Arizona Collection

The Arizona Collection is a continuation of the 1864 Territorial Library. As such, it contains many items not found in other libraries. The collection is located in the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, 1901 West Madison, Phoenix, AZ 85009-5229.

Book Collection

The Book Collection covers a wide range of subjects related to Arizona and the Southwest; some items are listed in the online catalog. Click on the headings below to browse titles related to that topic. 

Arizona History



You can also search the biographies in the biographical database.

Local Histories

Indians of Arizona

City & County Budgets & Audits

County Materials

City & Business Directories

Arizona High School & College Yearbooks


Microfilm Collection

The collection contains many historical items on microfilm. For example: Papers and Correspondence, Arizona Missions, 1873-1920; Returns from U.S. Military Posts, 1800-1916; and, Papers of Carlos Montezuma--Correspondence starting in 1887.

Periodical Collection

The Periodical Collection includes many older editions from Arizona Historical Review to Wrangler, e.g. Arizona Mining Journal, Arizona Medicine, Arizona Stockman, Hispanic American Historical Review, Outwest, Overland Monthly, Progressive Arizona, Review of Politics, Sage, Southwestern Historical Quarterly and Westways. Please see our list of our periodical holdings.

Vertical Files

These files include both biographies and subjects. Biographies include the famous, the infamous and the ordinary. They include more than clippings. There are copies of letters, brochures, programs, etc. Biographical files have a separate collection of Arizona State Legislators.

Newspaper Index

This one-of-a-kind card index to Arizona newspaper articles covers selected Subjects arranged chronologically from 1865-1986. Pioneers are arranged by occupation. There is also a section for State legislators listing all sessions in which they served.