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Arizona Room

​Located on the second floor of Burton Barr Central Library​, the Arizona Room offers a research collection about the heritage, lifestyle and geography of the desert Southwest from prehistoric times to the present.

The room is open all hours that Burton Barr Central Library is open.

​Unique ResourcesPhotograph of Arizona Room tables and bookshelves

James H. McClintock Archives

A unique archive consisting of photos, letters, notes, newspaper clippings, and various ephemera produced or collected by journalist and Rough Rider James H. McClintock from the late 1870s to 1933.

Arizona Images 

Digital images which span the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and include items from the James H. McClintock collection.

Arizona Republic newspaper clipping files

Newspaper clippings from the mid-1960s to the 1990s, arranged topically and indexed. 

Arizona City Directories

Phoenix City Directories from 1892 to the present;  coverage of other Arizona cities varies.

Arizona Telephone Directories

Phoenix telephone directories from 1921 to the present; coverage of other Arizona cities varies.


From Phoenix area high schools, junior high schools, community colleges, and universities. School coverage varies. 

Susan Arreola Postcard Collection

Collection of approximately 2,500 vintage postcards relating to the Phoenix area.

Arizona 7.5 minute USGS topographic maps

Historic maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Maps which offer detailed town and building information for various Arizona cities, useful for preservation and restoration efforts.

Phoenix aerials surveys 1968-2009

University of Arizona index to Arizona Periodicals

Index to periodical articles covering a broad variety of Arizona topics from the 1880s to the present. 


Due to the nature of the collection materials may ONLY BE USED IN THE ROOM and PENCILS ONLY may be used.

Photocopying of most materials is available at 20 cents per page.

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