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Finding Aids
A finding aid is a descriptive guide to the content of a collection. The guide describes the origin, background, contents, and arrangement of a collection. It also includes a folder listing of the contents.

Processed Collections
The alphbetical links below lead to an annotated list of all processed collections with links to the finding aids.

Finding Aids by Collection Type

  Manuscript Collections
  Photograph Collections
  Small Manuscript Collections
  Biography Files
  Oral History Collection
  Microfilm Collection




To all our patrons, past, present and future...

After 53 years of service, the Arizona Historical Foundation will be closing its doors on June 8, 2012 in anticipation of transferring approximately 100 collections to the Library and Archives at Arizona Historical Society-Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave. Tempe AZ, 85281 480-929-0202 ext. 174. Along with the collections, the AHF Centennial Legacy Projects and the AHF staff will move to the Arizona Historical Society.

The Personal and Political Papers of Senator Barry Goldwater, The Senator Paul Fannin Collection, The Stephen Shadegg Collection, and many other political, polling and related collections have been officially transferred to Arizona State University  and will administered by the Archives and Special Collections Department, 480-965-4932.

The remaining collections have been transferred to geographically appropriate repositories including Northern Arizona University, Sharlot Hall Museum, University of Arizona, and the Arizona State Archvies.

To find out where the collections are now located see the lists on the Manuscript Collections, Photograph Collections pages.

Reference assistance will continue to be provided during this transition period. However, appointments are strongly encouraged.

It has been a privilege to serve as the stewards of the more than 300 collections at the Arizona Historical Foundation. On behalf of the AHF Board and Staff, we wish to acknowledge the thousands of researchers in the past fifty-two years who used these unique resources to further our understanding of Arizona’s contributions to U.S. and World History.


Last update June 11, 2012