Arizona Historical Society

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Pioneer Museum - Flagstaff

The AHS museum collections in Flagstaff number in excess of 15,000 objects focusing on the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona with special emphasis on the timber industry and ranching. Cameras and personal items belonging to the Kolb brothers, famous explorers and photographers of the Grand Canyon, are of special interest. The museum also displays a 1929 Baldwin articulated locomotive and a 1940s caboose.

Museum at Papago Park - Tempe

The museum in Tempe houses approximately 27,000 artifacts, focusing on 20th central Arizona. World War II era military and civilian items are a strong point, although artifacts range from Darrell Duppa’s pipe (he probably named Phoenix) to Tiffany stained glass windows depicting Montezuma and Cortes that once graced the Phoenix Fox Theater. The Wallace and Ladmo collection contains more than 2,500 items from the long-running KPHO-TV children’s show. Other prominent collections include Valley National Bank and the Phoenix Little Theatre materials.

The Arizona History Museum - Tucson

Tucson museum collections reflect southern Arizona’s Spanish colonial, Mexican, and territorial periods. The Fairbanks to Tombstone stagecoach as well as Geronimo’s and Wyatt Earp’s personal possessions are just a few of many exceptional objects. Collection strengths include U.S. military uniforms and gear, women's clothing and accessories from 1875-1925, Spanish colonial silverwork and retablos (images of saints painted on tin panels).

Sanguinetti House Museum - Yuma

The collections at the AHS museum in Yuma contain more than 3,000 artifacts relating to the history of the lower Colorado River region, from the earliest Spanish 16th century explorers through World War II. Strengths include steamboat travel, military camps, mining, and local farming. Historic paintings and sketches from the 1850s represent the first Anglo-American art produced in Arizona.

source: Arizona Historical Society, http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/collections/

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