Library & Archives


ASM Library Public Hours 

Open Tuesday–Thursday, 11am to 4pm.

Temporary change in ASM Library hours for May 9 – June 1:  Open 1-4pm. 

The Archive is closed for this period.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Email a Librarian/Archivist at larc@email.arizona.edu

Appointments required to access ASM Archives.


The ASM Library and Archives is a research collection open to the public specializing in the anthropology of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, including archaeology, ethnology, ethnohistory, and material culture.

To help with your research: 

Library Holdings

The ASM Library is a non-circulating research collection, open to the public during posted hours. The Library holds over 100,000 volumes, many of which are rare titles, including original research data and manuscripts, archaeological reports on Southwest-based field work, grey literature, and ephemera.

Archives Holdings

ASM Archives collects manuscripts, original research data, maps, correspondence, field notes, scrapbooks, diaries, drawings, oral histories and sound recordings related to the archaeology and ethnology of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The archives currently cares for approximately 2,000 linear feet of paper documents.  Click here for more information about our holdings.

Access to the archives is by appointment only. To make an appointment to view archives, please call 520-621-4695 during library hours or email the ASMLA program

Prior to requesting access to documents, please research the collections online at Arizona Archives Online (AAO) and provide specific accession or manuscript numbers and box/folder information. Some archival documents have records in the ASM Library online catalog. If you anticipate needing to access archival material on more than one date, please specify the dates and times for each visit in your request, and communicate any cancellations as far in advance as possible. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted. Archives users are responsible for securing copyrights or literary rights when necessary.

Photocopying services are available for 50 cents per page. Archives personnel do all copying as soon as is possible. Prices vary for large orders, rush orders, copying on acid-free paper, oversize copying (including maps), and copying sound recordings. Researchers may bring their own scanning equipment or digital cameras.

Please refer to the Photography Collections page for information on how to access the museum's photographic holdings.

Contact Information

ASM Library & Archives
1013 E. University Blvd.
P.O. Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

For information, reference assistance, or to make an appointment, please call 520-621-4695 during library hours or email the ASMLA program.