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History & Government

“This land of Arizona has had an exciting history, so dramatic and inspiring that it needs no exaggeration or fictional embellishment.” ~Barry Goldwater

Annotated lists of links to web-based resources categorized by subject.

Jump to: General History | Government and Law | Famous People | Genealogy

General History

Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives’ four regional repositories actively collect and preserve manuscripts, maps, personal papers, photographs, films, oral histories, books and other materials that chronicle the history of Arizona, the West and Northern Mexico as it pertains to Arizona. From Page to Douglas, Quartzsite to Clifton, in every corner of the state, the Arizona Historical Society helps communities preserve and pass on their culture, folkways, and histories to school children, local residents, and tourists.

Arizona History Reference Guide
Topics include: Native Americans, Spanish Period, Wars & Battles, Settlers, Women, Politics, Crime and Criminals, Injustices, Mining, Water, Education, Historic Sites, Arizona’s Five C’s, and more. The materials consist of web pages, books, manuscripts collections, photograph collections, and more.

Arizona Heritage Traveler
Arizona. Just the name reminds us of places, people, and events that are etched into our national memory—Fort Apache, Zane Grey, Route 66, Geronimo, the OK Corral. Get to know the stories behind the names by visiting the heritage sites featured here.

ARIZONA From Prehistoric Times To The End Of The Twentieth Century
Arizona Blue Book Millennium Edition: a complete history of Arizona including a photo gallery! This book published every two years preserves the history of Arizona and helps archive it for future generations to use as a reference. Now online!

Arizona History
Includes the Mexican American War, Guadlupe Hidalgo & Gadsden Purchase, Gold Rush, Apache Wars, 1861 Confederate State, 1862 Arizona Territory, Stagecoach Info, Phoenix History, Gunfighters & Colorful Characters, Cattle and Sheep, Navajo Code Talkers.

Arizona Legends
This travel site for the nostalgic and historic minded features legends and stories about Native Americans, the Old West, historic people, outlaws, ghosts, and more.

Arizona Stories
People and Places that shaped our History… Legends steeped in Mystery… Events that defined our Legacy.

Arizona Historical Foundation
The Arizona Historical Foundation (AHF), based in the Hayden Library at ASU, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and dissemination of the history of Arizona and the Greater Southwest. The Foundation serves as a repository for primary source materials that, for the most part, document the history of the New Southwest (20th and 21st century) with emphasis on the fields of political, legal, and business history.

Arizona Historical Society
The Arizona Historical Society was founded by the territorial legislature on Nov. 7, 1864. The Society is Arizona’s oldest cultural institution, fulfilling its mission “to collect, preserve, interpret and disseminate the history of Arizona, the West, and Northern Mexico as it pertains to Arizona.” The Arizona Historical Society has the world’s largest collection of Arizona history artifacts, documents, and photographs. The four state-run AHS museums are located in Flagstaff, Yuma, Tempe and Tucson. Feel free to ask them about research, educational programs, and tours.

The Outlaws of Canyon Diablo
Outlaws is a work of historical fiction based on the little known but historically relevant town of Canyon Diablo – reflecting issues, events and news of 1882 throughout the Arizona Territory and beyond. At the heart of Outlaws is the story of how this wild, lawless town sprang up while the railroad struggled to complete a bridge over Canyon Diablo.

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Government and Law

Arizona Capitol Museum
Arizona’s Road to Statehood, state symbols, teacher resource guide for Arizona Territorial and State governmental history.

Arizona Politicians: The Noble and the Notorious
An introduction to Arizona politicians from territorial days to the present. Read an excerpt here.

Arizona State Governor’s Kids Page
Arizona governors, history tour & timeline, natural wonders, wildlife, state facts, coloring book and word games.

Arizona Secretary of State Kids Page
Arizona facts and activities for kids and teens, including downloadable pictures for school reports.

Arizona State Government Sites
Links to Arizona State Government Websites.

Arizona Governors
Governors of Arizona (both Territorial and State), with footnotes and sources.

Arizona State Law for Kids and Teens
America’s first website dedicated to teaching children about law. This site was created by the Arizona Bar Foundation with the specific goal of educating Arizona’s youth, their parents, communities and schools to increase their knowledge about youth laws and to encourage law-abiding behavior.

Center for Arizona Policy
The Center for Arizona Policy is a nonprofit research and education organization committed to protecting and defending the family by influencing policy, communicating truth, and empowering families to promote timeless values. They were established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening Arizona families through policy and education. Their office is located at 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 120, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254.

Kids Voting Arizona
Kids Voting provides homeschool parents with access to online voter education curriculum and a new online early voting option for students called the Election Connection. Kids Voting is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-driven program founded in Arizona in 1988. In 1991, Kids Voting became two separate organizations: Kids Voting Arizona and Kids Voting USA. Kids Voting USA would go on to expand the program throughout the United States.

TeenPact Arizona
Arizona TeenPact had a phenomenally successful first class in 2002. Students got to meet with the Governor and the Secretary of State as well as with Senators, Representatives, lobbyists and other political leaders. TeenPact is an outstanding opportunity for kids to learn first-hand about citizenship, leadership, justice, true statesmanship, and the biblical principles upon which our government was founded. (4-day and 1-day classes are available.)

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Famous People

Famous Arizona Natives and Residents
Infoplease Almanac contains Arizona facts and statistics, including a list of famous Arizona natives and residents.

Famous/Prominent Arizonans
Detailed biographies of famous (and infamous) prominent Arizonans.

Celebrity Sightings
A complete listing of celebrity sightings around Arizona; includes links to sources.

Notable Gravesites in Arizona
Who’s Who Underground: You can take a tour of the grave sites of Arizona notables by scrolling down the page, taking the cemeteries in the order they are listed, from the east valley to the west side, or skip directly to the grave you’re looking for.

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Genealogy and Family History

Arizona Genealogy Web
Arizona genealogy and family history resources.

Arizona Department of Health Services Genealogy Website
Search the history of Arizona birth and death certificates from 1878. By Arizona law, all births that occurred in Arizona more than 75 years ago or deaths that occurred more than 50 years ago are public records. This genealogy website contains public microfilmed images of county or state issued certificates and is available in accordance with § 36-351. You can search the public records here and view images of original birth and death certificates in PDF format. Non-certified copies may be obtained from the Office of Vital Records by providing an individual’s name and place of birth or death and appropriate fee.

Mesa Arizona Regional Family History Center
The Mesa Family History Center at 41 South Hobson in Mesa, Arizona, is an important genealogical resource operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Anyone who is doing genealogical research or searching for their ancestors are welcome to use these resources.

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