Research at the Archives

Records at the State Archives are open for use except those specifically restricted by law; most materials must be used in person, although some collections are available online through the Arizona Memory Project. Reference assistance is available on-site, by telephone, mail or email.

What to expect when visiting at the State Archives

Archival Collections

The Archives houses permanently valuable records that begin with the creation of the Territory in 1863. Territorial and State agency records include:

Maps

The Arizona State Archives contains about 32,000 Arizona maps, dating from the 1860s to the present. The Map Collection focuses primarily on Arizona from the territorial period (1864) to the present. Some of the collection’s maps are online at the Arizona Memory Project.

Newspapers

The Archives and the State Library of Arizona have both current and historical newspapers, available in a variety of formats.

Arizona Collection (Books and Publications)

The Arizona Collection features many materials generally not available elsewhere. The book collection covers a wide range of subjects related to Arizona and the Southwest; some items are listed in the online catalog. Areas of strength include: Older Arizona history titles, Archaeology, Indians of Arizona, City & county budgets & audits, County materials, City directories, Arizona high school & college yearbooks, Bancroft’s Works (vols. 1-39), World Almanac (1894-present), Periodical collection and biographical and subject vertical files including a separate collection relating to Arizona state legislators.

Photograph Collection

The photograph collection at the Arizona State Archives consists of 180,000 images, with more than 33,000 digital images available online as a part of the Arizona State Archives Historic Photographs on the Arizona Memory Project.

Oral Histories

The Arizona State Archives holds a number of oral history collections available for use in the Archives. These collections include:

  • Equal Rights Amendment: Interviews with people who either worked for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment or against it.
  • Arizona Legislators: This collection contains interviews with Arizona legislators regarding their term(s) in office and the key issues facing their legislative sessions.
  • Sun City Oral History project.

Genealogy and Family History Resources

Research materials are located both at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Center, and at the State Library of Arizona.

Arizona State Agency Records and Publications

Publications produced by Arizona territorial and state agencies have been collected by the Library since territorial times are held at both the Arizona State Archives and the State Library of Arizona.

Request for Reproduction of Digital or Audiovisual Material (other than photographs)

Records in digital and audiovisual formats can be found throughout our collections. These records can be located on a variety of media types. Duplication of these records is highly individualized based on original media, format and condition.

To request duplication of digital or audiovisual records, please complete the applicable form.

Send completed and signed form to the Arizona State Archives or mail to Arizona State Archives, 1901 W. Madison St., Phoenix, AZ 85009. Do not send payment with request.

When request for duplication is approved, the Archives will send requester an estimated cost for the duplication. Requestor must sign and return the estimate form prior to start of work.

Fees

Photocopy Fees

The Archives charges for photocopying of records (cash or check only).  These fees apply to paper copies of non-photographic material only.

Staff makes all copies and we reserve the right to refuse to copy materials we deem too fragile.

On-site patron photocopy fees

  • 1-10 copies, $0.10 cents per copy
  • 11-50 copies, $0.25 per copy
  • 51-100 copies, $0.50 per copy
  • 101+ copies, $1.00 per copy

On-site patrons can print copies of microfilm from coin-operated readers or from the public access computer.

On-site fees for microfilm prints and public access computer

  • $0.10 cents per copy (machines ONLY take DIMES)