A finding aid is a descriptive guide tothe 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.
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.
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.
Building roads, towns, houses and highways.
1920s-1930s. 3 boxes
Cowboys, ranchers, and wranglers. 1890s-1910s.
Navajo tribe, Indian activities, various
people's portraits. 1930s-1940s. 2 boxes.
Various Arizona towns, building exteriors,
motels, livestock and parades. 1940s-1960s. 3 boxes.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Downtown Phoenix and cityscapes. 1960s.
Arizona State University
The following collections have been transferred to the Archives and Special Collectionsat 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.
Historic images of Phoenix and Roosevelt
Dam. 1920s-1950s. 1 box
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.
Miami, Arizona. 1920s. 1 box
Northern Arizona University
The following collections have been transferred to theCline LibraryatNorthern 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.
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.
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
Prescott businesses and mines. 1930s-1950s.
Historic family portraits, Roosevelt Dam,
family ranch and farm, downtown Phoenix, Gila River Relocation
Center, Superior. 1890s-1930s. 1 box