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Distinctive Collections and Archives


ASU Library's collections of rare and unique materials are held by Distinctive Collections and Archives and the Labriola National American Indian Data Center. We also partner with the Map and Geospatial Hub and Music library. 

The collections include rare books, manuscripts, photographs, prints, historical newspapers, realia, architectural drawings, materials related to ASU’s history, and much more. Our major collections document the peoples and places of the Southwest Region. We also have collections that provide a window into the history and cultures of North America, Western Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.

Interested in a collection?

Get in touch with an archivist or curator to learn more!

ASU Library's specialized materials staff is committed to providing access to everyone who is interested in learning about our collections. We also value our partnerships with faculty, students, researchers, university offices, non-profit organizations, museums, research centers, and private donors who play a valuable role in building our collections and defining our services.

Our team

The Distinctive Collections and Archives team consists of librarians and archivists who have extensive disciplinary knowledge to help students, researchers, and members of the community interested in our collections. Our team also has specialized training in the selection, description, and specialized care of rare and unique historical materials.

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