Arizona Archives and Libraries

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These repositories preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Arizona.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Arizona

National Archives at Riverside · State Archives · State Library · Arizona Historical Society · Arizona State University Library · Mesa FamilySearch Library · Northern Arizona University Library · Phoenix Public Library · Pima County Public Library · University of Arizona Special Collections · West Valley Genealogical Society · Bancroft Library · Family History Library · Southwest Museum Braun Research Library

Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

  • Mountain West Digital Library from more than 50 universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, state agencies, and historical societies in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii.
    National Archives at Riverside (Perris, Calif.)

National Repositories

National Archives at Riverside

23123 Cojaico Road
Perris, California 92570
Telephone: 951-956-2000
Fax: 951-956-2029
E-mail: riverside.archives@nara.gov
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/pacific/riverside/

Has records of southern California, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. California Indian enrollments, Asian immigrants, naturalizations, land records, Arizona taxes, sailors, all U.S. censuses, military post returns, Five Civilized Tribes, Revolutionary War, Civil War records, passenger arrival lists, Mexican and Canadian border crossings, passport applications.[1] [2]

Statewide Repositories

Arizona State Archives

1901 W Madison St
Phoenix, AZ 85009
Telephone: 602-926-3720
Fax: 602-256-7982
E-mail:[3]  Arizona State Archives Reference Question
Internet: Research at the Archives archival collections, maps, newspapers, Arizona collection, photographs, oral histories, genealogy, Arizona agencies, reproductions, and fees.

Tax rolls, brands, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, court marriage licenses, wills, probate cases, civil and criminal cases, Arizona agency records, 32,000 Arizona maps, and 180,000 photographs. The Arizona Collection is a continuation of the territorial library. It now includes Arizona history, archeology, biographies, local histories, American Indians, city and county budgets, Arizona high school and college yearbooks, newspaper index, microfilms of missions and military outpost papers, Arizona periodicals, and biographical vertical files.[4]

Arizona State Library

Arizona State Capitol and Library in Phoenix
1700 West Washington Street
Suite 300
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Telephone: 602-926-3870, or Toll Free: 1-800-228-4710 (Arizona only)
Fax: 602-256-7984
E-mail: E-mail form
Internet: State Library of Arizona events, government info, legal resources, genealogy and family history, digital AZ library, visit the capitol, research centers, contact us.
This is the  starting place for Arizona research.[5] This is primarily a book library—the largest one in Arizona. They also have census microfilms. Collection includes immigration and naturalization books and indexes, published material from all states for vital records, courts, wills, and county histories, published material for some international nations, major genealogical periodicals for several states, and Internet sites such as Ancestry, and Heritage Quest Online.[6]

Regional Repositories

Arizona Historical Society

949 E. 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
Telephones:

  • Central and Northern AZ Library Reference Desk 480-929-0292 ext.174
  • Southern AZ and Rio Colorado Region Library Reference Desk 520-617-1157
  • Historic Photographs 480-929-0292 ext. 131

E-mail: AHSTucson@azhs.gov
Internet: Arizona Historical Society visit AHS museums, education and programs, research collections, membership, publications, about, and events.

Tucson Library and Archives, has a Mexican and an early Arizona collection, Colorado River topics, manuscripts 1860-present, oral histories, maps, and photos. Their excellent genealogical collection is run by one of America's most active historical societies.[5]
ASU Hayden Library in Tempe

Arizona State University Library

Luhrs Reading Room, Level 4
ASU Charles Hayden Library
300 E Orange Mall
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85281
Telephone: Luhrs Reading Room 480-965-4932
E-mail: E-mail a librarian
Internet: Hayden Library Info building info, collections, computer access, contact us, FAQ, services, study rooms, hours, subject guides, news and events.

The Carl Hayden Archives and the Hayden Arizona Pioneer Biographical Index is a good place to look for early Arizona families.[5] The Luhrs Reading Room has indexes, guides, databases, and personal reference assistance for researchers.[7] The Arizona Collection includes 8,000 feet of manuscripts; oral histories; 30,000 books; and 500,000 photos.[8] Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, and special interest collections such as the Laos Research Collection.[9]

Mesa FamilySearch Library

Mesa Family History Building
41 South Hobson
Mesa, Arizona 85204
Telephone: 480-964-1200
E-mail: admin@mesafsl.org
Internet: Mesa FamilySearch Library
One of the largest Family History Centers in the world. The public is welcome. They have a good collection of 40,000 United States genealogy books, and an outstanding collection of U.S. federal censuses as part of their 81,000 microfilms.[5] They also have 129 free guest computers with access to FamilySearch, Ancestry.com, Fold3, American Ancestors, World Vital Records, and other popular family history websites. They offer over 90 classes and workshops per month.

Northern AZ Univ Cline Library

Northern Arizona University Cline Library
PO Box 6022
Bldg. 28 Knoles Drive
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-6022
Telephone: 928-523-2173, or 800-247-3380
E-mail: E-mail a librarian form, or Research Help Services.
Internet: Cline Library research help, services, general information, Special Collections, catalog searches, articles and databases, quick search, newspapers, citation linker, and news.

Includes Arizona history, Arizona photographs, archives, and oral histories.[5]

Phoenix Pub Libr, Burton Barr Cntr Libr

Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library
Phoenix Pulbic Library, B Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85004
Telephone: 602-262-4636
E-mail: Ask Us Via Email
Internet: Burton Barr Central Library directions, events, hours, study rooms/rentals, and ask us.

Their Arizona history collection is a good place for genealogy research.[5]

Pima Co Pub Libr, Valdez Main Libr

Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library201 N. Stone Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
Telephone: 520-594-5500
E-mail: Question for Ask a Librarian
Internet: Joel Valdez Main Library hours, location, news, blog, events, facilities, new titles, news, upcoming closures and events, and services.

The Arizona collection, and the Southern Arizona Genealogical Society collection are housed here.[5]
U of AZ Libraries Special Collections in Tucson

Univ of Arizona Special Collections

University of Arizona Special Collections
1510 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Telephone: 520-621-6423
E-mail: Ask a research question.
Internet: University of Arizona Library, Special Collections collections, services, exhibits, news and events, about, location and hours.

Materials on Arizona, Southwest American history, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, including rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.[5]

West Valley Genealogical Society

12222 N. 111th Ave
Youngstown, AZ 8536
Telephone: 623-933-4945
info@azwvgs.org.
Internet: West Valley Genealogical Society calendar, events, membership, resources, store, about us, hours, subscriber databases, how-to classes, special interest groups, and research nights.

An active society with a good little library. Probably represents outside Arizona better because of retirees who contribute genealogies from all around the U.S.[5]
Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley in California

Outside of Arizona Repositories

Bancroft Library UC Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Telephone: 510-642-6481 Reference desk
Fax: 510-642-7589
Internet: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/info/

Premier Western Americana, and Latin Americana collections, including Native Americans, Spanish encounter and colonial settlement, exploration of western America, maps and atlases, the Mexican War, westward migration, the Gold Rush, mining, land surveys, religious and Utopian communities, and ethnic communities. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.[5] [10] [11]
The nearby Doe Library has a large collection of newspapers on microfilm.
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Family History Library

Family History Library
35 N. West Temple St.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Telephone: 801-240-6996 or 1-866-406-1830
E-mail: Ask help (Send a message)
Internet: FamilySearch Family Tree pedigrees, Memories photos, Search historical records, Genealogies, FamilySearch Catalog, and FamilySearch Wiki

450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and Mormon records. Many Arizona microfilms are also at branch FamilySearch Centers in local LDS churches, and described in their online FamilySearch Catalog.[12]

Southwest Museum Braun Resrch Libr

Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, California
Southwest Museum Braun Research Library
PO Box 41558
234 Museum Dr
Highland Park, California 90065-5030
Telephone: 323-221-2164 ext. 256
E-mail: rroom@theautry.org
Internet: http://theautry.org/plan-your-visit/hours-and-admission
Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians. This includes books and serials on tribal histories, government, and social life and customs of native peoples.[5]

References

  1. Welcome to the National Archives at Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  2. Genealogy Research in Riverside in National Archives (accessed 30 October 2013).
  3. Arizona State Archives Reference Question in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 14 January 2015).
  4. Arizona Collection in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 14 January 2015).
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  6. Genealogy and Family History in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 10 February 2015).
  7. Archives and Special Collections Reference Services in ASU Libraries (accessed 12 February 2015).
  8. Arizona Collection in ASU Libraries (accessed 15 February 2015).
  9. Special Collections in ASU Libraries (accessed 15 February 2015).
  10. Collections in The Bancroft Library Internet site (accessed 26 October 2013).
  11. Dollarhide and Bremer, 19 and 21.
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 1.
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