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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




"The Arizona Summit: Tough Times in a Tough Land"
by Linda A. Whitaker and Melanie I. Sturgeon

A new article in the Journal of Western Archives. The authors report on the Arizona Archives Summit, a three-year project to develop a statewide collaborative model of collection management practices.

Arizona 2012 Centennial
Legacy Projects
The Arizona Historical Foundation has two Arizona Centennial Legacy Projects underway. The AHF Glass Plate Negatives project and the Sacks Collection of the American West project will be completed by 2012.
Projects made possible by grants from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, the H.W. Wilson Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Glass Plate Negative Project
This project involves three photographic collections. Each glass plate will be cleaned, re-housed, and digitized. The digitial images will be added to the Arizona Memory Project by 2012. Stay tuned for updates on progress.
The Arizona Photographic Company Collections
  The Arizona Photographic Company was formed by a group of photographers based in Prescott and Yavapai County. They captured boom mining towns, landscapes, military camps, local businesses, formal portraits and people of the West from about 1900 to 1910. All images were taken on 8x10 gelatin silver glass plates.
Dane Coolidge Glass Plate Negative Collection

  Dane Coolidge was a writer, naturalist, and photographer who followed the cattle drives west. His books were illustrated with his photographs of men, women, cattle drives, Indians, miners, prospectors, outlaws and lawmen. Coolidge's photographs were all captured on 5x7 gelatin silver glass plates between 1898 - 1917.
J.W. Hoover Lantern Slide Collection


Jonas Wenger Hoover was a professor of geology and geography at Arizona State University from 1924-1943. Used in his research and to illustrate his class lectures, these lantern slides cover such topics as various Indian tribes and reservations, the Salt River Valley, mining towns, the Grand Canyon, pertroglyphs, and desert plants and cacti. 


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The Hoover Lantern Slide Collection is being digitized thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
Sacks Collection of the American West Project


The Sacks Collection of the American West is a bibliography of primary and secondary sources on the 19th century American West. The bibliography covers people, places and events in Arizona, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Oregon and Mexico. Created by Dr. Benjamin Sacks the bibliography includes over 100,000 hand-written index cards, and over 15,,000 supporting documents. The bibliography entries are cross-referenced and many are annotated.

In an effort to enhance access, an online version of the collection is being created. When completed, this site will contain information from over 100,000 index cards, and scanned copies of over 15,000 supporting documents. Coming Soon: a blog on the collection and project.

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AHF has mounted over 500 photographs to the Arizona Memory Project This online digital repository was established by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. It includes collections from archival and cultural institutions from across the state. The Arizona Historical Foundation has contributed five exhibits:
  A Celebration of the Human Spirit: Japanese-American Relocation Camps in Arizona
  Arizona Aviation History: The Ruth Reinhold Collection
  Arizona's Saints and Shady Ladies
  Murder & Mayhem: The Strange Saga of Winnie Ruth Judd
  Senator Barry M. Goldwater: An Arizona Legend.

Goldwater Lecture Series

2008:"The Press and Politics in the 2008 Campaign"
2007:"Arizona's Political History and Culture"
2006: "Legal & Judicial History of Arizona"
2005: "Perspectives on Growth & Development in Arizona"


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