University of Arizona

What We Collect

We maintain collections of rare books and unique archival materials that make possible in-depth research on selected topics. The scope and diversity of Special Collections make it an important resource for the international academic community.  Established in 1958 to house materials on Arizona, the Southwest, and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands, Special Collections now includes rare books, manuscript collections, photographs, and other materials in a wide variety of subject areas.

If you would like to make a contribution or donate materials, visit our support page. More detailed information about what we collect can be found on our collection development policy page.

Collection Areas

Photo of 1957 Rodeo (night)

Arizona & Southwest

Regional and local history documented in printed text, manuscripts, photographs, and more

Photo of Yaqui Indian girl


Archival materials and printed texts on the Borderlands of the Southwest and Northwest of Mexico, from Baja California to Tamaulipas, Mexico

Engraved  Star Atlas in the constellation Ophiuchus, the serpent holder

History of Science

Dynamic selection of titles documenting advances in many branches of science starting with the 16th century

Artwork of a woodcut by Albrecht Durer


First editions of works, poetry and fine press editions, and handwritten manuscripts from the birth of printing in the 15th century forwards

The Ingenues Starring in the Motion Picture the Band Beautiful, 1928
Photo of Arizona Congressional Delegation

Political Affairs

Major congressional and political affairs collections of regional and national significance

Old main building, early 20th century