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University of Arizona

Special Collections: Research Guides


We offer access to rare and unique materials for scholars, researchers, and the public.

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See also Using Collection Guides (also known as Finding Aids).

Research Guides to Our Collections

These guides are created by our staff specialists to help you with your research.

University of Arizona History

UA Domestic Science class, sometime between 1900-1909University of Arizona History

Special Collections specializes in documenting the history of the university from its founding to 1958.

Congressional and Political Affairs

University of Arizona Board of Regents and Governor Raul Castro, 1976Primary Sources on Congressional and Political Affairs

Our collection of political papers available for public research includes: Henry F. Ashurst, Lewis W. Douglas, George W.P. Hunt, Jesse A. Udall, Morris K. Udall, Stewart L. Udall, James McNulty, Dennis DeConcini, James Kolbe, and Raúl H. Castro.

History of Science

Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, director of the Steward Observatory and head of the department of astronomy Bart Bok poses for a photo in front of a telescope.Primary Sources on the History of Science

The collection features landmark volumes and manuscript collections in the fields of optics, astronomy and physics.

Performing Arts

Scene from Wappin Wharf, 1924Primary Sources on Performing Arts

Special Collections is home to a wide array of materials related to the performing arts, including archival collections, photographs, books, recordings, pamphlets and ephemera. Specific areas covered include theater, vaudeville, music, dance and film.