July 2020

As with all collections found in archival repositories, architectural-related collections contain records that are retained and preserved because of their enduring importance and research value. Architectural-related collections often originate from a practicing architect or architectural firm and usually contain a variety of records that document the planned and built environment. Most architectural collections found in archives are a blend of personal papers and business or professional records. At the heart of most architectural collections are drawings of various types that document... read more

An image of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Ajo, Arizona (CP MCLC 10840).
The Herbert and Dorothy McLaughlin Color Photography and Other Materials collection is part of ASU Library’s Greater Arizona Collection. It features thousands of color photographs taken by the married duo of professional photographers who spent decades photographing the American Southwest for a variety of clients, such as Arizona Highways magazine.

Photographs from this collection were taken between 1940 and 1986 and were shot predominantly in Arizona... read more

My name is Matt Messbarger and I’m the Reference Coordinator for ASU Library’s Distinctive Collections. I have a Bachelors in Film Studies from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I also earned a Graduate Certificate in Special Collections. I’ve written about film archives for Archival Outlook, the magazine of the Society of American Archivists, and published book reviews for Archival Issues—the Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference—as well as the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies... read more

An architectural drawing shows plans for the entrance and forecourt of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel (CP SPC 108).
If you asked 100 randomly selected people to name an architect, the most popular response would likely be Frank Lloyd Wright. The imprint of Frank Lloyd Wright is evident in Arizona, where you can visit Taliesin West (Wright's winter headquarters and architecture school), attend a play at ASU's Gammage Auditorium (a Wright-designed building) or drive on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale to view a spire based on a... read more