|Arizona State University Library
E-mail: E-mail a librarian.
- Luhrs Reading Room, Level 4
- ASU Charles Hayden Library
- 300 E Orange Mall
- P.O. Box 871006
- Tempe, AZ 85281
Telephone: Luhrs Reading Room 480.965.4932
Hours and holidays: Current Luhrs Reading Room hours.
Maps, directions, and public transportation:
- Visitor parking directions. For directions click on one of the three Attended Visitor Structures for parking, then click the red Directions button, and enter your starting address for directions.
- Alternative parking map.
- Public transportation: Valley Metro Bus
- Bus Route 106 - Peoria/Cactus stops on 111th Ave near Alabama Ave about 300 yards south of the WVGS Library.
Internet sites and databases:
- Hayden Library Info building info, collections, computer access, contact us, FAQ, services, study rooms, hours, subject guides, news and events.
- ASU Libraries Catalog online by keyword, title, author, LC call number, ISBN, or subject heading.
- Hayden Arizona Pioneer Biographies Index to biographical sketches with source citations for selected AZ pioneers.
- ASU Special Materials Index including American Indians, Arizona and the Southwest, Mexican Americans, and Special Collections.
The Arizona State University Library, Special Collections, Carl Hayden Archives and the Hayden Arizona Pioneer Biographical Index is a good place to look for early Arizona families. The Luhrs Reading Room has indexes, guides, databases, and personal reference assistance for researchers. The Arizona Collection includes 8,000 feet of manuscripts; oral histories; 30,000 books; and 500,000 photos. Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, and special interest collections such as the Laos Research Collection.
Visiting the ASU Libraries.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the Arizona State University Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives—Pacific Region (Riverside), CA. Federal court records and federal agencies in Arizona.
- State Library, Phoenix, has a large book/periodical collection including immigration, vital records, courts, wills, county histories, and Internet sites. The starting place for AZ family history research.
- State Archives, Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.
- Bancroft Library, Univ. Calif. Berkeley Early settlers, migration trails, stagecoaches, miners, and histories. They probably have more Arizona historical material than any repository in Arizona.
- Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.
- University of Arizona Special Collections, Tucson, materials on Arizona, Southwest American history, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, including rare books, manuscripts, and photographs.
- Northern Arizona University Cline Library, Flagstaff, includes Arizona history, Arizona photographs, archives, and oral histories.
- Mesa Arizona FamilySearch Library, Mesa, 81,000 microfilms including AZ censuses, 40,000 books (many local histories), 129 public computers, and over 90 classes and workshops per month.
- Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library The Arizona history collection is a good place for genealogy research.
- West Valley Genealogical Society, Youngstown, an active society with a good little library. Probably represents outside Arizona better because of retirees who contribute from all around the U.S.
- Maricopa County Office of Vital Registration births 1950-present; and deaths.
- Maricopa County Superior Court Clerk marriages, criminal, civil, divorces, probate and tax court cases.
- Maricopa County Recorder's Office land and mortgage records 1871-present.
- U.S. District Court civil, criminal, appellate, and bankruptcy cases.
- Maricopa Historical Society, Wickenburg, exhibits and publications.
- Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Phoenix, exhibits and genealogical classes.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Gila, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma.
- Arizona Historical Society, Tucson Library and Archives, has a Mexican and an early Arizona collection, Colorado River topics, manuscripts 1860-present, oral histories, maps, and photos.
- Pima County Public Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Tucson, the Arizona collection, and the Southern Arizona Genealogical Society collection are housed here.
- Repositories in surrounding states (or nations): California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah; in Mexico: Baja California, Sonora, Mexico Genealogy, and Mexico.
- California State Archives, Sacramento, has county records of the state, such as court records, prison records, wills, deeds, as well as military records, state census records, and school records.
- Nevada State Library and Archives, Carson City, births, marriages, deaths, censuses, military.
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives, Santa Fe, government records since 1621, manuscripts, Catholic church records, census, wills, family histories, letters, diaries, maps, photos.
- Utah State Archives, Salt Lake City, newspaper, death, land, court, history, naturalization, military, directories, criminals.
- Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico City, church, civil, census, court, history, military, migration, land.