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Greater Arizona Collection: Plan Your Visit

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Plan Your Visit

Research Online? Many of our research tools are available online, and there are thousands of digital images, texts and videos available online too! Save time and check out our online content and online tools!

Not enough online? We have *lots* of hardcopy historical materials you can see and duplicate. Bring call numbers from your online tool searches, or consult with our reference staff!

Where and When? Visit the Luhrs Reading Room on the 4th Floor of the Hayden Library http://www.asu.edu/lib/archives/ . As of August 17, 2017, the Luhrs Reading Room will be open by appointment only due to the relocation of ASU Library's distinctive collections to off-site storage. Materials should be requested at least 3 business days prior to your visit, and unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate walk-in patrons who have not made an appointment in advance.

To request materials, please email archives@asu.edu or call 480/965-4932. Appointments will be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What Will I Find?  Archives and special collections typically define the scope of their collections through Collection Development Policies. Learn about what we collect here!

Access Policies and Restrictions

We strive to make our collections as open and accessible as possible. Some archival collections include fragile materials or sensitive information protected by federal and state privacy laws. Our Access Policy describes the basis for the few restrictions we have placed on our materials, and individual use agreements protect the privacy of individuals represented in our collections. Help us keep our collections as open as possible and respect others by completing and abiding by our use agreements and access policies!

Did You Know?

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 Arizona institution of higher education to open for business in February 1886!

            Arizona Territorial Normal School 1888

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