To celebrate the 104th Anniversary of Arizona becoming a state the ASU Libraries is featuring the McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs Collection of over 4,562 digitized images of Arizona, taken between 1884 and 1947. The McCulloch collection is one of the most extensive collections of Phoenix photography covering the first half of the twentieth century.
What is it? This collection houses commercial photographs of city scenes, streets, architectural views and building construction, commercial activities, water development projects (including dams and canals), landscapes, and agriculture. The engaging images feature locations in and around Phoenix at a time of transition from cowtown to emerging metropolis.
Who is it for? Everyone! If you are interested in history, Arizona, the early 20th century southwest, farming or urban development there is something to find.
What will I find there? The collection captures the quintessential Arizona experience from cotton and citrus fields to landmarks like the Grand Canyon, Wigwam Resort, and the Arizona Biltmore. You will find early street scenes, schools, construction projects, lakes, guest ranches, resorts and more.
How can I use it? You can use the photos however you'd like to, as they are open to the public. As open documents, users can download these high-resolution photographs and reuse them however they want for free. As a result, these photos can truly be integrated into research.
We invite you to the collection and discover Arizona in a whole new way. A guide to this collection can be found at Arizona Archives Online. Additional photographs taken by James and Will McCulloch are listed in the guide at CP SPC 153: McCulloch Family Photographs, 1890-1974.
Image Information: "Groundbreaking Ceremonies for Luhrs Tower," 1929, McCulloch Brothers Inc. Photographs, CP MCLMB A598A. Arizona State University Libraries: Arizona Collection.