VI: Newsclippings, Series VII: Photographs Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 36
2.5 linear feet

Miscellaneous journals, records, and account books from various Arizona businesses. Finding Aid