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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
  Photograph Collections
  Small Manuscript Collections
  Biography Files
  Oral History Collection
  Microfilm Collection



Manuscripts - Q-R

Call No. MS FM MSS 117
2 linear feet
Elizabeth Ramenofsky was born in Globe, AZ in 1908. Her father, Max Lantin, was a merchant who came west from New Haven, CT, went to Jerome, AZ and then finally settled in Globe, AZ. Elizabeth’s grandfather, I.E. (Isadore Elkan) Solomon settled the town of Solomonville, AZ. The town’s name was later changed to Solomon. Later in life, she developed an interest for writing and research, and began investigating the history of the Solomon family.

The collection contains research notes and photographs on the Arizona pioneer families of Solomon, Lantin, Lesinsky, and Freudenthal. This collection also has materials about the town of Solomonville, AZ, Gila Valley Bank, a forerunner to Valley National Bank, and other topics on Arizona and southwestern history. These files were most likely used for Ramenofsky’s book entitled From Charcoal to Banking: The I.E. Solomons of Arizona. Of interest in this collection is the Jewish migration experience to Arizona and the Southwest and the founding of Solomonville, AZ. Photographs in Series II date back to the late 1880’s which include photographs of Globe, AZ, various buildings in Solomonville, AZ and images of family members. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 143
27 linear feet

Joseph E. Refsnes (1897-1991) was one of Arizona’s most prolific and influential securities brokers. This collection contains business files, business correspondence, personal correspondence, personal financial files and ephemera. The bulk of the files are transcripts, correspondence and financial analysis from bond issues throughout the state of Arizona.
Finding Aid

Call No. MS FM MSS 93
.75 linear feet
Papers and documents relating to the Arizona military history in the 19th century, Salt River Agency and Arizona Indian tribes. Also includes information on the Skeleton Cave Massacre. Finding Aid


REINHOLD, RUTH M. 1908-1982
Call No. MS FM MSS 14

15 cubic feet
Arizona pilot and author. Born in Boston , Ruth Reinhold began her career in aviation in the 1930's shortly after moving to Phoenix , Arizona . During the 1930's Ruth worked for Copperclad Airways; part of her pay included flying lessons. She obtained her pilot's license, became a pilot instructor, a commercial pilot, and, eventually, Barry Goldwater's personal pilot. A member of several historical and aviation organizations, Ruth began researching the history of aviation in Arizona, which resulted in the publication of her book, Sky pioneering, in 1982.

Contains resource material relating to Ruth Reinhold's book, Sky pioneering. Includes manuscript materials, correspondence with and biographies about pioneer aviators in Arizona and Southwest. Also contains information about Scenic Airways, Inc., Aero Corporation of Arizona , and printed material concerning airplane and pilot equipment. Accompanying the collection are aviation maps and charts, and a variety of miscellaneous information. Accompanied by a separate photograph collection. Finding Aid

Arizona Aviation History: The Ruth Reinhold Collection
150 photographs from the Reinhold collection have been mounted online as part of the Arizona Memory Project, established by the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records.


RICHARDS, J. MORRIS 1910s-1980s
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.

Newspaperman, educator, politician and historian. Consists of manuscripts of histories of Arizona institutions, correspondence, reports, newsclippings, and miscellany that reflect Richard's research and activities. Biography files include George W.P. Hunt, Wesley Bolin, Benjamin Moeur, Eugene Pulliam, Don T. Udall, and others. Finding Aid


RODGERS, DAVID 1943-1987
Call No. MS FM MSS 51
1.5 cubic feet
Resident of Phoenix, Arizona; involved in religious, masonic and civic organizations. Consists of political and freemason correspondence, freemason publications and printed matter on municipal issues. Also contains miscellaneous printed material pertaining to freemasonry and political activities. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 114
3.5 linear feet
Prominent Phoenix businessman, long-time friend of Barry Goldwater and chairman of the Republican State Committee. Consists of the personal, business, and investment records of Harry Rosenzweig, as well as personal and business correspondence. Contains documents regarding the Arizona State Republican Committee, Rosenzweig Investment Company, Rosenzweig Jewelers, Isaac Rosenzweigand Sons, Arizona Cancer Center, Del E. Webb Corporation, Barry Goldwater's political career, cards and letters received on his marriage to Sandy, and telegrams received on his 60th birthday. It also includes Rosenzweig's award nominations and testimonials for the City of Hope, Phoenix Advertising Club, National Conference of Christians and Jews, and Phoenix Boys Clubs. Included are loose photographs, as well as six photograph albums. Finding Aid


Call No. FP FPC 7
1 linear foot

George Rothrock opened Phoenix’s first photography studio on the corner of First and Jefferson Streets. He mainly took portraits, many of whom were Phoenix’s first citizens. His real joy, however, was photographing historic landmarks such Montezuma Castle, Casa Grande Ruins, San Xavier Mission, Fort McDowell, and Fort Apache. Includes stereocards of Apache Indians, various Forts, Early Phoenix, Plants and Animals. 1860s-1890s
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Call No. MS FM MSS 119
10 linear feet
Prominent Phoenix businessman and civic leader. Includes biographical information, correspondence, reports, minutes, memorabilia, newspaper clippings from 1947-1995, documenting Mr. Rosenzweig's career as a civic leader, public servant, community activist and advocate for the city of Phoenix. Finding Aid


RUFFNER, BUDGE 1961-1983
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.
Prescott mortician and journalist. Consists of Newspaper columns and related correspondence about his column which appeared in the Prescott Paper and Prescott Courier. Finding Aid


Call No. FPC 18

1 linear foot
Louis Anthony Russo was a teacher, director, performer, and mentor. Russo was the founder of the Star Theater in Scottsdale where he developed the improv troupe, "The Oxymoron'Z" and taught stand-up comedy. 1982-1999. Finding Aid

RUTH, VIOLA 1900-1964
Call No. MS FM MSS 98

2.5 cubic feet
Prominent Arizona violin player and fiddling champion. Consists of correspondence, news clippings, assorted music books, "This is Your Life" scrapbook, and sound recordings (reel-to-reel and wire recordings). Finding Aid