Photograph Collections

Archives' photographs focus upon the unique cultural heritage of the state and territory of Arizona, beginning in 1863. The collection includes about 180,000 images, including photographs, slides, negatives, glass plate negatives, tintypes, transparencies, postcards and others.  Researchers may find photographs in our government records, manuscript collections and our photograph collections.

About 33,000 are currently digitized and available online via the Arizona Memory Project. The majority of photographs in the collection pre-date 1940, with emphases on the following areas:  

  • Arizona state government
  • Colorado River
  • New Deal
  • C.S. Fly Collection from Tombstone in the 1880s
  • Arizona Governor George W. P. Hunt’s extensive photo collection
  • Thomas Henry Bate Collection
  • Lloyd Clark Collection
  • Calvin Osbon Collection

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records holds copyrights and applicable use rights to the images. Use of photographs from the Arizona State Archives without express written consent is prohibited. Donations of photographs which document the history of Arizona are continuously accepted.

Ordering Photographs

Full-size digital prints and digital files are only available for publication and not for personal use. To order these, complete the appropriate order form:

Forms must be mailed, with original signature, and payment (by check or money order) included.