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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 - T-V

TANG, ESTHER DON 1908-2004
Call No. MS FM MSS 94
7.5 linear feet
Community leader and activist in Tucson, Arizona. Contains personal papers and documents relating to Ms. Tang's involvement in various organizations. Includes agendas, minutes from board and committee meetings, speeches, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia from political campaigns, certificates and awards.
Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 45
1 cubic foot
Prominent construction firm founded in 1929. Consists of primary research material compiled by J. Morris Richards. Includes research notes, typed manuscripts, advertising materials, meeting minutes, newsclippings and company portfolios. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 60
.5 linear foot
Evangeline Kroh TerHeun (1898-1966) was an influential Republican Party activist in Scottsdale, Arizona. She organized the Maricopa County Women’s Republican Club in 1952 and was Nationalities Chairman of the Scottsdale Federation of Republican Women in 1964. This collection consists of TerHeun’s incoming and outgoing political correspondence. It reflects both local and national issues of the time, including Senator John Bricker’s proposed constitutional amendment concerning United States treaties, the perceived communist threat in the United States, and Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 52
1 linear foot

Charles C. Tillotson (1880-1957) was a prominent inventor, engineer, and architect born in Olathe, KS.  He relocated to Arizona where he became an engineer for the City of Phoenix and was also involved in the planning and construction of the Marble Canyon & Boulder Dams.  Tillotson was a tireless advocate for Arizona’s equal rights to its fair share of Colorado River water and became president of the Colorado Verde Association upon his retirement as an engineer.  In this position he fought for completion of the Colorado Verde Project, the aim of which was to use Colorado River water for power generation and making arable 4 million acres of land in southwest Arizona. 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.
Collection created as the bicentennial project of the Punkin Center Homemakers. The resulting manuscript, The History of Tonto, was edited by Al LeCount. Consists of the manuscript, The History of Tonto, and related research material on such topics as: pioneer families, education, forestry, mining and ranching, and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 112
2.75 linear feet
This collection deals primarily with U.S. House and Senate documents relating to Arizona and the Southwest. However, topics cover slavery, prohibition, Indian relations, and water rights in states other than Arizona.
Folders are arranged in chronological order with House documents coming first followed by Senate documents. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 149
14 linear feet

In 1929 the manager of new Westward Ho Hotel in Phoenix made arrangements with Captain H. A. Mosse's riding academy and stable in Phoenix for hotel guests to ride at the stable.  This interest in riding and polo by local Phoenicians and visitors led to the creation of the Westward Ho Riding Club. The name of the club was changed on December 27, 1932 to the Valley Field Riding and Polo Club, and it became a non profit corporation with no dividends.  In 2010 the Club remains active and continues its annual schedule of parties at the clubhouse in Scottsdale.  The collection consists of an amalgamation of files gathered and assembled at different times from various Club officers and members. 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.

Retail lumber company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Consists of correspondence and financial records documenting the management of a retail lumber business in Phoenix, Arizona, from 1893-1930. The collection includes records related to predecessor lumber concerns Holmes, Gregory and Lindsley and the Phoenix Lumber Company as well as information on the personal business affairs of Valley Lumber Company manager Peter Corpstein. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 25

5.5 cubic feet
Includes miscellaneous printed materials and reports compiled by governmental agencies, private companies, and contractors with regard to business, industry and commerce in Arizona. Included are county files which contain historical sketches and other items reflecting business and development within the respective counties. Contains topical files that address statewide activity regarding mining, manufacturing, housing, transportation, etc. Materials within this collection this collection were frequently used in compiling the bank's annual publication, Arizona statistical review. Finding Aid


Call No. MS FM MSS 138
1 linear foot
In 1925, the Board of Directors of the Welfare League signed a contract with the Community Chest which formed the organization called Community Welfare Council and Community Chest, a forerunner to the Valley of the Sun United Way. This collection contains records on the background and beginnings of the Valley of the Sun United Way including meeting minutes from the Welfare League in 1920 as well as 1938-1940 by-laws from the Phoenix Community Chest. Finding Aid

Call No. MS FM MSS 19

.5 cubic feet
Includes bank vouchers, payrolls, payroll receipts, cancelled checks and correspondence from Robert B. Todd who was legal agent for the Central Arizona Mining Company. Finding Aid