Contributing to a ‘greater’ understanding of the region, its people and places through a vast collection of resource materials on Arizona and the Southwest, the Greater Arizona Collection includes personal papers, photographs, organizational and business records, congressional and political papers and community-centered materials. It features a variety of primary and secondary resources documenting politics, mining, labor history, Phoenix history, water and land management, organizational history and community-based history.

Collections of note

A scene of Washington Street, downtown Phoenix, 1928. Buildings line the street with cars parked along the length of the road.

Herbert and Dorothy McLaughlin Black and White Photography, 1850s–1977

Over 100,000 photographs documenting agriculture, mining, recreation, transportation, city and aerial views, schools and churches.

Portrait of Senator Carl. T. Hayden, seated at a desk with pen in hand. Ca. 1935.

U.S. Congressional Research Collection

The papers of a number of Arizona senators and congressmen, including Carl T. Hayden, Barry M. Goldwater and John J. Rhodes.

View of the Gila River “Relocation” Center as seen in the distance from a hilltop, undated.

Gila River "Relocation" Center Photographs

Photographic prints of the Gila River Relocation Center, 1942-1945, available online in the ASU Digital Repository. 


Renee James

Renee James

Phone: 480-965-9279

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To view materials in this collection, please make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932.

Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, on a first come, first served basis, on the ASU Tempe or West campuses.