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Arizona State Agency Publications and Records
Publications produced by Arizona territorial and state agencies have been collected
by the Library since territorial times. The annual reports
of Arizona state agencies make up a large part of the collection and are
a unique source of Arizona history. Publications in the collection
cover a wide variety of subjects including agriculture, mining, transportation,
economics, education and government. This collection is in
closed stacks and to request the retrieval of specific items, you will
need to contact a reference librarian at the Research
Reference Desk on the third floor
in Suite 300. Also, Arizona territorial and state agencies
have been compiling records throughout the years and some records of historical
interest have been published in the form of directories or have been turned
over to the History
and Archives for preservation. Some agencies
have made more recent records available in a searchable database format.
For more information, select:
Finding Arizona State Agency Publications
Arizona State Agency Publications are arranged according to the Arizona
Documents (AZDocs) Classification System which organizes materials
by issuing agency. For example:
||Arizona State Agency
||Arizona Department of Agriculture
||Department of Commerce
||State Department of Corrections
||Department of Education
||Game and Fish Department
||Office of the Governor
||Department of Health Services
||Department of Revenue
As the government is periodically reorganized, agency names change and responsibilities
are transferred to new agencies. As a result, it is possible for reports to change,
be discontinued or receive a different classification over time.
The Library and Archives'
online catalog may be searched for specific publications, or, to browse a class of records, select "Advanced Catalog Search" then "Call Number Browse" from "Library Catalog Searches." Once the screen comes up, enter and AZDocs Class in the "Call Number" box, select "AZDOCS" from the "Shelving Scheme" options and select "Research Library" from the "
Library" options. It is possible to see state ageny publications that have been recently cataloged by selecting "Advanced Catalog Search" and then, when the new screen comes up, selecting "New State Documents" from the "New in the Last 90 Days" box.
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Genealogy in Arizona State Agency Publications
Arizona State Agency Publications might be of interest to those with Arizona
ancestors since the names of those licensed to practice medicine or sell
real estate can be found in the collection. Brand owners and
brands can be found in the brand books. The names, addresses
and salaries of early teachers can be found in the early education directories. The
names of miners killed or injured in mining accidents during early statehood
can be found in the annual reports of the State Mine Inspector. SOME of these resources have been indexed in the Arizona History and Archives' Biographical Index. And a FEW of the resources are available online through the Arizona Memory Project.
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Databases - Selected Arizona State Agency:
- Arizona Biographical Index
This database is a work in progress and contains over 100,000 entries
for people mentioned in the collection of books, newspaper articles,
periodicals, obituaries and vertical files in the History and Archives
(State Archives) of Arizona State Library, Archives and Public
- Arizona Memory Project
Cultural institutions from around Arizona are joining in this effort
to provide online access to government documents, photographs, maps,
and objects that chronicle Arizona's past and present.
Charitable Organizations doing business in Arizona are required to file
with the Arizona Secretary of State. This database may be
used to search for a charity by name. Please note:
the Secretary of State does not determine whether any charity is "legitimate"
or not but is only attempting to provide public access to public records.
- License Check
The Arizona Registrar of Contractors regulates building contractors.
This database can be used to check the status of a license of a contractor
or company doing business in Arizona.
The Arizona Corporation Commission's State of Arizona Public Access
System has information about corporations and limited liability companies
with a business presence in Arizona, and their statutory agents, officers,
- Doctor Search - Arizona (select the link from the navigation bar at the left)
The Arizona Medical Board provides a database of licensed Physicians
and Physician Assistants which can be searched by name or specialty.
Search - Arizona
The Arizona Dept. of Corrections' inmate database includes information
on over 112,000 inmates who were in the custody of the Department in
1985 and inmates who arrived since then. See also: Historical
Prison Register, a listing of inmates received during the 100 years
prior to 1972
- Lobbyist Search
Designated lobbyists file reports with the Arizona Secretary of State
and this database may be used to search for the names and expenditures
of lobbyists as well as the principals and public bodies employing the
- Real Estate Licensees
The Arizona Dept. of Real Estate regulates 4,600 real estate firms and
has information about more than 41,000 individual licensees which can
be accessed through this database.
- School Report
The Arizona Dept. of Education has compiled information about public
and charter schools in Arizona which can be searched by school name,
school district or by ZIP Code.
- Technical Professions
- License Check
The Board of Technical Registration regulates architects, assayers,
engineers, geologists, home inspectors, landscape architects, surveyors
and remediation specialists. This database can be used to
check the status of a license of one of these professionals doing business
Names/Service Marks - Arizona
The Name index contains all partnerships, trade names and trademarks
on file with the Arizona Secretary of State, as well as corporations
and limited liability companies on file with the Corporations Division
of the Corporation Commission.
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Arizona State Agency Publications are available during the Library's business hours and are located in closed stacks in the
1938 Addition to Arizona's Capitol.
To request the retrieval of specific items, you will need to contact a
reference librarian at the Research Reference Desk on the third
floor in Suite 300. The mailing address is:
Arizona State Agency Publications
State Library of Arizona
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
1700 W. Washington Street, Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2812
Phone: (602) 926-3870 or (800) 228-4710 (Arizona only)
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