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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
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Manuscripts - N-P

Call No. MS FM MSS 153
1 linear foot
The Newcomen Society was established in 1923 by railroad executive L.F. Loree of New York, with a focus on Business History – beginnings, growth, development, contributions and influence of various sectors of the business community. This included transportation, communications, education, banking, agriculture, economics, insurance, law, utilities, and invention. Meetings were held throughout the United States and Canada at which Newcomen Addresses were presented by leaders in their fields. The addresses profiled the life-story of corporate organizations and those who built their respective enterprise. The majority of company histories presented at Newcomen gatherings were printed by the Society and distributed to members. This collection includes over 75 published addresses.
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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.
Charles H. Orme Jr., born 1918 in Phoenix, AZ, was the son of Minna Vrang Orme and Charles H. Orme Sr., known as “Chick.” His parents were both graduates of Stanford University and believed in the necessity of a good education. They left their dairy farm in Phoenix and bought a ranch in Arizona’s high desert country. They opened a one-room schoolhouse to educate their three children as well as the five children of their ranch employees. This one-room schoolhouse later grew to be The Orme School. In 1945, Charles Jr. became the headmaster and took over that role from his father until his retirement in 1987.

This collection primarily has records about The Orme School which was established in 1929 on a working ranch of 40,000-acres of land in Mayer, Arizona. This collection is arranged into three series; Series I: Administrative; Series II: Correspondence; Series III: Personal. Files are arranged alphabetically within each series. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 133
3 linear feet
F. Lewis Orrell was born December 27, 1916 and died November 7, 1999. He was a member of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and was a passionate researcher and writer on the subject of mining.

This collection contains records on various mining projects and research done by F. Lewis Orrell. The collection focuses on primarily tungsten, copper and calcite mining. Orrell traces the history of mining companies such as the Arizona & Michigan Mining Company and the Superior & Boston Copper Company. He also includes background information on mining communities and the individuals involved. He highlights the Cornish miners and provides extensive research on the background of Cornish mining. Also included are Orrell’s writings from various journal articles, book chapters and conferences. Finding Aid


Call No. FP FPC 5
1.5 linear feet
Sidney P. Osborn was a delegate to the U.S. Congress from 1903 to 1905, and in 1910 was a member of the Arizona Constitutional Convention. Osborn served as Arizona's Secretary of State from 1912 to 1919 and Arizona's Collector of Internal Revenue from 1933 to 1934. He made three unsuccessful bids for the governor's office before finally succeeding on November 5, 1940. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 89
1.5 cubic feet
The Arizona Overland Telephone Company was incorporated in 1908. It had become the Overland Telephone and Telegraph Company by 1910, and sold out to Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company in June of 1912. Contains vouchers and bills to and from various people and businesses, mostly in the Phoenix area, legal papers and documents of the Overland Company, including the Articles of Incorporation and by-laws, a purchase ledger and booklets concerning deeds of trust to the Valley Bank of Phoenix. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 145
3 linear feet
This collection includes a wide breadth of Arizona land transactions, 1900-1960, among Arizona’s major land owners and developers, and their interface with territorial, state and federal government and Indian tribes.  It documents the formative period that laid the footprint for Arizona’s land tenure, and Arizona’s tremendous growth and real estate development of the first half of the twentieth century. 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.

One of the oldest family-run businesses in Arizona. Originally the business was in the produce, and home and farm supply business. With the repeal of Prohibition it became involved in the alcoholic beverage industry. Zeb Pearce Companies is currently the parent company doing business as Zeb Pearce & Sons, Pearce Distributing Company and A. Pearce Company. Consists of business records, correspondence, newsclippings, publications, photographs and artifacts extending from 1915 to 1995. Finding Aid


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.
Prominent Arizona cattle ranching family. Consists primarily of business account books and payroll records; leases, deeds and other land purchase documents; cattle head counts, brands and sale information. Biographical information about various members of the Perkins family is also included. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 69
1.5 cubic feet
Opened in 1959. Consists of correspondence, legal documents, reports, minutes, financial reports and miscellany from the files of Orme Lewis, PAM trustee. Finding Aid

Call No. MS FM MSS 70
.5 cubic feet
Oldest amateur playhouse west of the Mississippi, founded in 1922. Consists almost entirely of theater programs, though also includes newsletters, membership brochures and reviews. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 34
10 linear feet
The Phoenix Press Box Association was founded in 1949 as a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of sports at all levels and sports journalism in Arizona high schools. The activities of the Press Box included awarding scholarships to journalist students entering college. The Press Box also sponsored sports luncheons for athletes and coaches to promote sports achievement and to facilitate talks at the high school, college, and professional level. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 103
.9 cubic feet
Research materials including correspondence, transcripts, tapes of interviews, programs, brochures and other pertinent papers collected for Mr. Stoneburner's master's thesis. Ranging in date from 1931-1984, the materials chronicle the history of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Stoneburner also gives criticism and selected commentaries of works produced by the Symphony and the leadership involved.

Includes letters and interview transcripts from Anson Cutts, Robert Lawrence, Edwardo Mata, Romeo Tata, Monica Agnew, Warren Campbell, Lawrence Cummings, Floyd Denton, Michael Dixon, Angelo Filigenzi, Jakob Fuchs, thomas Goldwaite, Jeane Herberger, Leslie Hodge, Serge Huff, Eugene Lombardi, Jack Ratterree, Douglas Richards, Ralph Rizzold, Newton Rosenzweig, Guy Taylor and Henry Wood.
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Call No. MS FM MSS 43
25 cubic feet
Includes correspondence, historical sketches, minutes, newsletters, programs and activities, news clippings, pamphlets, posters and audio-visual materials. Additional 66 boxes deposited from 1992-1996 are unprocessed. Finding Aid


POSTON, CHARLES D. 1847-1962
Call No. MS FM MSS 44

.75 cubic feet
Explorer, miner, superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Arizona Territory, and Arizona 's first delegate to the United States Congress. Consists of copies of correspondence, journals and business documents of Charles D. Poston as well as biographical information. Also contains modern news clippings about the Poston family silver, correspondence about the Poston inkwell, and research correspondence of the former Curator of the Arizona Historical Foundation, Bert Fireman.  Finding Aid


Call No. FP FPC 15

1 linear foot
During his 1871-72 journey Major John Wesley Powell along with photographers E.O. Beaman and John (Jack) K. Hillers documented the Green and Colorado Rivers. In the summer of 1968, the United States Geological Survey retraced the voyage of Major Powell. The main objective: to re-photograph the scenes taken during Powell’s trip, nearly 100 years later. Official photographer, H.G. Stephens attempted to re-create the exact same scenes and same angles as the original survey photographers. Finding Aid


POWERS, JOHN 1930-1945
Call No. MS FM MSS 91

.25 cubic feet
Employee in the safety department of the Anaconda Copper Mining Company. Contains a series of approximately 200 cartoons entitled "Levity Lode", dealing with mining and occupational safety issues in the mining industry. The cartoons were first published by the Mining Journal, and later reprinted in broadside form and distributed to mining companies for display on employee bulletin boards. This was one of the first consistent efforts to raise the safety consciousness of miners in the West. Finding Aid