Free Arizona digital archives for genealogy
are featured in Sassy Jane Genealogy‘s States on Sunday series
providing links to free digital resources for each of the fifty states.

Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates

Certificates available online to the public online free of charge for births that occurred at least 75 years ago and deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago in Arizona.

Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

A division of the Arizona Secretary of State, the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records’ branches are the Director’s Office, Archives and Records Management, State Library of Arizona, Library Development, Arizona Talking Book Library and the Arizona Capitol Museum.

The State Archives, located in the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, collects, preserves and makes available to the public and all branches of government, permanent public records, historical manuscripts, photographs and other materials that contribute to the understanding of Arizona history.

Digital Arizona Library (DAZL)

The collections of greatest interest to genealogists in DAZL are the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program, Arizona Memory Project, and the Arizona Almanac.

SEARCH over 50 Arizona historical newspapers.

BROWSE or search by newspaper, time period and county.

View a list of currently available newspapers

View a clickable map of Arizona newspaper collections and search by county.

Read about the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program sponsors.

Read about Arizona Digital Newspaper Program and download policy documents.

Under the auspices of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Arizona Memory Project provides access primary sources in dozens of Arizona archives, museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions.

Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe 

The Arizona Historical Society was founded by the territorial legislature on November 7, 1864. The Society is Arizona’s oldest cultural institution, fulfills its mission “to collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the history of Arizona and the West as it pertains to Arizona.”

Collections include: 

Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

Primary sources collections of great depth on Arizona and the Southwest, Borderlands, and the University of Arizona Archives.

Special Collections, Arizona State University Libraries

The Arizona Collection has been an integral part of the University Libraries for many years. Although no official beginning date exists, the origin of the present collection can be traced back to 1917, when Thomas J. Cookson, the College Librarian, began building a small Southwestern Collection. In 1943, the primary focus shifted to materials about Arizona. In 1985, the Collection became part of the Archives and Special Collections department.

The Collection contains materials in all formats. Its strengths include over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts and personal papers; oral histories; a book collection of over 30,000 titles; and more than 500,000 photographic prints and negatives.

Mountain West Digital Library

This portal provides free access to over 960,000 resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, government agencies, counties, and municipalities in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Montana, Hawaii, and other parts of the U.S. West. Search digital collections here. Search finding aids here.

Other Arizona Resources

That’s it for free Arizona digital archives from Sassy Jane. Tune in next Sunday for free Arkansas Digital Archives for Genealogy. Check out the other states in this series here.