University of Arizona

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What We Collect

Established in 1958, Special Collections' holdings include rare books, literature, printed materials, manuscript collections, multimedia, photographs, and maps that contribute to the interdisciplinary investigations of researchers, scholars and citizens from Arizona and beyond. 

The scope and diversity of our collections make them important resources for the international academic community. Arizona & the Southwest, US-Mexico Borderlands, University of Arizona History, Literature, Political Affairs, History of Science, and Performing Arts comprise our seven collecting areas.

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

Special Collections is accepting donations with established safety protocols and limited contact. Donors may mail or drop off collections at the library, or arrange short, limited pick-ups of predetermined materials.

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