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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



Photograph Collections

After 53 years of service, the Arizona Historical Foundation will be closing its doors on June 8, 2012. To find out where the collections are now located see the lists below.

Arizona Historical Society

The following collections have been transferred to the Library and Archives at AHS-Papago Park. Please call 480-929-0292 ext. 174 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.

Consists of orphaned or individually donated photo albums. Represent various subject matter, photographic processes, and photographers from Arizona and the greater Southwest. 1860s-1970s. 7 boxes.

AHF Postcard Collection
Collection of vintage postcards from various sources. 1900's - 1980's. 10 boxes.

Contains approximately 15,000 photographs. The collection is organized by broad subject categories: Animals, Artifacts, Biography, Buildings, Canals, Dams, and Irrigation, Cemeteries and Graveyards, Churches, Missions, and Temples, Farming and Agriculture, Geology, Housing, Indians, Law Enforcement, Landscapes, Military, Mining, Natural Disasters, Organizations, People, Places, Plants, Parades and Rodeos, Schools and Universities, Sports, Transportation, and Utilities. 1850s-1990s. 78 boxes.
Allen, Helen
Building roads, towns, houses and highways. 1920s-1930s. 3 boxes

Coolidge, Dane
Cowboys, ranchers, and wranglers. 1890s-1910s. 7 boxes.
Dedera, Don
Navajo tribe, Indian activities, various people's portraits. 1930s-1940s. 2 boxes.

DuPree, D.M.
Various Arizona towns, building exteriors, motels, livestock and parades. 1940s-1960s. 3 boxes.
Dutton, Allen A.
Allen Dutton is an ambitious and talented photographer who set out to photograph every street corner in every town in Arizona. This collection represents over fifty years of Dutton’s photographic career, including people, cities, towns, streets, and landscapes. Contains over 25,000 photographs. 1950s-2000s. 178 boxes.

 Documents the Gilliland family, their homes, farms, and daily ranch life in southern Arizona. 1906-1960s. 10 boxes.
Historic downtown Phoenix, state fair, Hancock and Latham family. 1860s-1950s. 1 box.
Krause, Warren
Indian ruins and dwellings, State parks, desert landscapes. 1920s-1960s. 4 boxes.
Lamb, Blaine
Historic street scenes of various Arizona cities. 1880s-1920s. 1 box.
LaMarr, John
Law enforcement, sheriffs, portraits. 1880s-1930s. 1 box.
McClintock, James H.
James H. McClintock was a founding member of Roosevelts Rough Riders, Newspaper reporter, Arizona Postmaster, and State Historian. Photographs of the Military, Dams, Arizona Locales, and Native Americans. 1860s-1930s. 12 boxes.
McLeRoy, Richard H
Aerial views of European cities, U.S. Air Force bases, atomic testing, his flight crews and officers. 1940s-1950s. 3boxes.
Rothrock, George H.
George Rothrock opened Phoenix’s first photography studio on the corner of First and Jefferson Streets.Stereocards of Apache Indians, various Forts, Early Phoenix, Plants and Animals. 1860s-1890s. 2 boxes.
Russo, Louis Anthony

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. 1 box.
(With unprocessed memorabilia)

Schaus, Richard
Various portraits of local and national businessmen, actors, and politicians, cattle growers and ranchers, Indians, landscapes, Greer, museum artifacts. 1930s-1950s. 7 boxes.
Northern Arizona, State parks, Indian ruins, cowboys, Native Americans, desert landscapes, Biltmore hotel, golf.. 1910-1930s. 1 box.
Williams, Edwin T.
Early family and personal portraits. 1890s-1930s. 4 boxes.
Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records

The following collections have been transferred to the History and Archives Division of ASLAPR. Please call 602-926-3720 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.

Barney, James M.
Historic territory street scenes, mule train, covered wagons. 1890s-1910s. 1 box
Brandes, Ray
Various forts, camps and Indian ruins. No Date. 2 boxes.
Judd, Winnie Ruth
Photographs from Winnie Ruth Judd's murder trial and insanity hearing. 1930s. 1 box.
Photographs of Arizona Governor Sidney P. Osborn. 1940s. 3 boxes
Photographs documenting the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1871 and 1968. 1 box
Stoddard, Isaac T.
Family album. 1870s-1900. 1 box.
Theobold, Lillian
Apache Pass, Fort Bowie. Wells Fargo. 1890s-1930s. 1 box..
Willson, Roscoe
Consists of 2000 photographs, 100 postcards, 6 album pages, and thousands of negatives, ranging from fair to good condition. Highlights of the collection include photographs of notable individuals like Teddy Roosevelt, Mark Twain, Al Sieber, and Henry Ashurst. Petroglyphs, historic markers, gravesites, miners and mines, and panoramas of forests are richly documented. 1860s-1970s. 22 boxes.
Woodruff, L.E.
Downtown Phoenix and cityscapes. 1960s. 1 box.
Arizona State University

The following collections have been transferred to the Archives and Special Collections at Arizona State University. Please call 480-965-4932 before your visit to confirm reading room hours and to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance.

Baker, Roland
Historic images of Phoenix and Roosevelt Dam. 1920s-1950s. 1 box
Photographs taken by Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, the Grand Canyon, landscapes, and Native Americans. 1938-1968. 4 boxes.
Historic photographs collected by Barry M. Goldwater. Desert flora and fauna, landscapes, military, mining, Native Americans, agriculture, buildings, street scenes, transportation, and various people and places. 1850s-1960s. 8 boxes.
Kelley, R.F.
Miami, Arizona. 1920s. 1 box
Northern Arizona University

The following collections have 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.

Barnes, Will C.
Val Verde Ranch, NM; Fort Huachuca and military personal; personal awards and accomplishments. 1910s, 1930-1950s. 1 box.
Voth, H.R.
Various Indian tribes, trading posts, ceremonies, dwellings, and Kivas. 1900s. 3 boxes.
Arizona landscapes. 1950s-1960s. 1 box.
Sharlot Hall Museum

The following collections have 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.

Arizona Photograph Company
Photographs and glass plate negatives. Includes studio portraits, landscapes, local businesses, ranches, military forts, mills and hoists, pack trains, wagons, railroads, mines and miners. 1894-1913. 17 boxes
Bate, Claude
Prescott businesses and mines. 1930s-1950s. 2 boxes
Perkins Family
Historic family portraits, Roosevelt Dam, family ranch and farm, downtown Phoenix, Gila River Relocation Center, Superior. 1890s-1930s. 1 box
Prescott and Yavapai County, Pioneer Days and rodeo, Fort Whipple, Northern Arizona Fair, Indian Dancers, Arizona Monuments, and Grand Canyon. 1880s-1940s. 20 boxes.
Stevenson, Jeff
Crown King, Arizona. 1880s, 1980s. 1 box.