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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




As a heritage institution and part of the collecting community in Arizona, our goal is to selectively collect, preserve and make available historically relevant material to current and future generations of researchers. What began in 1959 as an eclectic mix of material that reflected the AHF founders’ personal interests has given way to specific areas of concentration. The focus now rests on internal strengths identified through an independent audit process of the repository’s holdings. These strengths include Arizona business, law and politics.

AHF holdings include over 135 manuscript collections, 50,000 photographs and ephemera, books, artifacts, film, videos, maps, oral histories, political cartoons, microfilm and several distinctive card catalogs. See the home page for a description of AHF holdings by format.

Premiere Collections
  Allen A. Dutton Photograph Collection
  The Personal and Political Papers of Senator Barry M. Goldwater
  Senator Paul Fannin Collection
  Sacks Collection of the American West

Unprocessed Collections
As a policy, the Arizona Historical Foundation provides access to unprocessed collections. Researchers interested in viewing these materials must call before visiting as many of the collections are off-site. Please contact our office if you have any questions.