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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 - S

Call No. MS FM MSS 110
3.5 linear feet
Contains personal and professional documents as well as research notes dating from the 1600s to the 1960s. Much of Dr. Sacks' research was devoted to Arizona's territorial days. Includes manuscripts and rough drafts of articles, short stories and poetry. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 155
32 linear feet
The Sacks Collection of the American West is a bibliography of primary and secondary sources on the 19th century American West. The bibliography covers people, places and events in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Oregon and Mexico. Created by Dr. Benjamin Sacks, the bibliography includes over 100,000 hand-written index cards, and over 50,000 supporting documents. The bibliography entries are cross-referenced and many are annotated. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 63
1.5 linear feet

William E. Saufley was a prominent businessman who became the Treasurer of the Goldwaters department stores.  He also served as President of the Park Central Trade Association.  His project to write the definitive history of Goldwaters was never completed.  His collection includes background material and records that provide insight  into the economic development of central Phoenix, shopping mall operational structures, merchant associations, retail employee policies, and marketing and budget strategies. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 6
18 ft.
Arizona writer, photographer and editor. Richard George Schaus was born in Wisconsin iin 1910. Following service in the Air Force during World War II, Schaus took a photography course at Columbia University and then opened a photo shop in Phoenix, Arizona. He was hired by Abbie Keith to take photographs for the Arizona Cattlelog, the monthly magazine of the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association. He was soon writing articles as well. In 1962 he became editor of the magazine, retiring from that position in 1975, though he continued to contribute articles. He died in 1981.

Consists of correspondence, documents, photographs, reference notes, newspaper and magazine articles, maps, microfilms, tapes, engravings, scrapbooks and books, relating to the cattle industry in Arizona and to the history of the Southwest and Mexico. Includes old brand documents, historical correspondence of the Arizona Cattle Growers' Association, and minutes (1871-1937) of the Arizona Livestock Sanitary Board Meetings. Has extensive biographical file, and photograph and negative collections of people, livestock shows, ranches and cattle. Finding Aid


SCHULZ, WILLIAM R. 1959-2004
Call No. MS FM MSS 125
9.5 linear foot
Arizona businessman. William Schultz was the founder and president of W.R. Schulz and Associates from 1965-1983. The firm owned 88 garden apartment properties comprising 12,800 units mainly in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 1980 Schulz ran, as a Democrat, for the U. S. Senate against Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. In 1986 he ran for governor as an Independent candidate. Schulz conducted extensive research for his campaigns. Consists of records associated with his business, campaign research, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and videotapes. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 53
128 linear feet
As an author, publicist, campaign strategist and speech writer, Stephen Shadegg emerged as the most successful Republican campaign manager in Arizona at a time when Democrats predominated. He was State Chairman of the Arizona Republican Central Committee, and also served as an influential member and strategist of the Republican National Committee between1960-1962. Shadegg was a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction, a successful businessman, church leader and civic volunteer. This collection reflects all facets of his life from his early days in Little Theatre to his love of golf.
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Call No. MS FM MSS 5
1 cubic foot
Born in 1881, Gusse Thomas Smith came to Arizona in 1917. For sixteen years she served as social director of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Fascinated by the birds in the desert surrounding the hotel, she gave series of bird lectures. She also contributed to Arizona highways and served as publicity director for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. She died in 1964.

Includes book reviews, programs, publicity materials, sketches of Arizona birds, and manuscripts on various subjects. Accompanied by a separate photograph collection. Finding Aid


Call No. FP FPC 21
.5 linear foot
Gusse Thomas Smith and her family came to Arizona in 1917. Smith served as Publicity Director for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce from 1924 to 1929, and as Social Director of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel from 1929 to 1945. This collection consists of over 90 photographs. The collection is organized by subject, then chronologically within. Almost all photographs relate to the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. Finding Aid


SNELL, FRANK L. 1946-1998
Call No. MS FM MSS 92
10 linear feet
Prominent Phoenix lawyer; founding partner of Snell & Wilmer law offices.Contains personal papers including speeches, correspondence (professional and personal), photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, brochures and booklets, meeting minutes, agendas, stock certificates and blueprints. Large blueprints, oversized material and three-dimensional objects are stored off-site. The material pertains to Mr. Snell's relationship with various organizations. Arranged in five series: Series I. Personal; Series II. Correspondence; Series III. Organizations; Series IV. Events; Series V. Media. Finding Aid

Call No. MS FM MSS 31
5.5 linear feet
Soroptimist International of Phoenix is a charitable organization which focuses on numerous service projects to benefit women and children.  Its program areas are economic and social development, health, education, environment, human rights/status of women, and international goodwill and understanding.  The club was a co-founder and principal supporter of Girls Ranch and Tumbleweed.  Finding Aid


SPARKES, GRACE M. 1904-1953
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.

Resident of Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona. Grace Sparkes was secretary of the Yavapai County Chamber of Commerce as well as Immigration Commissioner at Prescott, Arizona. An active participant in various groups and events promoting Prescott and Yavapai County, she was engaged in the organization of the Smoki People, Frontier Days celebration, Arizona Good Roads Association.

Includes correspondence, manuscripts, records, newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets and books concerning the Smoki People, Prescott and Yavapai Chamber of Commerce, Blythe-Ehrenberg Bridge, Highway 79, Frontier Days Rodeo, new-roads file, small mining companies and national defense projects. Accompanied by a separate photograph collection.
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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.
The photographs cover a variety of subjects pertaining to Arizona in particular Prescott and Northern Arizona. These include views of landscapes, military, mining, Native Americans, agriculture, buildings, street scenes, transportation, and various people and places.The collection contains over 1200 photographs, 3 albums, and 35 oversized prints. Original order is unknown. The collection is arranged by subject and then alphabetically and chronologically within. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 101
5.5 cubic feet
Arizona Supreme Court justice and Democratic governor. Consists of correspondence, news clippings and business records relating to the activities of R.C. Stanford and his family. Donated by Lois Stanford Palmer. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 20
.5 cubic feet
Charles A. Stauffer, former owner and publisher of the Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette, was active in numerous civic and community endeavors. Stauffer was also the business manager for the Arizona republican.
Consists of biographical materials, correspondence and letters of recommendation. The correspondence is primarily with Dwight B. Heard. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 102
2 volumes
Secretary of the Territory of Arizona in 1903. The first volume includes clippings on Arizona's struggle for statehood as well as federal and state governmental actions during the first decade of the 20th century. The second volume contains obituaries of prominent persons and family members. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 104
1 linear foot
U.S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor and Director of the National Bank of Arizona, in Phoenix. Includes survey works and papers of Harry E. Jones, Surveyor, including military records relating to his service in the Philippines and well as business and insurance papers of a personal nature. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 99
7 feet
Includes reports, financial records, meeting minutes, research files, correspondence, photographs and scrapbooks of the Supima Association of America and the Arizona Cotton Planting Seed Distributors.
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Call No. MS FM MSS 28
1.5 linear feet
Soldier, prospector, entrepreneur, and gentleman John William (Jack) Swilling was born in South Carolina on April 1, 1830.  After numerous other mining and farming ventures, Swilling settled in the Salt River Valley in 1867, founded the first ditch company and constructed the canals that would feed the township that was to become Phoenix.

This collection contains a variety of primary and secondary sources compiled by local historians Mark Shields and Geoffrey P. Mawn.  Items within the collection include biographical manuscripts, research notes, articles, correspondence, genealogies, and records of military service.  Of significance is a surviving journal from the Phoenix Ditch Company chronicling financial dealings between the years 1870-1883.  Finding Aid