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Arizona State University Library

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  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:[2]  Luhrs Reading Room  480.965.4932

Hours and holidays:[2]  Current Luhrs Reading Room hours.

Maps, directions, and public transportation:

  • Directions:

  • 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:

Collection Description

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.[3] The Luhrs Reading Room has indexes, guides, databases, and personal reference assistance for researchers.[2] The Arizona Collection includes 8,000 feet of manuscripts; oral histories; 30,000 books; and 500,000 photos.[4] Special Collections houses rare books, manuscripts, and special interest collections such as the Laos Research Collection.[5]


Visiting the ASU Libraries.


Alternate Repositories

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.

Overlapping Collections

  • 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.[3]
  • State Archives, Phoenix, marriages, wills and probates, civil and criminal records, brands, taxes, coroner records, voting registers, prisoners, state agencies, maps, newspapers, photos.[6]
  • 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.[3]
  • Southwest Museum Braun Research Library, Los Angeles, CA. Includes the Monk Library of Arizoniana, California and Arizona history, and records of southwest American Indians.[3]
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, has many Arizona cemeteries, census, church, court, histories, immigration, land, military, and naturalization records on microfilm.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


  1. 1.0 1.1 ASU Libraries Maps, Directions, Addresses and Tours in ASU Libraries (accessed 12 February 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Archives and Special Collections Reference Services in ASU Libraries (accessed 12 February 2015).
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 15. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "DB15" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Arizona Collection in ASU Libraries (accessed 15 February 2015).
  5. Special Collections in ASU Libraries (accessed 15 February 2015).
  6. Genealogy and Family History in Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (accessed 10 February 2015).