The MNA Archives seeks to further the mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona by collecting and disseminating documentary and photographic information on the land and peoples of the Colorado Plateau. The Archives also documents the rich heritage of the Museum of Northern Arizona and its impact on the Flagstaff community.
Archival collections are non-circulating. Researchers are welcome to review collections on premise with the help of the Archivist. The Archivist will also provide some basic review of materials to help you determine if a visit is necessary and/or if a local researchers should be hired.
By appointment only. One month notification is required for all visitors regardless of affiliation. Please contact the Archivist to set-up an appointment. Research assistance, digital scans, and photocopies may be available. A policy statement and price list covering both non-profit and commercial fees is available on our Library & Archives Policies page.
For reference requests, please provide your name, mailing address, a telephone number in case we have questions, and all relevant information pertaining to your question.
Our goal is to reply to initial requests within 30 business days and complete requests within 4-6 weeks of receipt. To help expedite your requests, please provide as much information as possible. Reference assistance can be requested online via the Reference Assistance Form.
Permission to Use Requests
For permission to use requests, please provide basic publishing information. We also advise you to work with your publisher on citations, deadlines, and image use in the publication, presentation, and/or advertisement. Permission to use requests should be submitted online via the Permission to Use Form.
Some of our collections are "restricted." We have identified these collections on our finding aids. However, these "restrictions" range from entire collections to a few individual items. Many of the restrictions have been put in place in consultation with Tribal communities, and they may allow access after consultation and approval. This process is in line with the Protocols for Native American Archival Material. Please contact the Archivist to discuss any research request with collections noted as "restricted."
At this time, we have limited collections available online. We are working to improve our online presence. The Archives are divided into four main categories: Manuscripts, Historical Reference Collections, Institutional Records, and Photo Archives.
Brief descriptions of our archival collections are on the museum's website at Guide to Archival Research at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Or, you can follow the link to the area you have interest: Manuscripts, Historical Reference, or MNA Photo Archives.
The Archives is in the process of bringing descriptive finding-aids up to current professional standards and providing greater access for researchers. As these aids are updated, they will be placed on Arizona Archives Online and listed in the Guide to Archival Research at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
View some of our photographic materials featured on the Arizona Memory Project.
We are currently in the middle of several grant-funded projects to rehouse the Photo Archives. The downside to these opportunities is that these grants need the majority of staff time and occasionally materials may be unavailable. Your understanding and patience is appreciated, as this work will ultimately improve access to these materials.