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Welcome to the Tempe Historical Museum’s Collections Online

This web database contains more than 100,000 records from the museum’s Collections, Photographs and Archives, and Research resources. The museum is regularly adding new records and photographs to this database.

Use the "search" button to find or see objects in the Tempe Historical Museum’s collections or to find information about people, businesses, or buildings from Tempe’s past.


Search for three-dimensional objects, photographs, and archival documents.


Search the museum’s Biographical (BIO) Database for information on Tempe residents prior to 1930.


Search the museum’s Tempe Historic Property Survey (HPS) and Business (BUS) databases. HPS contains records from Tempe’s 1983 and 1997 reports on buildings in Tempe that were eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. BIO has information on Tempe businesses from the 1890s through the 1950s.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Images contained in this database may only be used with written permission by the Curator of Archives & Photographs. There is a fee for commercial use of museum photographs. For more information or to request permission to use an image, contact Richard Bauer, Curator of Photographs & Archives:

The Tempe Historical Museum’s Collections Online was made possible by a Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant provided through Arizona State Libraries, Archives and Public Records in 2003.

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