While the bills to establish ASU and UA were ratified by the 13th Arizona Territorial Assembly on the same day in 1885, ASU (then known as the Arizona Territorial Normal School) was the first institution of higher education to open for business in Arizona in February 1886!
Alumni Magazine Issues
Archival issues of ASU Thrive, the alumni magazine (March 2008-present)
Full text searching for online news articles and press releases distributed by ASU Media Relations ca. 2011-present.
Digital Material Highlights
We encourage you to browse all of our digital materials through our online repository PRISM. PRISM brings together ASU Library’s many unique library and archival collections, including digitized historic photographs, maps, oral history recordings, rare texts and publications, and a wide variety of reformatted videos and films.
Some highlights of the University Archives are outlined below:
Amateur silent motion pictures made by "Varsity" Bill Bailey of the Arizona State University campus (then Arizona State Teacher's College) and the Varsity Inn in 1937 and 1938. The films depict student recreation, campus scenes especially on University Drive and College Avenue, Homecoming parades, and football games at Goodwin Stadium. Boxing and track are also depicted.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech entitled "Religious Witness for Human Dignity" was presented at Goodwin Stadium, Arizona State University on June 3, 1964. Introduction by ASU President G. Homer Durham. This recording is followed by a brief recording of King's remarks to NAACP supporters at the Tanner AME Church in Phoenix earlier in the same day. Related photographs and correspondence from President Durham are included.
Audio recordings, motion pictures, and video productions were selected from the University Archives collections. Media is added as permissions are secured, and resources for digitization become available.
The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.