We are looking for community partners to co-host events with us across the state! We provide all workshop supplies and services for free! If you’re interested or have more questions, please contact us. The Latinx, Black, Asian & Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ community share a collective memory in Arizona, a legacy of accomplishments, and social justice history that needs to be preserved collectively.

Latinxs, Blacks, Asian & Pacific Islanders, and LGBTQ community make up over 42% of Arizona's population but are only represented in 0-2% of known archival collections.

Arizona Archives Matrix Project


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Community Archivist

Community History and Archives Workshops

Individuals learn how to be Community Archivists, agents of change for Arizona archives. With hands-on activities, they learn how to appraise their material for historical value, how to arrange and organize it by subject, date, or size, how to create a finding aid using Microsoft word or excel, and how to analyze a photograph by identifying people, places, and dates. In addition, they receive an Archive Starter Kit that contains a bilingual preservation brochure (Spanish and English), and archival supplies including an acid-free box, folders, mylar, and gloves to help them in the preservation process.

Community Archivist

Scanning and Oral History Days

Community members learn how to scan archival material, like letters and photographs, and how to conduct an oral history interview. The Community-Driven Archives team offers free scanning consultation and scans material for people as time permits.



Collage of archival photos: Female Carver High School student, Phoenix, Arizona, 1940; Wedding at Gila River Relocation Camp, 1942; Fidencio Hinojosa, Phoenix, Arizona, Circa 1950s; Little girl holding "GAY IS OK" sign at a Pride march in Phoenix, Circa 1982

Reimagine the archive not as a static repository but as an active site of knowledge production that could realize the emancipatory potential of its central subject.

Dr. Maria Cotera