Archives and Special Collections

Online Collections

Arizona Collection

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Arizona's Statesman: Congressman John J. Rhodes (2004)

Topical essays written by Rhodes with newsclips, correspondence, photographs and videoclips.

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Dorothy Gilbert and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve (2003)

Seventy archival documents that chronicle Dottie Gilbert and the Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council’s efforts to establish and defend the boundaries of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, 1960-1997.

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Hayden Pioneer Biographies Collection (1996)

Over 800 brief typescript biographies w/marginalia of 19th century Arizona pioneers authored by Senator Carl T. Hayden and presented as PDF files.

Moving Waters (2002)

A selection of photographs and interpretive text from our Greene Family Papers documenting Grand Canyon tourism before and after the construction of Glen Canyon Dam.


Chicano Research Collection

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The Chicana / Chicano Experience in Arizona (1999)

An online bilingual exhibit of archival photographs, text and poetry documenting the history and culture of Mexican-Americans in Arizona.

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La Chicana: A Celebratory Essay

Real-life experiences of Mexican American women in work, play, and community activities are portrayed in the exhibit.

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Sonora, Arizona 1907-1965 (2002)

A bilingual exhibit depicting the development and family life of Sonora, Arizona, a community established by the Ray Consolidated Mining Company in 1907 and later razed by the Kennecott Mining Company in 1965. The exhibit documents organized mining labor and segregated employee housing.


Child Drama Collection

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Book Samples from the Levy Child Drama Collection (Spring, 2004)

Selected pages digitized from Dr. Levy's world-class collection of child drama literature.


Labriola Center

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Mission to Arizona, 1916-1940: Father Augustine Schwarz, O.F.M. Collection

Photographs of the Franciscan, Augustine Schwarz, O.F.M. document thirty years of Father Augustine’s service to his Church and the Native people of Arizona. The majority of the images depict the Pima people of Central Arizona, the Papagos (Tohono O’odham) of the south, and the Apache in the Whiteriver area of northern Arizona.


Special Collections

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Herbals & Early Gardening Books from the Doris and Marc Patten Collection (1997)

Digital images of illustrations from early printed books or “herbals” regarding botany and medicinal uses of plants. Animal and mineral specimens are also represented.


University Archives

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ASU Generations (2003)

A general history of ASU delivered in streaming video using vintage motion picture film, video, photographs and music primarily from the University Archives collections. 16 mins.

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ASU Generations: Homecoming (2004)

A history of Homecoming at ASU delivered in streaming video using vintage motion picture film, video, photographs and music primarily from the University Archives collections. 12.5 mins.

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The New ASU Story (2000)

A comprehensive history of ASU with over 300 downloadable publication-quality photographs.

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Daughter of Earth: Agnes Smedley Online Exhibit (1998, rev. 2003)

An online exhibit showcasing photos, manuscripts and other materials from the collections of Agnes Smedley and the famous radical's biographers, Stephen and Janice MacKinnon.


Collaborative Collections

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Arizona Archives Online (2003, ongoing)

Full text and Boolean searching, display and printing of guides to archival collections located at all three public universities and other Arizona archives.

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Samuel P. Goddard Papers Online (2005)

Samuel Pearson Goddard, Jr. participated in state politics during an important time of social, industrial, and environmental change in Arizona. This web site offers students and scholars an opportunity to learn about Sam Goddard and Arizona politics through the Samuel P. Goddard Papers.

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Shema Arizona: Arizona Jewish Historical Society Oral History Project (2001)

Shema Arizona adds a Jewish voice to Arizona's history. Shema (sheMA) means "hear" in Hebrew. With this site you can hear some of Arizona's Jewish history.

Search for Digital Photographs

Photo Index Databases (Initiated 1997, continuing)

Over 3,000 digital photos are available in the Arizona and Southwest Index, the Architecture and Environmental Design Library, the Mexican American Index, the American Indian Index and the University Archives Index. Locate a list of these materials by searching the terms “digital photographs” in each index, or select “Search all”.

About Online Exhibits

As a vital outreach service, the Department of Archives and Manuscripts has produced several forms of digital archives from the holdings of its seven research repositories. Archival materials are digitized, presented and made accessible as online exhibits and collections, and online indexes provide access to collection guides and individual items that are digitized in response to customer orders or as part of departmental projects.

Exhibitions are intended to reach the university community and the public by showcasing archival materials, including historical photographs, manuscripts, and ephemera. Exhibits are drawn from the primary source materials of the department by the Exhibits Curator.

Current exhibits are on display in the Luhrs Gallery, Hayden Library, 4th floor during regular library hours.

Collections are digitized to support the instructional and research needs of the ASU community and the general public. In collaboration with faculty and other content experts specific documents of great significance are selected for digitization and presented for remote access, study and interpretation.

Indexes are developed to provide keyword and/or subject access to collection guides and selected individual documents or photographs. Indexing for archival collection guides or "finding aids" is available at the Arizona Archives Online project, and several indexes for selected items are available at the Special Materials Index. Digital copies of documents and photos are linked to Special Materials Index records on an ongoing basis.

Please contact us for information regarding permission to publish, copyright, required citations and fees for duplication services or commercial uses.

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