1. Who are we?
The Arizona Historical Foundation is a 501(c) 3
organization founded in 1959 by Senator Barry M. Goldwater. We are
an academic repository of historical documents and primary source
materials that focus on the economics and politics of the New West.
We are the only private, non-profit repository in Arizona offering
reference services 47 hours a week.
We are often confused with the Arizona Historical
Society and the Goldwater Institute. While AHF and the Arizona Historical
Society are part of the larger collecting community in Arizona,
we are separate organizations with different missions and services.
The Goldwater Institute is not an archival repository. It is an
independent research and educational organization that studies public
2. Where is AHF located and
what are its hours?
We are located on the 4th floor of the Charles T. Hayden Library
at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. Map
and parking information is available. AHF hours are 8:00am –
5:00pm Monday through Friday.
3. Who is eligible to research at AHF?
AHF is open to the public. No appointment is necessary to use the
collections. Researchers who require large amounts of material or
in-depth reference are encouraged to contact AHF in advance. Some
collections are stored off-site and require advance notice before
they can be transferred to the reading room.
4. What are the AHF reading room rules?
The reading room rules are contained in the AHF “Conditions
of Use” form. Each researcher is required to indicate
an understanding of the conditions by signing the form for each
visit or online request. The policies are designed to protect our
collections while providing the best possible access to researchers.
5. How do I find out what materials AHF has in its collections?
Please see the Home
page for information on topics, formats, finding aids, and search
6. Does AHF provide access
to unprocessed collections?
Yes. Please see the list of Unprocessed
Collections for titles and topics.
7. What are primary sources?
A primary source is material that contains firsthand accounts of
events which was created at the time of the event or later recalled
by an eyewitness. Examples include letters, diaries, government,
church and business records, oral histories, drawings, photographs,
videos, maps, land records, newspaper articles, and certain electronic
records such as email..
8. What other sources should I check before visiting AHF?
Check secondary sources on your topic before visiting. A secondary
source is a work not based on direct observation or evidence. Examples
include books, websites, online databases, and magazines or journals.
It is best to have background information and basic facts before
you begin researching primary sources. Know the date ranges, geographical
locations, key individuals or organizations related to your topic
because primary sources may be filed under any or all of these headings.
This will save you time and money.
9. May I use a laptop computer in the reading room?
Laptops may be used in the reading room. Hayden Library provides
wireless access to the Internet for students, faculty, staff and
guests. Users must register with ASU Libraries, not AHF, to gain
access to the wireless network.
10. May I bring my scanner or camera to make copies of a document
No. In order to maintain control on the proliferation and the quality
of images housed here, we do not allow patrons to bring their own
photographic equipment or scanners into the reading room. We can
provide photocopies of documents and scans of the images for you.
11. May I ask reference questions by telephone and email?
We welcome inquiries by mail, email and telephone as noted in Contact
Information. In fact, it can save you time in the reading room.
12. Will AHF staff do research for me?
We can help you but we can’t do it for you. Staff searches
are limited to 30 minutes per request. Requests that require more
time may require a personal visit to the reading room or hiring
a research assistant. We can provide a list of professional researchers
in the Phoenix area who work for an hourly fee.
13. May I browse the shelves of books and collections?
No. AHF stacks are not open to the public. No materials may be checked
or loaned out. Researchers must request all materials at the reference
desk for viewing in the reading room.
14. What is AHF’s reproduction policy?
We provide a range of reproduction options from photocopies to digital
images. Reproductions may also be made for researchers wishing to
publish, broadcast, perform, or exhibit the materials if those researchers
have received prior permission to publish from AHF. Please see the
to Publish form for scope and conditions of publication. Purchase
of a reproduction does not in itself carry the right to publish
or quote from that work. Researchers must complete the
Permission to Publish form. Please consult the schedule of Use
Fees or contact AHF with any questions about the permissions
15. May I use an image for my school project, classroom, or personal
Yes. You are welcome to use images for educational and personal
16. May I use an image for a commercial use?
Researchers wishing to publish, quote, broadcast, perform or exhibit
materials (including use on websites) must receive permission from
the copyright holder (if any) and AHF. Please note that we do not
hold copyright for all of the materials in our collections. We simply
grant the researcher permission to use materials in our collections.
In some cases, we may require written proof of the copyright holder’s
permission before granting permission.
17. Am I required to cite AHF materials?
You should note the materials you use and where they came from,
especially if you want copies or need to locate the materials later.
While citation criteria may vary for academic papers and publication,
we suggest the following when using our collections:
Arizona Historical Foundation, name of the collection, box and folder
number or other unique identifier, e.g., Arizona Historical Foundation,
Ruth Reinhold Collection, Box 28, Folder 1.
For website use, the statement should read “From
the Collections of the Arizona Historical Foundation, Copy and Reuse
Restrictions Apply” and be placed near the image.
18. Does AHF loan materials?
No. We do not loan material to individuals, businesses or other
19. What if I want to donate
materials to AHF?
We welcome inquiries from individuals, families, organizations,
and businesses that may have documents relating to the economics
and politics of the New West. Please contact our Chief Archivist,
Linda Whitaker for
more information. If the material doesn’t fit our collecting
focus, we will refer the donor to a more appropriate repository.
20. How does AHF decide what material to accept?
Storage space, budget, and staffing are often determining factors
and so we ask ourselves: Does the material fall within the collecting
focus of AHF? Will it meet researcher expectations? Does it fill
in gaps in the historical record? Is the information largely unique
or does it duplicate materials held elsewhere? Is the collection
coherent and mostly complete or merely fragments of the original?
Does it require extensive preservation beyond our budget? Can we
meet donor expectations?
21. How do I determine the value of my collection or books?
IRS regulations prohibit library and archive staff from appraising
the value of materials donated. Qualified appraisers can be located
by checking the yellow pages under “appraisers” and
“book dealers-used and rare.” The Appraisers Association
of America, at www.appraisers.org, has an online appraiser locater
service. We also have a list of local appraisers.