Arizona Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Dwight A. Radford and Nell Sachse Woodard for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Arizona Family History Research series.
History of Arizona
Arizona Vital Records
Census Records for Arizona
Background Sources for Arizona
Arizona Maps
Arizona Land Records
Arizona Probate Records
Arizona Court Records
Arizona Tax Records
Arizona Cemetery Records
Arizona Church Records
Arizona Military Records
Arizona Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Arizona Archives, Libraries, and Societies
Native Americans of Arizona
Arizona County Resources
Map of Arizona

Arizona State Archives

Department of Library, Archives, and Public Records
State Capitol
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007

A Guide to Public Records in the Arizona State Archives is available. Researchers are encouraged to call or write before using the archives to make sure the material they want can be available from off-site storage.

Arizona Historical Society

949 E. Second St.
Tucson, AZ 85719

The society holds a fine collection of 60,000 books and pamphlets, letters, diaries, maps, and newspapers on microfilm. The holdings date from the earliest Spanish colonial period to the present. Their photographic department boasts 250,000 separate items. Each item is cross-referenced in the card catalog.

Arizona State Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 42075
Tucson, AZ 85733

The Arizona State Genealogical Society website offers an Arizona Research Sources page indicating where records are located statewide. The Special Libraries Association'Arizona Chapter website has links to library associations statewide.

The Arizona State Genealogy Society closed it's doors in 2011. Southern Arizona has a new genealogy society named Pima County Genealogy Society. The email for the society is [email protected]. The society has a blog located at The blog offers a Toolbox area with Arizona Research Sources and general genealogy resources on the web. The society also maintains a page on Facebook.

Mesa Family History Center

41 S. Hobson St.
Mesa, AZ 85204-1021

For researching while in the state, this is a noteworthy repository owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the largest family history centers in the country, it is housed in its own building. Collections include material not found at the FHL.

The Arizona Genealogical Advisory Board website has links to genealogical and historical societies statewide.