The Research Facility located inside the Mohave Museum of History and Arts offers our visitors a great deal.
It combines a reference library, photo repository, and “treasure chests” full of documents.
Ever-expanding, the facility’s 3,000 square feet of space was opened to the public in March 2004.
This extensive annex is accessed through the Museum entrance.
During facility hours, our Librarian and Volunteers are on hand to answer questions and assist researchers.
While our focus at the facility is on Mohave County and Kingman, Arizona, the collection also includes a broad selection of historic information about people and places of the southwestern region of the U.S. and the State of Arizona. Valuable historic documents and maps are preserved and protected, including items related to mines,
real properties, and cities that once were but are no more.
We have magazines and newspapers—many digitized—from 1882 to the present day. Our photo collection, available for viewing on this website at "Search Archives," contains more than 15,000 images. With the help of volunteers we are always adding more photos. Our reference map collection is one of the finest historic records available for the region. It contains a wide selection of information about historic (and current) mining activity
in Mohave County as well as county and city maps and historic maps of the Territory of Arizona.
Below is a list of just a few of the topics available in the Research Facility.
The facility is open to the public on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am until 3pm. Please stop in and see what a great resource the facility is for all types of information on Kingman, Mohave County and the Southwest.
A&P, AT&SF, BNSF Railroads
Kingman Army Airfield
World War II
Beale Wagon Road
Colorado River History
You will also find hundreds of reference books on many subjects, maps and files of Mohave County mines, biographical files, obituaries and burial records, place name files, files on natural as well as "man made" disasters and "happenings" such as the 1953 UFO occurrence. We are happy to assist you in any way that we can to find the information you're looking for and to answer any questions.
Research projects, storage of historic books, magazines, newspapers, and valuable documents keep the facility active and interesting. Currently, a map encapsulation project is under way which will insure the long-term preservation of all our historic maps of the region. And our Photo department adds to the online Archives weekly.
Volunteers are essential to the longevity of the Museum and the preservation of its contents.
A big salute and "high five" to our Volunteers!
If you're interested in volunteering at the Mohave Museum or the Route 66 Museum,
please stop by during library hours or contact Louise Benner at (928) 753-9889 .
We would be so happy to have you.
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