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Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection 1850s-1960s


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998
Title: Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1850s-1960s
Quantity: 16 Boxes (9.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection houses photographs showing variety of subjects pertaining to Arizona, including views of desert flora and fauna, landscapes, military, mining, Native Americans, agriculture, buildings, street scenes, transportation, and people and places.
Identification: FP FPC 1
Language: Material in English
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Greater Arizona Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Politician, ham radio operator, western art collector, aviator, and master photographer Barry Goldwater was an avid collector of Western Americana including the historic photographs in this collection. He loved the topography and romance of the West and sought to collect images to represent this ideal. Though considered a hobby, his collecting also served the greater purpose of documenting the history of Arizona. Goldwater even went so far as to place newspaper ads requesting those with historic photographs and ephemera to contact him for a possible donation or sale. He also opened his home to students and researchers interested in viewing his collection. Now publicly available, this collection along with his fine art photographs depicts an Arizona rarely seen.

"To attempt to show adequately the beauties of Arizona, either by pictures or by words, has always seemed to me a task too great for man. Neither the lens nor the written word can show the history or the romance that adds so much to the beauties with which this state has been endowed." Barry M. Goldwater, Arizona Portraits (1940).

Scope and Content Note

This collection houses photographs showing variety of subjects pertaining to Arizona, including views of desert flora and fauna, landscapes, military, mining, Native Americans, agriculture, buildings, street scenes, transportation, and people and places. Of particular interest is a rare photograph album, "Appendix B: Photographs", located in box 12/OV. This album was a supplement to the Report Based on Reconnaissance Investigation of Arizona Land Irrigable From the Colorado River. In 1922, the State Water Commissioner created the Arizona Engineering Commission to survey the state of Arizona and determine how much of the land could be irrigated by the Colorado River. The photographs and accompanying captions in the album are referred to in this report. This land survey was the precursor to the creation of the Arizona Colorado River Commission and the many legal battles that followed over the state's ownership of water rights. It is unknown how many of these albums were created.


This collection consists of thirteen boxes.


Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of the Arizona State University Library. Requests to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Goldwater, Barry M. (Barry Morris), 1909-1998 -- Photograph collections.

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Photographs.
Fort Apache (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
Fort Grant (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Photographs.
Southwest, New -- Photographs.
Theodore Roosevelt Dam (Ariz.) -- Photographs.

Agriculture -- Arizona -- Phoenix -- Photographs.
Buildings -- Arizona -- Phoenix -- Photographs.
Cowboys -- Arizona -- Phoenix -- Photographs.
Deserts -- Arizona -- Photographs.
Deserts -- Southwest, New -- Photographs.
Indians of North America -- Arizona -- Photographs.
Mines and mineral resources -- Arizona -- Photographs.
Rodeos -- Arizona -- Phoenix -- Photographs.
Transportation -- Arizona -- Photographs.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Barry M. Goldwater donated these photographs to the Arizona Historical Foundation in the 1960s.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection, FP FPC 1, Arizona State University Library.


The Arizona Historical Foundation transferred these materials to the Arizona Collection in 2012.

Container List

11 Desert Animals, Undated
12 Desert Landscapes: Cacti, 1900s (1 of 2)
13 Desert Landscapes: Cacti, 1900s (2 of 2)
14 Desert Landscapes: Flowers and Trees, 1900s
15 Desert Landscapes: Mountains and Rock Formations, 1890s-1900s
16 Desert Landscapes: Panoramic Views, 1900s
17 Military: Fort Apache, 1871-1893
18 Military: Fort Bowie, Undated
19 Military: Fort Defiance, Undated
110 Military: Fort Grant, 1871-1880s
111 Military: Fort Mohave, 1871
112 Military: Fort Thomas, 1883
21 Military: Fort Whipple, 1871-1904
22 Military: People, 1875-1915
23 Mining: Big Sandy River Valley, 1902
24 Mining: Bisbee, 1900
25 Mining: Clifton-Morenci, 1881-1939
26 Mining: Congress, 1891-1902
27 Mining: Hackberry, 1902
28 Mining: Humboldt, 1900
29 Mining: Jerome, 1890-1900s
210 Mining: Kelvin, 1900
211 Mining: McCabe, 1900
212 Mining: Oatman, circa 1916
213 Mining: Stoddard, circa 1917
214 Mining: Vulture, 1900-1910
215 Mining: Various Towns and Mines, 1880-1902
The majority of these images are unidentified.
31 Native Americans: Acoma, Undated
32 Native Americans: Apache, 1873-1888 (1 of 2)
33 Native Americans: Apache, 1871-1916 (2 of 2)
34 Native Americans: Carlisle School, Undated
35 Native Americans: Chemehueri, Undated
36 Native Americans: Colorado Valley, 1874
From the Powell Expedition.
37 Native Americans: Crafts, 1880s-1900s
38 Native Americans: Crow, Undated
39 Native Americans: Dwellings, 1890s-1900s
310 Native Americans: Gila River Reservation, 1900-1908
Includes Sacaton Boarding School.
311 Native Americans: Havasupai, 1900
312 Native Americans: Hopi, 1879-1939
313 Native Americans: Litograph Copies, Undated
Includes the Cocopa, Hualapai, Mohave, Yuma, and Moqui tribes.
41 Native Americans: Maricopa, 1890s-1900 (1 of 3)
42 Native Americans: Maricopa, 1890s-1900 (2 of 3)
43 Native Americans: Maricopa, 1900s (3 of 3)
44 Native Americans: Mohave, 1871
45 Native Americans: Navajo, 1873-1960
46 Native Americans: Paiute, 1872-1874, 1879
47 Native Americans: Papago (Tohono O'Odham), 1870s-1939
48 Native Americans: Phoenix Indian School, 1900-1904 (1 of 2)
49 Native Americans: Phoenix Indian School, 1900-1904 (2 of 2)
51 Native Americans: Pima, 1880 (1 of 3)
52 Native Americans: Pima, 1880s-1900s (2 of 3)
53 Native Americans: Pima, 1880s-1900s (3 of 3)
54 Native Americans: Prehistoric, 1852-1918
55 Native Americans: Pueblo, Undated
56 Native Americans: San Carlos, 1880-1886
57 Native Americans: Sioux, circa 1880
Includes prints of glass plate negatives.
58 Native Americans: Yuma, 1890
59 Native Americans: Unidentified, Undated
61 People: A-J, 1875-1943
62 People: M-W, 1871-1905
63 People: Groups, 1902-1955 (1 of 2)
64 People: Groups, 1898-1942 (2 of 2)
65 People: President Theodore Roosevelt Visit at Grand Canyon, 1903 May 6
66 People: Unidentified, 1884-1925
67 Phoenix Agriculture: Animals, 1903-1915
68 Phoenix Agriculture: Cattle, 1900s
71 Phoenix Agriculture: Crops, 1890s-1900 (1 of 2)
72 Phoenix Agriculture: Crops, circa 1900 (2 of 2)
73 Phoenix Agriculture: Farms and Ranches, 1900-circa 1942
74 Phoenix Agriculture: Ostrich Farms, circa 1900
75 Phoenix Agriculture: Ostrich Farms, Undated
76 Phoenix Buildings: Businesses, 1870s-1940s
77 Phoenix Buildings: Churches, 1900-1910
81 Phoenix Buildings: Government, 1900-1905 (1 of 2)
82 Phoenix Buildings: Government, 1900-1905 (2 of 2)
83 Phoenix Buildings: Homes and Gardens, 1890-1905
84 Phoenix Buildings: Hospitals, 1895-1907
85 Phoenix Buildings: Hotels, 1901-1910
86 Phoenix Buildings: Schools, 1900-1925
91 Phoenix: Carnival, 1896-1900
92 Phoenix: Cowboys and Rodeos, 1905-1940
93 Phoenix: Parades, 1900-1940
94 Phoenix: Street Scenes, 1872-1940 (1 of 2)
95 Phoenix: Street Scenes, 1900-1940 (2 of 2)
96 Places: A-Z Arizona Cities, 1873-1930
101 Places: A-Z Outside Arizona, 1880-1947
102 Places: Canals and Irrigation, 1890-1905
103 Places: Cave Creek, 1903
104 Places: Colorado and Green Rivers, 1869-1979
105 Places: Dams, 1900s
106 Places: Ehrenberg, 1890-1920
111 Places: Flagstaff, 1896-1910
112 Places: Glendale, 1890-1900
113 Places: Grand Canyon, 1879-1903
114 Places: Mesa, 1890-1900
115 Places: Paradise Valley, 1903
116 Places: Prescott, 1878-1902 (1 of 2)
117 Places: Prescott, 1880s-1925 (2 of 2)
118 Places: Roosevelt, 1903-1907
119 Places: Roosevelt Dam, 1903-1925
121 Places: Salt River and Salt River Valley, 1901-1905
122 Places: San Xavier del Bac Mission, Undated
123 Places: Tempe, 1890-1905
124 Places: Tempe Normal School, 1895-1916
125 Places: Tucson, circa 1900
131 Places: Tumacacori Mission, Undated
132 Places: Unidentified, Undated
133 Transportation: Mule and Ox Trains, 1886-1900
134 Transportation: Railroads, 1885-1968
135 Transportation: Stage Coaches and Wagons, 1870s-1890
13 Photograph Album Regarding the Stoddard Milling Company, 1916 (111 Photographs)
14/OV Oversize, 1876-1950
Includes chess players, Col. C. G. Bartlett, China, E. J. Bennitt, signed portrait of Gov. George W. P. Hunt, group of children, Native American women, and the Senate vote on the NATO Treaty.
15/OV Oversize Album: "Appendix B: Photographs" of the Report Based on Reconnaissance Investigation of Arizona Land Irrigable From the Colorado River, 1922-1923
Includes a digital copy of the album on a CD. A cataloged copy of the report is available at TC 824.A6 A73x.
16/OV Oversize Glass Plate Negatives and Lantern Slides, 1880-1930
Includes images of Native Americans (Sioux, Apache, and Maricopa). All images have been digitized and are available for access on CD; the original negatives are fragile and deteriorating.