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Natural History Collection

Natural History Collection


The AZ Heritage Center is proud to feature a unique collection of minerals, gems and precious stones in our Natural History Gallery. Here you will find beautiful and interesting specimens from Arizona, and around the world. In addition, the Gallery features meteors, a moon rock, fossils and petrified wood.

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Are there any Mining related archival collections at the Arizona Historical Society?
Yes! The AHS Library and Archives Division is home to manuscript collections, photographic collections, oral history collections, and ephemera collections. These collections are supplemented by over 30,000 books, 20,000 architectural drawings, 4,000 maps, 1,000 reels of microfilm, in addition to thousands of items or radio, television and film media.

Notable AHS Mining Archival Collections

H. Mason Coggin Mining Collection (1880s – 1999)
FM MSS #126
This collection highlights the career and research of H. Mason Coggin, a professional engineer and land surveyor and expert in gold placer mining. This collection may be the most comprehensive contemporary mining collection available.

Orrell Mining Collection (1880 – 1999)
FM MSS #133
This collection contains records on various mining projects and research done by F. Lewis Orrell. The collection focuses on primarily tungsten, copper and calcite mining. Orrell traces the history of mining companies such as the Arizona & Michigan Mining Company and the Superior & Boston Copper Company.

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