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Finding ASU History: Plan Your Visit

Basic tools for finding ASU history materials


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Shannon Walker
400 E Van Buren, #942
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 496-7096 office

Plan Your Visit

**Note: To view materials in this collection, please make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932.

Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.  


Research Online? Many of our research tools are available online. Thousands of digital images, texts, and videos are readily available! Save time and check this content and other online tools by using the "Digital Materials" tab at the top of this page.

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? Make appointments to see archival materials at the ASU Tempe campus by contacting us at Ask An Archivist!

What Will I Find?  Archives and special collections typically define the scope of their collections through a Collection Development Policy. Learn about what we collect here! (see link below)           

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

            Arizona Territorial Normal School 1888

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two 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.