The official Web site of the state of Arizona provides information on federal, county, and local government. It also includes resources on: state business; family, health, and safety; travel and recreation; licensing and permits; employment; education and training; history and culture; and government employees.
The Arizona Historical Foundation is a private, non-profit repository of historical documents and primary source materials, housed within the Hayden Library at Arizona State University. Their goal is to selectively collect, preserve, and make available historically relevant material to current and future generations of researchers. Their holdings include over 130 manuscript collections, 40,000 photographs and ephemera, books, artifacts, film, videos, maps, oral histories, political cartoons, microfilm, and several distinctive card catalogs. While some material dates back to the 1860s, the bulk of the collections document twentieth and twenty-first century life in Arizona.
The Arizona Memory Project is an online effort to provide access to the wealth of primary sources in Arizona libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions. This initiative provides the opportunity to view some of the best examples of government documents, photographs, maps, and objects that chronicle Arizona's past and present.
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records serves the information needs of Arizona citizens, providing access to unique historical and contemporary resources, including: archives of historical records in Arizona; library extension assistance to public libraries; a library for the visually and physically disabled; the museum on state government history and people of the state; a public records management program; a research and law library; and digital collections and programs.
Established in 1893, the Arizona State Museum is the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. Its collections are world renowned in the study and research of the indigenous peoples and lands of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The museum serves as the state's official archaeological repository, housing over 150,000 catalogued artifacts and over 250,000 photographs and prints, making it the largest non-federal repository in the country, second only to the Smithsonian Institution. Additionally, museum staff administers the state's Antiquities Act and issues permits for archaeological projects and surveys across the state.
The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-30, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said that he wanted to document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners." This collection includes two items from Arizona. Search it to view Apache (1907) and Cañon del Muerto - Navaho (1907).
Learn all about the Grand Canyon at this Web site created and maintained by the National Park Service. Includes visitor information, trip planners, maps, photos and multimedia, historical and cultural information, natural and scientific information, resources for teachers and kids, news updates, and more.
The fundamental purpose of the NPS is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. The NPS provides highlights, statistics, and a list of national parks for Arizona.