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Library & Archives-Getting Started

The Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives are open to the public. We encourage you to visit and explore hands-on the rich history of Arizona.

Where are the Library & Archives located?
The Library & Archive collections are dispersed among four locations.  See the following pages for collections, hours, staff and contact information at the
Flagstaff, Tempe, Tucson, and Yuma locations.

Do I need to make an appointment?
Appointments are not required. However, by making an appointment we can have the material waiting for you when you arrive, allowing you to make the most of your time.

How do I find material related to my research?
Books, maps, and a significant portion of the ephemera, photograph and manuscript collections are searchable through our online catalog.  Some collections are accessible through finding aids, indexes and card catalogs. See the location pages (listed above) for site specific information.

Can I view photographs on the Internet?
A small portion of our photographs has been digitized and made available on the Arizona Memory Project (AMP). See our Digital Collections page for a list of our AMP projects.

Can I get photocopies or digital scans of library and archives materials?
Library & Archives staff can provide photocopies or digital scans of most materials. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition. Please see Fees & Permissions for conditions of use, order form, and fees. 

Can I get photocopies or digital scans of material without visiting in-person?
Yes. Requests for copies may be made via mail or email. See the Flagstaff, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma pages for contact information. Please see Fees & Permissions for conditions of use, order form, and fees. 

Can I photograph or scan materials myself?
You may take photographs of material for personal reference, using your personal camera or phone, without flash.  A completed Camera Use form is required. Scanning is not permitted.

May I use an image for commercial use?
Researchers wishing to publish, broadcast, perform, or exhibit materials (including use on websites) must complete the Permission to Publish Form and submit it with any required fees. See Fees & Permissions for forms and fee schedule. 

Can you do the research for me?
Staff members cannot undertake extensive research but will, within reasonable limits, provide information from or about the library and archives holdings. Requests may be submitted by mail, email, telephone or in-person. Please be as specific as possible about what you want to find. 

How do I access articles published in the Journal of Arizona History?
An index to the Journal of Arizona History is available to view online. Full-text articles from past issues are available through the subscription service jstor.org. Check your local public, college or university library for access. You may also contact us at ahsreference@azhs.gov and we can provide a photocopy or PDF of the article. Please see Fees & Permissions for order form and fees.