Celebrating the State Library of Arizona

Did you know the Arizona State Library is over 100 years old? Established on March 24, 1915, the State Library’s original purpose was to help Arizona legislators.

Under the direction of Con Cronin, the state’s Law and Legislative Reference Librarian, the State Library also helped shape early laws and influence legislation. In 1938, State Librarian Mulford Winsor oversaw the expansion of the State Library in the new addition to the State Capitol. In 1978, the original 1901 section of the State Capitol became the Arizona Capitol Museum.

The State Library continued to grow over the years, adding the Records Management Center, the Arizona Talking Book Library, and the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. Join us in celebrating the Arizona State Library with the resources found at DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library Collection.

Building frame of the Arizona Capitol Museum

“Frame of the 1938 Arizona Capitol Addition,” 1938, Arizona Archives Historic Photographs, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records, History and Archives Division.


Arizona Digital Newspaper Project

“Bill Would Establish Law Reference Bureau,” The Arizona Republican, February 11, 1919, p. 10, column 4. 

“State Library is Urged in Report to Governor Campbell,” The Arizona Republican, December 7, 1920, p. 3, column 3.


Arizona Memory Project

“100 years of public service, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records,” 2015, Arizona State Government Publications, Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records – Law and Research Library.


Reading Arizona

Michael D. Carman, Under the Copper Dome, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, 2001, pp. 32 – 33.